Bywords 7th Annual Cornerstone Fundraiser & Spring Launch
Saturday, May 28, 2011, 5pm, the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St.
with music by Jesse Cole and poetry by Emily Falvey, Christian McPherson, Rod Pederson and Dimitra Xidous
Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and housing for women. With your help, they will provide the following this year:
about 500 women will be offered safe emergency shelter and the support to start a new life beyond homelessness;
about 200 women will have help to find safe, affordable, permanent housing;
about 8,000 meals will be served;
about 100 women will receive support to move beyond addictions to recovery;
about 20 women will receive training in computer and job preparation skills.
for more info about Cornerstone and the services they provide please go to
In previous years, Bywords has raised $300-$400 in support of Cornerstone. With your help, we can help Cornerstone: $90 feeds one woman for a month.
$50 will provide bus tickets for 25 women to get to doctor and housing appointments.
You will receive a free copy of the spring issue of the Bywords Quarterly Journal with your donation.
We have fantastic music by Jesse Cole; listen to her here:
Jesse performed at our fall 2009 reading but i was in the hospital and missed her, so this will be a treat for me in particular.
The poetry readings will give you a chance to hear out of town, emerging and established poets:
Emily Falvey is a former Ottawa resident, art curator who worked at the Ottawa Art Gallery and is now an independent curator. Her poetry is very visual and collage like. This is a rare reading in Ottawa for Emily.
Christian McPherson has a new poetry collection out The sun has forgotten where I live. his poems are humorous and full of everyday life’s conundrums.
Rod Pederson is the host of the Tree Reading Series, one of Ottawa’s most beloved poetry reading series and the driving force behind the new annual poetry festival VerseFest. www.versefest.ca. His love of poetry shows in his own writing.
Dimitra Xidous is an enthusiast of the duende who writes cosmopolitan and sensual poetry.
[cover photo by John Wenzel]
Amanda Earl, managing editor, Bywords.ca and the Bywords Quarterly Journal
amanda at bywords dot ca