Wednesday, August 22, 2007

new (finally, slowly) from above/ground press above/ground press slowly works its way through backlog...

by Marcus McCann (Ottawa)

E l e a n o r
by Amanda Earl (Ottawa)

the black prince of bank street
by William Hawkins (Ottawa)

Marcus McCann is an editor and writer at Capital Xtra. His poetry debuted in the The Antigonish Review at age 18. He is the editor of, a selector for Bywords and a former selector for Yawp. With Nicholas Lea and Andrew Faulkner, he is the author-translator of Basement Tapes (The Onion Union, 2007), a chapbook of homolinguistic translations. As winner of the 2005 University of Ottawa 48-Hour Novella Writing Contest, his So Long, Derrida (UESA, 2006) was published by the university. Heteroskeptical (above/ground press, 2007) is his first solo poetry chapbook.

Amanda Earl's poems appeared most recently in 3.0, and the Ottawa Arts Review. Amanda is the managing editor of and the Bywords Quarterly Journal. She blogs about literary stuff on and She also writes fiction and has been published in anthologies with the word sex inthem.

William Hawkins was born in Ottawa. After side trips to the West Coast and Mexico, he resides in the Capital, pursuing enlightenment or a reasonable alternative thereto. Hawkins has worked as a truck driver, cook, journalist and musician before settling on the taxi profession as a means of preserving integrity and ensuring near-poverty. His collections of poems include Shoot Low, Sheriff, They're Riding Shetland Ponies (Ottawa), Two longer poems (Patrician Press, Toronto), Hawkins (Nil Press, Ottawa),Ottawa Poems (weed/flower press, Kitchener), The Gift of Space (New Press,Toronto) and The Madman's War (S.A.W. Publications, Ottawa). In 2005, acollection of his work, titled Dancing Alone: Selected Poems 1960-1990,was released by Broken Jaw Press (Fredericton) and cauldron books (Ottawa). He has also recorded a CD of his best songs titled Dancing Alone.

To order any of these little books, add $1 for postage, & in Canadian currency; if sending from outside Canada, send in American, payable to rob mclennan, c/o 858 Somerset Street West, main floor, Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1R 6R7 (after September first, write rob c/o writer-in-residence,Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, 3-5 Humanities Centre, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E5); above/ground press subscribers receive (honest!) a complimentary copy; calendar year subscriptions available for $40 (currently taking advance orders for 2008), & include chapbooks, broadsides, STANZAS magazine & The Peter F. Yacht Club.

more information on above/ground press (founded in 1993) can be found here and here and here and here and here (don't forget the 14th anniversary reading/launch); regular notices are also sent out through an email list of Ottawa-area literary events. to get on the list, email me at

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