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Play Chthonics

On Wednesday November 7 I’ll be in Vancouver sharing the stage at the Play Chthonics Reading Series with Cecily Nicholson. I’m looking forward to visiting friends I rarely have a chance to see, as well as meeting new ones. 

The details:

Venue: Green College, UBC (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd.)

Time: 5 pm



November 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Fall Chapbooks

I’m pleased to announce that Cactus Press will be pairing with Karen Schindler’s newly founded Baseline Press to launch fall chapbooks from both presses on November 3, 2011. Here’s the lineup:
Cactus Press

Greg Bell – Better Locks and Daylight
Stewart Cole – Sirens
Shane Neilson – Love Poems in a Czech Winter

Baseline Press

Danielle Devereaux – Cardiogram
Andy McGuire – Sputniks
Christine Walde – The Black Car 

The launch will take place in association with Edward Nixon’s livewords reading series, and will be held at The Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave.) in Toronto. Doors open at 7:30. 

Below is a cover preview of Stewart Cole’s Sirens (designed by Pascale McCullough Manning)


October 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

2011 Matrix LitPop Awards

On Thursday night I was honoured to receive a call from Jon Paul Fiorentino notifying me that I’d won the 2011 Matrix LitPop Award for Poetry. My congrats to Anu Jindal and Chris Urquhart, winners in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories!

Here’s the press release: 

Pop Montreal and Matrix Magazine are thrilled to announce the 2011 Lit Pop Award Winners!

Jim Johnstone

Anu Jindal

Chris Urquhart

Congratulations to this year’s winners and thanks to all who participated! Special thanks to this year’s judges, John K. Samson, Mike Spry and Katrina Best!

August 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Last Gasp

After 7 1/2 years, Misunderstandings Magazine will celebrate its final issue on June 2, 2011. I’m happy to be going out with an issue that I’m especially proud of, and that Edward Nixon will be hosting the evening’s festivities.

Join us at the Black Swan Tavern for cake and readings from:

Claire Caldwell
Sam Cheuk
Mathew Henderson
Mat Laporte
Blaise Moritz
A.F. Moritz
Robin Richardson
Rob Taylor
Paul Vermeersch 

For the curious, here’s a cover preview:

May 25, 2011 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone

Hot on the heels of Fatherhood: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford, Frog Hollow Press has released the second in an ongoing series of critical monographs: Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone. Within there are two separate essays (written by Jason Guriel and Shane Neilson, respectively) that explore the role of scientific equations / language in my first two books of poetry.

I’m honored to be the subject of this book, and that both Jason and Shane  would take such care exploring my work.

If you’re interested in a copy, you can order one here.

May 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

Another Spring – A Renga in 27 Parts

Thanks to Sachiko Murakami for including me as one of the 27 poets involved in creating Another Spring, a renga written in response to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. You can watch the video below. 

April 25, 2011 at 12:06 am Leave a comment

An Interview with Patrick Connors

This past week, Patrick Connors interviewed both Julienne Lottering and I for in regards to our new book Sunday, the locusts. It was interesting to hear Julie’s take on our collaboration, since I’d never asked her formally.

If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

March 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

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