Monthly Archives: August 2007

AUG. 30th 2007 Featuring INGRID RUTHIG and STEVEN LAIRD

Ingrid Ruthig earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto in the 1980s. After a decade of practice in Toronto, she retired from the profession to write full-time.

Her work has been published internationally, and across Canada in The Malahat Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and other journals and anthologies.

In 2005, her poetry won a Petra Kenney Award and the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Competition. She contributes reviews and interviews to Books in Canada, and co-edited LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview for eight years.

Her first collection of poetry, “A History of Falling”, is currently under consideration; a chapbook Synesthete II is available from Littlefishcart Press, and a book of essays on the work of Canadian poet Richard Outram will be released this year from Guernica Editions.

Steven Laird writes instruction manuals, tutorials, and other arcane documents related to business software for a living. But he’s also the Senior Editor and occasional columnist for Arts News Canada, a national online news and arts advocacy web portal.

Until its demise this year (2007), he was Poetry Editor for Lichen Arts & Letters Preview. His own first poetry collection, ‘Charlatan’ (Ronsdale Press, 2005), was a finalist in the George Lampert Memorial Award competition, and he also has a chapbook ‘A Sea Tale’ published by littlefishcart press in Peterborough in 2006. His second full-length collection, called ‘Stilt Dance’ is currently seeking a home.

Steven has written reviews, article, interviews and essays for Books in Canada, Canadian Notes and Queries, Writers Block, The Good Report, and Bookninja.

For a short time – about 3 years – he ran a bookstore and reading venue of his own in St. John’s, Newfoundland, called The Poet and Peasant Bookstore Café.