In episode 5 of The Ottawa Writes Podcast, Catherine and Kevin chat with Ottawa’s own rob mcLennan.

rob is 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) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories,(Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the forthcoming poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (, Touch the Donkey ( 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

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Show Notes

Catherine Brunelle’s story, “Marianne Claire Rivers, 1851”, in Understory Magazine.

Ottawa Small Press Book Fair: This year’s spring edition of the semi-annual Ottawa Small Press Book Fair is shaping up to be one of the biggest ones yet. held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from noon to 5pm in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (Jack Purcell lane, right by Gilmour Street on Elgin), the fair contains the best of the small press in poetry, fiction, comic books and original artwork from publishers, presses and authors in and around Ottawa, with exhibitors regularly attending from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the United States and beyond.

Stephanie Bolster

above/ground press

Chaudiere Books

Lydia Davis

Ground Rules: The Best of Above Ground Press 2003-2013

Uncertainty Principle by Rob McLennan

The Adeventures of Claire Never-Ending by Catherine Brunelle

The Page Turners by Kevin T. Johns

The Novel Writer’s Blueprint by Kevin T. Johns

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