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
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.
Last June I had the opportunity to read as part of Roman Feuilleton. Next week, a number of the original participants are back together to revive the literary side of the project as part of Ottawa’s venerable AB Series. I’ve been reworking the poems that I presented the first time around, and am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the pieces have changed in the intervening months. I am also looking forward to seeing Ian Ferrier perform.
You can see photos of Michèle Provost’s art show Roman Feuilleton at her website here.
[…] for me what it all comes down to is paying attention. And I think that publishing is all about paying attention in the same way that reading is all about paying attention. It is about understanding the materials you are working with and the way they function in the world. (129)
Go read this book if you care about publishing, book design, the book as an object and technology in the world, or enjoy clear and thoughtful essays that think through the responsibilities and implications of cultural (and manual) labour.
Chaudiere Books will be publishing The Collected Poems of William Hawkins this coming spring. I edited the book over the last four or so years, and now you can read my introduction (“Living now in Ottawa: William Hawkins at the Margins”) in the latest issue of the online journal 17 seconds. Thanks to rob mclennan, editor, and Monique Desnoyers, designer.