March 13, 2017
My final two columns: Part One
After nearly a decade, my time as a columnist for Open Book comes to a close. According to my email folder, it was May 2009 when Amy Logan Holmes first approached me with the idea of submitting pieces ...
February 10, 2017
Ottawa finally gets a city Poet Laureate (again)
In case you weren’t aware, we’ve recently been celebrating the fact that VERSe Ottawa, the organization responsible for the organizing of Ottawa’s annual VERSeFest poetry festival, has announced ...
November 10, 2016
Profile on Michelle Berry’s Hunter Street Books, with a few questions
This month, Peterborough author Michelle Berry has opened up her new bookstore, Hunter Street Books (164 Hunter Street West, Peterborough), becoming (according to Kawartha Now) “the first return of ...
October 07, 2016
How to keep a small chapbook press alive for twenty-three years (a primer)
By the time you read this, above/ground press will most likely be two or three items away from an accumulated eight hundred publications. How does that happen? Even I find it strange and remarkable that ...
September 14, 2016
Profile on Show and Tell Poetry Series, with a Few Questions
Show and Tell Poetry Series is a new reading series in Peterborough that features local emerging and established poets from Peterborough and beyond, held at Curated in the Charlotte Mews (203 Simcoe ...
June 13, 2016
Dismantling Jane Jordan’s Library
Throughout the process of distributing ten bins of books, chapbooks and other literary materials once owned by Ottawa poet Jane Jordan (1926-2007), there’s a slight guilt attached to dismantling her ...
October 24, 2013
What do we know about pregnancy1.I shall begin, by speaking. Incubate, introduce a glossary. Just on the tongue. Unpaginated.2.Something is growing, inside. Occupant. Connects whole milk to healthy industry. ...
June 18, 2010
Nights Below Front Street East
This article is a part of rob's personal essay series, "Sleeping in Toronto." Leader Lane leads south to Wellington and across Berzcy Park to Front Street East. For most of the 19th c. Front ...
April 26, 2010
Canadians in New York: The Chelsea Hotel
Despite parboiling myself in the shower a few times I began to like the hotel, or at least some of the residents, or denizens as some liked to call themselves. You could get high in the elevators on the ...
January 31, 2010
The CN Tower
On September 21, 2009, as others may have celebrated Leonard Cohen’s 75th birthday, there was a ceremony at the CN Tower’s Horizons Restaurant, coinciding with the release of Guinness World Records ...