Wednesday, June 30, 2010

a night above/ground: Irwin, Anstee + McCann

at the Carleton Tavern, 233 Armstrong (at Parkdale)
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan
Friday, July 16, 2010; doors 7pm; readings 7:30pm

with readings by:

Marilyn Irwin (Ottawa)
Marcus McCann (Toronto/Ottawa)
+ Cameron Anstee (Ottawa)

A recent graduate of the Winter 2010 edition of rob mclennan’s seasonal poetry workshops and forthcoming graduate of Algonquin’s Creative Writing program, Marilyn Irwin can be seen (mostly) and heard (less) in and around the multi-faceted poetry scene of Ottawa. Published in the sixth issue of the online annual ottawater and almost published elsewhere, she is slowly assembling bits but mostly pieces of her work for something that may resemble a chapbook.

Marcus McCann lived in Ottawa for eight years. Evidence: he published poems in Ottawa-based journals including Bywords, Yawp, the Ottawa Arts Review, The Moose & Pussy, Peter F. Yacht Club and ottawater; performed at the city's reading series, including Dusty Owl, Tree, Factory and the Ottawa International Writers Festival; worked with Ottawa's Chaudiere Books to put out his first trade collection, Soft Where, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; won the John Newlove Award; hosted CKCU's Literary Landscapes; organized the Transgress Festival and the Naughty Thoughts Book Club; won the University of Ottawa's 48 hour novella writing contest; worked with local writing grouip Ampers&; sold work at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair; and shopped at Ottawa's independent bookstores, including After Stonewall, Collected Works, Mother Tongue, Nicholas Hoare and Venus Envy. above/ground press reissued his limited-run self-published Town in a long day of leaving in March 2010.

Cameron Anstee lives in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and works at Octopus Books. His chapbook Frank St. came out with above/ground press in March 2010.

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