Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Upcoming: ottawater 9

Ottawa’s annual pdf poetry journal
edited by rob mclennan

the ninth issue of ottawater will go live in January 2013, featuring new writing by Cameron Anstee, Steven Artelle, Gary Barwin, Jeff Blackman, David Blaikie, Frances Boyle, Ronnie R. Brown, Colin Browne, Murray Citron, George Elliott Clarke, Faizal Deen, Amanda Earl, Laura Farina, Jesse Patrick Ferguson, Mark Frutkin, Brecken Hancock, Carla Hartsfield, a.m. kozak, Ben Ladouceur, Nicholas Lea, Anne Le Dressay, rob mclennan, Cath Morris, Colin Morton, Alcofribas Nasier II, Peter Norman, Abby Paige, Pearl Pirie, Nicholas Power, Wanda Praamsma, Ryan Pratt, Roland Prevost, Monty Reid, Sonia Saikaley, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt, Rob Thomas, Lauren Turner and Vivian Vavassis

Come out to the launch (featuring readings by a number of this issue’s contributors) on Thursday, January 24, upstairs at The Carleton Tavern, Parkdale at Armstrong; doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm. info:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Movember (Chapbook) Update

Given that a lot of my poems are in transaction – the majority bundled in hopeful submissions and a lucky few chosen for publication – I found selecting poems for this project a sly dance. But what I’ve ended up with, I like: a semi-random assortment of newer poems and one glaringly old pick from 2008, from which this humble blog stole its name. O, beginnings!

I see moustaches everywhere. It’s great to see something positive and charitable trending (presuming everyone I’ve seen is growing funds as well as follicles). I'll be putting these chapbooks together over the next two weeks, with the hope they'll arrive during the holidays (update: no chance but stay tuned!)Loving thanks to everyone who has given so far. Only a few days left to give and receive!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In/Words Magazine Features New Poem

Happy to report that my poem “New Drifters V” has been published in the newest issue of In/Words Magazine. It’s an epilogue to American Analog Set’s instrumental suite, which can be heard in this video stream or on their album, The Golden Band.

In/Words Magazine Vol 12 Issue 1 is available to purchase from their website. (Update: You can also read the whole, beautiful thing as part of their archives, right here.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chapbooks For Movember!

2011's moustache, 3 weeks in...

Last fall I took part in Movember, raising funds and awareness for men’s health. By the time December arrived, our small team of friends had collected around $1200. The support was amazing so, with this new campaign, I’d like to give a little something back (or at least make the pledging process more interesting) by subconsciously stealing the approach poet/publisher Amanda Earl conceived of when raising money for Ottawa’s recent AIDS walk.

In short, I’ll be repaying contributors with the gift of poetry. A lot of the details are still up in my head but this much I can confirm: Each donation of $20 Any half-sincere donation ($5 and up) will receive (1) a limited edition chapbook, handmade especially for you, containing 3 – 5 poems and (2) either a painting or photography mini-print by Emily Pascoe. They will be individually assembled, numbered, and shipped to your residence of choice. It's a nice keepsake when that warm, fuzzy feeling you get from being charitable starts to fade...

Visit my 'MoBro' space to donate or join our team:

Moustaches and poetry have much in common – both exist outside the mainstream and both can be quite manly! Support Movember this fall and see how art can heal.