Rona Shaffran, poet



Ottawa International Writers Festival Launch of Ignite

Rona launched her poetry collection Ignite at the Ottawa Writer's Festival on April 28th, 2013, in a poetry cabaret presented in collaboration with the acclaimed Plan 99 Reading Series, hosted by David O’Meara. The poetry cabaret also included David Seymour, reading from For Display Purposes Only, and Stephanie Bolster, reading from A Page from The Wonders of Life on Earth. Event details are HERE.


Friday, July 5, at 7:30 PM

        RailRoad Poetry Reading Series

                at Raw Sugar Cafe, 692 Somerset St. West

This was the inaugural event for the new Ottawa poetry reading series, RailRoad (RailRoad          Ottawa) Rona read with fellow poets Terry Ann Carter and Claudia Coutu Radmore.         The event will be hosted by Rod Pederson.


Thursday, July 25th, at 7 PM,

at Librairie Drawn and Quarterly

211 Bernard (

Rona read alongside two Montreal poets - David Elkins, reading from his new book,         The Unseen World, and Michael Mirolla, reading from his new book The House on 14th         Avenue.


Tuesday, August 13, 8:00 PM

Art Bar Poetry Series

Q Space

382 College Street West


                                  UPCOMING READINGS:


Sunday, 1 June

Lit Live Literary Evenings

Rona will be reading from Ignite at Lit Live Literary Evenings, Homegrown           Hamilton,27 King William St. Hamilton ON, along with Erin Mouré,         Secession/Insession; Aisha Sasha John,Thou; Christian McPherson, Cube Squared; Christine         Miscione,Auxilary Skins; and Joanna Lawson, Perspectives


Sunday, 30 March, 3:00 PM


Mercury Lounge

55 Byward Market Square

Rona will be reading from Ignite at Ottawa's VERSeFest  poetry festival alongside Elizabeth         Bachinsky, Nina Berkhout and Jenna Tenn-Yuk


                                  Saturday, October 19, 2:15 PM

                                        The Whistler Readers and Writers Festival

                                        Comes a Time: Past, Present, Future

                                        Chateau Fairmont Whistler

                                        4599 Chateau Boulevard

                                        Rona Shaffran joins fellow poets Elizabeth Bachinsky, Evelyn Lau, and Michael                                         Crummey for readings and conversation about where poetry comes from and                                         what is a poet’s time. Moderated by Mary MacDonald. Rona did a blog for the lead-up to the                                         Festival here. Information about the event is here.



                                                Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM

                                        People's Co-Op Books

                                        1391 Commercial Drive

        Rona will be reading along with Yvonne Blomer.


                                        Friday, October 25, 7:30 PM

                                        Planet Earth Poetry Series

                                        The Moka House

                                        103-1633 Hillside Avenue

                                        Rona will be reading, along with Elizabeth Greene.

Norwood, Ontario

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 2:00 PM

Cat Sass Cafe

4255 Ontario Highway 7, Norwood

Rona will be reading alongside Leanne Simpson and Tara Williamson.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lit Live Reading Series

Artword Artbar

15 Colbourne Street