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 lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. She is co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg, and serves on the board of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. In the early 1990s, she was co-editor of The Eternal Network, and assistant coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair. She is the author of many chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections: Simple Master (Pedlar Press, 2002); Flutter (Mans?eld Press, 2008); and Holler (Mansfield Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in many magazines, online and in print, and was shortlisted for the First Lemonhound Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies, including Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the In?uence (The Mercury Press), Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press), Pissing Ice: An Anthology of New Canadian Poets (BookThug), To Find Us: words and images of Halifax (HRMP), and the forthcoming The Child Alone Anthology (Frog Hollow Press).
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 and yoga teacher.
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