Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer

By (author): Stuart Ross

Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer is a continuation of the columns and essays that comprised Stuart’s 2005 release, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. Again, equal parts literary memoir, reckless tirade, and unsolicited advice for the aspiring writer, Further Confessions is drawn largely from Stuart Ross’s notorious “Hunkamooga” column, his blog entries, essays for subTerrain magazine and other online venues. We bring them together here in their collected brilliance: alternately snarky, sincere, touching, honest, and always opinionated, Stuart’s “confessions” are essential reading for any literary confessional. This volume offers its readers a roller-coaster journey into the mind of one of Canada’s most committed small press activists.

Praise for Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer, vol. 1:

“Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer is a wonderful book-funny, outrageous, and acute. I’ll even say it’s the best short-essay collection about the writing life I’ve read in ages.” (Lynne Van Luven, Malahat Review)

“For a quick and dirty breath of fresh air, it’s difficult to beat renegade urban poet Stuart Ross’s latest effort, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer … No reformed baby boomer or slumming trust-funder, Ross has the battle scars and knows poetry isn’t about flowers and meadows, it’s about blood and guts.” (Stephen Knight, Quill & Quire)

“The book is a must for anyone working as a poet in Canada, with standout pieces on the politics ofwriting for free, open mic readings, poetic bitterness, chapbook and ‘zine publishing, and the requisite but never-funnier grouch advice to young poets, salubriously titled ‘Stop Bugging Me Already!’” (Prairie Fire)

“…no pulled punches here … this is writing that works because, as with all good confessions, it’s from the heart but comes by way of the brain.” (Vancouver Review)


Stuart Ross

Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing teacher living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the acclaimed author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His recent books include Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2014), A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015), Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (Anvil Press, 2015), and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016). He was shortlisted for the 2000 Trillium Book Award, won the 2010 ReLit Prize for Short Fiction for Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009), and his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (ECW Press, 2011) was co-winner of the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award.


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128 Pages
8.04in * 6.75in * .39in


May 28, 2015



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