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Welcome to Arc Poetry

At Arc, we find the brave new voices. We feature poetry that is woozy, cunning, shearing and wildlike; and prose that offers new perspectives on the verse you thought you knew.

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One of the most widely read literary magazines in the country, Arc has a following composed of writers, poetry aficionados, academics and a general cultural readership. 

Who’s at Arc?

Chris Johnson | Managing Editor

Ashley-Elizabeth Best | Editorial Coordinator

Nduka Otiono

Jennifer Baker
Poetry Editor

Nancy Jo Cullen
Prose Editor

Emily Stewart
Reviews Editor

Contact us

Arc Poetry Magazine

PO Box 269 Stn B
Ottawa, ON
Canada, K1P 6C4

Board of Directors

Nduka Otiono | President

Kayla Calder | Vice President

Alison Goodwin | Secretary

Dee Cao | Treasurer

Margo LaPierre | Board of Directors

Deborah Margo | Board of Directors

Danielle Richardson | Board of Directors

Jeffrey Richstone | Board of Directors

Lise Rochefort | Board of Directors

Editorial Board

Jennifer Baker | Poetry Editor

Nancy Jo Cullen | Prose Editor

Emily Stewart | Reviews Editor

Lise Rochefort | Associate Poetry Editor

Alison Goodwin | Associate Poetry Editor

Susan Gillis | Associate Poetry Editor

Rachel Fernandes | Associate Reviews Editor

Danielle Richardson | Spoken Word Editor

Deborah Margo | Visual Art Committee

Margo LaPierre | Newsletter Editor

Nina Jane Drystek | Editorial Board

Rusty Priske | Editorial Board

Contributing Editors

Terry Abrahams | Katrina Agbayani | Marie-Andree Auclair | Lisa Banks | Elena Bentley | Tara Borin | Jenny Boychuk | Lara Bozabalian | Julia Bustos | Jake Byrne | Dylan Curran | Poonam Dhir | Wendy Donawa | Benjamin Dugdale | Alexander Duncan | Michael Edwards | Cara Evans | Doris Fiszer | Diane Guichon | Susan Haldane | Ren Iwamoto | Prachi Kamble | Margo LaPierre | Jade Liu | Callista Markotich | Sadie McCarney | Abby McIntyre-Tsiang | Pamela Medland | Amanda Merpaw | Anna Navarro | Alison Newall | Tyler Perry | Pearl Pirie | Walker Pityn | Leah Schnurr | Renee Sgroi | Kara Stanton | Candace de Taeye | Jean Van Loon | Mary Vlooswyk | Sanna Wani | Jaeyun Yoo

Production Team

Chris Johnson | Layout Artist and Production

Serge Duguay | Art Director

TricoPPS | Printer

TricoPPS | Mailing House


The Arc Poetry Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, and our donors and subscribers. Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The Arc Poetry Society honours the peoples and land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation as well as all First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

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