Saturday, July 18, 2015

bibliography of ottawa literary magazines and presses,

Given the recent appearance of bins of material in our household, thanks to John White donating a wealth of materials from his late mother's library (the Ottawa poet Jane Jordan), I've been prodded to, yet again, attempt to track a history of Ottawa literary magazines and presses. Cameron Anstee did a write-up of Ottawa poetry anthologies in 2014 also worth looking at, and Pearl Pirie put together a more recent list of Ottawa literary activity. Consider this a work-in-progress (updates/corrections/additions welcome):

: Inscape (1959-1960; 1963-1970); short write-up via Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University; Blue R Hand Press (1961-1962); Cameron Anstee's short write-up; Nil Press (1961-1965); Cameron Anstee's short write-up; Something Else (1963); Cameron Anstee's short write-up; Bytown Books (1963); Cameron Anstee's short write-up; Northern Journey/Northern Journey Press (1971-1976); Golden Dog Press (1972-1985); short write-up via Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University; Ottawa Poetry News (1976); Sparks magazine (1977-8); 2015 interview and bibliography; Review Ottawa/Anthos magazine (1977-1988); short write-up via Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University; Stoney Monday (1978); Reenbou: revue plurilingue de po├ęsie / plurilingual poetry magazine (1979); The Carleton Literary Review/The Carleton Arts Review (1981-1997); Ouroboros (1982-1989); 2015 interview and bibliography; The Rideau River Review (1987-1988); Anthos Books (1988-1990); Bywords (1990-2001); hole magazine/hole books (c. 1990-1996); Ink magazine (1992-c. 1997); Hostbox (1992-1995); STANZAS magazine (1993-2006)my bibliography of STANZAS magazine; Hook & Ladder (1993-1997); 2015 interview and biography; GraffitiFish (1994-1997); 2015 interview and bibliography; graffito: the poetry poster (1994-2000); electronic archive; 2015 interview and bibliography; The Skinny (c. 1994-1996); Bad Moon Books (1995-2004); 2015 interview and bibliography; Friday Circle (1995-2006); website/archive; Missing Jacket (1996-1997); my bibliography/write-up; The Contemporary Journal of Literary Stuff (c. 1996-1997); Backwater Review (1997-1999); post-journal occasional reviews blog; 2015 interview and bibliography; Litwit Review (2000); Murderous Signs (2000-2006?); (2002-2007); website; modomnoc (c. 2003); Bywords Quarterly Journal (2003-2013); The Moose & Pussy (2008-2012);

contemporary publications:

: Oberon Press (1966-); website; short write-up via Archives and Research Collections, Carleton UniversityArc poetry magazine (1978-); website; 2010 "12 or 20 (small press) questions" with Anita Lahey; my 2014 profile at Open Book: Ontario; above/ground press (1993-); website; 2015 self-profile, "above/ground press at twenty-two," at Open Book: Ontario; Pooka Press (1994-); BuschekBooks (1995-); website; Front&Centre (1997-); In/Words Magazine and Press (2001-); website; my 2013 profile at Open Book: Ontario; The Peter F. Yacht Club (2003-); website; 2010 bibliography; 2015 profile at Open Book: Ontario; ottawater (2005-); website; Chaudiere Books (2006-); website/blog; Ottawa Arts Review (2006-); website; AngelHousePress (2007-); website; 2010 "12 or 20 (small press) questions" with Amanda Earl; phafours press (2007-); website; 2014 profile at Open Book: Ontario; seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (2008-); website; Experiment-o (2008-); website; Maple Tree Literary Supplement (2008-); website; Apt. 9 Press (2009-); website; 2010 "12 or 20 (small press) questions" with Cameron Anstee; 2011 profile at Open Book: Ontario; (2009-); website; The Steel Chisel (2013-); website; Touch the Donkey (2014-); website; 2014 self-profile at Open Book: Ontario; shreeking violet press (2014-); website;

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

rob mclennan chapbook package
     Signed or unsigned (optional)
        copies of a series of limited-edition chapbooks by rob mclennan, including
       some out-of-print rarities:
last leaves (Reference West, 1998)
red giant (unarmed, 2002)
4 Glengarry Poems (above/ground press, 2002)
fourteen hearts, a grist – a february poem – (Cubicle Press 2004)
33 lines, a stolen phrase & a short apology (Apostrophe Press, 2005)
carnage (As We Try & Sleep Press, 2005)
the collected books of rob mclennan (above/ground press, 2003)
hydrant (above/ground press, 2005)
generations (The Martian Press, 2006)
the geography of the present (LaurelReedBooks, 2007)
ottawa poems (blue notes) (small chapbook project, 2007)
how it is I am not married/I want to sleep in the runcible spoon
            (Lipstick Press, 2010)
The underside of the line, (above/ground press, 2011)
Linden Lea (Grey Borders Books, 2011)
Miss Canada (Corrupt Press, 2012)
Miss Canada (A Bywords Publication, 2012)
The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Sacrifice Press, 2013)
Mother Firth’s (Gaspereau Press, 2013)

signed copy of a single Christine McNair or rob mclennan trade title, (the amount of certain titles might be limited), along with a small assortment of randomly-selected above/ground press “poem” broadsides
      book options include:
           Christine McNair, Conflict (BookThug, 2012)
           rob mclennan, The Uncertainty Principle: stories
                         (Chaudiere Books, 2014)
           missing persons (The Mercury Press, 2009) 
           subverting the lyric: essays, (ECW Press, 2008) 
           white (The Mercury Press, 2007) 
           Songs for little sleep, (obvious epiphanies press, 2012) 
           A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011) 
           Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) 
           wild horses (University of Alberta Press, 2010) 
           gifts (Talonbooks, 2009) 
          The Ottawa City Project (Chaudiere Books, 2007) 
           aubade (Broken Jaw Press, 2006) 
           stone, book one (Palimpsest Press, 2004) 
           what’s left (Talonbooks, 2004) 
           red earth (Black Moss Press, 2003) 
           paper hotel (Broken Jaw Press, 2002) 
          harvest, a book of signifiers (Talonbooks, 2001) 
          bagne, or Criteria for Heaven (Broken Jaw Press, 2000) 
          The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh (Talonbooks, 1999) 
          Manitoba highway map (Broken Jaw Press, 1999) 
          bury me deep in the green wood (ECW Press, 1999) 
          Notes on drowning (Broken Jaw Press, 1998)

Friday, June 6, 2014

The League of Canadian Poets: 2014 Souster/Lampert/Lowther shortlist interviews

From early April to early June, 2014, I conducted short interviews with all the authors of the shortlisted titles for each of the three awards run through The League of Canadian Poets – the Raymond Souster Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Pat Lowther Award. See the links to the individual interviews below. For further information on the awards (and who won), check out The League of Canadian Poets website.

The Raymond Souster Award: Russell Thornton; Anne Compton; Jenna Butler; Vancy Kasper; Catherine Graham; John Terpstra.

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: Juleta Severson-Baker; Laurie D. Graham; Murray Reiss; Jordan Abel; Julie Joosten.

The Pat Lowther Award: Micheline Maylor; Anne Compton; Elizabeth Bachinsky; Alexandra Oliver; Sadiqa de Meijer; Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Last Good Year

My post-mother creative non-fiction work-in-progress:

Crossouts sustain me now. I search out and cherish them like old photographs of my mother in happier times. It may be a stage of grieving that will pass. It may be I’ll never again think of sentences unshadowed in this way. It has changed me. Now I too am someone who knows marks.

Here is an epitaph for my mother I found on p. 19 of the Fitzwilliam Manuscript of Virginia Woolf’s Women and Fiction:

Obviously it is impossible, I thought, looking into these
ment foaming waters, to
such compare the living with the dead make any comparison
rapture compare them.

Anne Carson, Men in the Off Hours

First section: The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year;

Second section: house: a (tiny) memoir;

Third section: The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year; The Last Good Year;

Monday, March 22, 2010

12 or 20 (small press) questions (third series):

Originally conducted by rob mclennan and (briefly) Lisa Pasold, and continued by mclennan, this new series of “12 or 20 questions” (originally based on mclennan’s own first and second series of interviews with writers) is a response to a conversation between mclennan (founder/coordinator of the ottawa small press book fair) and Pasold (then-current co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair) after the fall 2009 edition of the Toronto fair, held at the Gladstone Hotel. Over drinks, the two colluded to work a series of interviews with purveyors of small and micro-press, whether chapbook or book publishers, or editors/publishers of magazines, journals or zines. Much thanks to the Gladstone Hotel, who originally provided drinks and the opportunity, and Open Book Toronto, where a couple of these pieces have been featured.   
; CJ Evans on Two Lines Press: Oakland CA, October 12, 2015 ; Maureen Scott Harris on Fieldnotes/MSH: Toronto, September 28, 2015 ; Kent MacCarter on Cordite Books: Australia, July 11, 2015 ; JenMarie and Travis Macdonald on Fact-Simile: Philadelphia PA, June 9, 2015 ; Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr on Commune Editions: Oakland, CA: May 29, 2015 ; Jared Schickling on Delete Press: New York, NY: April 21, 2015 ; Nicci Mechler on Porkbelly Press: Cincinnati OH: March 22, 2015 ; Caryl Pagel on Rescue Press: Cleveland OH: December 14, 2014 ; Amanda McCormick on Ink Press Production: Baltimore MD: September 16, 2014 ; Ken Hunt on SPACECRAFT: Calgary AB: August 24, 2014 ; Ashley Opheim on Metatron: Montreal QC: June 10, 2014 ; Nicholas Power on Gesture Press: Toronto ON: June 4, 2014 ; Kristina Marie Darling on Noctuary Press: Buffaly NY: November 12, 2013 ; Michael Sikkema on Shirt Pocket Press: Grand Rapids MI: October 31, 2013 ; Jeff Alessandrelli and Bret Sheperd on Dikembe Press: Oregon/Nebraska: October 14, 2013 ; Daniel Poppick and Rob Schlegel on The Catenary Press: Iowa City and Wall Walla WA: October 5, 2013 ; Peter Jelen on BareBackPress: Hamilton ON: September 26, 2013 : Erin Costello and Mark Rockswold on SpringGun Press: Denver CO: September 9, 2013 ; Patrick F. Durgin on Kenning Editions: Chicago Il: August 26, 2013 ; Tony Mancus on Flying Guillotine Press: Arlington VA/Denver CO: August 14, 2013 ; Nikolai Duffy on Like This Press: Manchester UK: August 4, 2013 ; Guy Bennett on Mindmade Books: Los Angeles CA: June 15, 2013 ; Bardia Sinaee on Odourless Press: Toronto ON: June 11, 2013 ; Jess Mynes on Fewer and Further Press: Western MA: May 19, 2013 ; Carleton Wilson on Junction Books: Toronto ON: April 30, 2013 ; Kristy Bowen on dancing girl press: Chicago Il: June 29, 2012 ; Simone Fattal on The Post-Apollo Press: Sausalito CA: June 11, 2012 ; Aaron Cohick on The NewLights Press: Colorado Springs CO: February 13, 2012 ; Andrew Steeves on Gaspereau Press, Kentville NS: January 29, 2012 ; Dawn Marie Kresan on Palimpsest Press, Kingville ON: November 15, 2011 ; Scott Sweeney on Grey Book Press, Tallahassee FL: October 14, 2011 ; Spencer Gordon on Ferno House, Toronto ON: October 4, 2011 ; Jaime Robles on Woodland Editions, San Francisco CA/Exeter UK: September 22, 2011 ; Rena Rosenwasser and Patricia Dienstfrey on Kelsey Street Press: Berkeley CA: August 31, 2011 ; Rachel Moritz, WinteRed: Minneapolis MN: August 11, 2011 ; Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover, New American Writing: Mill Valley, CA: August 5, 2011Rupert Loydell, Smallminded Books: Cornwall UK: July 31, 2011 ; Brian Teare, Albion Books: Philadelphia, PA: July 22, 2011 ; Amanda Ackerman + Harold Abamowitz, eohippus labs: Los Angeles, CA: July 5, 2011 ; Vincent Ponka, Emmerson Street Press, Northwestern ON: July 4, 2011 ; Karen Randall, Propolis Press, Northampton MA: April 19, 2011 ; Eric Elshtain, Beard of Bees Press, Chicago Il: April 4, 2011 ; Jen Tynes, Horse Less Press, Denver CO: March 14, 2011 ; John Calabro, Quattro Books, Toronto ON: February 27, 2011 ; Ken Edwards, Reality Street Editions, England: February 12, 2011 ; Jason Dewinetz, Greenboathouse Press, Vernon BC: February 3, 2011 ; kemeny babineau, Laurel Reed Books, Mt. Pleasant ON: January 11, 2011 ; derek beaulieu, NO Press, Calgary AB: January, 3, 2011 ; Kyle Schlesinger, Cuneiform Press, Buffalo NY: December 29, 2010 ; Lary Bremner (Timewell), Obvious Epiphanies Press, Japan: December 14, 2010 ; Rolf Maurer, New Star Books, Vancouver BC: November 30, 2010 ; J.A. Tyler, Mud Luscious Press: September 10, 2010 ; Meredith Quartermain, Nomados, Vancouver BC: August 3, 2010 ; Brian Clements, Firewheel Editions/sentence magazine, Danbury CT: July 26, 2010 ; Edward Smallfield, Apogee Press, Barcelona Spain/Berkeley CA: June 16, 2010 ; Dave Proctor, Wooden Rockets Press, Toronto ON: June 11, 2010 ; Antonio D'Alfonso, Guernica Editions, Montreal QC: June 5, 2010 ; Caleigh (intern), The Porcupine's Quill, Inc., Erin ON: May 25, 2010 ; Christophe Casamassima, Furniture Press, Baltimore MD: May 22, 2010 ; Ralph Alfonso, Bonzo Beat Books, Montreal QC: May 18, 2010 ; Jenny Penberthy, The Capilano Review, Vancouver BC: May 6, 2010 ; William Allegrezza, Moira, Chicago Il: April 29, 2010 ; Anita Lahey, Arc magazine, Montreal QC: April 24, 2010 ; Kitty McKay Lewis, Brick Books, London ON: April 18, 2010 ; Mark McCawley, Greensleeve Editions, Edmonton AB: April 15, 2010 ; The Workhorsery, Toronto ON: April 13, 2010 ; Cameron Anstee, Apt. 9 Press, Ottawa ON: April 6, 2010 ; Angela Carr, Tente, Montreal QC: April 4, 2010 ; Jenna Butler, Rubicon Press, Edmonton AB: March 30, 2010 ; Janet Vickers, Lipstick Press, Gabriola Island BC: March 26, 2010 ; Amanda Earl, AngelHousePress, Ottawa ON: March 22, 2010 ;