Monday, February 28, 2022

Thursday, June 24, 2021

above/ground press: prose/naut imprint,

Founded in September 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding lockdowns, the above/ground press “prose/naut” imprint focuses on single-author chapbooks of literary prose. Why a prose imprint? With more than one thousand poetry-specific publications produced over the past nearly thirty years, why branch out into prose? I suppose the straightforward answer is that there appear to be fewer possibilities for publication for lyric prose than there once were, despite the wealth of materials being produced. There is some incredible work being done, and my own frustrations as a reader has brought us, one might say, to this.

The series includes multiple single-author chapbooks of prose, from fiction to other forms, all of which are included as part of the regular above/ground press annual subscription package. Naturally, review/media copies are available upon request (while supplies last). Here are links to the entire series-to-date (all of which are currently still in-print):

17. David Miller, AN ENVELOPE FOR SILENCE: Some Short Fiction 1977-1989 (May 2022)
16. Wade Bell, Visions of Bolaño (March 2022)

15. Karl Jirgens, ECO BLUES: A tale in 3 parts (February 2022)
14. Sarah Rosenthal, Fire and Flood: Enacting Rehearsal as Performance (December 2021)
13. Susan Rukeyser, Whatever Feels Like Home (November 2021)

12. Gary Barwin, SAYING “BOY” IN A WILDERNESS OF SONG (September 2021)
11. Ken Sparling, the girl arrived (August 2021)

10. Summer Brenner, DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME (July 2021)

9. M.A.C. Farrant, SOME OF THE PUZZLES (June 2021)

8. Adam Thomlison, Kid Commitment Proves Them Wrong (June 2021)
7. Anik See, The Great Beauty (March 2021)

6. Al Kratz, OFF THE RESTING SEA (February 2021)

5. Kristjana Gunnars, a moment in flight : essay on melancholy (November 2020)

4. Keith Waldrop, from THE LOSS FOR WORDS (October 2020)

3. rob mclennan, Twenty-one stories, (September 2020)

2. Jane Eaton Hamilton, Would You Like a Little Gramma On Those? (September 2020)

1. Amanda Earl, Sessions from the DreamHouse Aria (September 2020)


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

bibliography of canadian literary magazines and presses,

After having spent the past couple of years working on my bibliography (with the occasional profile and/or new interview) of Ottawa-specific literary magazines, journals and presses, I've felt prompted to further my scope to include profiles and interviews with other publishers/editors from around the country. Here is some of what I've engaged with so far:

; Commoners' Press, Ottawa ON (c. 1970s) : 2016 interview with Neil Flowers, editor of Northern Comfort (1973) ; CrossCountry – a magazine of Canadian-U.S. poetry/CrossCountry Press (1975-1983) : 2021-22 interview with Ken Norris and Jim Mele and bibliography ; mouse eggs, Montreal QC (1976-1981; online version 2021-) : 2020-21 interview with Ken Norris and Endre Farkas and bibliography ; Sparks magazine, Ottawa ON (1977-8) : 2015 interview with Blaine Marchand and bibliography; Ouroboros, Ottawa ON (1982-1989) : 2015 interview with Colin Morton and bibliography; Surrealist Poets Gardening Assoc., Toronto ON (1984-1993) : 2021 interview with Lillian Nećakov and bibliography ; The Rideau River Review, Ottawa ON (1987-1988) : 2016 interview with Stephen Brockwell and bibliography; Hostbox, Ottawa ON (1992-1995); 2020 interview with Chris Pollard and bibliography; STANZAS magazine, Ottawa ON (1993-2006) : my bibliography of STANZAS magazine; Hook & Ladder, Ottawa ON (1993-1997) : 2015 interview with Victoria Vernell and biography; GraffitiFish, Ottawa ON (1994-1997) : 2015 interview with Warren D. Layberry and bibliography; graffito: the poetry poster, Ottawa ON (1994-2000) : electronic archive; 2015 interview with b stephen harding and bibliography; Bad Moon Books, Ottawa ON (1995-2004) : 2015 interview with Warren D. Layberry and bibliography; Grove Avenue Press, Ottawa ON (c. 1996-8) : 2015 interview with Colin Morton and bibliography; Missing Jacket, Ottawa ON (1996-1997) : my bibliography/write-up; The Contemporary Journal of Literary Stuff, Toronto/Ottawa ON (c. 1996-1997) : 2016-7 Grant Wilkins interview and bibliography; Backwater Review, Ottawa ON (1997-1999) : 2015 interview with Leo Brent Robillard and bibliography ; Queen Street Quarterly, Toronto ON (1997-2005) : 2020-21 interview with Suzanne Zelazo and bibliography ; Front&Centre, Ottawa ON (1999-2016) : 2017 interview with Matthew Firth and bibliography; ₤IbEl, Edmonton AB (2000); 2021 interview with Andy Weaver and bibliography; (orange) magazine, Calgary AB (2000-2002) : 2021-2 interview with Nikki Reimer, ryan fitzpatrick and Chris Patrick Carolan and bibliography; Murderous Signs, Ottawa ON (2000-2007) : 2015 interview with Grant Wilkins and bibliography; The Moose & Pussy, Ottawa ON (2008-2012) : 2016 interview with Jeff Blackman and bibliography;


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Six Questions interviews : Chaudiere Books

Begun in January 2020 at the Chaudiere Books blog, the Six Questions interviews is a series of short interviews with current/former Ottawa poets and fiction writers, all conducted by myself.
Six Questions: Manahil Bandukwala : Conyer Clayton : Mark Frutkin : Dessa Bayrock : Anita Dolman : Laurie Koensgen : Sandra Nicholls : Chris Johnson : Ronnie R. Brown : Rob Thomas : Amanda Earl : Claudia Coutu Radmore : Blaine Marchand : nina jane drystek : Anita Lahey : D.S. Stymeist : John Barton : Ellen Chang-Richardson : K.I. Press : Jason Christie : Christian McPherson : Ian Roy : Gabriella Goliger : Kate Heartfield : Susan J. Atkinson : Ron Seatter : Frances Boyle : Mer Brebner : Matthew Firth : Elizabeth Hay : Sarah Kabamba : Abby Paige : Colin Morton : Mary Lee Bragg : Nadine McInnis : Namitha Rathinappillai : Helen Robertson : Maha Zimmo : Laura FarinaRusty Priske : IAN MARTIN : Chris Jennings : Pearl Pirie : Terry Ann Carter : Nicola Vulpe : Jennifer Baker : Tim Mook Sang : David Groulx : Jean Van Loon : Warren Dean Fulton : Cameron Anstee : Joseph A. Dandurand : Missy Marston : Sean Johnston : Jennifer Falkner : Deborah-Anne Tunney : Monty Reid : Rachel Small : Colin Browne : Wanda Praamsma : Andrea Thompson : a.m. kozak : Julian Day : Christopher Levenson : Adele Graf : Michael Lithgow : Nicholas Power : Charlene Kwiatkowski : Jay Heins : Laura McGavin : Rob Winger : Kim Fahner : Aisling Murphy : Peter Richardson : Susan McMaster : Vera Hadzic : Christina Shah : Cindy Arlette Orellana : Cyril Dabydeen : Carla Hartsfield : Ranylt Richildis : Sarah Priscus : Armand Garnet Ruffo : Adam Meisner : Brandon Crilly : Justin Million : Debra Martens : Robert Hogg : Alison Gresik : Cara Waterfall : Adrienne Stevenson : Natalie Morrill : Grant Wilkins : Marnie Pomeroy : Simon Turner : Sonia Tilson : Pamela Mosher : Lana Crossman : Kathleen Klassen : rob mclennan : Michael F. Stewart : Nathan Hauch : Suzanne Alyssa Andrew : Richard-Yves Sitoski : Jérôme Melançon : Allana Stuart : Sonia Saikaley : Waubgeshig Rice : Mary F. Hawkins : Peter Darbyshire : Naomi K. Lewis : Albert Dumont : Jacqueline Bourque : Allison Armstrong : Christy Ann Conlin : Katie Welch : Wade Bell : Chantel Lavoie : Andrew Faulkner : Michael Caesar : Janna Klostermann : df parizeau : Dave Gregory : Jesse Keith Butler : Jennifer Cox : Rob Manery : Phil Mader : Liam Burke : Michael Murray : Becky Halton : Olive Andrews : Michael Blouin : Tanya Rakh : Brenda Chapman :

National Poetry Month : full list : Chaudiere Books

I've been curating poems for National Poetry Month over at the Chaudiere Books blog since 2014 (there are other activities on the site apart from that, of course). Here is a list with links for the entire series to date.

2022: rob mclennan ; Julie Carr : Ryanne Kap ; Sarah Hilton ; Bruce Whiteman ; ryan fitzpatrick ; Bronwen Tate ; Armand Garnet Ruffo ; Juliane Okot Bitek ; Susie Campbell ; N.W. Lea ; Monica Mody ; Adele Graf ; Liz Howard ; Shaindel Beers ; Conyer Clayton ; Christian McPherson ; katie o'brien ; Dale Martin Smith ; Sarah Mangold ; Helen Robertson ; Sacha Archer ; Saba Pakdel ; Gregory Betts ; Sarah MacDonell ; Margo LaPierre ; Blaine Marchand ; em kniefel ; Andy Verboom ; Michelle Desbarats ;

2021:
Virginia Konchan ; Cecilia Stuart ; Genevieve Kaplan ; Ashley Hynd ; psw and Kate Siklosi ; Lea Graham ; Franco Cortese ; Rebecca Rustin ; Zane Koss ; Frances Boyle ; Melissa Eleftherion ; Chris Johnson ; Gil McElroy ; Michael Sikkema ; natalie hanna ; Buck Downs ; Helen Hajnoczky ; Matthew Walsh ; Ben Robinson ; Trish Salah ; Jennifer Londry ; Vasilios Billy Mavreas ; lukas ray hall ; Roxanna Bennett ; Andy Weaver ; Kate Hargreaves ; David Groulx ; Carlie Blume ; Anita Lahey ; Misha Solomon ;

2020:
Lizzie Derksen ; Amish Trivedi ; Shannon Maguire ; nina jane drystek ; Hugh Thomas ; Jaime Forsythe ; Stan Rogal ; natalie hanna ; Stephen Collis ; Heather Sweeney ; Emily Izsak ; Mia Morgan ; David Ly ; Douglas Barbour ; Gillian Parrish ; Stuart Ross ; Kayla Czaga ; MLA Chernoff ; Sanita Fejzić ; Nikki Reimer ; Michael Edwards ; Lydia Unsworth ; Chris Banks ; Alina Stefanescu ; Annick MacAskill ; Amanda Earl ; Julian Day ; Ellen Chang-Richardson ; Margo LaPierre ; Dale Tracy ;


2019: Jane Virginia Rohrer ; Geoffrey Nilson ; Julia Polyck-O'Neill : Stephen Brockwell ; Chris Johnson ; Chris Warren ; Kate Siklosi ; Simon Brown ; Zane Koss ; Renée Sarojini Saklikar ; Elee Kraljii Gardiner ; nina jane drystek ; rob mclennan ; Sharon Harris ; Stan Rogal ; natalie hanna ; Alice Burdick ; R. Kolewe ; Amy LeBlanc ; Kristina Drake ; Conyer Clayton ; Karen Massey ; Jason Christie ; Gil McElroy ; Anita Dolman ; Isabella Wang ; Pearl Pirie ; Ian Martin ; Joe Blades ; Manahil Bandukwala ;

2018: rob mclennan ; Chris Johnson ; Alyssa Bridgman ; Jenna Jarvis ; Michael Dennis ; John Barton ; Gary Barwin ; Michael e. Casteels ; Kate Hargreaves ; Aaron Tucker ; Justin Million ; Molly Cross-Blanchard ; K.I. Press ; Amanda Earl ; Natalee Caple ;

2017: Anita Dolman ; rob mclennan ; N.W. Lea ; Kristina Drake ; Chris Johnson ; natalie hanna ; Sean Braune ; Sharon Harris ; Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Andrew McEwan ; Jamie Sharpe ; Stan Rogal ; Carl Watts ; Lauren Turner ; nathan dueck ; Joe Blades ; Julia Polyck-O'Neill ;

2016: Andy Weaver ; rob mclennan ; Jennifer Londry ; Nikki Sheppy ; Virginia Konchan ; Jason Christie ; Gil McElroy ; Chris Turnbull ; Elizabeth Robinson ; Stephen Brockwell ; Natalee Caple ; Marcus McCann ; George Elliott Clarke ; Amanda Earl ;

2015: Anya Douglas ; Gil McElroy and Christina McElroy ; rob mclennan ; Jennifer Londry ; derek beaulieu ; Chris Turnbull ; Karen Massey ; Lea Graham ; Stan Rogal ; Pearl Pirie ; Sarah Mangold ; Hugh Thomas ; Kayla Czaga ; Joe Blades ; Helen Hajnoczky ; Janice Tokar

2014: Helen Hajnoczky ; rob mclennan ; N.W. Lea ; Joe Blades ; Anne Le Dressay ; Roland Prevost ; Karen Massey ; derek beaulieu ; Pearl Pirie ; Marilyn Irwin ; Rhonda Douglas ; Marcus McCann ; Anita Dolman ; Eleni Zisimatos ; Gil McElroy ; Amanda Earl ;

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Arc Poetry Walks : Ottawa : 2018

Arc Poetry Magazine approached me (thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation) to curate a series of literary walks around various neighbourhoods in Ottawa in 2018, each one to take roughly an hour, aiming to point out a variety of poetry-related sites around the city. As their own promo read:
Arc Walks Ottawa is a series of guided walks based on poetry themes and capitalizing on the rich poetry history of Canada’s capital. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to join in on the walks to learn and revel in Ottawa’s poetry.
The original pitch for the walk included one in French, as well as an Aboriginal walk, which are still in-progress. After each of my four walks, I posted the text from my walk over at my blog, with photos and plenty of links to the multitude of names and other references made during each walk. above/ground press has also produced "poem" handouts for each of my walks, with the produced poem and/or poet directly connected to that individual walk. The links to all are below, as will be notifications for further walks, as they become confirmed.

Walk One: Centretown, March 21, 2018: announcement; poem handout, by John Newlove; post-walk text and report

Walk Two: Glebe, May 25, 2018: announcement; poem handout, by Emily Baird; post-walk text and report

Walk Five: Hintonburg, November 9, 2018: announcement; poem handout, by Claire Farley; post-walk text and report

Walk Six: Byward Market, December 8, 2018: announcement; poem handout, by Colin Morton; post-walk text and report