rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the forthcoming poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, Touch the Donkey and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta.

rob mclennan Reviews 70 Canadian Poets, Fifth Edition

The fifth volume in editor Gary Geddes’s series of anthologies is 70 Canadian Poets. Predominantly produced as a mainstream-leaning overview of Canadian poetry for university courses, the anthologies exist as worthy introductions to the past century-plus of Canadian poetry. The series is now nearly fifty years old, and began with the original 15 Canadian Poets, co-edited with Phyllis Bruce (Oxford, 1970), before heading into 15 Canadian Poets Plus 5, also co-edited with Phyllis Bruce (Oxford, 1978), 15 Canadian Poets x 2 (Oxford, 1988) and 15 Canadian Poets x 3 (Oxford, 2001), with the new volume existing as a kind of 15 Canadian Poets x 4-and-two-thirds.

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green : belt : space

The second difficulty is the sphere itself                Lisa Samuels, Tomorrowland Parkland, ring roads, tree. Reticent, without. Balance. Adhere, this slogan gap. I remember now, this fact. This lack of fierce, a hollow shaft. Demolished. ~ Language is             a health issue. Above …

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Notes on Five Canadian Small (micro) Publishers

Canada has had a wide array of small literary publishers over the past few decades. Most notably, the small press explosion in the 1960s created small presses such as Coach House Books, blewointment, Talonbooks and Oberon Press.

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rob mclennan is a prolific poet, editor, publisher, etc. his 9th trade collection of poetry is “what's left” (Talonbooks, 2004), & another, “stone, book one” is forthcoming this fall with Palimpsest Press. the editor of, among others, “Groundswell: best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003), he currently lives in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital. He often says things on his clever blog –

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