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Rob McLennan

Rob McLennan (born 1970) is a Canadian writer, critic, and publisher.

McLennan is the author of two novels, and more than twenty books of poems, stories and essays published in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, and Japan.[1] He has been called "arguably his generation's finest practitioner"[2] and his writing has garnered significant critical recognition, including the CAA / Air Canada Award as the "most-promising writer under 30 in Canada",[3] the John Newlove Poetry Award,[4] the Mid-Career Artist Award from the Ottawa Arts Council,[5] and being twice long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize, in 2012 and 2017. He is notable as an interviewer of other poets, with his "12-20 Questions" interviews appearing on his own blog, and in such publications as Ploughshares.

McLennan's books have been published by Talonbooks, The Mercury Press, Black Moss Press, New Star Books, Insomniac Press, Broken Jaw Press, Stride, Salmon Publishing and others.[6] His writing style is sometimes experimental[7] and is noted for its use of humour and the element of surprise.[8][9]

In his capacity as a publisher, McLennan operates above/ground press, a chapbook press that has operated since 1993 as an eclectic disseminator of new, especially experimental poetry within the North American poetry community.[10]


  1. ^ "A Quarterly of Criticism and Review". Canadian Literature. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  2. ^ "Review: Wild Horses, by rob mclennan". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  3. ^ "Planetary Poetry Month 2010". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  4. ^ "Bywords". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "2014 Arts Awards Presentation | Ottawa Arts Council". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  6. ^ "Arc Walks". Arc Poetry. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ "A (short) history of l. by rob mclennan | Poets' Quarterly". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ "The Bull Calf". The Bull Calf. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  9. ^ "Review: Wild Horses, by rob mclennan". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  10. ^ "Ottawa's Above/Ground Press marks 25th anniversary and 900th publication". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
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