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Rod Pederson is an Ottawa poet, past Director of the Tree Reading

Series, current President of the Board of Directors for VERSe Ottawa, and Co-Director, With Rona Shaffran, of RailRoad, Ottawa’s pop-up reading series.


Rod was propelled away from a nearly-completed B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1972 by an encounter with the poetry of Leonard Cohen in a downtown Halifax bookstore.  Rod threw himself into literature, earning an Honours BA in English literature from the University of Manitoba in 1978.  


At the time, and for many years after, Rod served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He lived in towns and cities across Europe and Canada, finally settling in Ottawa in 1981.  Rod retired from the Air Force in 1998.  Although born in Edmonton, Alberta, Rod now feels himself to be a citizen of Ottawa, Canada and the world, in that order.


Father of two magnificent daughters, grandfather to five extraordinary

grandchildren and devoted husband of the incomparable Elizabeth, his Artist and one true love, Rod intends to apply his "legendary steely resolve" to their nurture, the furtherance of the poetic arts and the well-being of his community.


Rod published his first chapbook, “Loving Her” (Stoneflower Press, 2008) that has been translated into Arabic (fancy that).  He has been published in bywords.ca, Bywords Quarterly and Arc poetry magazine and his small collection, “words for what happens,” was published on ditchpoetry.ca.


Recently, phafours published “Obviously, Obviously Not What It Seems,” a chapbook of short poems.


He is currently exploring the ways and means of absurdity.



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