The Collected Poems of William Hawkins

The Collected Poems of William Hawkins has arrived!


It is a thing of beauty. The art by Chris Wells on the cover, the design and typesetting by Christine McNair, the production values from Chaudiere, the blurbs from Bruce Cockburn, Roy MacSkimming, and Nelson Ball, and of course, most importantly, Bill’s poems! It is overwhelming. Too many thank-you’s to list here (they’re in the book anyway).



Five (plus) years of work, and here it is, a 354 page book that feels great in hand. I feel very lucky and grateful. I hope that some new readers will discover Bill’s poems, and I hope that some longtime readers will re-discover them.



Reminders that you can read an interview with me about editing the book here, and you can read the introduction to the book here.


Launch details (currently in-progress)  to follow. You can buy it in person from me, or from rob and Christine at Chaudiere (, immediately. Available online for purchase here shortly.


Updates: Readings and Publications

I recently had a paper published in Amodern Issue 4: The Poetry Series. I am very proud to be in the journal alongside such intelligent people (Marjorie Perloff, Dean Irvine, Gregory Betts, and on and on). My paper, “Setting Widespread Precedent: The Canada Council for the Arts and the Funding of Poetry Readings in Canada (1957-1977)” is an historical look at how the model for funding poetry readings developed at the Council during its first two decades.

The Collected Poems of William Hawkins, forthcoming from Chaudiere Books, is now at the printer. It should be in our hands by the end of the month.

Apt. 613 was kind enough to run a five-part review of Apt. 9’s Five last week during their “Poetry Week” festivities. Read the individual parts: Jeff Blackmanjesslyn delia smithJustin MillionRachael SimpsonCameron Anstee.

On a related now, the recent “Accord” reading in Kingston is now available to listen to online thanks to Bruce Kauffman and his “Finding a Voice” show on CFRC Kingston: Part 1Part 2.

Finally, I am excited and nervous to be reading in the AB Series at the end of April alongside Steven Artelle. Full details and a poster will be available shortly, but the reading will be on April 30. I will post more once I have it. I’m working through a manuscript of minimalist work (some of which you can hear on “Finding a Voice” above) that I hope to read from at that event.

Kingston Radio Promo

As part of the promotion for our upcoming Kingston reading, four of the five passengers of the Accord will be appearing on “Finding a Voice,” Bruce Kauffman’s radio show on CFRC. You can find the full details here. We’re up this coming Friday afternoon, 5:00-6:00pm. Tune in at 4:00pm to hear the host of the Interim Reading Series, Michael Casteels, talk about all the wonderful writing and publishing things that he has his hands in.

Thanks, Bruce!

On the Road Again

Michael Casteels, poet behind the excellent Puddles of Sky Press, has started a new reading series in Kingston, and he invited some Ottawa poets to take part. The Interim Reading Series is very kindly hosting our modest Accord of Poets in February.

The Interim Reading Series: Justin Million, jesslyn delia smith, Jeff Blackman, Rachael Simpson, and Cameron Anstee

Saturday February 28, 2015, 3pm

99 York St., Kingston Ontario

The event is free, but donations will be accepted to pay venue fees. Facebook event here.

It would be great to see anyone within reasonable driving distance to Kingston. I only hear good things about Kingston’s scene, and am excited to read there for the first time. Copies of Five will be on hand, but it’ll be neat to hear new work that has developed since.

Load up the Accord, boys. Not pictured: snow, winter coats, boots.