Sunday, December 19, 2010


This blog is going on hiatus. Perhaps there is something more than just the bones now.

For news on Niagara literary and artful happenings:
For news on the Grey Borders Reading Series:
For news on the Brock University Creative Writers' Club:

I'll be posting regular stream of poetry and some news at my new online home:

Thanks for following along.

Until the future,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Videos from the Cipher Series...

On November 12, friends in the BUCWC videotaped the night's performances. I've embedded two here. Be sure to check out the rest of the performances on the BUCWC tumblr here.

Phil and I as The Two Young Stallions.

I myself as myself sideways.

Many thanks to the group for shooting these videos.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Some GBRS News

The Grey Borders Reading Series Presents...

Lia Pas
Sachiko Murakami
Domenico Capilongo
Mat Laporte

Date: November 25, 2010


Pan Cafe - 120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Facebook event, here.

Lia Pas is a multidisciplinary creator-performer who has worked in the fields of music, writing, and theatre. Born and based in Saskatoon, Lia studied music at York University, Toronto (BFA 1995) and completed her MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts (October 2006) in Devon, UK. Lia has written poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scripts. In addition to her volumes of poetry: Husk (JackPine Press, 2008, with artist Ed Pas, awarded second place in the limited editions category of the Alcuin Awards), what is this place we have come to (Thistledown Press, 2003) and vicissitudes (Underwhich Editions, 2001), her literary work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and widely published in literary periodicals. Lia’s current project-in-progress, splanchnologies, is an interdisciplinary performance and text piece exploring anatomy as image. She recently completed her videopoem, susurrations, as part of this project.

Sachiko Murakami's first collection of poetry, The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008), was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for numerous journals and organizations and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective. A second collection, Rebuild, is forthcoming with Talonbooks. She lives in Toronto where she cohosts the Pivot reading series.

Domenico Capilongo lives in Toronto, with his family. He teaches high school creative writing, alternative education and karate. He has had work published in several literary magazines including Descant, and Geist. He was short-listed for the 2009 gritLit poetry award and his first book of poetry, I thought elvis was Italian was published in the spring of 2008 with Wolsak and Wynn. His second book of jazz-inpired poetry, hold the note, was published this fall with Quattro Books.

Mat Laporte just released Demons a chapbook pubilshed by Ferno House. He is presently doing an independent study of chance poetics at York University. He lives in Toronto.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Words Radio - CFBU

CFBU has recently added a poetry show to their line up.

The gig is called Words Radio.
You can check out there tumblr here.

The manifesto:
We are Words-Radio, Brock's literature-based Radio Show! As our title would suggest, we broadcast everything related to literature, including poetry, plays, local and visiting authors, everything under the sun!We broadcast every friday 2-2:30 on 103.7 FM and online at, and if you have any questions e-mail us at, or follow us on twitter at or facebook at!/home.php?sk=group_153610564682584&ap=1

Some good work here. Check out the broadcast and mp3s.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

GBRS in the News

Sarah Ferguson, Staff Writer for the Niagara News covered the latest GBRS event.
photo credit to Sarah Ferguson

It was the
bookthug invasion of late october
Victor Coleman, Michael Boughn, Meredith Quartermain, Jay MillAr and Mark Goldstein

Check out the hype HERE.

Thanks to Sarah for doing such a lovely job.

the latest from the niagara

Here's wind of a new lit/arts journal that's based in the Niagara Region.

dead (g)end(er)

From the editor:
"dead (g)end(er) is an independently run and published art+lit journal.
We promote art that is progressive, and original, eclectic, and just plain awesome.

dead (g)end(er) accepts submissions from anyone regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or planet of origin.

dead (g)end(er) likes play with popular culture, just as much as we like the avante garde.
We like the experimental, just as much as we like the universal—preferably a mixture of the two is always encouraged!
As long as it’s cool, we will publish it! :)

We accept:
visual art - photography, doodles, sketches, paintings, sculptures, graphic design, etc.
literature - poetry, short-fiction, articles, essays, novel excerpts, screen-play excerpts, theatre excerpts, song lyrics, etc."

Check it:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cipher Reading

The Cipher Series continues on...

Myself and several others will be reading at

Fine Grind Cafe on James Street in St. Catharines, Ontario

on Friday November 12, 2010.

Starts at 7pm.

Rumor has it, this events the return of the Two Young Stallions.

This is a BUCWC event.

Come out and support the local literati.

The GBRS event...

The Grey Borders Reading Series Presents...

rob mclennan
Pearl Pirie
Gregory Betts
James Millhaven

November 10, 2010

Time: 7:30 pm

Niagara Artists Center

354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines


Licensed, pay what you can

Pearl Pirie:
Pearl Pirie's forthcoming trade collection is been shed bore (Chaudiere Books, 2010) Her chapbooks include over my dead corpus (AngelHouse, 2010) and boathouse (above/ground, 2008). She blogs at pesbo, Humanyms, and a few other places. Poems have appeared thru dandelion, ditch, PRECIPICe, 1cent, Ottawater, unarmed, Peter F Yacht Club, Dusie and 17 Seconds, pooka press and gar. She writes in Ottawa and lives in her head (with outings for chocolate).

rob mclennan:
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of some twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections gifts (Talonbooks), a compact of words (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), wild horses (University of Alberta Press) and a second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (
conds), The Garneau Review (
ew) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( 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

Gregory Betts:
Gregory Betts is a poet, editor, essayist, and teacher born in Vancouver, raised in Toronto, now living in St. Catharines, ON. He is the author of four books of poetry including If Language (BookThug 2005), Haikube (BookThug 2006), The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar Press 2009), and Psychic Geographies and Other Topics (Quattro Press 2010; also as ane-book) as well as several chapbooks and various bits of ephemera.

James Millhaven:
James Millhaven was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1987. His first chapbook, Edges, was released by Grey Borders Books in July 2010. He is currently working on his second chapbook and a one-act play. He would generally include a witty (or at least half-witty) remark at the end, but this was written at the last minute. Sorry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Grey Borders Reading Series Presents...

After a successful start to the season

Grey Borders Reading Series is proud to present a night of (book)thuggery featuring...

Victor Coleman

Michael Boughn

Meredith Quartermain

Jay MillAr

Mark Goldstein


Thursday October 21, 2010




The Niagara Artists’ Centre

354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines


Licensed, pay what you can

Link to the GBRS blog:

Link to the facebook event:

Author Bios:

Victor Coleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, starting with the 1964 publication of From Erik Satie’s Notes to the Music, throughCORRECTIONS (1985), LAPSED WASP (1994), and ICON TACT (2006). He was a founding editor of both Coach House Press (in 1965) and Coach House Books (in 1997) and has laboured as a film programmer at Queen’ University, the Executive Director of A Space, and co-director and programmer for The Music Gallery in Toronto. He was the editorial director for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art ( and currently toils as a semi-retired free-lance editor. His latest non-BookThug publication, from Shuffaloff/Eternal Network is How To Become A Good Dancer. Early in 2011 The University of California Press will release his (and Michael Boughn’s) edit of Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book.

Born and raised in Riverside, California, Michael Boughn moved to Canada in 1966 because of his opposition to the war against Viet Nam. In Vancouver he met and studied with Robin Blaser who introduced him to the work of William Blake, Charles Olson, H.D., Jack Spicer, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and other crucial writers. He spent nearly 10 years working in the Teamsters before returning to school to study with Robert Creeley and Jack Clarke in Buffalo, N.Y. where he received his PhD in 1986. Since 1993 he has lived in Toronto. He is the author of Iterations of the Diagonal, Dislocations in Crystal, Into the World of the Dead, One’s own Mind, and 22 Skidoo/SubTractions. With Victor Coleman, he edited Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book for the University of California Press. His detective novel, Business As Usual, is forthcoming.

Meredith Quartermain was born in Toronto but grew up elsewhere in Ontario and in rural British Columbia. At UBC she was intrigued by the poetry of Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. She also delved into Biology, Latin, Math, Philosophy and Linguistics. For a while she practiced law. She is the author of several books of poetry including Matter, Nightmarker (finalist for the Vancouver Book Award) and Vancouver Walking (winner of a BC Book Award). She runs Nomados Literary Publishers with husband Peter Quartermain.

Toronto writer Mark Goldstein has suffered no visible education. An avid small presser, he issues limited editions under the Beautiful Outlaw imprint. After Rilke, his first collection, was published in the summer of 2008. Tracelangage is his second book.

Jay MillAr is a Toronto poet, editor, publisher, teacher and virtual bookseller. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which are esp : accumulation sonnets (2009) and Other Poems (2010). He is also the author of several privately published editions, such as Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Millar is the shadowy figure behind BookThug, a publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well-known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire's Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. Currently Jay teaches creative writing and poetics at George Brown College and Toronto New School of Writing.


Brock University Creative Writers' Club
poetry reading
Thursday October 14, 2010
Fine Grind
James Street
Downtown St. Cats
see you there, bud.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The One Shot Reading Series

Photos from the first (and maybe the only) reading from the executive-like students from Brock University.
Phil Miletic; a president-like individual and first time emcee.
Lindsay Cahill; a local writer and eccentric.
Mr. Ed Edmonds.
One of the shorter ones we know... Helen Tran.
Phil Miletic
Jade Wallace, incognito.
Quick garb change.

Thanks to the door for letting in a cool breeze and adding a bit of character to each of these photos.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Poetry Event

A group of executive-like students
Brock University will be holding
Poetry Reading
Fine Grind Cafe
September 17, 2010
7 pm
Phil Miletic
Jade Wallace
Helen Tran
Ed Edmonds
Robert Dimmers

Here is the facebook event page, here.

Stick around for the open mic that will follow the event

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Grey Borders Reading Series News

There have been some major updates over at the Grey Borders blog.

There is a new interview with bill bissett here.

and now some event details...

Grey Borders 3.0 is proud to present...

bill bissett

Catherine Owen

Phil Hall

Terry Trowbridge

Date: Thursday September 23, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm


The Niagara Artists’ Centre

354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines


No Cover, Licensed

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chapbook release tonight

James Milhaven, a local writer is releasing his new chapbook tonight at Strega Cafe.

Details are on the poster below

Come mingle with some local literati!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Broken Pencil

My reviews of Kaspoit! by Dennis E. Bolen, The Rose Concordance by Angela Carr and How to be Inappropriate by Daniel Nestor can be found in the latest issue of Broken Pencil magazine.

Check out the new issue here:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Oncely Monthly

A diverse pamphlet project edited by Phil Miletic:

Submissions are now being accepted.

Check out the guidelines via the Tumblr.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fausto: The Art Project

Do you like art?

Here is some art you might like:

Faust is formerly a St. Catharines resident.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Welcome to the Carnival

Here are some grainy photos from The Scream's Opening:

Steve McCaffery reads from Carnival 3

David Antin

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Adeena Karasick

Here's something to look forward to:

Adeena Karasick will be reading at
St. Catharines Library
Mills Room
54 Church Street
Wednesday, June 16th
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Born in Winnipeg, Karasick has lectured and performed
worldwide and regularly publishes articles, reviews and
dialogues on contemporary poetry, poetics and
cultural/semiotic theory. She is the author of several
books of poetry and poetic theory. Karasick is a Professor of Global
Literature at St. John's University in New York City.

Check Adeena Karasick out HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's BUCWC anthology award winners...

2010 Eleanor Abram Prize for Fiction

Cassie Leigh

2010 Canadian Author Association Prize for Poetry

Emi Morimoto

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

bookthug - book launch

last friday, a few friends and myself invaded the bookthug book launch at "This Ain't the Rosedale Library." the night featured Karen Mac Cormack, David Dowker, and Steve McCaffery. i have a few photos of the event. the night was soggy and enjoyable.

Steve McCaffery

Steve McCaffery

David Dowker

David Dowker

(unfortunately, i was unable to retrieve the photos of Karen Mac Cormack, sigh)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Canadian Authors in Action...

"Canadian Authors In Action"

Adam Dickinson

John Barta
Jane Garrett-Peat
Keith Inman
Sheila Laundry
Ron Prickett
Malcolm Matthews
Robert Broerse

Eric Schmaltz
Tom Vaine
Jade Alyssa Wallace
Claire Bullen

Several finalists from the library's "Fresh Ink" Creative Writing Competition for Teens

This event is sponsored by the St. Catharines Library and admission is free.

Call Barb Weiler at 905-685-0153 or Diane Andrusko at 905-688-6103 for more information. St. Catharines Library.

Friday, April 16, 2010

lapse; an anthology of creative writing

The launch of 'lapse' was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out.

A special thanks to Lindsay Gray for being our photographer for the night.

Here are photos from the evening:

Cassie Leigh in front of Cask 22

Some local enthusiasts

A bump and a growl; A dazed Duncan Griffiths

Marisa Angela Blackburn

Jade Scapillato

Jeremy Colangelo

Amanda Rose Graveline

Stephanie Tingzon

Emi Morimoto

Kris Mills

Justin Emmette Harney

The crowd and James Dean...?

Cassie and Cassondra havin' a read

The crowd at break...

Phil Miletic; new President of the BUCWC

Cassie Leigh

Jade Wallace; new Editor for the BUCWC

Jade Wallace and her accompanying voices

Ed Edmonds; new VP for the BUCWC

Helen Tran; new Editor for the BUCWC
Tom Vaine

Oksana Berda; former Editor for the BUCWC

Robb Ellison; former Treasurer for the BUCWC

Sound Poetry by Two Young Stallions

A giggle and a pop

Poster for this year's launch (many thanks to Demetra Peppas)


Eric Schmaltz