Monday, May 28, 2007

Events, News etc...

Toronto's Scream Literary Festival has announced its lineup. The Festival runs from July 3rd to July 9th this year.

The English-language finalists for the Trillium Book Award for poetry have been announced [amongst them Ottawan Anita Lahey]:

* Ken Babstock for Airstream Land Yacht
* Adam Dickinson for Kingdom, Phylum
* Anita Lahey for Out to Dry in Cape Breton

Amongst the nominees for the principal English-language Trillium Book Award are Ottawans Mark Frutkin nominated for Fabrizio's Return & Charlotte Gray nominated for Reluctant Genius.

CBC story on the Trillium nominations here.

Hazard by British Columbia poet Jake Kennedy & published by Toronto publisher BookThug has been awarded the bpNichol Chapbook Award. There's a CBC article on the award here.

Yesterday, Christian McPherson launched Six Ways to Sunday, recently published by Nightwood Editions, at Patty's Pub in Ottawa.

Greg Frankson aka Ritallin performs on Tuesday, May 29th at the Avant-Garde Bar. It starts at 8pm & I believe no cover but check in with Avant-Garde Bar to confirm.

Rob Winger launches Muybridge's Horse, also published by Nightwood Editions, as part of the Plan 99 Reading Series at the Manx in Ottawa on June 9th at 5pm.

& another screening for Heard of Poets
A Documentary on Ottawa poets.
Host: Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre
Time and PlaceDate: Friday, June 1, 2007
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre
Street: 984 Wellington St. West. Where Somerset turns into Wellington.
Ottawa, ON

& Grant Wilkins is having a birthday...

& I might just be starting up a reading series this autumn!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Reading on the eve of the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair: 15 June 2007

upstairs at the Carleton Tavern in Ottawa
doors 7pm, readings 7:30pm
15 June 2007

Organized jointly by the small press action network-ottawa (span-0) & Griddle Grin Productions.

Pennsylvania poets Jennifer Hill-Kaucher & Dan Waber will feature in a reading to take place on the eve of the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair; other readers to be announced by span-o.

Jennifer Hill-Kaucher is the author of four books of poetry: Questioning Walls Open, Nightcrown (a crown of sonnets in a limited edition lotus book), Book of Days, and A Proper Dress. A Pennsylvania Council on the Arts roster poet, Jennifer conducts poetry workshops and residencies throughout the state and also in Ireland. Among her other writing exploits, she is editor of Paper Kite Press and owner of Wordpainting, a studio devoted to creative writing and visual art.

Stuart Ross is most recently the author of the poetry collection I Cut My Finger (Anvil Press, 2007). His other books include Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected (ECW Press, 2003), Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (Anvil, 2005), and Henry Kafka and Other Stories (The Mercury Press, 1996). Proprietor of Proper Tales Press, co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, and Fiction & Poetry Editor of This Magazine, he teaches writing to adults and children at schools and through his Poetry Boot Camps. He lives in Toronto, but his online home is

Dan Waber is a visual poet, concrete poet, sound poet, performance poet, publisher, editor, playwright and multimedia artist whose work has appeared in all sorts of delicious places, from digital to print, from stage to classroom, from mailboxes to puppet theaters. He is currently working on "and everywhere in between." He makes his online home at

See also the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter.

Ottawa Small Press Book Fair: 16 June 2007

I'll be behind a table at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair for the first time ever this June 16th between noon & 5pm, upstairs in the Jack Purcell Community Centre. If you make it to the fair, come say hello -- I'll have free Puddle leaflets to distribute as well as some stuff for sale.