Canopic News 2017


November 25, 2017

Ides” by James Toupin is the latest addition to Canopic Jar’s Presidential SuiteToupin is a retired government lawyer now teaching in the law school of American University in Washington, DC. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals since he began publishing in 2008, including recently Virginia Quarterly Review (online), Beltway Poetry QuarterlyBeloit Poetry Journal and Canary. He is the translator of Selected Letters of Alexis de Tocqueville on Politics and Society (University of California Press), and he is a writer on legal topics.


November 5, 2017

We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky joins Canopic Jar’s Presidential Suite. Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press) which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine.


October 16, 2017

Very pleased to add Athol Williams to our Featured Voices. Williams is a South African poet and social philosopher who has published 3 collections of poems, an autobiography ‘Pushing Boulders’ and 4 children’s books.  His poetry awards include the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award (which he won twice), the Parallel Universe Poetry Competition (Oxford University) and runner-up for the South African Literary Award for Poetry.  He holds degrees from Harvard, MIT, LSE, London Business School, Wits and is currently a student of political philosophy at Oxford University.


September 19, 2017

Jim Biedenharn’s book signing at Vicksburg’s Lorelei Books shattered the record for any Canopic author: 60 BOOKS SOLD AT A SINGLE EVENT! People showed up from New Orleans to Memphis to meet Jim and get a copy of River City Ebb & Flow. We are all proud of Jim and very grateful for Kelle Barfield of Lorelei Books for putting together such a spectacular event.


September 16, 2017

The Illustrated edition of The View from My Ridge by Charles E. Rice is now available in both softcover and eBook editions. Visit The View from My Ridge page for details.


September 6, 2017

The second installment of music (and stories) from Canopic Jar Featured Voice Mick Lee is now online.


August 20, 2017

I came to find her,” a well-written prose piece by Roz Morris, reinvigorates Canopic Jar’s High Ridin’ Woman Suite.





August 11, 2017

Since its beginning back in 1986, Canopic Jar has sought to be about art, period. Literary arts are a prime focus, but not the only focus. We’ve continued to keep the barriers clear for whatever possibilities come our way. To this end we have staged live shows and even recorded “issues” on VHS tape and audio cassette (though in extremely limited quantities.) The internet has made this open door policy toward genre and medium even easier, and we keep looking for new avenues. David Greenberger, Dawn Promislow and Gleah Powers have been recent examples of our Featured Voices bringing in a mix of genres, and other FV’s have been entirely centered on visual art or music.

Now Mick Lee brings his own fascinating creative energy to the Jar. Not only is he an accomplished musician and songwriter, he is a direct link to some of the 20th century’s most talented musical artists. I’ve been getting acquainted with Mick of late, and the more I get to know him, the more I appreciate his attitude toward music, art and life. That is to say, we share some common vision in that regard, and more importantly, a common awareness — an awareness that includes recognizing that we have the potential to learn from each other. What does all that mean? Well, the art will have to take it from here.

Mick’s Featured Voice segment is going to be presented in four segments, each consisting of a gallery of musical performances with commentary. There may be other offerings as well. That’s up to Mick.

And as has been announced elsewhere, Canopic Publishing is already at work on publishing a memoir of Mick’s time as a musician in an active career spanning the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Not a typical autobiography, the memoir is more about the artists and the art than just a chronical of events. But more on that later. For now, enjoy the music. Or perhaps I should say, “Please welcome to the Canopic stage, Mick Lee.” –PR


August 3, 2017

The memorial service for Canopic Publishing author and devoted supporter Dave Easton was held today. Dave’s Leatherneck Sea Stories: Recollections of Korea, Marines, and the Corps of the 1950s is an excellent benchmark of what Canopic Publishing seeks: A memoir full of well-told stories that need preserving. Dave’s natural voice and keen mind carry the book from beginning to end, giving the reader a fine mix of humor and history along the way. And if you want a book that defines “friendship,” this is it.

We’ll miss you Dave.


July 24, 2017

Pleased to have “Gone for the Duration,” a fine piece of writing by Laura Madeline Wiseman, join the Canopic Jar Home Place Suite.


July 20, 2017

Running Late,” a poem by Featured Voice Robert E. Wood (May 2016), is the latest addition to Canopic Jar’s Film Suite.


July 19, 2017

Canopic Publishing is pleased to announce that we are currently at work on the publication of a memoir by singer/musician/songwriter Mick Lee​ (working title: Adventures of an Undiscovered Dinosaur). There is no set date as yet, but we expect to have books in hand by early 2018.

Besides his established talents as a musician, Mick is–like all Canopic authors–a gifted storyteller, and having spent his early adulthood as a professional musician in the UK from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s, he has a backlog of interesting stories.

Mick was introduced to the British music scene by Graham Bond, one of the founding fathers of the British Blues Boom and the man who introduced the world to, among many other things, the rhythm section of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. From there Mick’s network grew, and he had the great fortune of playing with some of the most talented musicians of the era–some famous, some not so much. His memoir pays homage to these artists and their art. And, while the memoir provides a good dose of entertainment along the way, the focus is indeed on the music. We wouldn’t have it any other way–and neither would Mick.

We’ll be sharing more from Mick Lee very soon.


May 19, 2017

Britny Cordera’s “Ode to the Desert” joins Canopic Jar’s Generation Suite!


May 12, 2017

Jim Pascual Agustin joins The Canopic Jar Featured Voices. Jim writes and translates in Filipino and English. He grew up in Manila, the Philippines, during the reign of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and moved to South Africa in 1994. His poetry covers an interesting patch of ground and is well worth the journey.


May 6, 2017

Pleased to have “Praise the Grandmothers” by Todd Robinson join Canopic Jar Suite: Generation.


April 29, 2017

River City Ebb & Flow: Dr. Jas. O’Phelan’s Stories from the Wicker Basket under this Fragile Balloon by Jim Biedenharn (Canopic Publishing 2017) is now available. We’re very proud of the collection of stories. Jim’s history with Canopic Jar stretches back to 1987 when his story “Sunbelt” (which would be called ‘flash fiction’ today) appeared in Canopic Jar #3. As the promo line states, In many ways this little collection of stories just may identify Jim Biedenharn as one of the last genuine voices of Southern Literature. 


April 23, 2017

Canopic Jar is extremely pleased to announce poet Gene Kimmet as the latest Featured Voice. While searching for an apt description of Mr. Kimmet’s work, the word “complete” kept popping into my mind. And that’s it. He is a complete poet. Artist, craftsman, performer, scholar–he covers it all and does it all extremely well. Suffice it to say that if I had to pick a starting poet for the seventh game of the world series from among all the many talents who have graced Canopic Jar these past 31 years, I’d hand the quill to Gene.

As a bonus, we were able to stop by his apartment in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and film him give a private reading of the Feature Voice selections.  –PR


April 08, 2017

William Cowper (1731 – 1800), an 18th Century poet for whom in 1763 the prospect of an examination for a job in the House of Lords caused a mental breakdown and an attempted suicide, is now featured on the Canopic Jar Sharing Page. We are pleased to share his poem “The Retired Cat” in honor of one of Canopic’s greatest influences, the late Dr. Mister Bill Wolfe, without whom our view of the world would be considerably more narrow (narrower?).


March 21, 2017

The Nothing,” Canopic editor Phil Rice’s recent addition to Writings from the Porch, is posted today in honor of his dad and dedicated to his son. We hope readers enjoy the little vignette.


February 28, 2017

Harry Owen joins the list of Canopic Jar Featured Voices with a selection of finely-crafted poems. Very pleased to have Harry’s work grace our journal.


February 11, 2017

The talented Dawn Promislow has enlivened the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite with her poem The red barn.


February 02, 2017

Visual artist Jason Heuser takes the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite down a new path with “Reloaded: Presidential Portraits.” Heuser’s talent and vision for detail takes the portrait concept into some creative directions.


January 27, 2017

Poet Neil Silberblatt returns to Canopic Jar with “Licking for Bobby,” an excellent addition to the Presidential Suite.


January 23, 2017

Pleased to add “Riding the Rails” by poet Beth Gordon to the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.


January 22, 2017

A new link, “Writings from the Porch,” has been added to the Phil Rice author page ( “Writings from the Porch” is basically Phil’s blog, but he doesn’t want to call it that (#coolkidsyndrome). The best part of his blog so far is the use of Sarah Hasty Williams’ painting.


January 17, 2017

Two new poems have been freshly added to the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite: “An American Tale” by Athol Williams and “Poem for an inauguration” by our own Rethabile Masilo. We look forward to receiving many more submission to the intriguing suite.



January 7, 2017

Rethabile Masilo, author of Letter to Country (Canopic 2016) and co-editor of Canopic Jar, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Glenna Luschei Prize for Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015).
Congratulations Rethabile!

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