The Manx Pub

Plan 99 Reading Series

The “Plan 99 Reading Series” is committed to bringing the best in contemporary Canadian literary talent to Ottawa. Now in its 14th year, we continue to host an exceptional reading series by inviting Canada’s finest poetry and fiction writers, both emerging and established, to Canada’s capital. The series has a particular interest in showcasing authors published with smaller presses, in order to promote the diversity of writing which these presses support. Each event takes place between 5 and 6 o’clock on designated Saturdays. Past readers include Lisa Moore, Michael Redhill, Ken Babstock, Annabel Lyon, Michael Winter, A.F. Moritz, Don McKay, Rawi Hage, Karen Solie, Robin Robertson, Kathleen Winter and many, many more.


Plan 99 Reading Series End of Winter 2014

All Readings take place at 5:00 pm at the Manx Pub (370 Elgin St) except where noted *

Saturday, March 1st: Jennifer LoveGrove & Ania Szado

Jennifer LoveGrove’s first novel, Watch How We Walk, was recently published by ECW Press. The Globe and Mail called it “a thoughtful, well-crafted and impressive debut. She is the author of poetry collections The Dagger Between Her Teeth (ECW Press 2002) and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel (ECW Press 2005)and is at work on a new manuscript of poetry. For a decade, she edited and published dig., and from 2007-2011 she was one of the producers and hosts of the literary radio show “In Other Words” on CKLN 88.1FM. In 2010, she was shortlisted for the K. M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature. 

 Ania Szado is a graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Born in Hamilton, Ontario she lives in Toronto. Ania’s short fiction has been nominated for the Journey Prize and the National Magazine Award and her non-fiction credits include The Globe & Mail and Flare Magazine. Her novel BEGINNING OF WAS (Penguin Canada) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean), nominated for the international Kiriyama Prize, and named a NOW Magazine Top Ten book. Studio Saint-Ex is published with Penguin Canada and Knopf USA (2013). It has also been sold for publication in Russia, Italy and Poland.



Saturday, March 29th: Sounankham Thamavongsa, Stephen Brockwell & Kathryn Mockler (A Plan 99 event/VERSeFest event)

 *Note: This Plan 99 event will take place at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar Avenue) at 7:00 pm

Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in Nong Khai, Thailand, in 1978, and was raised and educated in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry books, one of which, Small Arguments, won a ReLit prize, and the other, Found, was made into a short film and screened at festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig. A third poetry collection, Light, was recently published by Pedlar Press.

Stephen Brockwell is an Ottawa poet and IT consulting practice partner. His books include the Archibald Lampman Award winning Fruitfly Geographic, The Wire in Fences, Cometology, which Harold Bloom described as having “rare and authentic promise,” The Real Made Up, and Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books (Mansfield Press, 2013). Brockwell’s poetry and critical essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including the Fiddlehead, Arc, Prairie Fire, The Drunken Boat and The Puritan. With Stuart Ross, he edited Rogue Stimulus: the Stephen Harper Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament (Mansfield Press, 2010).

Kathryn Mockler is a writer and filmmaker. She is the author of The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012) and Onion Man (Tightrope Books, 2011). Her short films and videos have been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and have screened at festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She teaches creative writing and screenwriting at Western University and is the publisher and co-editor of the online literary and arts journal The Rusty Toque.



Saturday, April 12th: National Poetry Month with Mark Callanan and Sharon McCartney

Mark Callanan is the author of two full-length poetry collections and a chapbook. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, and has been published in journals in the U.K. and across Canada. Most recently, he edited The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry with James Langer. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Sharon McCartney is the author of Hard Ass (2013, Palimpsest), For and Against (2010, Goose Lane Editions), The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2007, Nightwood Editions), Karenin Sings the Blues (2003, Goose Lane Editions) and Under the Abdominal Wall (1999, Anvil Press). Her poems have been included in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the The Best Canadian Poetry in English. In 2008, she received the Acorn/Plantos People’s Prize for poetry for The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.



Saturday, April 26th: Fiction Cabaret with Ray Robertson & Harry Karlinsky

(A Plan 99 / Ottawa International Writers Festival event)

Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, and I Was There the Night He Died, as well as two collections of non-fiction: Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and, most recently, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hillary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.

Harry Karlinsky is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. His first novel, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects (HarperCollins UK), was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.In his new book, The Stonehenge Letters(Coach House Books) a psychiatrist discovers a trove of letters written by a disparate group of Nobel laureates — including Rudyard Kipling, Teddy Roosevelt, and Marie Curie — addressed to the executor of Alfred Nobel’s will. Each missive attempts to explain how, and why, Stonehenge was built.



Sunday, April 27th: Poetry Cabaret with Brecken Hancock & Aisha Sasha John

(A Plan 99 / Ottawa International Writers Festival event)

Brecken Hancock’s poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Riddle Fence, EVENT, CV2, Grain, The Fiddlehead and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. She lives in Ottawa. Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014) is her first collection of poetry.

Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and poet. She was born in Montreal, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, and currently lives in Toronto. John has a BA in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Shining Material, was published by BookThug in 2011. Her follow up collection THOU is forthcoming in April 2014, also from BookThug. Follow John at



Saturday, May 10th: Book Launch of The Uncertainty Principle with Rob McLennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and his most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014), The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), the poetry collection Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review  (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics  ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices

About the curator / David O’Meara
David O’Meara is an award winning poet, and was a jury member of the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize. He founded this acclaimed series in 1999, and is co-founder of Ottawa’s poetry festival, Versefest.