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Friday, January 25, 2008

adding to Sandra Alland’s 14 Reasons To Love Stuart Ross

i’m a frequent reader of Sandra Alland’s blog and i was very happy to see her post with 14 Reasons to Love Stuart Ross, excerpted from 1001 Reasons to Love Stuart Ross.

i wanted to add a few of my own reasons right here..it’s a shorter list but only because i haven’t known Stuart for as long and he doesn’t live in Ottawa.

Stuart is a doer and an innovator. have you attended any of his poetry boot camps?

I consider Stuart a mentor. his writing shows me that you can be creative, you can have fun and you can play around.

Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (Anvil Press, 2005) was one of the most fun, most interesting pieces on the small press that I’ve ever read. actually other than Stuart and rob mclennan, nobody says much about the small press, do they?

Stuart promotes other writers such as Michael Dennis, David McFadden and Ron Padgett to name a few. how many writers, publishers and editors do you know who do this?

Sometimes at readings, Stuart brings stuffed monkeys.

Stuart is not afraid to tell it like it is. this comes at great personal sacrifice at times. truth tellers are needed and should not be muzzled.

If Toronto doesn’t want Stuart, i’d like to request that he come to Ottawa. we need more shit disturbers, more promoters, and more innovators.

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