Lost and Found:
Arc Poetry Magazine resurrects 13 dead Canadian poets
you should know but don't
One lost protg of Irving Layton's. One ignored Hungarian-Canadian
immigrant. One unheard-of Chinese-Canadian immigrant Imagist poet. Two
Canadians-in-exile (one the overlooked niece of the famous
Poet" Charles G.D. Roberts, the other a Soho-dweller and friend of
Orwell's). Arguably our first Modernist poet. Two Governor-General's Award
winners (one of these a Nova Scotian master sonneteer). One
doggerel-addicted soldier. One invalid bestseller who fell behind the
times. One assassinated politician. One World War I poet and one World War
Just in time for Canada Day, 2007, Arc Poetry Magazine launches a special
issue featuring poetry by 13 Forgotten and Neglected Canadian poets,
alongside essays by contemporary poets and critics arguing why their work
ought to be revered and remembered.
In their introduction to this landmark issue and unique project in
Canadian letters, co-editors Anita Lahey and Matthew Holmes write, " All
the poets you will read about in this copy of Arc are dead. With each, a
potential legacy has also died, or is in full-blown demise. Though
ordinary mortality is beyond our powers to correct, we take issue, as our
theme "Forgotten and Neglected" implies, with these secondary,
deaths. We contend that each of the 13 poets whose work appears in these
pages has received less credit than was his or her due for either literary
accomplishments, the enrichment of our poetic history, or both. The
contributions made by these poets have faded too quickly from our
collective memory and seem doomed to archival obscurity, if that."
Arc Poetry Magazine 's Forgotten and Neglected will be launched at a
reading in Ottawa June 23, 2007, at the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin St., 5 p.m.
The issue hits newsstands across the country June 30, and can be ordered
directly through Arc's website: arcpoetry.ca . The issue's launch will be
accompanied by special podcasts on Arc's website featuring Forgotten and
Neglected Poets' poems read aloud by the issue's contributors.
For more information please see www.arcpoetry.ca,
Luis Lama Book Launch
New Book "El Diario del Gato
Negro" (Spanish). I am planning a Launching of this and my next book in
More information (in
Spanish, no English translation provided). Click here.
Book available at:
GIROL BOOKS INC.
PO Box 5473, Station F
Canada K2C 3M1
613 241 7871
Challenge-show Ottawa Has Vibrant Culture
"Can you do 50 arts activities in
a year? You may think youre not an arts
person but have you ever thought about how art figures into your day? Here
is your opportunity to tell Canadians about your 50 arts adventures in
2007-- be they serious, extraordinary, official, ridiculous or sublime."
please help me bombard the site with as many very specific ottawa events
as possible in the areas of art, culture, literature and whatever else you
can think of to demonstrate that we are not some cultural backwater as the
media here insists. show your pride in ottawa as canada's cultural sweet
spot.register and upload activities.
be specific, name drop and mention websites and blogs of ottawa cultural
icons, movers and shakers.
oh yeah, it's for the 50th anniversary of the Canada council of the arts ;)
Call for Papers, Notes, Reviews, and Commentaries
on the Works of Jorge Etcheverry
The Red Cultural Hispánica (Hispanic Cultural
Network) inaugurates a series
of cultural evenings on Spanish-Canadian authors with a
symposium devoted to
the works of the well-known Chilean-Canadian poet, and prose
Etcheverry. Writers, professors, students,and other
interested parties are
invited to present papers, notes, reviews, and
commentaries on the writings
of Jorge Etcheverry. The
symposium will be held on June 22, 2007, at 7:00
p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, Room A, 395
Wellington Street, Ottawa,
Participants from all over the world are welcome.
Each presenter will have about 20 minutes. Presentations
may be made in
Spanish, English or French.
An outline (approx. 10 lines) of the content of the
presentation should be
received by the selection committee of the Red Cultural
Hispánica by April
Please send your coordinates and outline to "Series
authors" at email@example.com
If you have any question or require materials on the
author, send an email
to the same address.
Archibald Lampman Award merges with Duncan Campbell Scott Foundation
Arc Poetry Magazine is pleased to announce the merger of the Archibald
Lampman Award for Poetry with the Duncan Campbell Scott
Foundation and the
creation of the new $1500 annual Lampman-Scott Award. The
Award recognizes an outstanding book of English-language
poetry by an
author living in the National Capital Region and will be
announced at the
Ottawa Book Awards ceremony in October. A reading
featuring all eligible
poets in conjunction with he Poets' Hill Committee will be
Beechwood Cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007.
Established in 1986, the Archibald Lampman Award for
Poetry was inspired by
Archibald Lampman, Canada's finest 19th century poet. Born
in 1861, Lampman
graduated from Trinity College (Toronto) in 1882, and then
moved to Ottawa
where he worked for the Post Office until his death in
1899. He is known
for his ability to immerse metaphysics in the details of
nature, which he
observed while hiking round what was then the wilderness
capital of a new
country. His books include Among the Millet (1888), Lyrics
of Earth (1895)
and the posthumous Alcyone (1900). Previous winners of the
Lampman Award for Poetry include Laura Farina, Stephen
O'Meara, and Stephanie Bolster.
Duncan Campbell Scott was born in Ottawa in 1862 and died
here in 1947. He
had a controversial, but highly successful 53-year career
in the civil
service and was a tireless contributor to the cultural
life of the national
capital. With Ottawa's Archibald Lampman and Fredericton's
Roberts and Bliss Carman, Scott was a leader of the
influential group of
"Confederation Poets" who comprised the first
full flowering of Canadian
literature, especially poetry, in the late nineteenth
wrote of reading, in 1881, Roberts' first volume, Orion
and Other Poems
(1880) and being inspired to become a poet. Subsequently
his friend Scott to write poetry. The two remained fast
taking wilderness trips together, till Lampman's early
death in 1899 from
complications associated with the rheumatic fever he'd
boyhood. Scott suffered much guilt because Lampman had
lapsed into his
final illness following one of their trips. For the rest
of his life in
response to any mention of Lampman's name, Scott would
sigh, "Poor Archie."
Scott became Lampman's literary executor, and his tireless
labours in this
role were instrumental in keeping his friend's poetry
The Lampman-Scott Poetry Award is a fitting tribute to the
lives and accomplishments of these two makers of local,
international culture. This year's contestants are:
* Sylvia Adams: Sleeping on the
Moon (Hagios Press)
* Ronnie R. Brown: Night Echoes
(Black Moss Press)
* Terry Ann Carter: Transplanted
* Michael Dennis: Arrows of Desire
(General Store Publishing House)
* Oni The Haitian Sensation:
Ghettostocracy (McGilligan Books)
* Christopher Levenson: Local Time
(Stone Flower Press)
* rob mclennan: aubade (Broken Jaw
* rob mclennan: name, and errant
* Monty Reid: Disappointment
Island (Chaudiere Books)
* Grant D. Savage: Their White
with Them (Bondi Studios)
To follow this story, look for updates on the
Lampman-Scott Award archive
Paul Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arc Poetry Magazine Launches Portage:
A Map to the Poetry Ecosystem
Looking for ideas? The
online home of Arc: Canada's Poetry Magazine,
has added a new window onto the world of poetry.
on preview since December, is a
routes map to the poetry ecosystem in Canada and around
Through over 500 online links, the Portage map outlines
resources, professional tracks, academic debates,
historical and/or indigenous legacies, book and magazine
trades, new media
innovations, and grassroots community initiatives. By no
comprehensive, this map attempts to offer a cross-section
of the players
advancing the craft, the critical discourse, and the
public appreciation of
poetry in its many forms, written or performed.
Portage points out the sometimes tucked away, and sometimes
profusion of poetry and spoken word happening in Canada
and in other
countries. The emphasis is on poetry in English or
translated into English.
But as with traditional portage routes where explorers,
indigenous people carried their canoes over obstacles to
new waters, the
goal is exchange.
Visitors can start their journey by picking one of the
listed on the right-hand side of the page. These include
and festivals, poet websites, publishers, reading series,
and workshops and
Regional links allow users to explore by country or by
The National Capital Region, home to Arc, has its own
list, and we are
scouting for links with a bioregional emphasis.
Visitors may also navigate by using tags, which indicate
the poetry form,
style, theme, subject matter or medium to be found in a
site. Try out the selective search
to find, say,
bookstores or workshops in a given area.
Arc Poetry Magazine
P.O. Box 81060
Canada, K1P 1B1
the ottawa small press book fair spring edition
span-o (the small press action
network - ottawa)
will be happening
Saturday, June 16, 2007
in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack
Purcell Lane). contact rob at email@example.com
to sign up for a table, etc.
General info: the ottawa small press book fair noon to 5pm (opens at 11am
admission free to the public. $20 for exhibitors (payable to rob mclennan,
c/o 858 Somerset St W, main floor, Ottawa Ontario K1R 6R7). full tables
only. for catalog, exhibitors should send (on paper, not email name of
press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications,
list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered &
any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any).
also, due to the increased demand for table space, exhibitors are asked to
confirm far earlier than usual. i.e. -- before, say, the day of the fair.
the fair usually contains exhibitors with poetry books, novels, cookbooks,
posters, t-shirts, graphic novels, comic books, magazines, scraps of
paper, gum-ball machines with poems, 2x4s with text, etc. happens twice a
year, started in 1994 by rob mclennan & James Spyker. now run by rob
mclennan thru span-o.
questions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 613 239 0337
more info on span-o at the
span-o link of www.track0.com/rob_mclennan
free things can be mailed for fair distributionto the same address. we
will not be selling things for folk who cant make it, sorry.
also, always looking for volunteers to poster, move tables, that sort of
thing. let me know if anyone able to do anything. thanks.
for more information, bother rob mclennan at 613 239 0337 or
email@example.com / or
check out the span-o link at
The Crimson Boy is coming!
I'm thrilled to show off my website's fresh look,
and to bring to your attention new media pics, thanks to the creative eye of
my photographer David Three Rats.
Do you want to inject more lust into your love life?
Of course you do! We all benefit from passion. At your leisure, browse the writing
samples for free. My inexpensive
books will make ideal gifts for Valentine's Day. You need only place your secure order
on-line or contact me to make other arrangements.
And oh yeah...my new novel, The Crimson Boy, is
coming! Check out the cool, retro
image of the front cover on my website (link above).
this email to all your friends...pretty please. It's not easy pimping oneself, you
P.S. All innuendos are intentional
Book of Daleth
free e-book…check it out!
1) potential content for upcoming
issues of Poetics.ca, including essays,
interviews and manifestos. Stephen Brockwell & I, with new managing
Roland Prevost, are working on the next issue, but are always looking for
new content. Check out www.poetics.ca for
previous issues, and send
submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) also, i may be moons behind, but working up to a bunch of new
publications for above/ground press over the next month or so.
subscriptions, whether new or renewal, are $40 Canadian (outside Canada,
$40 US). more info here:
; if you already are a subscriber, envelopes have been slowly going out
since the middle of december & will continue to...
3) anyone with an office in ottawa that can get me cheap or free
photocopies? its been dry the past year or so...
rob mclennan at 613 239 0337