The acclaimed poets Ben Ladouceur, Scott Lemoine, and Bahar Orang will be hosted virtually by the King’s Literary Society on Thursday, February 18, at 8 p.m. AST, for a special symposium on love. The readings will be followed by a discussion on love––in its many forms––and an open mic featuring student work. Copies of their books, Mad Long Emotion and Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty, are available for purchase through the King’s Co-op Bookstore. To RSVP, please email or send a direct message to @ukingslitsociety on Instagram. All are welcome to attend and participate.

About Ben Ladouceur

Ben Ladouceur is an author. His second collection of poetry, Mad Long Emotion, was selected as a CBC 2019 Book of the Year and awarded the Archibald Lampman Prize. His first collection, Otter, was selected as a best book of 2015 by the National Post, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best debut collection in Canada. In 2018, he received the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBT writers; in 2019, he was awarded the National Magazine Award for Poetry, and his short fiction was featured in the Journey Prize Anthology and awarded the Thomas Morton Prize. He lives on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation (Ottawa).

About Bahar Orang

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto. Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty is her first book.

About Scott Lemoine

Scott Lemoine is a writer and performer based in Ottawa. His work has been published in The Fiddlehead and on, and he was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2019 Open Season Award for poetry. Scott was a regional semifinalist in CBC’s 2014 Searchlight competition with a song from his self-produced EP adolescence, and he has appeared in recent years on Ottawa’s community musical theatre stages.