Wednesday, July 22, 2020

J.R. Carpenter is UAlberta's 2020-21 Writer-in-Residence

University of Alberta's EFS Writer-in-Residence Committee has announced that J. R. Carpenter will be their 2020-21 Writer-in-Residence. Congratulations, J.R.! It is a very good gig (I can say that with experience, as you most likely know). And of course, copies of her above/ground press chapbook, A General History of the Air (March 2020), are totally still available.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

new from above/ground press: Cloud Game with Plums, by Rose Maloukis

Cloud Game with Plums
Rose Maloukis

Oh! Those shrubs!
That one! lays
itself on top of itself
variegated swell over
dark serried quick
mound upon mound
fan fingered leaves
reach to the earth
its body so godly—
if it could stand
and walk away
I would follow

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
July 2020
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Rose Maloukis
is a poet and visual artist, with a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She was born and grew up in the United States but has dual citizenship and resides in Montreal. Her poetry appears in a limited-edition bilingual artist’s book, From the Middle ~ Sonoritiés du Coeur, which is held in the collection of both the national and provincial libraries. She was short-listed for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize and two poems were published in Matrix Magazine, Issue #105. A winning Second Place poem has been published in Geist’s 2018 Spring Issue #108.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; in US, add $2; outside North America, add $5) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9. E-transfer or PayPal at at rob_mclennan (at) or the PayPal button at

Monday, July 20, 2020

poetry pause : the league of canadian poets

Thanks to The League of Canadian Poets' "poetry pause" series for helping celebrate twenty-seven years of above/ground press! The series allowed me to curate ten authors for recent slots, all of whom are Canadian (and/or Canadian-based) authors with 2020 above/ground press publications. Most of the poems included in the series are reprinted from their collections, but a few even provided new poems! Here are the authors' names, with the links to their "poetry pause" poems: Dani Spinosa, George Stanley, Khashayar Mohammadi, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Sarah Burgoyne, Lance La Rocque, J.R. Carpenter, Leesa Dean, Razielle Aigen and Dale Tracy. Can you believe we're twenty-seven years deep? What might the rest of the year bring? We are so close to thirty!