Sunday, August 07, 2011

rob mclennan, Christine McNair + Jill Battson read in Perth, ON

First Edition Reading Series

August 12, 2011
6 Wilson Street West, Perth, Ontario
Starts at 7pm; suggested admission $5

With readings by Jill Battson, rob mclennan & Christine McNair

Jill Battson, Poet Laureate of Cobourg, has three collections of poems published with a new one, The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, coming out this fall. She is juggling a myriad of projects including a play, a CD and a suite of odes to percussive instruments. Dark Star Requiem, for which she wrote the libretto, opened the Luminato Arts Festival in June 2010.

Christine McNair’s work has been published in CV2, Prairie Fire,, Arc, Descant, and sundry other places. She was shortlisted for the 2010 Robert Kroetsch award for Innovative Poetry and her first book is forthcoming from BookThug in 2012. She works as a book doctor in Ottawa.

Ottawa writer rob mclennan is the author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011) and 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at

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