Monday, April 16, 2018

new from above/ground press: Glosas for Tired Eyes Volume 2, by Dani Spinosa

Glosas for Tired Eyes Volume 2
Dani Spinosa

Judith Copithorne

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Dani Spinosa
is a poet of digital and print media, an on-again-off-again precarious professor, the Managing Editor of the Electronic Literature Directory, and a co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press. Her first chapbook, Glosas for Tired Eyes, was published in 2017 with No Press and her first scholarly manuscript, Anarchists in the Academy: Machines and Free Readers in Experimental Poetry is forthcoming from University of Alberta Press (Spring 2018).

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

Friday, April 13, 2018

above/ground press at Kanada Koncrete, Loud Mouths: Anstee, Atkins, Beaulieu, Betts, Davey, Earl, Spinosa, etc

A cavalcade of above/ground press authors (including Cameron Anstee, Tim Atkins, Derek Beaulieu, Gregory Betts, Frank Davey, Amanda Earl and Dani Spinosa) will be performing Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8pm at LOUD MOUTHS, an evening of short poetic performances by participants of Kanada Koncrete: Material Poetries in the Digital Age, this year's annual University of Ottawa Literature Symposium. The event will be free! Held at the Happy Goat Coffee Co., 35 Laurel Street, Ottawa.

See the Facebook event here.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

new from above/ground press: From Being Without Substance, by Andrew Wessels

From Being Without Substance
by Andrew Wessels

The motif of a man
imprisoned in a tree:

might time rise stunned
in a region of hell. Lest mind
or “brother” deceive,

the creature—
traditionally the unbaptized
abode— was accustomed
to strange doubt.


The north wind
expresses wandering.

Whether the double being
is used diversely,
which one (of two)
rewards frailty?

Spoil of battle derives from

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
April 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Andrew Wessels
has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles, where he is an editor at Les Figues Press. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. His writing can be found in VOLT, Witness, Fence, Tammy Journal, Faultline, Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacket2, Literary Hub, and Colorado Review, among others. Semi Circle, a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. His first book, published by 1913 Press, is A Turkish Dictionary.

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

above/ground press 25th anniversary essay: Carrie Olivia Adams

This is the sixteenth in a series of short essays/reminiscences by a variety of authors and friends of the press to help mark the quarter century mark of above/ground. See links to the whole series here.

Just as no one becomes a poet to make money, no one becomes a poetry publisher to make money. And so, it is a discipline that inherently attracts those that are drawn to it as a calling and those who believe in poetry for poetry’s sake alone. Yet, even in a discipline composed almost entirely by people who have come to it out of shear desire and admiration, rob mclennan stands out as someone whose commitment to poetry and its potential readership is powerfully unique and true. And as a result, his love and belief in poetry has grown a community that is remarkable for its inclusivity.

Though there are more people studying and writing poetry than ever before, I fear that the readership for poetry has not grown in accordance. Instead, just as we have become enclosed in our own small news media bubbles, many of us poets, myself included, are too often caught in our own incestuous poetry worlds when it comes to the books and journals we read. Through above/ground press and Touch the Donkey, rob offers an anecdote to this. His strength as a publisher and editor is having a wide vision—one that is not tied to any particular geography or region, not tied to any aesthetic or cool cohort, and one that encompasses age and profile. Emerging or established, old school or new—for rob it’s about the work itself. It’s about what poetry can do and the readers it can find and create.

And this takes incredible work and time and attention—to find and solicit writers, to paginate and fold those pages, and to stuff all of those many, many envelopes. It seems like every week at least one of those joyful white envelopes is in my mailbox—a regularity and a productivity unmatched in the publishing community. I feel incredibly lucky that rob reached out to me for an interview after my first book Intervening Absence was published almost ten years ago. It established a creative and encouraging friendship for which I am grateful. We, as poets, are all lucky to have him as our champion and as a champion of the art to which we’ve all devoted large parts of our hearts and lives. Cheers to 25 years! Let’s hope for many more.

Carrie Olivia Adams is a Chicago-based freelance book publicist and the poetry editor for the small press Black Ocean.  She is the author of Grapple (above/ground press 2017) and Overture in the Key of F (above/ground press 2013) as well as the full-length collections Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009).