Primary Profession: Poet
Expertise: writing, publishing
Bio: Joe Blades has been giving readings and publishing his poetry since 1980. He is a writer, artist, and publisher–president of the independent, literary publishing house Broken Jaw Press Inc. founded by him in the winter of 1984 in Banff, Alberta. He is also on the editorial board of revue ellipse mag. Born in Halifax, NS, Canada, and based in Fredericton, NB since 1990, he grew up in Elmsdale and Dartmouth, NS. He has also lived, studied, and/or worked in Port Hawksbury and Halifax, NS; Toronto; Montreal; Banff, AB; New York; Senta, Serbia; and Pale, Republika Srpska. Blades gives readings, lectures, and workshops across Canada, in the eastern USA, Scotland and Central Europe. Blades exhibits bookworks, photographs, and objet d’art primarily in Canada and Europe. He is the editor of ten books and chapbooks including UGLY: an instant spoken word chapbook anthology (Broken Jaw, 2007). His poetry and art has appeared in periodicals and over 55 anthologies. Blades has authored 30 poetry chapbooks and limited edition artist books, plus seven poetry books. Two of his books have been translated for Serbian-language editions in Serbia and Bosnia. Blades is an active member of the BlackTop MotorCycle Gang writers’ group, coordinator of the Fredericton Small Press & Community Fair, and Past President of the League of Canadian Poets.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications: Canadian Artist Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens (CAR/FAC), Ottawa, ON, 1987– . Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ottawa, ON, 2009– . Central European Association for Canadian Studies (CEACS), Brno, Czech Republic, 2006– . The League of Canadian Poets, Toronto, ON, 1990– . Literary Translators Association of Canada, Montreal, QC. Associate member, 2009– . The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), Toronto, ON, 1997– .
Publications: Casemate Poems (Collected). Ottawa: Chaudiere Books, 2011. Prison Songs and Storefront Poetry. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2010. from the book that doesn’t close. Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press, 2008; ( Iz knjige koja se ne zatvara. (Tatjana Bijelić, Trans. into Serbian). Art Print, Banja Luka, RS, Bosnia i Herzegovina, (forthcoming 2011)). Casemate Poems. Waterloo, ON: Widows & Orphans, 2004; (Pesme iz kazamata. Džo Blejds. (Dubravka Ðjurić, Trans. into Serbian). Beograd: i.p. Rad, 2005). Open Road West (artist edition). Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press eBooks (PDF), 2001. Open Road West. Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press; Broken Jaw Press eBooks (PDF), 2000. River Suite. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 1998; Fredericton, NB: Broken Jaw Press eBooks (PDF), 2000; (Rečna svita. In Frejzer Saterlend, Nensi Berk & Džo Blejdz, Slike iz kanade: Tri kanadska pesnika. Aleksandar Blagojević and Vesna Lopičić, Trans. into Serbian). Niš, Serbia & Montenegro: Studentski kulturni centar Niš, 2005). Cover Makes a Set. London, ON: SpareTime Editions/HMS Press, 1990.
Education: MEd in Adult Ed (candidate), University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, 2009– . Certificate in Film & Television, New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, Fredericton, NB, 2008. Book Publishing Immersion Workshop, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 2004. Poetry Colloquium with Fred Wah, Sage Hill Writing Experience, Lumsden, SK, 2001. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Major: Intermedia). Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, 1988. Curatorial Internship. The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, USA, 1987. Writing (Poetry). Banff Centre, Banff, AB, 1985.
Awards: CHSR Barry Award–Director’s Coice Award, Fredericton, NB, 2010. CHSR Barry Award–Favourite Spoken Word Show Ashes, Paper & Beans), Fredericton, NB, 2009. CHSR Barry Award–Spoken Word (Ashes, Paper & Beans), Fredericton, NB, 2008. CHSR Barry Award–Best Spoken Word Show (Ashes, Paper & Beans), Fredericton, NB, 2006. Certificada de reconocimiento, Academia Iberoamericana de Poesía/Asociación Prometeo de Poesía, Madrid, España, 2000. CHSR 1999–2000 Barry Award–Favourite Interviewer, Fredericton, NB, 2000. Honourable Mention–Poetry, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Literary Competition, Fredericton, NB, 1998. First Honourable Mention–Alfred G. Bailey Prize, WFNB Literary Competition, Fredericton, NB, 1997. CHSR Barry Award–Best Spoken Word Program 1996 (Ashes, Paper & Beans), Fredericton, NB, 1997. First Honourable Mention–Alfred G. Bailey Prize, WFNB Literary Competition, Fredericton, NB, 1993. Third Prize; and an Honourable Mention; Alberta Poetry Yearbook, Canadian Authors Association-Edmonton Branch, Edmonton, AB, 1985. Honourable Mention–Bliss Carmen Poetry Award, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB, 1985.
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