Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chapbooks reviewed at Ottawa Poetry Newsletter

I've reviewed a few above/ground press chapbooks today over on the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter; Allison Grayhurst's The River Is Blind and Shannon Maguire's A Web Of Holes. Worth picking up individually or (even more so) as part of above/ground's subscription service. It's an easy way to remain tuned in to cutting edge poetry all year. above/ground are celebrating their twentieth anniversary for a reason, you know...!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming: *nickel95's inaugural issue

Posters & photograph by Melissa Upfold.

In the fall I heard rumblings of a new literary journal seeking to merge the grassroots culture of classic zines with impassioned poetry. Tie a theme of "viciousness" on top and we’ve the inaugural issue of *nickel95, handcrafted in limited fashion by John Newlove Award-winning poet Melissa Upfold. My poem “Cagedly” has been selected to appear. You can track the issue’s progress and any future events in the London, Ontario area via *nickel95’s Facebook page

Thursday, January 3, 2013

ottawater 9 is now live!

The previously blogged-about ottawater 9 is now live and promises to sideline, for a few days at least, any new books I received at Christmas. It's a beautiful PDF, adorned in artwork and packed with new writing from many of Ottawa's (current or former) poets. Truly humbled to see my work next to so many singular voices.

I've always loved this preamble that accompanies each year's issue of ottawater:

"Long seen only as a town still echoing its origins as a backwater Victorian lumber town, and made up of bureaucrats and technocrats, and a more conservative poetics, "ottawater," edited by Ottawa-born writer, editor and publisher rob mclennan, exists to remind readers of what work is happening, and has been happening for years, despite government types insisting on repeating that the arts in Ottawa is about to begin. We say instead: we have always been here."

Give yourself some time to breathe it in at Also if you're in Ottawa on January 24th, come by the launch at Carleton Tavern for some readings and deep-winter cheer.