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Stuart Ross reports in on Mansfield’s fall list

It’s been a mad spring and early summer. While launching my own new book, the story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books), in Vancouver, the Kootenays, Calgary, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Red Deer, and Edmonton, I’ve been working, mostly remotely, with fall Mansfield authors Robert Earl Stewart, Jim Smith, and Tom Walmsley. After […]

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Catherine Owen: On “siting” oneself and other fabulations

I’ve had my own website since 2003. Initially, it was a compendium of “everything I’ve done,” an exhaustingly unreadable mishmash of muses and manuscripts, photographs and pursuits. I even tried to upload each review I’d written, every essay, and provide a sample poem from each of my books. In 2009, while I’m still a technophobe […]

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Steve Venright reflects on somniloquies

Dion McGregor is one of the few human beings — can you think of another? — ever to achieve renown for a body of work created while fast asleep. For several years beginning in the early 1960s, McGregor’s New York roommate Michael Barr would rise early almost every morning to capture on tape what are […]

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Jim Smith searches for the Spanish Civil War

I’ve had the good luck to visit Spain three times in the last two years — Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Frigiliana, Malaga and, most recently, León and Galicia in the northwest. Each time I went looking for traces of the Spanish Civil War. I came back with mere traces. In Barcelona, the city had a small […]

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Jason Heroux sends a Hoboken Postcard

Friday, May 29, 2009: I’m in Hoboken, New Jersey, with my father, staying in one of the vacant dormitories at the Stevens Institute of Technology. My father spent a memorable portion of his childhood growing up in this area, and a part of him one day wants his ashes buried near Helmer’s Restaurant, where they […]

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Jason Heroux praises parking lots

A little while ago a friend asked why I had so much parking-lot imagery in my poetry. I wasn’t sure how to answer. I gave it some thought and realized there’s something about parking lots I’ve always found beautiful and mysterious, especially late at night when they’re empty. — Collapse They have a peaceful, Zen-like […]

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Nailing Down the Hard Parts: The Challenge of First Books

by Zachariah Wells   Our culture seems particularly keen on celebrating the emergence of new poets. Since the 1930s, we have heralded the arrival of new generations of poets in anthologies which are the textual equivalent to debutantes’ balls or high school graduation ceremonies: momentous to the participants and their families, but of very little […]

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Stuart Ross talks Fall Books

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been giddily working on manuscripts with two brilliant poets who are new to Mansfield. Robert Earl Stewart is a young poet from Windsor, Ontario, who has been popping up more and more frequently in literary journals recently. Mansfield is proud to be publishing his fall 2009 debut, Something […]

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Christopher Doda on Translation

Like all writers, my partner and I have a number of perpetual grouses about the writing world. One of ours is the scarcity of translation done in Canada, especially of poetry, and especially by poets. A casual perusal of the biographies of major poets worldwide will show that most have engaged in translation work. In […]

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“Hello!” from Alice Burdick

Well, hello there! A little introduction: I’m Alice Burdick. I was born and raised in Toronto, and have lived also in Espanola, Ontario (for a year!), and in Vancouver and Robert’s Creek. B.C., before moving out to Halifax in 2002. Now I live in beautiful Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. It’s a tiny town with an […]

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