2019 was an incredible year:

2019 was my first full year as Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and in October I unveiled the full-slate of Literary Arts programming for 2020/2021. It is a true honour to be part of Banff Centre, to work with such exceptional colleagues, and to have my family here on the side of Sleeping Buffalo Mountain with me, and to help create such an incredible space.

Shropshire, UK’s Penteract Press published my day-glo technicolor suite of visual poems, Aperture, in the spring — I am thrilled to see my concrete poetry finally realized in full colour. They also released a limited-edition poster in support of the book.

Invisible City Records released BOTHBOTHBOTH by Stuart Chalmers & See Monsd, a limited-edition CD & minidisc of audio responses to my visual poetry; its an incredible thrill to hear how my work inspires such responses. The tracks are also available to stream or download.

This year I have been lucky to have conducted readings and talks at Text / Sound / Performance: Making in Canadian Space (University College, Dublin) and at public events in Dublin, St.Catharines, Vancouver, Banff, Calgary and Canmore — Thank you so much to all of the organizers, hosts, colleagues, friends and audiences with whom I’ve shared the stage.

I’ve been lucky to have work published in il verri: reviche chose mi aspetto ddalla critica, Publishing Manifestos: An International Anthology from Artists and Writers, Forty Proper Tales, The Charles Bernstein Mixtape, Reflections, they will keep speaking the night, Not Your Best and 7 different magazines. 

There were also 7 different small press editions of my work were published in 2019: occupied floor (No Press), Extispicium (Proper tales press),  150 (for Andy) (with Arnold McBay, Timglaset), Helvetica (Happy Monks), give ’er (synch2), On Syntax (Timglaset) and Skare (Viktlösheten). I continue to place free PDFs of my work online. My artistic work was included in gallery exhibitions in Ottawa, St. Catharines, Windsor, Leeds, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Bern.

Through No Press I published 17 different editions of poetry and prose from international, national and local emerging and established writers. You can support No Press through Patreon. Each edition was meant to help spread the word of risk-taking international writing. Thank you for trusting me with your work.

None of this would have been possible without my incredible partner, Kristen, and my amazing daughter Maddie. My parents and in-laws have also been a steady voice of support and love; thank you.

In so many ways i only excel because of the strength and support of my community of friends and colleagues especially Greg and Lisa Betts, Christian Bok, Kit Dobson, Kenneth Goldsmith, Helen Hajnoczky, Nasser Hussain, Sina Queyras, Jordan Scott and so many others. Thank you.