What an incredible year it’s been so far–and it’s only getting better. Here are some of the MANY EXCITING THINGS In/Words is getting up to these days.

Upcoming book launches at The Reading Series Presents: Rachel Gray and Matt Jones 

In/Words is thrilled to announce the launch of White Flowers and Landmines by celebrated war poet Matt Jones, winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award, and former co-editor of In/Words, as well as the much-anticipated poetry & prose anthology, Mythical Beasts. 

white flowers cover
White Flowers and Landmines by Matt Jones, In/Words Press November, 2014

We’ll be launching both books at our upcoming Reading Series on Wednesday Nov 26 at the Clock Tower Brew Pub (575 Bank st., in the basement). The event will feature readings by Matt Jones, as well as local poet Rachel Gray, and will be followed by an open mic. See our Facebook Event for more details!

Issue 14.2 & Chapbook Launch at the December Reading Series Extravaganza

Submissions for  In/Words Magazine 14.2 will be closing November 30, so get your submissions in now! The issue will be launched on December 31st at what is sure to be a mind-blowing event: a Reading Series-Issue and Chapbook Launch-New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, where we’ll also be launching chapbooks by Ikenna Onyegbula (aka OpenSecret), 2014 World Slam Champion, and Mia “Big-Cahuna” Morgan, President of uOttawa’s Undergraduate English Students’ Association. Excitingly, both these poets will be featuring at this Very Special Reading Series, and to share our excitement at this exciting event, we’ll be excited to offer FREE CHAMPAGNE FOR EVERYONE, generously donated by the Clock Tower. SO EXCITING!

Check out Ikenna, doing his thing, winning international poetry competitions in Paris, France–all in a day’s work, right? NBD.

14.1 Launch Review

14.1 Contributor Christine Lyons. Photo by Clarissa Fortin, via The Charlatan.
14.1 Contributor Christine Lyons reads at the Launch of 14.1. Photo by Clarissa Fortin, via The Charlatan.

What a huge success! We were so pleased to have a bigger turnout than chairs! The walls of our venue, Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank St), were decked out with the incredible art of Rich Silva and Rodrigo Medrano’s recent exhibit Horses and Unicorns. We heard readings from Liam Burke, Chris Love and some of our 14.1 contributors including Rob Thomas, winner of the 2013 John Newlove Chapbook Award, and Catina Noble, recent feature at Sawdust Reading Series. The Charlatan’s Meredith Pal was kind enough to cover the launch, and wrote a very lovely review!

We were also lucky to have the help of Carleton J-School students Aishu Ravishankar, Clarissa Fortin and Amanda Gregorio in promoting the event and issue in a CJTV News spot:

Missed this awesome event? Read on to find out where you can pick up copies of issue 14.1 and chapbooks from the launch, including Liam Burke’s Dry Right Up, Marilyn Irwin’s Tiny, and Chris Love’s Jesus Poems.


In our last post, we said In/Words issues and chapbooks would be more available than ever before–and we’re pleased to have followed through on that promise. You can now find In/Words Magazine and Chapbooks for sale at Black Squirrel Books (Bank and Sunnyside), online at our Etsy Store, and of course, we will as always be selling our publications at all of our events, including our upcoming Reading Series.

We know. It’s a lot to take in. That’s all for now, but keep an eye open for more updates soon–and see you at the Reading Series!

– Av & the In/Words gang


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