Six OmniGothic NeoFuturists
Jim Larwill, Craig Carpenter, Michelle Desbarats, Sean Johnston, Rocco Paoletti, Malcolm Todd
SPEAK! is a dynamic first book by members of the OmniGothic NeoFuturist writing workshop founded and led by Jim Larwill in Ottawa. These poems and short stories show a welcome people’s and worker’s sensibility, all the more surprising because these writers are writing in the nation’s capitol. The OmniGothic NeoFuturist authors have published in Grain, Hostbox, Bywords, Missing Jacket, Carleton Arts Review and Canadian Shield poetry booklets. The authors currently live in Ottawa ON, Hull QC and Vancouver BC.
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 his three sons. He is an Ottawa native. He has written plays and has been published in several chapbooks including Old Growth (Canadian Shield), My Moist Red Tongue (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 Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (Broken Jaw Press, 2000).
Craig Carpenter lived in a Toronto suburb until his family moved to the Maritimes. After eight years in a New Brunswick milltown on the Miramichi River, he attended King’s College in Halifax, NS. He spent some time recovering from the Age of Enlightenment and then enrolled in the journalism program at Carleton University, Ottawa. His poem “Canada Oh Canada” received Honorable Mention in the 1997 Jane Jordan Poetry competition.
Michelle Desbarats wrote her first words using “a language of bees”. More recently she won the CBC Fall Poetry contest in 1995 and was a finalist in the 1996 CBC/Tilden/Saturday Night National Poetry Contest. Curiousity is a large component of her work, she says, and a deep desire to try to understand her environment. Michelle was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent five years in Montreal and then moved to Prince Edward Island. Currently she resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
Sean Johnston was born in Saskatoon in 1966 and grew up in Asquith, SK. He graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He has worked as a surveyor, pesticide applicator, and newspaper reporter. He has also served as the co-editor of the Carleton Arts Review. Sean’s poetry and fiction has appeared in Grain, Hostbox, TickleAce, Carousel, Carleton Arts Review, Bywords and The Malahat Review. He has recently graduated from the MA in Creative Writing programme at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Rocco Paoletti lives in the nation’s capital. After completing an Honours B.A. in English at Carleton University, he attended the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. He works as a supply teacher and, when he is not looking for a full-time teaching position, he can be found on the rugby pitch playing for the Ottawa Beavers Rugby Football Club. Rocco publishes and edits the Canadian Shield poster series a Canada Day publication featuring work by the OmniGothic NeoFuturists. He hopes to one day write words in wet cement, only to see them tiled over and walked on.
Malcolm Todd was born to Scottish parents in Sudbury, Ontario, where he spent his childhood. He completed a BA and MA in literature at Carleton University. He plans, in the future, to run for office in municipal politics and learn to play the guitar. He has also trained to be a machinist.
November 1997 / 9 x 6 (tp) / 108 pp / literary collection: poetry, short fiction
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 0-921411-67-7 / $17.95