rob mclennan

rob mclennan, with long hair grey hair, a short bushy beard, and a serious expression has been photographed across a mound of books and papers and chapbooks and zines; the photo is also at a slight dutch angle, which makes the perspective/the subject feel off-kilter and odd

rob mclennan 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, his most recent titles include the poetry collections the book of smaller (University of Calgary Press, 2022) and World’s End, (ARP Books, 2023), and a suite of pandemic essays, essays in the face of uncertainties (Mansfield Press, 2022). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and Touch the Donkey ( 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 [updated in 2023]

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