Monday, January 26, 2009

above/ground press: ALBERTA SERIES now online!

Edited and produced by rob mclennan
in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta
designed by mdesnoyers

One > rob mclennan
Two > George Bowering
Three > Christine Stewart
Four > Natalie Simpson
Five > Catherine Owen
Six > Jenna Butler
Seven > Douglas Barbour
Eight > derek beaulieu

These poetry chapbooks were originally produced in numbered runs of two hundred copies, once a month, from September 2007 to April 2008, to correspond with my time in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. All but two, myself and George Bowering, are Alberta authors, and George's came around the time he did a reading in Edmonton at the Olive Reading Series.

In the fifteen years I've been running above/ground press, producing chapbooks, magazines and 'poem' leaflets, I was amazed at what I could potentially accomplish, given that, thanks to the University and my new income, with actual resources. How could I not be producing material out of my English and Film Studies office?

rob mclennan
Ottawa, October 2008

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ottawater #5 launch!

Ottawa’s annual pdf poetry journal
edited by rob mclennan

the fifth issue of ottawater will go live in January 2009, with new writing by Cameron Anstee, Michael Blouin, Stephen Brockwell, Monique Desnoyers, Amanda Earl, Jesse Ferguson, Warren Dean Fulton, Adrienne Ho, Sean Johnston, Ben Ladouceur, Lainna Lane, Marcus McCann, rob mclennan, Christine McNair, Colin Morton, Jennifer Mulligan, Wanda O'Connor, Pearl Pirie, K.I. Press, Roland Prevost, Monty Reid, Shane Rhodes, Suzannah Showler, Sandra Ridley, Mike Spry, Gillian Wallace, Zack Wells, Rob Winger and Rachel Zolf, as well as an interview with poet Nina Berkhout.

The Ottawa launch will be happening Thursday, January 29 at the Ottawa Art Gallery in the Arts Court Building as part of the Factory Reading Series, lovingly hosted by rob mclennan, with readings from various contributors; doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm

Friday, January 9, 2009

Angela Szczepaniak, Eva Moran & Jason Camlot at the Factory Reading Series

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
as part of the Factory Reading Series at the Ottawa Art Gallery
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Canada
doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm

readings & book launches by three authors:
Angela Szczepaniak
Eva Moran
& Jason Camlot

author bios:

Angela Szczepaniak
Unisex Love Poems (Punchy/DC Books)

A doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo, Angela Szczepaniak is neck-deep in a dissertation on innovative poetry, detective fiction, andcomic books. In addition to publishing poetry and critical essays, she recently participated in a hygiene themed poetry-art project, and as a result her work can be found on placards in some of the finest public restrooms in Seattle. She is the author of Unisex Love Poems (Punchy/DCBooks). At the moment, she lives in Toronto.

Eva Moran,
Porny Stories (Punchy/DC Books)

Eva a SWF 5' 6" Montreal native living and working in Toronto. Eva is a non-smoker who rarely drinks. But make no mistake, she's a spunky, fun and energetic Leo. Eva has her MA in English Literature from Concordia, is an aspiring boxer, and she works out six days a week. Eva enjoys running, yoga, and long bike rides. She adores petting puppy golden retrievers. She is the author of Porny Stories (Punchy/DC Books). Love her!

Jason Camlot
The Debaucher (Insomniac Press)

Jason Camlot is the author of three collections of poetry, The Animal Library, Attention All Typewriters and most recently, The Debaucher. His critical works include Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century, co-edited with Todd Swift, and Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic. He is poetry editor of the Punchy Writers Series (DC Books), and Chair of English at Concordia University.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jay MillAr & Pearl Pirie, February 13th at the Carleton Tavern

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm
The Carleton Tavern (upstairs), 223 Armstrong (at Parkdale)
Friday, February 13, 2009

readings by:
Jay MillAr (Toronto)
& Pearl Pirie (Ottawa)

author bios:

Jay MillAr is a Toronto poet, editor, publisher, and virtual bookseller. He is the author of False Maps for Other Creatures (2005), Mycological Studies (2002), and The Ghosts of Jay MillAr (2000). His most recent collection is the small blue (Fall 2007). In 2006 he published Double Helix, a collaborative "novel" written with Stephen Cain. Millar is the shadowy figure behind BookThug, an independent publishing house dedicated to cutting edge work by well-known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire's Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. A long-time fixture of the Toronto writing and publishing scene, Jay has participated in such diverse projects as the UNBC/Via Rail Poetry Train, The Scream in High Park, Test Readings Series and Influency: A Poetry Salon. He is also the co-editor(with Mark Truscott) of BafterC, a small magazine of contemporary writing. Currently Jay teaches creative writing at George Brown College.

Pearl Pirie's words are in blogs everywhere and on paper in gar, 1cent, Peter F Yacht Club and in chapbooks by pooka press, Amanda's Angelhouse Press and rob's above/ground.