Friday, December 04, 2009



John Barlow & Pearl Pirie read in The A B Series -- December 11, 2009

The A B Series hosts, on the same bill, a rare reading by Toronto poet John Barlow and a reading by beloved Ottawa poet Pearl Pirie.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Doors open at 7:30pm
Readings at 8 and 9pm

The Mercury Lounge
56 ByWard Market Square (upstairs)
Ottawa, Ont.

$7 admission ($5 students/seniors)

JOHN BARLOW began publishing poetry in magazines and journals in the 1980s. Barlow has authored three collections of poetry, each published by Exile Editions, Safe Telepathy, ASHINEoVSUN and ASHINEoVSUN II. He published a CD/booklet with Balmer Press titled The UFOs of South Toronto and a chapbook with Laurel Reed titled Minus 45: Some Days in Winter and a LYRICALMYRICAL Editions book, Poems and Films.

PEARL PIRIE has been writing for a couple decades, mostly in or around Ottawa. She does haiku and visual, corpus-based poetry, form and formless. She has been published at ditch,, Ottawater and by AngelHouse Press. Her last chapbook bOATHouse came out from above/ground press in 2008. She blogs for the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter and for herself at pesbo and Humanyms. 


As part of the event, there will be a raffle draw with prizes that include copies of 'The Wrong World: Selected Stories & Essays by Bertram Brooker' edited and with an introduction by Gregory Betts/published by The University of Ottawa Press.

We'll be accepting book donations at this event for Ottawa's Booth Centre and the programs they run to assist homeless and other underprivileged people. Books will be accepted at the door for later distribution at the Booth Centre.