Contributors' Info

Born in Canada and based now in Seattle, Jim Andrews has recently worked up a passion for the Tokyo rock group Harpy. Another image set by Andrews can be accessed from Volume Three of The East Village Poetry Web.

Douglas Barbour lives and teaches in Edmonton, Alberta. Books of poetry include Visible Visions: Selected Poems and Story for a Saskatchewan Night. He has published critical monographs on Daphne Marlatt, bpNichol, and Michael Ondaatje.

Poems here from Robin Blaser were first published in The Holy Forest.

David Bromige's Canadian citizenship and U.S. residence have served as handy liaison through the decades. Bromige has been recognized by the Fund for Poetry, Canada Council, NEA, and Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing. Books of poetry coming soon: Initializing (Meow), and T as in Tether (Chax).

Figures Cut in Sacred Ground by Angela Bowering (from NeWest Press, Edmonton) is the first book about Sheila Watson's novel The Double Hook, much admired by Canadian poets and novelists.

George Bowering's most recent book of poems is Blonds on Bikes, from Talonbooks (Vancouver). His most recent novel, Piccolo Mondo, is a collaboration with David Bromige, Michael Matthews and Angela Bowering.

Be Labour Reading by Clint Burnham was published last year by ECW Press; Buddyland is forthcoming from Coach House Publishing.

Louis Cabri, an editor of "hole chapbooks," curates the PhillyTalks poetics series from Philadelphia where he currently lives. His poems have been published in Open Letter and Combo 1.

Originally from Toronto, poet and translator Norma Cole has lived in San Francisco for the last 21 years. Her books include Desire & Its Double and MARS. With Stacy Doris, Cole recently edited Raddle Moon 16 (from Vancouver), a special issue featuring French writers new to North America.

Victor Coleman's poems are from Lapsed W.A.S.P, availabe from ECW Press, Toronto. Coleman has taught film studies and creative writing at both York and Queen's universities.

Dave Cull describes his poems as "occasional" and his focus as "working for survival of as many individuals as may be inclined to make the effort."

Frank Davey founded Open Letter in 1965, which he continues to publish. Among his 14 poetry collections are Popular Narratives (1991) and Cultural Mischief (1996), from which "Multiple Choice Games for Hiroshima Day" is taken.

A native of Montreal, Char Davies is a doctoral candidate in philosophy of media at the University of Wales.

"Central (Canada) Party Haus" by Jeff Derksen appeared in The Queen St Quarterly. Derksen describes it as "a New York school poem about Queen St West in Toronto."

Naomi Foyle has just spent sixteen months on a novel and teaching English in Korea. Before that she was librarian at the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, where she produced an oversized chapbook of poetry, Febrifugue from TreePlantInk Press.

Among the collections of Maxine Gadd's verse are Styx, Lost Language and a work in progress titled "Subway under Byzantium," from which her poems here were selected.

Gerry Gilbert has been a figure on the Vancouver poetry scene for many years, hailed by some as the Canadian Whitman.

"Roy Rogers" by Robert Hogg is slated for a festschrift in honor of George Johnston, forthcoming from Penumbra Press. Hogg is a resident of Ottawa, but was born and raised in Edmonton until age 9; some of the historical references in "Roy Rogers," such as High Level Bridge, date from this period.

Lionel Kearns lives in Vancouver where he devotes himself to playing hockey and writing his memoirs.

Work from Billy Little is also available in Volume Two of The East Village Poetry Web.

Steve McCaffery has authored over fifteen books of poetry, the most recent, The Cheat of Words, and co-authored with Jed Rasula Imagining Language from The MIT Press due this November.

Born in Africa, with dual British and Canadian citizenships, Karen Mac Cormack lives in Toronto. Her books of poetry include Straw Cupid, Quirks and Quillets, Marine Snow, and The Tongue Moves Talk.

Recent books of poetry from David W. McFadden include There'll Be Another and Anonymity Suite. A new travel book, Spy in Scotland, is due out spring 1999.

Barry McKinnon lives in Prince George, British Columbia and teaches at the College of New Caledonia.

The excerpts featured here from Erin Moure's "Calor" are parts of a book of poetry called The Frame of a Book, also called A Frame of the Book (it has two titles), which will be published by House of Anansi (Toronto) in 1999.

In the 1970s Opal Nations was interested in radio, and with The Radio Lux Players of Vancouver helped script and perform in independently produced radio plays. He has subsequently been awarded the Perpetua and Pushcart Prizes for his fiction.

Lillian Necakov is the founder and editor of Surrealist Poets Gardening Association. She lives in Toronto and is currently working on a novel and a screenplay. Her book of collages and poems Polaroids is from Coach House.

John Newlove was born and raised in Saskatchewan but now lives in Ottawa. His work includes Apology for Absence: Selected Poems 1962-1992 and a Word 6 disk called The Tasmanian Devil and Other Poems (6 pieces), available from the author.

Terms of Sale from Meow and Abstract Relations from Keefer Street are recent book-length compilations of verse by Meredith Quartermain. She teaches at Capilano College.

Poet and visual artist Renee Rodin was born and raised between the "Two Solitudes" in Montreal, Quebec. She came to Vancouver in the 60s and in the 80s began R2B2 Books along with its reading series which she ran for 8 years.

Active in the Toronto arts community since the 1980s, Particia Seaman's writing and collages are influenced by "feminist politics, desire, and unconventional narrative techniques," according to a blurb from Coach House, publisher of New Motor Queen City of which "Love Runaway" is chapter five.

Mad Boys, poems by Jamie Reid, with collages by Gregg Simpson, appears on the Coach House Books Web site as well as in chapbook form. Along with George Bowering, Frank Davey, David Dawson and Fred Wah, Jamie Reid was among the original editors of TISH, a Vancouver poetry newsletter.

Taking the Breath Away, poems by Harold Rhenisch, has been released by Ronsdale Press. Rhenish lives lakeside in 108 Mile House, British Columbia.

Lisa Robertson has been a collective member and teacher at the Kootenay School of Writing off and on for ten years. Debbie: An Epic was published last year by New Star Books, Vancouver, and Reality Street Editions, London.

Gregg Simpson is a jazz drummist as well as painter and sculptor. His art work is exhibited internationally and is associated with both the neo-surrealists and the Paris-based PHASES Movement. Born in Ottawa, Simpson now lives on the Canadian West Coast.

Steven Ross Smith, who describes himself as poet, fiction writer and sound poet, resides in Saskatoon. His newest poetry book is fluttertongue, Book 1, The Book of Games. Smith performs regularly with the improvisatory sound/music ensemble DUCT.

The selections by Vanouver poet George Stanley were written between 1994 and 1997. Many appeared in TADS, which Stanley calls "a local bar 'zine."

A frequent reader in international venues, Fred Wah recently particpated in the Philly Talks series in Philadelphia. New work from Fred Wah is due soon in Salt.

Ted Warnell says, "works of Poem by Nari are results of a creative collaboration; artists, writers, computer programmers, and Netizens of the world."

Darren Wershler-Henry is writing his doctoral dissertation at York University on the relationship between the typewriter and the poetics of dictation. A native of Winnipeg, he now lives in Toronto.

Several graphics and additional poems by Toronto-based Ryan Whyte are featured in Volume Two of The East Village Poetry Web.

Sections of "Pen Chants," a long poem in progress by Lissa Wolsak, are forthcoming in Mirage/PERIOD(ICAL) and Raddle Moon. Wolsak's first book, Co-Mercy, is available from Tsunami Editions.

Work by Robert Young has been acquired by numerous museums throughout Canada, as well as by the de Beers and Elton John collections. Young is represented by Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary and Atelier Gallery, Vancouver.

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