Friday, September 07, 2007

Announcing The A B Series

The A B Series #1

A new literary reading/performance/lecture series produced and hosted by Max Middle.

The inaugural reading in The A B Series takes place at 7:30pm on November 1st in the Art Gallery on the main floor of Ottawa's City Hall with readings by three book touring Calgarians. Poets Natalie Zina Walschots and ryan fitzpatrick launch collections of poetry from Montreal's Snare Books. fitzpatrick launches FAKE MATH and Walschots, Thumbscrews. They are joined by writer William Neil Scott whose first novel is Wonderfull.

Natalie Zina Walschots recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. Her first book, entitled Thumbscrews, comes out from Snare Books this fall. Natalie is the current Managing Editor of filling Station Magazine. Her husband is a Systems Analyst and a very good sport. Natalie's next book hijacks the aesthetic of video games.

William Neil Scott was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but spent the majority of his life in Calgary, Alberta. Scott completed a BA Honours Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, at the University of Calgary. Wonderfull is his first novel.

ryan fitzpatrick lives and writes from his home base in Calgary where he is a past-editor of filling Station magazine and the publisher of MODL Press. FAKE MATH (Snare Books, 2007) is his first book.

The A B Series #2 takes place two days later!

8:30pm on November 3rd with performances by:

BuffFluxus & kevin thurston

BuffFluxus is a performance ensemble composed of musicians and poets that realizes verbo-visual sound poetry and Fluxus and sound events. Based in Buffalo, the ensemble regularly presents original and traditional experimental works.

kevin thurston is happy to be out and about reading and performing. it is much better than his day job. sometimes poetry and performance can be a job too, but he stays out of most of that. here, 'credentials': poems published in lost and found times, fHole, yt communications, O Outbreak a chap from furniture_press 2005 & he has a cd coming out with narrowhouse recordings kevin is running late but will be in. he barely still lives in buffalo, ny where he helps curate readings and organizes the buffalo small press fair.

The A B Series #3
14 November 2007

Ottawa launch for Booty: Hurricane Jane and Typhoon Mary published by the Mercury Press []

Readings by authors Brea Burton and Jill Hartman

SPECIAL VENUE: The Avant-Garde Bar at 135 1/2 Besserer Street [downtown Ottawa]

Booty: Hurricane Jane and Typhoon Mary
In disjunctive treatments of popular slang and unpopular attitudes, Calgary collaborators Brea Burton and Jill Hartman take on gendered sexuality, reconsidering the sensual, the physical, and the feminine in colloquial language. Riding the wave of burlesque and piracy, this sexually-charged poetry is booty call — and response. Jane and Mary play woman as force of nature until it is played out — encountering gendered slang and violently sexualized language, Hartman and Burton dance around it then run it through with a very pretty cutlass.

Originally from Edmonton, BREA BURTON moved to Calgary to seek her fortune. Instead of the ocean, she found the Calgary writing community, which turned out to be just as salty and fluid. She has participated in numerous literary events, produced a few chapbooks, and finished her MA in contemporary Canadian literature. Calgary poet JILL HARTMAN performs sleight of tongue across Canada, and her writing's appeared in the anthologies Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks, 2005) and Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, 2005). Her first book of poetry, A Painted Elephant (Coach House Books, 2003), was shortlisted for both the Stephansson and Lampert Awards.


More readings to follow in December 2007 and early in 2008.

Further information, Max Middle (613) 859 8423

Many thanks to the City of Ottawa for their generosity in providing a venue for The A B Series.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

ATTA : Rudiments #2

Following 'ATTA : Rudiments' published as Puddle leaflet #13, 'ATTA : Rudiments #2' is being published by Calgary's NO Press as a leaflet. It's number 2 in the sequence: I used scraps from making Puddle #13 plus a couple of the published leaflets to make 'ATTA : Rudiments #2'. There's an August 26th, 2007 note on Ross Priddle's Bent Spoon blog about the new leaflet:

Max Middle Sound Project performs in the Test Reading Series [Toronto] October 25th

The Max Middle Sound Project, consisting of members John Lavery, Max Middle & Ja Sonier, performs in the Test Reading Series on October 25th.


Cottage 2007

i posted a photo album of cottage life 2007:

with a picture of my grandmother, 96 years young.

recently in the mail

Out of Character by Geof Huth, Paper Kite Press 2007

by jenny sampirisi, Thornburg Press, 2006

by andrew topel, NO PRESS, 2007

fractal economies
by derek beaulieu, Talon Books 2006

Flatland 25-35 by derek beaulieu published, 2007

from Rust Belt Books magazine shelf

Covers of four very cool things I picked up at Rust Belt Books in Buffalo, NY when I was there last July 12th: Processed Words was published by Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, in 1990 as Morning Coffee Chapbook 27. It was designed by Allan Kornblum who just happened to have edited , handset and printed Dental Floss Volume I Number III.

stained paper archive tract 10

the new chief tongue #4