Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Touch the Donkey: self-profile and the release of the second issue!

In case you've wondered why I felt such need to invent a new magazine, there is now a self-profile of Touch the Donkey over at Open Book: Ontario. You can even head directly to the website to see information on the second issue, and remain posted on updates on our brand-new Facebook group. And yes, Touch the Donkey is included in the annual above/ground press subscription, in case you were wondering.

Email rob_mclennan (at) if you wish to be included on either the Touch the Donkey or above/ground press email lists for updates as well.

Watch the Touch the Donkey blog over the next few weeks for interviews with issue #2 contributors Pearl Pirie, David Peter Clark, Julie Carr, Susan Holbrook, Susanne Dyckman and Catherine Wagner!

Touch the Donkey. There's more than one way to get high, baby.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cameron Anstee on Kemeny Babineau

Prompted by a recent publication by Kemeny Babineau, Ottawa poet (and above/ground press author) Cameron Anstee recently posted an entry on a number of Babineau's poetry books and chapbooks, including After Progress (above/ground press, 2012) over at his blog. Given the rarity of chapbooks reviews generally, it's good to see someone taking a longer view of Babineau's work overall.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

the chaudiere books 2014 (our rebuilding year) indiegogo campaign!

In case you weren't aware, Chaudiere Books exists as the trade extension of above/ground press (given that both are edited/published by myself), and we're in the midst of a big Indiegogo Campagin as part of our rebuilding year. Rebuilding, re-structuring and renewing the press since last summer, when Christine McNair became the other half of the press, we're two titles into our renewal (the Ground Rules anthology, and my recent collection of short fiction), with three more this fall: a second Chaudiere poetry title by Ottawa poet Monty Reid as well as first trade poetry collections by Ottawa poets Amanda Earl and Roland Prevost (all three have had multiple publications over the years through above/ground press), with a first title by Kemptville poet Chris Turnbull due out sometime in 2015. 

If and when you are able, go through the incredible list of perks by a variety of Chaudiere Books authors, including the recent documentary on John Newlove, signed first editions of David W. McFadden titles, and subscription packages, including a joint above/ground and Chaudiere package.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stephen Brockwell reads at the In/Words + Capital Slam: A Summer Poetry Show

above/ground press author Stephen Brockwell (among others) reads on August 1, 2014 at Pressed Cafe on Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, as the In/Words Reading Series and Capital Slam Collective join forces for A SUMMER POETRY SHOW. See the Facebook invitation here. Details below.
Sorry for yelling, but I want to make sure nobody misses this. We wish to invite everyone (that means you, yes you… or, wait… okay, yeah, you) to a very special event that will see In/Words Magazine & Press join forces with Ottawa’s Capital Poetry Slam for a special night of poetry. The idea for this show was birthed from the collective desire of CapSlam Coordinators and the In/Words editors to bring together local poets for a night of creativity and expression within the Ottawa poetry community. In coming together, the members of CapSlam and In/Words hope to put together a show that celebrates poetry’s many forms and communities. A good show is also a pretty easy way to get a bunch of cool people together in a room on a sticky summer night to have some fun. The evening’s lineup is as follows:

Dalton Derkson
Kevin Matthews
Stephen Brockwell

Brad Morden
JM Francheteau
Avonlea Fotheringham

The show will also open with the beautiful vocals of Julia Allen and her ukulele. Julia is an up-and-coming Ottawa based musician and both Julia and her music are contagious. There will also be a DJ spinning vinyl to facilitate intermission/post show mingling.

The show will kick off at 7 pm Friday, August 1st at Pressed Café on Gladstone. Tickets can be bought presale or at the door. All performers are loaning their time to help support these two poetry organizations, as all proceeds will directly contribute to In/Words and CapSlam operations.

Presale tickets:
$5 for students
$7 general
2 general tickets for $10 when purchased together
Presale tickets can be purchased at In/Words’ free monthly open mic event in the basement of The Clocktower Brew Pub (575 Bank St) on Wednesday, July 30th (9-11 pm). They can also be purchased at the In/Words Writers' Circle every Wednesday at 7 pm, held at Bridgehead, 750 Bank Street.

At the Door:
$7 for students
$10 General
2 Student tickets for $10
2 General tickets for $15