Cobourg poet Stuart Ross believes collaboration allows him to be part of poems Ñ and the kinds of poems Ñ he would never write on his own. He also believes the best poems are ones that explode the author's own intentions. In this book, Ross takes the stage in the vaudeville act that is collaborative poetry with writers from across Canada. The results are sometimes beautifully harmonic, sometimes chaotically slapstick Ñ but they are always as unpredictable as a live performance. And with the occasional exquisite pratfall. Ross's collaborators include Kasey Ball, Gary Barwin, Alice Burdick, Sarah Burgoyne, Jason Camlot, Michael Dennis, Clarice Eckford, Tanya Finestone, Verne Good, Mark Laba, Jay MillAr, Leigh Nash, Peter Norman, Jim Smith, Gillian Sze, Paul Vermeersch, Tom Walmsley and others.
Stuart Ross is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. He is the author of about a dozen books and countless chapbooks. His story collection 'Buying Cigarettes for the Dog' won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart is the fiction and poetry editor for 'This Magazine', a regular columnist for 'subTerrain', and has his own imprint, "a stuart ross book," at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen's University, and has led writing workshops across the country. After half a century in Toronto, Stuart moved to Cobourg, Ontario, in 2009. 'You Exist. Details Follow.' is his seventh full-length poetry collection.
Alice Burdick is a poet and visual-arts writer living in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband, Zane, and daughter Hazel. She was born and grew up in Toronto, and has been involved in the small press community since 1990. She is the author of the full-length poetry collections Simple Master (Pedlar Press), Flutter (Mansfield Press) and Holler (Mansfield Press), as well as many chapbooks. Her work has appeared in the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004).
Leigh Nash runs Invisible Publishing, which landed in Picton in 2016 by way of Marmora, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto. She is the author of Goodbye, Ukulele, and in addition to making books, she is also a tarot card reader.
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