Sunday, September 28, 2008

2009 subscriptions now available;

I'm now offering my usual annual $40 above/ground press subscription for 2009 (& check out our group on facebook).


give $40 to rob mclennan, or mail:
c/o 858 Somerset Street West, main floor, Ottawa Ontario Canada K1R 6R7

regular notices are also sent out through an email list of Ottawa-area literary events. to get on the list, email me at

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ottawa: A Field Guide by rob mclennan

publisht in Ottawa by above/ground press for a reading at the Ottawa Art Gallery, September 25, 2008, as part of the exhibit Evidence: The Ottawa City Project, curated by Emily


some of these pieces have appeared previously online as a Leaf Press "Monday Poem," as part of a feature on Anny Ballardini's Poet's Corner ― Fieralingue website, and on the author's own blog.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of over a dozen trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles
are the novella white (2007), the travel book Ottawa: The Unknown City (2008), the non-fiction titles subverting the lyric: essays (2008) and Alberta dispatch: interviews & writing from Edmonton (2008). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), (with Stephen Brockwell) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. He recently spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at

publisht in Ottawa by above/ground press in an edition of 300 copies, September 2008. a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy. To order, send $4 + $1 for postage, & in Canadian currency; if sending from outside Canada, send in American, payable to rob mclennan, c/o 858 Somerset Street West, main floor, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1R 6R7; above/ground press subscribers receive (honest!) a complimentary copy; calendar year subscriptions available for $40, & include chapbooks, broadsides, STANZAS magazine & The Peter F. Yacht Club.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jeanette Lynes, Stephen Brockwell + Christine McNair reading!

three poets hosted by above/ground press & the small press action network - ottawa (span-o);

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Friday, October 17, 2008
doors 7pm, readings 7:30
at The Carleton Tavern (upstairs)
233 Armstrong (at Parkdale, right by the Parkdale Market)

readings by

Jeanette Lynes (Antigonish NS)
Stephen Brockwell (Ottawa ON)
+ Christine McNair (Ottawa ON)

Jeanette Lynes' fourth collection of poetry, It's Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield poems, has just been published by Freehand Books (2008); one poem from this collection can be heard live on you tube. Her fifth collection of poems, The New Blue Distance, will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2009 . Her fourth book of poems, The New Blue Distance, will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2008. A co-authored chapbook with Alison Calder will appear under the Jack Pine Books imprint in December, 2007. Jeanette has been a writer in residence at Saskatoon Public Library (2005-2006) and Northern Lights College (July, 2005). She is co-editor of The Antigonish Review, Poet Laureate of the Nova Scotia NDP (New Democratic Party), and an Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at St. Francis Xavier University.

Stephen Brockwell lives in Ottawa. He is the author of The Wire in Fences, The Cometology (ECW Press, 2001), Fruit Fly Geographic (ECW Press, 2004) and The Real Made Up (ECW Press, 2007). He has written reviews and articles for The Danforth Review, Rubicon and Books in Canada. Recent work has appeared in Arc, Prairie Fire, the Fiddlehead, the Antigonish Review, and Queen St Quarterly.

Christine McNair's work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, fireweed and Misunderstandings, as well as a recent above/ground press broadside. She won an honourable mention in the Eden Mills Literary Competition and second prize (poetry) in the 27th Atlantic Writing Competition. Her first publication was in a ninth grade English textbook. She apologises profusely to any students traumatised by her story or by the inane English class questions which were appended. She tries to pay the bills working as a book conservator in Ottawa.

info: rob mclennan at 613 239 0337 or az421 (at) freenet (dot) carleton (dot) ca