January- Stephen Brockwell and Robert McLennan

January 01, 2017

STEPHEN BROCKWELL

Stephen Brockwell is an Ottawa poet and end-times entrepreneur. His Fruitfly Geographic won the 2005 Archibald Lampman Award. With Stuart Ross, he co-edited the protest anthology Rogue Stimulus: a Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament. His sixth book, All of Us Reticent, Here, Together, was published by Mansfield Press in 2016. Poems have recently appeared in The PuritanPrism International, the Arc Poetry Magazine "Art in the End Times" issue, and Inwords. When not making notes in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere of a regional jet, he is trying to survive the cloud economy by keeping his head up there.

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"When you found the lost thing on the side of the road, in the gravel, in the mud, there in the rainbow of the oil slick you missed the thing that other people found, before you found that thing…"

ROB MCLENNAN

The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Ottawa writer Rob McLennan’s most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection, A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds), Touch the Donkey (touchthedonkey.blogspot.com) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). In fall 2015, he was named “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and recently became a regular contributor to both the Drunken Boat and Ploughshares blogs. 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 robmclennan.blogspot.com.

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"There’s only one order and we do not understand it..."