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Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets
edited by rob mclennan with Stephen Brockwell, Michelle Desbarats, Anita Dolman, Anne Le Dressay, Karen Massey, Una McDonnell, rob mclennan, Max Middle, Monty Reid and Shane Rhodes


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Stephen Brockwell spent the first half of his life in Montreal, and the second half in Ottawa. Where he will spend the third half is uncertain. His poetry collections include The Wire in Fences (Toronto ON: Balmuir Publishing, 1988), The Cometology (Toronto ON: ECW Press, 2001) and Fruitfly Geographic (ECW Press, 2004), which won the Archibald Lampman Award.

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Michelle Desbarats is the author of Last Child to Come Inside (Ottawa ON: Harbinger / Carleton University Press, 1998) and the chapbook Eve'n Adam (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 1998), later included in Groundswell: best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Fredericton NB: Broken Jaw Press, 2003). She was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Montreal and Charlottetown, and currently resides in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in Transpoetry, Burnt Toast, Speak!, Meltwater, CBC Radio and she was a finalist in the CBC Literary Awards, most recently in 2005. She is working on her second manuscript.

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Anita Dolman Born in southwestern Ontario in 1974, Anita Dolman is a poet and freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Grain Magazine, Geist, Utne, The Fiddlehead,, Prism International, ottawater (, The Antigonish Review, as well as various other publications, including her first chapbook, Scalpel, tea and shot glass (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 2004). She gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

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Anne Le Dressay grew up in rural Manitoba, first on a farm near Virden, then on an acreage outside Lorette. She began publishing sporadically since the 1970s, and has published one book, Sleep Is a Country (Ottawa ON: Harbinger / Carleton University Press, 1997), and two chapbooks, This Body That I Live In (Winnipeg MB: Turnstone Press, 1979) and Woman Dreams (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 1998). She first moved to Ottawa to do her M.A. at Carleton, then her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa, returning in 1999 to become a civil servant.

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Karen Massey's poetry has appeared in the online pdf Ottawa poetry journal ottawater, and in Canadian publications and anthologies including Shadowy Technicians: New Ottawa Poets (Fredericton NB: cauldron books / Broken Jaw Press, 2000), and the chapbook Bullet (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 2000). She received an M.A. in English Literature (Creative Writing) from Concordia University and her work has won national and local prizes including the Joker is Wild and Jane Jordan Poetry Competition.

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Una McDonnell has performed her work at readings and music festivals, on top of café tables, and on one occasion in a boxing ring. She attended the 2002 Banff Wired Writing Studio and the 2003 Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium. She has published work in Arc, Prairie Fire, and the anthologies Written in the Skin: a poetic response to aids (Toronto ON: Insomniac Press, 1998) and Musings: An Anthology of Greek-Canadian Literature (Montreal QC: Vehicule Press, 2005).

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rob mclennan is the author of a dozen poetry collections, most recently name, an errant (Exeter England: Stride, 2006) and aubade (Fredericton NB: Broken Jaw Press, 2006), The Ottawa City Project (Ottawa ON: Chaudiere Books, 2007) and a compact of words (Ireland: Salmon, 2007) — as well as a collection of essays, subverting the lyric: essays (Toronto ON: ECW Press, 2007) and Ottawa: The Unknown City (Vancouver BC: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007). As editor, he wrote collections of essays on the works of Andrew Suknaski, John Newlove and George Bowering (Toronto ON: Guernica Editions), and There Is No Mountain: new & selected poems by Andrew Suknaski (Chaudiere Books, 2007). Editor/publisher of above/ground press and STANZAS magazine (both founded in 1993), he also runs span-o (the small press action network - ottawa), organizer of The Factory Reading Series at the Ottawa Art Gallery, as well as the ottawa small press book fair (twice a year since 1994).

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Max Middle is engaged in several projects which have as their fulcrum a practice of poetry or making up. Disciplined in verse, he also works in sound and visual poetries. Under the Griddle Grin imprint, he edits and publishes the Puddle leaflet poetry series. As a founding member of the experiment known as the Max Middle Sound Project, he has been conducting investigations into performance poetry, art, noise and music with very talented collaborators. The ensemble staged its debut performances during the 2004 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Middle is the author of three poetry chapbooks, A Creation Song ( Ottawa: above/ground press, 2004), smthg (Ottawa : above/ground press, 2005) and flow march n powder blossom s (Ottawa: above/ground press, 2006) and was included in the anthology Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2005). An interview with Middle appeared in the first issue of ottawater, and more information, including audio files, can be found at

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Monty Reid is a widely published as a poet and essayist, and has produced a substantial volume of literary work. His volumes include The Life of Riley (Saskatoon SK: Thistledown Press, 1981), These Lawns (Red Deer AB: Red Deer College Press, 1990), The Alternate Guide (Red Deer College Press, 1995), Dog Sleeps (Edmonton AB: NeWest Press, 1993) and Flat Side (Red Deer College Press, 1998), a collection of new and selected poems, Crawlspace (Toronto ON: House of Anansi, 1993), and the chapbooks cuba A book (Ottawa ON: above/ground press, 2005) and Sweetheart of Mine (Toronto ON: BookThug, 2006). His newest poetry collection, Disappointment Island, is part of the first season of books by Chaudiere Books. He has won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry three times and is also a three-time Governor General's Award nominee.

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Shane Rhodes' first book, The Wireless Room (Edmonton AB: NeWest Press, 2000), won the Alberta Book Award. His second book, Holding Pattern (NeWest Press, 2002), won the Archibald Lampman Award. Shane is also featured in the anthologies New Canadian Poetry and Breathing Fire II and recently published a chapbook, Tango Sed, with Greenboathouse Books. His next book, Scant, should be published in 2007.

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