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Strong Southwestern Ontario Representation of Poets in California-based Anthology

“An amazing array of poetry from nearly every state in the union and five countries from around the world.” – RD Armstrong, Editor-in-Chief, LUMMOX Number Four

“Is it a bad thing if a Canadian poet is influenced by an American Poet?” and “What is a Canadian poem?” Those are two questions prolific Canadian poet James Deahl asked in his essay “A Canadian Poem, Eh?” published in LUMMOX, Number Four. Readers of the 224-page poetry anthology released last month by LUMMOX Press in San Pedro, California may soon find out.

LUMMOX Number Four features 160 poets . Over ten percent of the contributors are from Canada.

LUMMOX Number Four features 160 poets. Over ten percent of the contributors are from Canada.

Edited by American poet RD Armstrong, the book features the work of over 160 poets from 46 of the United States, Canada, the U.K., Albania, Denmark and Sweden. It includes three interviews, five essays and a few reviews plus the poetry of the 2015 Lummox Poetry Prize Winner, H. Marie Aragon and the runner ups Nancy Shiffrin and Cynthia Stewart. Thanks to Deahl and his efforts to promote Canadian poets to the American market and his national sharing of the LUMMOX anthology submission calls, a strong representation of southwestern Ontario writers are featured in both the LUMMOX Number Four and Number Three anthologies.

Over 160 poets from 46 of the United States, Canada, the U.K., Albania, Denmark and Sweden.

Features over 160 poets from 46 of the United States, Canada, the U.K., Albania, Denmark and Sweden.

To celebrate and promote this inclusion of Canadian poets in an American publication, Deahl has organized a special reading for this Saturday, September 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at John’s Restaurant “Famous Room”, 1643 London Line on the outskirts of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Both local and out-of-town LUMMOX contributors will be sharing their work. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Additional readings throughout Ontario are also being planned.

LUMMOX Number Three was released in 2014 by Lummox Press in San Pedro, California.

LUMMOX Number Three was released in 2014 by Lummox Press in San Pedro, California.

Deahl is already encouraging poets to submit work for the LUMMOX Number Five anthology to be published in 2016. Submissions will open next year.

“Canadian poets are on a roll now,” he said. “Let’s keep it up.”

Below is additional information provided by James Deahl:

What I find exciting is that the LUMMOX anthology, which comes out of the Los Angeles area, has work by so many Canadian poets. Both the 2014 and the new 2015 editions have over ten percent Canadian poetry. Also, the city with the most contributors is Sarnia. And all of the local contributors to LUMMOX are members of After Hours Poets.

In a recent e-mail, RD Armstrong, Publisher of Lummox Press books, wrote that having so many keen Canadian poets would “make it that much easier when we do the Canadian Anthology!” So if Canadian poets keep submitting poetry to the annual LUMMOX anthology, Lummox Press could very well publish an anthology of Canadian poetry in the future. And that would introduce Canadian poetry to U.S. readers in a big way.

Canadian poet James Deahl is encouraging poets from across the country to submit their work for the next LUMMOX anthology planned for 2016.

Canadian poet James Deahl is encouraging poets from across the country to submit their work for the next LUMMOX anthology planned for 2016.

I read a lot of poetry books. In the past it was true that American poetry was, in general, better than Canadian poetry. But when I consider poets under the age of 70, I believe that Canadian poetry is now as fine as the poetry being written south of the border. American readers need to discover Canadian poets. Therefore, what Mr. Armstrong and his Lummox Press is doing should be celebrated. In Sarnia this means participating on Saturday, September 26 and in Hamilton it means Sunday, October 18. (And likely Toronto in November, but more on that later.)

These are exciting times for poetry in Canada!

The four out-of-town poets (for the Sarnia event) are Jennifer L. Foster (Hamilton), David Haskins (Grimsby), Michael Mirolla (Oakville), and Denis Robillard (Windsor).

The seven local readers are James Deahl, Joseph A. Farina, Venera Fazio, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder, Rhonda Melanson, and Lynn Tait.

Although the other poets are known to local audiences, this will be the first Sarnia reading for Jennifer L. Foster.

LUMMOX - Number Three features approximately 170 poets.

LUMMOX – Number Three features approximately 170 poets.

Previous local contributors include: Lois Nantais and Grace Vermeer. Other out-of-town Canadian LUMMOX Number Four and/or Number Three contributors are: Ronnie R. Brown, Fern G. Z. Carr, Katherine Gordon, Richard M Grove, Ellen S. Jaffe, Laurie Kruk, Donna Langevin, John B. Lee, Bernice Lever and Deborah Morrison.

Additional information about previous LUMMOX readings in Canada can be found here and here.

Additional information about LUMMOX PRESS can be found here.

LUMMOX OUT-OF-TOWN READERS (in alphabetical order):

Jennifer L. Foster, from Hamilton, is a graduate of Queen’s University with an Honours B.A. in English and a B.Ed. Her poems have appeared in the LUMMOX and Cats, Cats, Cats, and More Cats anthologies as well as magazines like Quills and Tower Poetry. Her short stories have appeared in Perspectives Magazine (online).

Michael Mirolla at the LUMMOX - Number Three Reading held during the Sarnia's 2014 National Poetry Month celebration.

Michael Mirolla at the LUMMOX – Number Three Reading held during the Sarnia’s 2015 National Poetry Month celebration.

David Haskins is published in over thirty literary journals, anthologies, and books, and has collected his earlier poems in the book Reclamation (Borealis Press, 1980). He has won first prizes from the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association, the Hamilton Literary Arts Council, and The Ontario Poetry Society. His most recent book This House is Condemned (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013) is a narrative collection of essays, stories, poems and anecdotes. He lives in Grimsby, Ontario.

The author of a clutch of novels, plays, and short story and poetry collections, Michael Mirolla describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include the novel Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; the short story collection The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated into Italian); a punk novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; and two collections of poetry: Light and Time, and The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). His short story collection, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, from Red Hen Press in California is coming this fall, while the novel Torp: The Landlord, The Husband, The Wife and The Lover, set in 1970 Vancouver, is scheduled for 2016. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in the Greater Toronto Area.

Denis Robillard reads from LUMMOX Number Three during Sarnia's 2015 National Poetry Month Celebrations.

Denis Robillard reads from LUMMOX Number Three during Sarnia’s 2015 National Poetry Month celebration.

Denis Robillard is the author of the soon to be published The History of Water by Cranberry Tree Press (2015). He hails from Windsor, Ontario and works as a high school teacher. In the past decade his poems have appeared in small presses and magazines across Canada, USA and England. Publications to date  include: LUMMOX, Rattle, Rampike, Ditch, Northern Cardinal Review, Great Lakes Review, Cactus Press, Nashwaak Review, Cliff Soundings (Michigan), and Dusty Owl. In 2011 he was published in The Windsor Review. In 2013 his poems were featured in a Black Moss Press War of 1812 Anthology called An Unfinished War. To date Robillard has had over 180 poems published nationwide.

In Sarnia – Feast on Two National Poetry Month Events – April 11 and 25

The Bluewater Reading Series presents a National Poetry Month Celebration of Food and Poetry.

The Bluewater Reading Series presents a National Poetry Month Celebration of Food and Poetry.

Poetry fans can feast on an eclectic mix of poetic voices by twelve local and award-winning out-of-town talent as well as the Canadian launch of a California-based anthology during Sarnia’s National Poetry Month Celebration, Saturday, April 11 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at John’s Restaurant “Famous Room”, 1643 London Line on the outskirts of the city.

Each Canadian poet will share his/her “desire or road kill” themed work featured in LUMMOX #3, a 215-page international anthology published by LUMMOX Press in San Pedro, California. In addition to launching the book, all poets will share “food-themed” verse in keeping with the League of Canadian Poets’ 2015 poetry month initiatives. Four out-of-town readers will also introduce poems from new books.

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Travelling to and reading in Sarnia for the first times are: Ronnie R. Brown (Ottawa), winner of The Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award (2006) and David Haskins (Grimsby), winner of a CBC literary prize (1977). Returning guests include John B. Lee (Port Dover), two-time recipient of the CBC Literary Award for Poetry (1995 and 1991)  and Michael Mirolla (Toronto), two-time recipient of the Bressani Prize (2010 and 2014). The Bluewater Reading Series Committee acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The League of Canadian Poets for this event.

Published by Lummox Press, California

Launching in Canada on Saturday, April 11 as part of Sarnia’s National Poetry Month Celebrations.

                 The eight spotlighted local and regional poets include: James Deahl, Joseph A. Farnia, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder, Lois Nantais, Denis Robillard, Lynn Tait, and Grace Vermeer.

“It’s not usual to have many Canadian poets showcased in the annual LUMMOX anthology, but this time there are seventeen,”  said James Deahl, committee spokesperson and emcee for the April event.  “The fact that seven of these contributors are from Sarnia’s After Hours Poets illustrates the depth of our local literary talent. And adding in Windsor’s Denis Robillard means that half of the Canadian writers in Lummox are from Southwestern Ontario. Our region has quietly become a hotbed of creativity.”

The Bluewater Reading Series is a free literary event that aims to introduce professional local and out-of-town authors and their work to the general public. Additional events featuring a mixture of prose and poetry have been planned for future Saturday afternoons: May 9, September 12 and October 3.

This year’s organizing committee includes Deahl as well as Lambton County writers Venera Fazio and Lynn Tait.

Sarnia’s National Poetry Month Celebration – April 11, 2015

OUT-OF-TOWN SPOTLIGHT READERS/PERFORMERS

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Ronnie R. Brown - Photo Courtesy: Norma West Linder

Ronnie R. Brown – Photo Courtesy: Norma West Linder

Ottawa author of six books of poetry and one chapbook, RONNIE R. BROWN has been published in hundreds of magazines and anthologies in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.  As well, a staged adaptation of her work On Falling Bodies, was presented at the Atelier of Ottawa’s National Arts Center. Short-listed three times for the CBC Literary Awards, Brown’s work has been recognized by numerous literary competitions including:  The Leacock Poetry Competition and The Sandburg-Livesay Anthology (1st place, judge Al Purdy.) Thrice short-listed for The Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, Brown’s fourth collection, States of Matter, (Black Moss Press) was named the winner in 2006.  In late 2013, Brown’s long narrative poem, UN-Deferred was the winner of The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest.

David Haskins - Photo Courtesy: Jason Haskins

David Haskins – Photo Courtesy: Jason Haskins

DAVID HASKINS is published in over thirty literary journals, anthologies, and books, and has collected his earlier poems in the book Reclamation (Borealis Press, 1980).  He has won first prizes from the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association, the Hamilton Literary Arts Council, and The Ontario Poetry Society. His most recent book This House is Condemned (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013) is a narrative collection of essays, stories, poems and anecdotes. He lives in Grimsby, Ontario.

John B. Lee

John B. Lee

JOHN B. LEE, Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford and Poet Laureate of Norfolk County is the author of seventy plus published books.  His work has appeared internationally in over 500 magazines, literary journals and anthologies.  Two time recipient of the CBC Literary Award for poetry, he has won over eighty prestigious literary awards for his work. The most recent of his titles include Burning My Father, (Black Moss Press, 2014); In This We Hear the Light (poems by John B. Lee with photographs of Cuba by Tai Grove) (Hidden Brook Press, 2014); the anthology Window Fishing: the night we caught Beatlemania, (Hidden Brook Press, 2014), and Alice Munro a Souwesto Celebration (a special issue of Windsor Review dedicated to Nobel Laureate Alice Munro co-edited by J.R. (Tim) Struthers and John B. Lee); The Beauty of Being Elsewhere (the travel poems of John B. Lee) (Hidden Brook Press, 2015); and The Full Measure (Black Moss Press, 2016).  He lives in a lake house in Port Dover overlooking Longpoint Bay on the south coast of Lake Erie where he works full time as an author.

Michael Mirolla - Photo Courtesy: Salvatore Mirolla

Michael Mirolla – Photo Courtesy: Salvatore Mirolla

The author of a clutch of novels, and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; three novels: Berlin (a 2010 Bressani Prize winner); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances – Distanze Interstellari, and The House on 14th Avenue (2014 Bressani Prize). His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, featuring the year’s 10 best Canadian short stories, while another short story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A new collection of short stories, Lessons in Relationship Dyads, is scheduled for publication this coming Fall from Red Hed Press in the U.S. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Featured books at Sarnia's National Poetry Month event - April 11. 2015

Featured books at Sarnia’s National Poetry Month event – April 11. 2015

ANOTHER National Poetry Month Celebration – April 25, 2015 in Sarnia

                A second national poetry month reading (not affiliated with the Bluewater Reading Series) will be a reunion presentation with James Deahl and four literary colleagues from his days in Toronto, over 35 years ago. Readers include: Deahl (Sarnia), Bruce Meyer (the inaugural Poet Laureate of Barrie), Jeffery Donaldson (Hamilton), and from Toronto: Larry Hopperton and Andrew Brooks. This free public event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at John’s Restaurant’s “Famous Room” in Sarnia.

**NEWS FLASH: (ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ADDED MARCH 26, 2015) To read about the April 19, 2015 Lummox #3 reading in Hamilton and to submit your work to Lummox #4, check this blog post here.