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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Where Are They Now: James McAuliffe


If you were a poet in Vancouver in the mid-90's, James P. McAuliffe will be a familiar name to you. His deep, resonating voice (both literally and metaphorically speaking) was unmistakable and unforgetable. Leaving Ontario to settle here, he immediately hit the ground running and began producing several poetry readings around East Vancouver.
I call him the grand daddy of slam poetry because, along several other poets like Graham Olds and Justin McGrail (and myself), he was instrumental in building and sending the first slam team down to Portland, Oregon back in the mid 90's.
The success of the recent Individual World Poetry Slam, shows that McAuliffe was on the right path.
Currently he lives back East, where he is the Creative director for Hideout Press (http://hideoutpress.ca/) - A publication dedicated to helping independent writers.
His work is currently spotlighted on the blog Hammered Out.
McAuliffe is married and the father of 4 children.

Keep an eye out on this blog for a profile on Alexandra Oliver, a member of the first team that went down to Portland, back in 1996.

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