Do you love hellos? Hate goodbyes? Or is it the other way around? We’ve got a smattering of salutations and a bit of see-ya-latering to do around these Pivot parts. Come say hello to Linda Besner and her new poetry collection, The Id Kid. Sidle up to visiting poet rob mclennan at the bar and inquire, “how you doin’?” And while we get to shake hands enthusiastically with Jacob McArthur Mooney’s new collection, Folk, we must also tearfully wave farewell as he departs for the Yukon imminently. And maybe, just maybe, we will be able to send him off properly on the Press Club patio (if spring ever says a proper hello). Goodbye, sadness! Hello, PIVOT!
Linda Besner is originally from Wakefield, Quebec. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, Maisonneuve, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes and Queries, among others. She works as a freelance radio producer, and has contributed to CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera, Outfront, and The Next Chapter. Her first collection of poetry, The Id Kid, was published by Signal Editions in April 2011.
rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011), 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010) and wild horses (2010), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottwater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). 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 robmclennan.blogspot.com
Jacob McArthur Mooney is the author of The New Layman’s Almanac (M&S, 2008) and now Folk (M&S, 2011). He lives in Toronto and maintains the poetry blog Vox Populism. Recent creative and critical work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, CNQ, Lemon Hound, and The National Post. He’s moving to the Yukon next month.