joe blades, a writer, artist, editor and publisher, is the author of a score of poetry chapbooks and three poetry trade books: Open Road West, River Suite and Cover Makes a Set. Blades has been writing, performing and publishing since 1980. He is also coordinator of the River Readings author series; producer/host of Ashes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton's Poetry & Writing show; vice president of the Atlantic Publishers Association; editor of New Muse of Contempt magazine; co-editor of Shout & Speak Out Loud; editor of Crossroads Cant and the essential small-press reference guide, In the Dark: Poets & Publishing.

Festivals: 2000

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