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Stephen Brockwell and Stuart Ross Reading On Wednesday!

fall2016coversbrockwellsparrowOn Wednesday, October 26, the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival closes its season with Poetry Cabaret featuring a strong Mansfield presence in the form of Stephen Brockwell and Stuart Ross. The evening will also feature readings by Gregory Scofield and Sandra Ridley. It will be the first major public reading of Stephen Brockwell’s All Of Us Reticent, Here, Together, which has just been released. Mansfield writer and editor Stuart Ross will be reading from his latest book from Wolsak and Wynn, A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. This is an especially nice pairing of writers as Stuart edited All Of Us Reticent, Here, Together under his A Stuart Ross Book imprint. If you are in Ottawa on Wednesday, you can find them at Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks Street. The event begins at 8:30 pm.


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Sarah Burgoyne’s Saint Twin Shortlisted

Sarah Burgoyne


Hats off to Sarah Burgoyne, whose debut collection Saint Twin has been nominated for the A. M. Klein Poetry Prize. The prestigious award, given by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, has a long history of recognizing excellence in English-language writers from Quebec. The nomination is also a feather in the cap of Mansfield editor Stuart Ross. Saint Twin appeared under his imprint “A Stuart Ross Book.” The winner will be announced at the annual QWF Awards Gala on November 22 in Montreal. Best of luck to this formidable team!


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Matt Santateresa



It has been something of a sad year at Mansfield. In the spring we lost Rishma Dunlop after her long battle with cancer. On October 2 it was Matt Santateresa’s turn.

Matt was the author of three books of poetry: Combustible Light, A Beggar’s Loom and Icarus Redux. We published the latter two volumes and Matt was always a pleasure to work with. His last writing project was Chernobyl Blue, a meditation on the tragic nuclear disaster and it was very important to him. We just published it in chapbook form to be distributed to his family and friends. Matt died after a brief illness in his hometown of Montréal. Our condolences to his family and friends.

The following is the opening poem from Chernobyl Blue. It’s worth noting he began this project before he knew he was sick.


i hear it scrub my fingers, arms,
legs, trying to eradicate the invisible
enemy, scratching

raw, the thin sound of scouring intermingling
wires rubbing the skin—

but the verdict is in, notarized by god

a crackling radio from stalin’s era
repeats that the situation is stabilized

rubbing and rubbing

ants scurry along the kitchen table
unconscious frenzy

the soldiers outside follow orders, yelling, cursing
running and u238: 238 half-lives

just begin their billion years of terror, and thorium
will stay for 14 billion.

senseless. what is time?

rubbing and rubbing

ants instinctive movements a music
scratching, i imagine their mandibles





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Alice Burdick at Lexicon Books

Alice will be launching her latest on her home turf at Lexicon Books. With music!


Alice launch Lexicon

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And on to St. George

Isn’t it about time for a nice weekend drive in the country? We’ll be at the pastoral Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead at 2 pm to launch new Mansfield titles. Please join us.

Nelson launch

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