Ben Ladouceur is a writer living in Ottawa. His first collection of poems, Otter (Coach House Books), was selected as a best book of 2015 by the National Post. Ben is also the prose editor for Arc Poetry Magazine.


Praise for Otter:

“Ladouceur makes it clear that he can out-poetry the most elite of poets, but also that this is not his goal… Language that could be attributed to mountains and streams instead embodies young queer desire, affection and insecurity.”
Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, National Post

“It’s Ladouceur’s first collection, but in terms of ease, playfulness and the O’Hara-esque way it blends formal rigour with a consistently inviting voice, it could just as easily be his 10th.”
Emma Healey, The Globe & Mail

“As each poem unfurls, the wonder of want gives away to the wonder of words.”
Eduardo Corral, North American Review

“Ladouceur has no trouble at all finding the beauty regardless of the beast.”
Michael Dennis, Today’s Book of Poetry

“Ladouceur embodies queer history with profound poetic intention. Sexy, witty, and sensual, Otter is a richly imagined collection of poetry.”
Shannon Webb-Campbell, Plenitude Magazine

“A rare kind of debut: vital, on voice, and spirited from start to finish… It’s Ladouceur’s skill with the personal lyric that truly makes him noteworthy. ”
 Jim Johnstone, All Lit Up

Otter is a startling debut and a dense, rewarding read.”
Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press

“An introspective yet sexy collection.”
Scott Dagostino, Daily Xtra

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