Leslie Greentree's Irish Blog
June 11, 2005

Frontenac poet Leslie Geentree has gone off to the Dublin Writer's Festival with the Griffin Award contingent and will be posting daily blogs at

Leslie was shortlisted for the Griffin prize in 2004 for her book go-go dancing for Elvis. "Her unpretentious, sometimes comic, lower-case poems have an irresistible charm," said the Griffin jury. And so does Leslie herself. It's great to think that Dublin audiences will be exposed to her saucy humour. You can catch some of it yourself at the above website where she and David Kirby will give their impressions of the festival and the many charms of Dublin, liquid and otherwise.

Patria Rivera's "Rare Species" Wins Second Prize for the Eric Hill Award of Poetic Excellence
April 26 , 2005

Puti/White"Rare species," a poem by Frontenac poet Patria Rivera, was recently selected by Erin Moure as the second prize winner of the Eric Hill Award of Poetic Excellence, at a competition held by QWERTY, a literary magazine published by the English Department of the University of New Brunswick. Rivera’s poem will appear in QWERTY’s fall issue.

Patria Rivera's Puti/White is part of Quartet 2005.

Frontenac Authors and Frontenac House Nominated for Alberta Book Awards
April 8 , 2005

Frontenac House and its authors have been nominated for the following Alberta Book Awards:

  • Book Illustration of the Year for J. Fisher's Death Day Erection
  • Trade Fiction Book Award for Lisa Pasold's Weave
  • Publisher of the Year

The Alberta Book Awards are administered by the Alberta Book Publishers Association and the Writers Guild of Alberta. The winners will be announced at a Gala event in Edmonton in May.

Optics Short-listed for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize
April 8 , 2005

Bob Stallworthy's Optics is one of the three books that has been short-listed for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Angel Blood: The Tess Poems Long-listed for 2005 ReLit Awards
April 4 , 2005

Kevin Irie's Angle Blood: The Tess Poems has been long-listed for the 2005 ReLit Awards.

Announcing Quartet 2005
February 11, 2005

Once again we have a fantastic line-up for 2005:

by Sheri-D Wilson
ISBN 1-897181-77-9 $15.95

From one of the most progressive and experimental poets in Canada, a departure volume which eloquently confronts the roles of women in contemporary society with a jazz sensibility and a dangerous wit.

Invisible ForegroundInvisible Foreground
by David Bateman
ISBN 1-897181-78-7 $15.95

Risky, deeply humane and lovingly detailed portraits of the poetís family, friends and lovers.

by Patria Rivera
ISBN 0-9732380-9-7 $15.95

A rich and sultry book that moves from vivid, often heart-wrenching poems about the authorís Filipino childhood to the wider land-scape of her adult years.

Between the SilencesBetween the Silences
by Diane Buchanan
ISBN 0973230-8-9 $15.95

In a series of word snapshots and evocative portraits, Between the Silences takes us into Family and Youth Court to reveal that strange and poignant world on the other side of the courthouse door.

No Holds Barred – Our First CD
February 7, 2005

No Holds Barred You can now listen to the poets of Quartet 2004 in your car, on your early morning jog, in your living room or in the bathtub if youíre so inclined. Kevin Irie reads from Angel Blood: The Tess Poems, J. Fisher from Death Day Erection, Bob Stallworthy from Optics, and Lisa Pasold from Weave. If you ever doubted that listening to poets read from their own work gives an added dimension to the poems, you can now hear it for yourself. No Holds Barred ~ the unleashed, unruly, unpredictable foursome of Quartet 2004 in full dramatic voice! $15.95

Ryerson University Features Frontenac Poets
January 14, 2005

Kevin Irie and Weyman Chan are featured on Ryerson University's Asian Heritage in Canada Web site.

Kevin Irie link here.

Wayman Chan link here.

Two New Poems in CV2 by Catherine Moss
January 13, 2005

The current issue of Contemporary Verse 2 has two new poems by Catherine Moss: "pomegranate, older than the apple" and "sunnyside greenhouses, calgary: past the vernal equinox."

October 18, 2004

Rosalee van Stelten's echo poem, Mile Zero, may be seen online at the leaf press website.

April 16, 2004

WaywardFrontenac House is very happy to announce that Ali Riley is on the 2004 shortlist for the Gerald Lampert Award.

BC poet Riley was nominated for her book Wayward, published by Frontenac House in April 2003.


April 14, 2004

The Red Deer Advocate recently published an interview with Frontenac's Leslie Greentree about being nominated for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. Read it here.

April 1, 2004

go-go Dancing for ElvisFrontenac House is very happy to announce that Leslie Greentree is on the 2004 shortlist for the Griffin Poetry Prize for her book go-go dancing for Elvis, published in April 2003.




Frontenac Authors in Magazines Near You

Patria Rivera recently completed a fellowship at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat Centre in Scotland. Her poem "13 blossoms in a Minnesota museum" appears in the latest issue (vol. 25, no. 1) of existere, a literary journal published by Vanier College, York University.

One of Patria Rivera's poems, "The truth belongs to these graves," is featured on the frontispiece of Our Own Voice, the literary e-zine's October 2004 issue. Two of her poems also appear in the same issue.

Prestigious English webmag nth position & Paris-based mag Upstairs at Duroc are currently featuring Lisa Pasold's poetry.

Diane Buchanan’s poem “The Judge’s Robe” appeared in the Provincial Judges’ Journal, Winter 2004 Issue. She was recently featured as “Member of the Month” in The Branch Line, published by the Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch.

Rosalee Van Stelten's story "In Her Majesty's Service" can be read online at Legion Magazine.

Catherine Moss's poem "Weather Warning" - a CV2 2-Day Poem Contest Finalist - can be read here.

Death Day Erection Cover on a Winning Streak

Calgary artist Rick Sealock has received two awards for his cover art on J. Fisher’s Death Day Erection: from Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Annual, July/August 2004, vol. 19 (Toronto) for illustrated book cover; and from Creativity Annual 34 of Creativity, Inc., (Kentucky, USA) for  book jacket illustration and design.

The book has also been entered into the Society of Illustrators Awards and the American Illustration Awards, so we may be hearing of further honours for Rick.

Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

Sheri-D Wilson, Artistic Director of Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, has rounded up some stunning participants for this year’s event. Anne Waldman and Quincy Troupe will give readings and workshops June 20, 21, and 22; O-Zone Oral-Z Poetry, readings by young authors, will happen June 28; and Hip Hop Jazz Dub Blam, featuring international poets, will take place on June 29. There will also be the Big Bang CD Poetry Launch on June 30, which will include Frontenac’s Quartet 2005, Wired on Words, and Up From the Roots.

Clear Cut a Success

Clear Cut: The Understory an exhibit which included the shaped poem "Standing Person" by Rosalee van Stelten, was visited by over 3,000 people during its run at the Red Deer and District Museum in 2004.

In the summer of 2000, Laurel Cormack and a group of other artists met with Margie and Lane Moore of the Lazy M Ranch to talk about clear cut logging in the West Country of Central Alberta, a protected area. The region was being devastated.

The result was this exhibit. Each of the sixteen participating artists brought their own vision and feelings about clear cut logging. Visitors to the museum were overwhelmed with the diversity of the work and clearly upset about this issue.

"It was a fabulous exhibit," said Diana Anderson, Exhibits Coordinator. "We only wish it could have travelled across the province."