'April is National Poetry Month -- who knew? -- and so, to celebrate in particularly Albertan manner, a posse of poetry impressarios (Coach House Press, fillingStation, Talonbooks and Freehand Books) are teaming up to produce Rhyme 'em Cowboy, a verse-filled event happening at the poetry hotbed known as the Palomino April 29th.

bpNichol fans take note: the Fall 2009 issue of Open Letter focuses on Nichol's The Martryrology!

Entitled 'The Martyrology Survivors' Retrospective,' and guest-edited by David Rosenberg, it features essays and perspectives from Frank Davey, Victor Coleman, Alice Notley, Fred Wah and more. And the cherry on top is the photo of bp himself that graces the issue's cover (a photo taken by Michael Ondaatje).

'Canadian poet Christian Bök wants his work to live on after he’s gone. Like, billions of years after. He’s going to encode it directly into the DNA of the hardy bacteria Deinococcus radiodurans. If it works, his poem could outlast the human race. But it’s a tricky procedure, and Bök is doing what he can to make it even trickier...'

Read the whole story here.

Carla Gunn recently spoke with Lori Gallagher of The Daily Gleaner about the success of Amphibian, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Canada and Caribbean region). Read the whole article here.

Corey Redekop (Shelf Monkey) wrote an article for Branta, the Goose Lane Editions blog, discussing Canada Reads and a few books he would love to see make the list.

In celebration of the publication of kevin mcpherson eckhoff's Rhapsodomancy, Coach House has provided a handy history (in comic strip form) of Unifon, one of the alphabets used to creative effect in Rhapsodomancy's visual poetry.

View the whole illustrated pamphlet in the Coach House gallery, Unifon: The Alphabet of the Future.

Good news announced for Guy Maddin and his book, My Winnipeg, one of five titles shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award!

Coach House author Michael Blouin (Chase and Haven) has been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award for his poem 'fidelity.' Congratulations to all shortlisted authors!

Jeramy Dodds (Crabwise to the Hounds) was interviewed in the Fall 2009 issue of CV2:

Starting Wednesday, March 10, you can hear from the man who started it all at the AGO. In March, Coach House Press founder and master printer Stan Bevington will begin an ongoing series of weekly conversations at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario. As part of the AGO's innovative exhibit, 'Canadian Art in the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of Coach House Press,' Bevington will take up residence in the exhibit space every Wednesday night, between 7 and 8 p.m.