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WLA's Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry

I'm thrilled to learn that Sailing to Babylon has been recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association, in recognition of its "literary merit as well as the quality of the writing, editing, printing, and publishing." Warm congratulations to my editor and publisher Alex Pepple at Able Muse Press, and to the other winners: John Koethe, Laurel Mills, Andrea Potos, and Margaret Rozga.

The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology

I'm delighted that seven of my poems have been published in the recently released Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2013, edited by Suzanne Buffam, and published by House of Anansi Press in Toronto. 

Interview at the National Post

In this interview I recommend a book to young writers, name the worst trend in modern poetry, and more.

"Northwest Passage" Appraised at The Poetry Daily Critique

A pleasure to read Andrew E. M. Baumann's careful analysis and evaluation of my poem "Northwest Passage" at The Poetry Daily Critique. He calls it an "Absolutely wonderful, and wonderfully calculated poem." Many thanks, Andrew!

You Are Here Reviewed at ForeWord Reviews

Patty Comeau at ForeWord Reviews: “The virtues of good critical reading,” writes James Pollock, are “openness, attentiveness, patience, critical intelligence—and love.” You Are Here, a collection of essays on the contemporary Canadian landscape, aptly embodies these virtues and displays Pollock as an honest and heartfelt contributor to the national poetry’s topographical record.

Interview at the CBC

In this interview, I take questions from a whole firing squad of Canadian writers on such topics as the ethical value of poetry, poets who should be more widely read, and the best writing advice I've ever received.

Sailing to Babylon Featured at Poetry Daily

Very pleased that my book Sailing to Babylon is the featured book at Poetry Daily for April 19, 2013.

Sailing to Babylon Shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize

I'm filled with joy to learn that Sailing to Babylon has been shortlisted for the Canadian category of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize. For my page at the Griffin Poetry Prize Web site, click here. For the official announcement, click here. For the CBC story, click here.

Sailing to Babylon and You Are Here Reviewed at The Urge

I'm immensely pleased to read Stewart Cole's thoughtful review of both Sailing to Babylon and You Are Here at The Urge. For brief excerpts, click "read more" below.

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

I'm looking forward with pleasure to the 2013 Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, where I've been invited to read my poetry and to participate in a round-table discussion. I'll be reading from Sailing to Babylon at the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, from 7-8:30 pm on April 26, 2013, along with poets Julie Bruck, Carmine Starnino, Steve Luxton, Johanna Skibsrud, Sue Sinclair and Nick Thran. Click "read more" below for more details.


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