Literary Nonfiction. FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A SMALL PRESS RACKETEER is a continuation of the columns and essays that comprised Stuart's 2005 release, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. Again, equal parts literary memoir, reckless tirade, and unsolicited advice for the aspiring writer, FURTHER CONFESSIONS is drawn largely from Stuart Ross's notorious "Hunkamooga" column, his blog entries, essays for subTerrain magazine and other online venues. We bring them together here in their collected brilliance: alternately snarky, sincere, touching, honest, and always opinionated, Stuart's "confessions" are essential reading for any literary confessional. This volume offers its readers a roller-coaster journey into the mind of one of Canada's most committed small press activists.
Praise for Stuart Ross:
"One of North America's most active and fiercely independent literary populists."—Another Chicago Magazine
"If Stuart Ross was living and working in the United States, and writing the exact same poetry he does now he would be rich and famous. Well, famous, at least."—The Globe and Mail
Praise for CONFESSIONS OF A SMALL PRESS RACKETEER:
"For a quick and dirty breath of fresh air, it's difficult to beat renegade urban poet Stuart Ross's latest effort... Ross has the battle scars and knows poetry isn't about flowers and meadows, it's about blood and guts."—Steven Knight, Quill & Quire
"...a wonderful book—funny, outrageous, and acute. I'll even say it's the best short-essay collection about the writing life that I've read in ages... Every aspiring writer should read CONFESSIONS OF A SMALL PRESS RACKETEER, just to find inspiration. And so should every established writer—just to keep humble."—Lynne Van Luven, Malahat Review
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About the Author
Stuart Ross has been involved in literary publishing for over thirty-five years. He maintains his own micropress, Proper Tales, and is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. Stuart is the author of nine books of poetry, two story collections, a previous book of personal essays, two collaborative novels, and a solo novel. He has given writing workshops across the country and, for the past two decades, has edited books for both literary and trade publishers. Stuart has his own imprint at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen's University, and the same year he won the ReLit Prize for Short Fiction for Buying Cigarettes for the Dog. In 2012, he was co-winner of the Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme for his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and in 2013 he was awarded the sole prize to an anglophone writer by l'Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21e siécle for his poetry collection YOU EXIST. DETAILS FOLLOW. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.