Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently 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, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. 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 founded and runs above/ground press (b. 1993), periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics (b. 2020) and Touch the Donkey (b. 2014), as well as co-founding the ottawa small press book fair (b. 1994), which he’s run solo twice a year (sans Covid) since. He is editor of my (small press) writing day, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. 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

Photo credit: Christine McNair

Previously Appeared

Sunday Mar 26 2023 • 1:00 PM Eastern

Small Press, Big Impact: A Panel Discussion
Knox Church + streamed online