Tuesday, July 9, 2019

the above/ground press summer sale! and today is the press' 26th birthday!

IT WAS TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO TODAY (July 9, 1993) that I launched the first two official above/ground press titles (after a year or two of a variety of titles and semi-random press names, if at all) at an event at the long-since disappeared Stone Angel Institute coffeehouse on Ottawa's Lisgar Street. Where does the time go, exactly?

With the anniversary reading/launch/party currently in production, I thought we should also celebrate TWENTY-SIX YEARS OF CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION (getting remarkably close to one thousand publications) with a glorious summer sale! 

$30 for any eight 2019 chapbook titles! (until August 15, 2019

(and if you ask all-nice, I might even be willing to include titles from the 2018 backlist...)

with nearly three dozen 2019 chapbook titles so far: HONG KONG BLUES, Ken Norris; Gravenhurst, a failed record of a roadtrip in haibun, Chris Johnson; Trust Only the Beasts in the Water, Conyer Clayton; Apples and Roses, Frances Boyle; Here on Huron, Michael Sikkema; Rain Play, Kemeny Babineau; poem | image | self, (after Adrian Piper and Lucy Lippard’s Catalysis), Julia Polyck-O'Neill; Dust of the Wren, poems and translations, Gary Barwin; 1956, Kate Siklosi; Somewhere in-between / cloud, rob mclennan; har sawlya, Mairéad Byrne; running commentary along the bottom of the tapestry, Kimberly Campanello; Tag & Run: Canto One, Stephen Cain; COLLECTIONS-14, Kyle Kinaschuk; The Ghosts of Barnacullia, Paul Perry; For a Poetry of Blot, Gregory Betts; Some Julian Days : Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Gil McElroy; from The Book of Bramah, Renée Sarojini Saklikar; camera obscura, Claudia Coutu Radmore; Words Are What You Get / You Do It For Real, poems and prose poems, Stephanie Gray; B V A, Billy Mavreas; A Holiday for Molecules, Alice Burdick; After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees— Second printing, Renée Sarojini Saklikar; SAME BITCH, DIFFERENT ERA: THE REAL HOUSEWIVES POEMS, Heather Sweeney; Like the noises alive people wear, R. Kolewe; uoiea, Franco Cortese; BODY BIRTH, Evan Gray; from Riot, September 2016, an Inside Out Journal, Dale Smith; Empire of Dirt, Virginia Konchan; Codex Mathematicum, Joshua James Collis; CHOOSE YOUR OWN POEM, Laura Farina; LETTERS WE'RE ALLOWED, Jennifer Stella; as well as G U E S T [a journal of guest editors] #2 (edited by Brenda Iijima), #3 (edited by Geoffrey Young), #4 (edited by Anthony Etherin) and #5 (edited by D.W. Adams) and Touch the Donkey [a small poetry journal] #20, #21 (fifth anniversary issue!) and #22 (more to come, so any titles that appear after this post would also be eligible,

while supplies last (like, obviously,

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) hotmail.com or the PayPal button at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com

with numerous rarities/backlist titles still available as well! And you remember we still have t-shirts, right? And those 25th anniversary broadsheets?

with forthcoming titles by John Newlove, Jessica Smith, Ben Robinson, N.W. Lea, Zane Koss, Lydia Unsworth, Allyson Paty, Guy Birchard, Andrew Zawacki, Simina Banu, Hawad (trans. Jake Syersak), Susanne Dyckman, Jane Virginia Rohrer, Dennis Cooley, Ben Meyerson, Isabel Sobral Campos, Mary Kasimor, Andrew K Peterson and Natalie Lyalin! (and more, most likely,

and you saw the anniversary essays that appeared all last year, yes? celebratory essays by authors and friends of the press including John Barton, Eric Schmaltz, David McKnight, Susanne Dyckman, Kristina Drake, Michael Dennis, Sean Braune, Carrie Olivia Adams, Gregory Betts, Marthe Reed, Gil McElroy, Ken Norris, Colin Morton, Aaron Tucker, Phil Hall, Gary Barwin, Erín Moure, Jason Christie, Amanda Earl, Stan Rogal, Eleni Zisimatos, Derek Beaulieu and Jessica Smith, etc

and keep an eye out on the annual above/ground press anniversary reading/launch/party at Ottawa's Vimy Brewing Company on Saturday, August 10th! readings and new titles already confirmed by Conyer Clayton, Michael Dennis, Kyle Kinaschuk, Pearl Pirie and Chris Turnbull, as well as possibly others! I mean, just look at the report from the 25th anniversary event, to see how fun that was, right?


the universe might be infinite, but above/ground press might just be infinite-er,

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