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Stephanie Bolster

Richard Carter

Laurie Fuhr

Robin Hannah

Jim Larwill

Clare Latremouille

Karen Massey

rob mclennan

Ian Whistle
Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets
Stephanie Bolster • Richard Carter • Laurie Fuhr • Robin Hannah • Jim Larwill • Clare Latremouille • Karen Massey • rob mclennan • Ian Whistle
Edited by rob mclennan

“unifying attention to formal technique, be it traditional ... or experimental ... earning their stripes.”
Quill & Quire

“Every ten years or so, someone in Ottawa feels the need to produce a variation on the same theme — a collection of Ottawa-specific poets. The purpose of Shadowy Technicians is different; less a representation of the city as a whole, than a group of some of the newer poets that are currently living & working in the capital area. Comparable to Brad Cran’s Vancouver Hammer & Tongs or Michael Redhill’s Blues & True Concussions: Six Toronto Poets, this group have been working here for the last few years, refining their voices & reading their work at open stages & bookstores. Ottawa has always been called a city of poets. Poets don’t seem to mind working in silence or small groups. This is the result.”
— rob mclennan, editor

About the Contributing Poets
Stephanie Bolster’s first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems (Signal Editions/Véhicule Press) won the Governor General’s Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her second collection, Two Bowls of Milk (McClelland & Stewart, 1999). She has also won the Bronwen Wallace Award for Poetry (1996), The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize (1997), and (m)Öthêr Tøñgué Press’s chapbook competition with Inside a Tent of Skin (1998). Bolster’s poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies internationally. Born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby, BC, she moved to Ottawa in 1996. Currently, she lives in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University.

Richard Carter was born in Nottingham, England, in 1970, and grew up in Ottawa. He has published one small collection, Now, then (England: Cloud, 1996), and had poems printed in local magazines such as Hostbox, The Backwater Review and Bywords. In 1997, he won Carleton University’s George Johnston Award for poetry.

Laurie Fuhr was a student at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her poems have appeared in Bywords, Alter Vox, Graffito, and Carleton’s student newspaper, The Charletan. She has three chapbooks — Newsprint Butterflies (Phobe Press, 1998), accident : a chain reaction (above/ground press, 1999) and asleep at the real (Birdcage Books, 2000). The editor of blue moon, a bimonthly poetry, art and fiction zine, Laurie hopes to make a difference in the Ottawa poetry scene.

Robin Hannah is a native Torontonian, an honorary Haligonian, and for several years now a happy Ottawan. A chapbook Line of Half (
above/ground press, 1996) was followed by her New Muse Award winning book gift of screws (Broken Jaw Press, 1997). Her work has appeared in Bywords, Hook & Ladder, Missing Jacket, Graffito: the poetry poster and on the Bard Reading Series cassette. She keeps a low profile, and realizes this impairs her marketability.

Jim Larwill has worked as an air-cooled engine mechanic, an electronics sheet metal fabricator, carpenter, janitor, property maintenance worker, home daycare worker, as well being a primary caregiver for eleven years. He is an Ottawa native and founder of the Omnigothic Neofuturist Writing Workshop. He has written plays and has been published in several chapbooks including Old Growth (Canadian Shield), My Moist Red Tongue (Canadian Shield), Rock Video Love (Canadian Shield) and Rag Doll (birdcage books). His poetry and fiction has appeared in journals such as The Carleton Arts Review, Queen Street Quarterly, Missing Jacket, Bywords, and blue moon. His poetry is also featured in SPEAK! Six OmniGothic NeoFuturists (Broken Jaw Press, 1997). Jim is the proud father of three men.

Clare Latremouille is a displaced British Columbian, originally from Kamloops BC. She has returned to the east after a ten-year haitus, and her work has appeared in various forms and places, including Hostbox, Paperplates, Missing Jacket, STANZAS, the anthology Written in the Skin (Insomniac Press, 1998), & the chapbook I will write a poem for you. Now: (above/ground press, 1995). She is currently working on a novel.

Karen Massey’s poetry has appeared in various Canadian literary publications and in anthologies including Written in the Skin (Insomniac Press, 1998), Vintage 97/98 (Quarry) and her chapbook, Bullet (above/ground press). She received an MA in English Literature (Creative Writing) from Concordia University and has been living in Ottawa since 1990, working as an artisan.

rob mclennan is the author of over two dozen poetry chapbooks and four full collections of poetry, including bury me deep in the green wood (ECW), Manitoba highway map (Broken Jaw) and The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhhhhh (Talonbooks) – all published in 1999. The editor of Written in the Skin (Insomniac Press), a poetry anthology to raise money for AIDS-related charities. His books with Broken Jaw include being one of five poets in Open 24 Hours (1997), Notes on drowning (1998), Manitoba highway map (1999), bagne, or Criteria for Heaven (2000), editor of & contributor to Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (2001), Paper Hotel (2002) and Groundswell (2003). The editor/publisher of STANZAS magazine and above/ground press, he won the Canadian Authors Association/Air Canada Prize in 1999 for most promising writer in Canada under the age of 30. He is currently working on a long-poem, called “hazelnut”, and a novel, called “Place”. He lives & writes in Ottawa’s Chinatown.

Ian Whistle was born in Winnipeg in 1971, and divides his time between there and Nepean, Ontario. He edits/publishes the concrete/visual zine h&, & firsth&books. He is the author of two chapbooks — apostrophe (firsth&books) & resemblances (above/ground press).

May 2001 / 9” x 6”, 152 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000, POE010000)
series: cauldron books, 1
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-71-5 (tp), $20.95
BJP eBook 8, ISBN 1-896647-49-9 (PDF)