Thursday, August 21, 2008

upcoming reading: three poets with non-above/ground press items!

three poets & three new publications, hosted by above/ground press & the small press action network - ottawa (span-o);

lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Saturday, September 13, 2008; 7:00pm (readings at 7:30) - 10:00pm
The Carleton Tavern (upstairs), 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale), Ottawa, ON

readings & launches by
Marcus McCann (Ottawa)
Sandra Ridley (Ottawa)
+ Sachiko Murakami (Vancouver)

Marcus McCann was born in Hamilton and grew up in Southern Ontario. He's the editor of Capital Xtra, Ottawa's gay and lesbian news magazine. He was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award (2008) and won both the Rubicon Press Midwinter Chapbook contest (2008) and the University of Ottawa 48 Hour Novella Writing Contest (2006). Matrix Magazine included him in their The New Underground issue in 2008. His chapbooks include The tech/tonic suite (Rubicon Press, Edmonton, fall 2008), Force quit (Emergency Response Unit, Toronto, fall 208), petty illness leaflet (Onion Union, Ottawa, 2008), Heteroskeptical (above/ground, Ottawa, 2007) & So Long, Derrida (UESA, Ottawa, 2006). His first trade poetry collection is due in spring 2009 with Chaudiere Books.

Sandra Ridley is a Saskatchewan-born poet who lives in Ottawa. Lift: ghazals for C. (JackPine Press) is part of her first collection of poetry, entitled Downwinders, which won the 2008 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Ridley was a Fringe Reader at the 2006 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, and her work can be found in various Canadian journals including Arc, Grain, Prairie Fire, and Taddle Creek.

Sachiko Murakami received her MA in English Literature from Concordia in 2006. Her first collection of poems is The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008). She lives in Vancouver where she is a member of the KootenaySchool of Writing collective and the managing editor of The Capilano Review.

info: rob mclennan at 613 239 0337 or az421 (at) freenet (dot) carleton (dot) ca