rob mclennan

rob mclennen Oct 2012 by Christine McNairPhoto: Christine McNair
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Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan is the author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction in Canada, the United States, Ireland, Japan and England. He won the CAA/Air Canada Prize for most promising writer (in any genre) in Canada under the age of thirty in 1999, won the John Newlove Award in 2011, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His work has also been shortlisted numerous times for the Archibald Lampman Award, longlisted for the ReLit Award, and received an honourable mention for the Verse Prize.

He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at Over the years, he has contributed critical work to venues such as filling Station magazine, Jacket magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, Rain Taxi, Books in Canada, Arc poetry magazine, Turntable + Blue Light, Prairie Firethe ottawa poetry newsletter, Lemonhound and Jacket2.

He is the editor/publisher of the chapbook press above/ground press (founded 1993), coordinator/co-founder of the semi-annual ottawa small press book fair (1994), the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (for the City of Ottawa’s 150th anniversary in 2005), the online poetics journal (with Stephen Brockwell, 2002-2007), the trade publishing house Chaudiere Books (2006, with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (2008) and seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, (2008). In January 2012, The Factory Reading Series, hosted and curated by mclennan, turned twenty years old.

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Created: Thursday, May 22, 2008 Updated: Saturday, March 02, 2013