25 April 2012

OTTAWA book launch reading:

Chaudiere Books + The Factory Reading Series presents:

The Ottawa launch of Fredericton poet Joe Blades' Casemate Poems (Collected) , published by Chaudiere Books

for more information on Joe's book, check the link here:

with an opening set by Chaudiere Books author and Ottawa poet Nicholas Lea

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Carleton Tavern, upstairs
233 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale), Ottawa
doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
lovingly hosted by rob mclennan

Joe Blades has been giving readings, performing and publishing his poetry since 1980. Blades was born and raised in Nova Scotia. He's a graduate of NSCAD (BFA-Studio Major, Intermedia, 1988). He completed a Film & Television Certificate Program through the NB Filmmakers' Cooperative in 2008, and currently is finishing a Master of Education at the University of New Brunswick. He is also an alumni of the Banff Centre, Maritime Writers Workshop, Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the Simon Fraser University Book Publishing Immersion Workshop.

His poetry and art have appeared in over 50 trade and chapbook anthologies and CDs, and in numerous periodicals. Blades has authored or edited 30 poetry chapbooks and limited edition artist books. His seven full-length poetry books are Cover Makes a Set(SpareTime Editions, 1990), River Suite(Insomniac Press, 1998), Open Road West (Broken Jaw Press, 2000, 2001), Casemate Poems (Widows & Orphans, 2004), from the book that doesn't close (Broken Jaw Press, 2008), Prison Songs and Storefront Poetry (Ekstasis Editions, 2010) and Casemate Poems (Collected) (Chaudiere Books). Serbian-language translations of River Suite as Rečna svita in Slike iz kanade: Tri kanadska pesnika (Niš: SKC Niš), and Casemate Poems as Pesme iz kazamata(Belgrade: i.p. Rad), were published in 2005, with from the book that doesn't close as Iz knjige koja se ne zatvara (Banja Luka: Art Print & Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press) just released in March 2012.

Nicholas Lea earned his B.A. from the University of Ottawa. His poetry has appeared in such journals as dANDelion, Qwerty, The Puritan, Ottawater and ditch. His work was also been featured in the Globe and Mail's online books blog, In Other Words. He has worked on the editorial boards of Bywords Quarterly Journal and The Fiddlehead. His debut collection of poetry, Everything is Movies (2007, Chaudiere Books, Ottawa) was nominated for the Lampman-Scott Award. He most recently published the chapbook, Actual Girl(2011, The Emergency Response Unit, Toronto). He lives in Ottawa.


for more information on authors, books or event, or for review/interview requests, contact rob mclennan at rob_mclennan at hotmail.com

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