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The Peter F Yacht Club #7
Edited & compiled & typeset & paid for by rob mclennan
April 2007 (spring writers festival special)

John Barton
George Bowering
Stephen Brockwell
Amanda Earl
Jesse Ferguson
Laurie Fuhr
Phil Hall
Nicholas Lea
Clare Latremouille
Marcus McCann
rob mclennan
Max Middle
Wanda O'Connor
Roland Prevost
Sandra Ridley
Wes Smiderle

The Peter F. Yacht Club, issue #7; irregular (very) writers group
publication. Edited & compiled & typeset & paid for by rob mclennan.
Previous issues still available (possibly) at $5 each. Issue #1, August
2003, edited by rob mclennan; Issue #2, April 2004, edited by Anita Dolman
(out of print); Issue #3, September 2004, edited by Peter Norman and
Melanie Little; Issue #4, September 2005, edited by rob mclennan; Issue
#5, April 2006, edited by Max Middle; Issue #6 (mis-numbered Calgary
special), February 2007, edited by Laurie Fuhr. For availability of
previous issues, write rob mclennan, c/o 858 Somerset Street West, main
floor, Ottawa Ontario Canada K1R 6R7, or email,
or show up to this spring's ottawa international writers festival!
(above/ground press subscribers (eventually) rec' a complimentary copy...)

for further info, check out

posted by japh [04/30/07]


To order a subscription, post your coordinates and cheque for $15 (outside
Canada $15US) payable to Max Middle to the following address:

Max Middle
c/o Piperhill,
#377 - 532 Montreal Rd,
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1K 4R4

Upon receipt, an envelope containing Puddle leaflets published thus far in
2007 will be mailed. To date, 2007 Puddle leaflets authored by Gregory
Betts, Sandra Ridley, Gary Barwin, Jesse Ferguson, Max Middle, Nico
Vassilakis and Adam Seelig -- Forthcoming publications by, amongst others,
Caterina Davinio, Joel Chace and Donna Kuhn.

Submit your work to the same address or by email: <>

posted by japh [04/30/07]
Acorn-Plantos Award

Acorn-Plantos Award
for People's Poetry

In memory of Milton Acorn and Ted Plantos

Deadline: June 30, 2007

The Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry is presented annually to a
Canadian poet based on a book published in the previous calendar year (in
the present case, 2006).

The work should follow in the tradition of Acorn, Livesay, Purdy, Plantos,
and others by being accessible to all people in its use of language and

The award is open to any living poet who is a Canadian citizen or landed
immigrant. The work may be entered by the poet or the publisher. The award
itself honours the poet.

The award consists of $500 (Canadian) and a medallion.

Entry fee: $25 per title.

Send entry fee plus five (5) copies of the book to the address below.

Cheques payable to the
Acorn-Plantos Award

Jeff Seffinga, Executive Director
Acorn-Plantos Award Committee
36 Sunset Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
L8R 1V6

2005 winner: RONNIE R. BROWN for States of Matter, Black Moss Press

posted by japh [04/30/07]
Nancy Shaw: May 24th, 1962 - April 16th, 2007

Nancy Shaw born May 24th, 1962, died early Monday morning April 16th,
2007. A founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing in
Vancouver, Shaw authored Affordable Tedium (Tsunami 1991) and
Scoptocratic (ECW Press 1992). She also collaborated on several
chapbooks with Catriona Strang, including Busted (Coach House Books
2001, and most recently Cold Trip (Nomados
2006). In addition, Shaw was a visual artist, curator and wrote for
various art catalogues.

A service will be held in Vancouver at St.Andrew's-Wesley Church,
1022 Nelson Ave. at 1:00 PM, Saturday April 21, 2007. Instead of
flowers, please donate to the BC Cancer Fund.

I should have been listening
To every word you sang
Rapt pious chant
[from Cold Trip]

Other publications include:

"McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse Glenn Wilmot"
Canadian Journal of Communication Volume 21, No. 1. 1999.

"The Method is the Message: Rethinking McLuhan Through Critical Theory"
Canadian Journal of Communication Volume 24, No. 1. 1999.

Alan Gilbert to Nancy Shaw, Notes on Cultural Poetics.
Open Letter Eleventh Series, No. 3, Fall 2001

"Cloning Scapegoats Martha Stewart Does Insider Trading"
Social Text 21.4 (2003) 51-67

posted by japh [04/18/07]
the ottawa small press book fair: spring edition

span-o (the small press action network - ottawa)
the ottawa
small press
book fair
spring edition
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 to sign up for a table, etc.

General info: the ottawa small press book fair noon to 5pm (opens at 11am
for exhibitors)

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.

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 / or check out the span-o link at

posted by japh [04/18/07]
Chaudiere Books seeking submissions

Ottawa literary publisher Chaudiere Books is seeking submissions by
Canadian writers of short fiction of no more than 1,500 to 2,000 words for
an upcoming anthology project. Seeking vibrant, engaging works perhaps
more language than narrative, but not exclusively. Please send works no
later than August 15, 2007 to Chaudiere Books, c/o 858 Somerset Street
West, main floor, Ottawa Ontario K1R 6R7 (include s.a.s.e. if you expect
work returned) or over email to

For more information on Chaudiere Books, check out

posted by japh [04/18/07]
Chaudiere Books spring releases

Chaudiere Books spring releases ; Ottawa publisher announces its
second season of publishing

Everything is Movies, a first poetry collection
by Ottawa poet Nicholas Lea

& The Ottawa City Project, poems by rob mclennan
his thirteenth poetry collection

both launching at the spring edition of the ottawa international writers

& a few weeks later, watch for our two other spring titles

Decalogue 2: ten Ottawa fiction writers
featuring the work of Emily Falvey, Matthew Firth,
Gabriela Goliger, Alison Gresik, John-James Ford,
Clare Latremouille, John Lavery, Nadine McInnis,
rob mclennan and Ian Roy.
scheduled to launch Friday, May 18th at
The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Street, Ottawa

& There Is No Mountain: Selected Poems of Andrew Suknaski
edited with an introduction by rob mclennan
scheduled to launch in Ottawa in June

for more information on the books, including excerpts, biographical
and ordering information (review copies available upon request),
check out

for more information on Chaudiere Books authors readings, check out the
ongoing Chaudiere Books blog at

posted by japh [04/18/07]
STREET: Call for Submissions

STREET, an exciting new form of urban publication, is calling for
submissions to issue #6. STREET lifts the prose and poetry of our
community from the printed page and puts it on the streets of the
International Village, in central Hamilton. From Wellington to Mary,
on King and Main Streets East and King William Street, the "pages" of
STREET is framed and displayed in the windows of area businesses.

Sponsored by the International Village BIA and Kairos Literary
Society, STREET is a periodical reflecting urban experience, with 4
issues planned for 2007. More information about STREET and how to
send your submission can be found at

Submission Guidelines

Poetry should be a maximum of 30 lines, including line breaks. Prose
submissions should be a maximum of 400 words. Previously published
works will be accepted. STREET is looking for writing that reflects
the varied and vibrant lifestyle of the urban community. All
submissions must be suitable for posting in a public place.
Contributors whose works are accepted will be paid a $20.00 honorarium.

Selected submissions will also be published in a limited-edition
booklet available to contributors and through the International
Village BIA office.


Submissions should include your name, address, phone and email (if
applicable. Send submissions by email to:,

or by post to: STREET@kairosliterary
198 East 8th St.
Hamilton, ON L9A 3L8.

If your work is selected you will be asked to provide a short
biography and a picture (hard copy or .tif file).

posted by japh [04/18/07]
ottawa international writers festival

don't forget, april 15-22:

posted by japh [04/ 2/07]
Fiddlehead Poetry Prize

Dear Adirondack Review Readers and Contributors,

The Adirondack Review and Black Lawrence Press are pleased to celebrate National Poetry Month with the establishment of The Fiddlehead Poetry Prize, to be awarded once each year for a previously unpublished poem.

The winner will receive $300 and publication in The Adirondack Review. Entrants whose poems receive honorable mention will also have their poems published in

The Adirondack Review . In addition, they will be awarded an honorarium of $30. For guidelines and additional information about The Fiddlehead Poetry Prize, please visit

Best regards and happy Spring!

Diane Goettel

posted by japh [04/ 2/07]