As Apt. 9 continues to hibernate and scheme, the writers we have been lucky enough to publish since 2009 have continued to go about their awesome writing and publishing business. Some news:
Claudia Coutu Radmore, recent 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award Winner (for which the reprint is in process), has taken part in the rob mclennan-curated Call and Response project at Ottawa’s excellent SPAO. Vernissage is this Friday, 6:00-8:00pm. Claudia will be there, and so should you. Claudia also has a page on Facebook that you can like if you’re on Facebook.
Stuart Ross, Apt. 9 favourite, has an exciting new trade collection coming out from Anvil this spring: You Exist. Details Follow. If you have a copy of Stuart’s Apt. 9 chapbook, the title may ring a bell. If you weren’t able to get a copy, this is a chance to get re-acquainted with what Stuart has been doing poetically since Dead Cars in Managua in 2008. Four years is far too long between trade collections, Stuart! When he launches in Ottawa, the entire city should be out. Likewise everywhere else.
Word on the street is that Monty Reid has a new trade collection coming out from Ottawa’s Buschek Books (A Gran Zoo), as well as a recently published chapbook from the fine people at Gaspereau. We’ll keep you posted about upcoming readings and launches, now that Monty has had a week to recover from the massive success of Versefest 2012. Did you pick up the Versefest issue of Peter F. Yacht Club?
Ben Ladouceur, in addition to finishing his graduate degree, has started a poetry blog. Ben is thoughtful and articulate, and we think you should add this to your bookmarks folder of writing blogs. All news from Ben’s writing and publishing is good news, and now you have a regular source!
Jeremy Hanson-Finger, mastermind of Dragnet Mag, recently posted a short video of himself reading at Apt. 9’s launch in April 2011 for his chapbook The Delicious Fields. What a great launch that was! Monty Reid! Claudia Coutu Radmore! Jeremy Hanson-Finger!
Speaking of launches, we’re making small plans for the Ottawa small press book fair in June, and large plans for the Fall. We’ll be back before 2012 is out with new books to knock your socks off. Our upcoming lineup will amaze you. I wish it was five months from now and I was stitching their books, organizing a venue, and spreading the news.
In the meantime, we’ve got the title run in in the Premier League, the Champion’s League is amping up, Euro 2012 is on the horizon, and of course, a new run of spring titles from Canada’s finest small presses. See you soon.