We hope that you can join us this upcoming Wednesday 17th March for our third monthly virtual poetry reading
of 2021. This month our featured readers are Medrie Purdham reading from her first collection, Little Housewolf (Véhicule Press, 2021) and Stuart Ross, long-time writer, editor, writing teacher, and publisher. He is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, and essays including Motel of the Opposable Thumbs; A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent; Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew; Buying Cigarettes for the Dog; and Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. You can register for this live Zoom event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvf-yqqDotHtd9HAL4XDpYFIK-32h3Jugy We will also have our usual open mic — all are welcome. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included on the open mic list.
Medrie Purdham lives in Regina, Saskatchewan in Treaty 4, where she teaches English at the University of Regina while raising two young sons. Her first book, Little Housewolf, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press this spring. Her poetry has been anthologized several times in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Press), and has been a finalist in the Arc Poem of the Year competition (in which it was the 2019 runner-up), The Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize (The Fiddlehead), the Far Horizons Award for Poetry (The Malahat Review) and the Short Grain Competition (Grain Magazine). She is a member of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, and held the City of Regina Writing Award in 2015.
Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, writing teacher, publisher, and small press activist. He published his first poetry chapbook on the photocopier in his dad’s office in 1979 and never looked back. Stuart was the recipient of the 2019 Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian literature, as well as the 2010 ReLit Prize for Short Fiction, the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Jewish Fiction, the 2016 Kitty Lewis Hazel Millar Dennis Tourbin Poetry Prize, and the 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry.
His 20 books of fiction, poetry, and essays include Motel of the Opposable Thumbs; A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent; Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew; Buying Cigarettes for the Dog; and Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. His latest book is 70 Kippers, a collection of poems written in collaboration with Ottawa poet Michael Dennis. In spring 2022, ECW Press will be publishing his first book-length essay.
Stuart has taught writing workshops across the country. He was the 2010 writer in residence at Queen’s University and is the winter 2021 writer in residence at the University of Ottawa.
His poetry has been translated into French, Nynorsk, Slovene, Russian, Spanish, and Estonian. Stuart, who lives in Cobourg, Ontario, is currently working on ten different book manuscripts.