rob mclennan

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. An editor and publisher, he runs seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (, Touch the Donkey ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( and G U E S T [a journal of guest editors] ( His chapbook press, above/ground press, celebrated a quarter century of continuous publishing in 2018, and has produced nearly a thousand items to date. He is “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, editor of my (small press) writing day, an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers, and is co-founder of the ottawa small press book fair, an event he’s organized twice a year since fall 1994. He also spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta.

Recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry titles A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016), How the alphabet was made (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press, 2019), Household items (Salmon Poetry, 2019) and Life sentence, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). He has also edited or co-edited numerous anthologies, including The Calgary Renaissance (w/ Derek Beaulieu; Chaudiere Books, 2016), Ground Rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003 – 2013 (Chaudiere Books, 2007), Decalogue 2: ten Ottawa fiction writers (Chaudiere Books, 2006) and GROUNDSWELL, best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003).



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