Poetry Night with Pearl Pirie and rob maclennan at OIW, Thursday, April 26, 2012

by Luminita Suse

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Ottawa Independent Writers hosted an informal talk about poetry, chaired by Ottawa poets, editors and bloggers Pearl Pirie and rob mclennan. The discussion revolved around defining what constitutes poetry, how to get poetry published, what is the audience for poetry, what does poetry do differently from prose and visual arts, what styles of poetry are out there.

Pearl Pirie is a poetess and photographer. She coordinates the Tree Seed Workshop series, www.treereadingseries.ca/workshops. She has a micropress, which has just funded a third stove for the Guatemala Stove Project www.pearlpirie.com/phafours. She has a few chapbook titles, is anthologized in the textbook for Eastern-related forms, Lighting the Global Lantern, and has two full collections Thirsts (Snare, 2011) and been shed bore (Chaudiere, 2012)

Born in Ottawa, rob mclennan, is the author of more than 20 trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011) and 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottwater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual (ottawater.com). He regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.



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