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Gary Geddes & rob mclennan

Sunday, 3:00 PM, 3 April 2016

at Pressed

750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa


Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile. His non-fiction books are Sailing Home, Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things and Drink the Bitter Root: A writer's search for justice and redemption in Africa (D&M). His most recent book of selected poems is What Does A House Want?, published by Red Hen Press and praised by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.

Born in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014), The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). He is currently working to complete a manuscript of short stories, tentatively titled "On beauty." An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, 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). He has been a regular columnist for Open Book: Ontario since 2010, and, in autumn 2015, he was named Interviews Editor at Queen Mob's Teahouse. 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