Laurie Koensgen is an Ottawa poet whose work has appeared in established Canadian literary journals and online magazines across the continent and in the UK. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018, and recently received Honourable Mentions in Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize and The New Quarterly’s Occasional Verse Contest. Laurie is a long-time advocate for the professional arts and their inclusion in our schools. She is a founding member of the Ruby Tuesdays poetry collective. Laurie lives in Hintonburg with her husband, stage and film actor, John Koensgen.