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Brockwell wins Archibald Lampman Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have to interrupt our previously scheduled promotion of next week’s Montreal book launch to congratulate Stephen Brockwell on winning the Archibald Lampman Award! All Of Us Reticent, Here, Together is a worthy book and Stephen is long overdue for the recognition he so rightfully deserves. It was so great to receive this news tonight. If you scroll down a bit you can read the opening poem to the book. Kudos also to editor Stuart Ross who keeps making great books for Mansfield. Thank you both!

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Mansfield Montreal Launch

Mark the date!

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24 2017
Time: 7-10pm
Location: Dazibao
5455, de Gaspé avenue,
suite 109 (GF)
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H2T 3B3

 

Mansfield is heading out on the road for our first fall launch with new work by Branka Petrovic, Puneet Dutt, and Nelson Ball. Puneet and Nelson won’t be able to attend but we’ll be reading from their new books and just for fun we’ll be adding music and dance to the readings at this event.

Along with the Mansfield books, we’ll feature a reading by Quebec author Corinne Larochelle, music by Bojana Milinov and Nebs Petrovic, and dance performances by Morgane Le Tiec and Renata Commisso. Check out the bios below. It’s going to be an interesting night. Please join us!

Poetry:

Branka Petrovic’s sophisticated debut collection delves into the life and work of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, exploring his muses, the male gaze, and the eroticized female body. Her work was long-listed for the 2012 and 2015 CBC Poetry Prize. In 2016, she won second prize at the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. http://bit.ly/2zc5qxM

Nelson Ball is a poet and bookseller living in Paris, Ontario. He has worked as a labourer, chauffeur, clerk, seasonal forest ranger, record store clerk, and janitor. From 1965 to 1973 he ran the legendary Weed/Flower Press, publishing mimeo editions of early books by Victor Coleman, Carol Bergé, David McFadden, bill bissett, bpNichol, and many others. He is the author of more than 40 poetry books and chapbooks.

Puneet Dutt received her MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize (Phantom Books). Her work has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She was born in India and raised in New Jersey. She now resides in Toronto with her husband, where she is an editorial board member at Canthius and a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. She can be found online at puneetdutt.com.

Corinne Larochelle enseigne la littérature au collège de Maisonneuve. Elle a publié quatre recueils de poésie au Noroît, dont Vent debout (2007) et Femme avec caméra (2011). Son premier roman, Le parfum de Janis, a paru au Cheval d’août à l’automne 2015.

Music:

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, and established in Montreal, Bojana Milinov pursues her career as a soloist, chamber musician with String Quartet Voxpopuli, Quatrouvailles and as an orchestra musician collaborating with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre de chamber I Musici de Montreal and many more.

Nebs Petrovic is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and synth nerd based in Montreal. He runs a synthesizer YouTube channel called Once Upon a Synth (http://onceuponasynth.tv/) and produces electronic music under his alias Citizen Park (https://citizenpark.bandcamp.com/).

Dance:

Morgane Le Tiec, a professional dancer, has worked with internationally acknowledged companies such as: La la la Human Steps, Montalvo Hervieu and Ballet Jazz de Montreal and is currently dancing for Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Off-stage, she pursues her choreographic endeavours.

Renata Commisso comes with 10 years of professional dance experience, working with world renowned choreographers and companies. Currently, Renata dances for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Besides performing, Renata is exploring choreography, her most recent works; ‘Brain Game’ for A Suivre 2016, and a dance film I OUT YOU IN, a collaboration with Morgane Le Tiec and Paolo Santos.

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Submit your poetry to Priscila Uppal’s upcoming anthology

Mansfield Press is teaming up with Priscila Uppal to produce Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology and we would like you to be a part of this important book. Here’s the pitch:

Current statistics predict 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We need more art to understand the complexity and dimensions of what this means.

So please join us in this landmark groundbreaking anthology on the subject of cancer; whether from a patient, survivor, caregiver, loved one, doctor, surgeon, alternative healer, compassionate human being, body part or disease itself point of view.

This anthology aims to offer new ways of seeing, understanding, and representing this ordinary and extraordinary experience; with a full spectrum of emotions spanning the tragic and comic.

We believe the imagination and poetry have their own parts to play in our contemporary healing warehouse. And we invite you to demonstrate this power as we bring together an exciting group of contemporary poems and poets tackling the “c” word in unexpected and affecting ways.

Please send between one and four poems on the topic of cancer in any poetic style/form and from any perspective to dysfunctionalpoems@gmail.com plus a 100-word author bio.

Previously published poems are welcome as long as the author owns the copyright and gives us permission to reprint, and as long as the poem was published after the year 2000.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: NOVEMBER 30TH, 2017

THANK YOU!

on behalf of Priscila Uppal and Mansfield Press

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Stephen Brockwell nominated for the Archibald Lampman Award!

We think Stephen Brockwell’s All of Us Reticent, Here, Together is one fine book and apparently we are not the only ones! It has been nominated for the Archibald Lampman Award and the winner will be announced on October 18th at Ottawa City Hall in conjunction with the Ottawa Book Awards.

You can see Stephen read at a presentation of the finalists for the award the night before on October 17. He’s in some excellent company, with Sandra Ridley and Dean Steadman and there is a Facebook event listing if you happen to be in Ottawa. Stephen is a great reader of his own work so it should be a fine night. Good luck to all the writers!

Here’s a little taste from the book’s opening poem:

 

LOST THINGS

When you found the lost thing on the side of the road

in the gravel, in the mud there, near the rainbow

of the oil slick,

you missed the things that other people found

before you found that thing

and you missed the things not yet

found that didn’t catch your eye,

conditioned as your eye was to catch

a flash of light

not colour

or a blur of darkness

not light,

and there it was in your hand, a

shining or a black thing (also shining)

you could not describe to save your life,

a jewel from a lost ring or

a fragment of a loop from a mother’s earring or

the mother of pearl from a brooch

cracked and detached from its metal by a rolling tire

or maybe it was a tar-encrusted glass marble

dropped from a paving truck—you seem to recall it was—

it was the first thing you knew you had found

giving find its meaning

and you lost it, and the memory of it, you moron!

 

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Meaghan Strimas at WOTS today

 

 

If you’re in Toronto today and going to Word on the Street, don’t miss Meaghan Strimas reading from her new, Trillium Award winning book Yes or Nope. She’ll be at the “Vibrant Voices of Ontario” tent at 2:35 along with fellow Trillium winner Melanie Mah.

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