Apt. 9 favourite William Hawkins is being inducted into the VerseOttawa Hall of Honour as one of two inaugural inductees (Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson will also receive the honour). We’re absolutely thrilled. Poetry in Ottawa post-1960 is not the same without Bill Hawkins doing his thing, from the poster poems, to his long poems, his Ottawa Poems, his King Kong poems, his songwriting, his work organizing readings and music at Le Hibou, his appearances in print from Weed/Flower and Contact Press–Bill did it all in the sixties and seventies and we owe a great deal to him. Congratulations, Bill!
Apt. 9 was lucky enough to publish a long lost Hawkins sequence, Sweet & Sour Nothings, in October 2010. We’ll be reprinting the title, long since sold out, to mark the occasion. As we understand it, there will be an induction ceremony and a reading on March 17. We’ll be on hand with books, and we expect you to be there to celebrate Bill (as well as to support Versefest).
And speaking of supporting Versefest, have you donated to their Indiegogo campaign yet? There are some great perks, but more importantly you’ll be helping the festival to start off 2013 on solid footing.
We’re scheming new books for June. In the meantime, why not read this nice profile rob mclennan wrote of In/Words Magazine & Press that gives Apt. 9 more than a couple generous acknowledgements. Peter Gibbon added his two cents here.
See you in March!