My newest chapbook, CONCEALED WEAPONS/ANIMAL SURVIVORS with above/ground press, will launch at the above/ground press silver anniversary reading/launch/party on August 25th, 2018.

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I am pleased to announce “Pipe Rose,” a beautiful new chapbook by Manahil Bandukwala forthcoming this month. This work will be available at the Ottawa Small Press Fair and Manahil will be reading from it at the Factory Reading Series’ pre-small press book fair reading, lovingly hosted by rob mclennan, on June 22nd, 2018, at The Carleton tavern at 7:00 pm.

(Images and photographs (c) Manahil Bandukwala, 2018.)

I will be on hiatus for readings and performances between April and September (inclusive) of 2018. Please feel free to contact me for bookings after that time at battleaxepress@gmail.com. My last show of the season will be:

Celebrate Her: Expressions of the Feminine
In Support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
With artists Evil Embellishments, King Kimbit, Kitty Kin-Evil, Do Re Mi Bracelets Etc., and Amanda Cottreau
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Origin Arts and Community Centr
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
(Ticketed event)

battleaxe press will continue to welcome submissions of broadsides (2018) and chapbook manuscripts (late 2018 and 2019).






FEBRUARY 22 & 23, 2018
LIVE! ON ELGIN (220 Elgin Street)
7:00 PM

Tickets are now sold out!

BUT: There is a Pay-What-You-Can dress rehearsal February 18, 2018 in the Auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, at 2:00 pm. RSVP a seat at: vdayottawa2018@gmail.com


Let V-Season begin! This February, I am delighted to be participating in a production of the Vagina Monologues in Ottawa! This 2018 season is the 20th anniversary of V-Day!

All profits from this production will go to benefit the essential work that the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) does in our community.

A Go Fund Me fundraiser is taking place for those who are able to donate to the production!

For more information as it becomes available, follow the production team at: Vagina Monologues 2018 – Ottawa on Facebook.

Save the date!!!


On January 23rd, 2017, I will be performing at the blUe mOndays reading series alongside musician Kelsey Hayes! blUe mOndays takes place at Café Nostalgica, 603 Cumberland Street, on the campus of the University of Ottawa.

My new chapbook with above/ground press, “dark ecologies,” has launched (November 2017).  Click the link above to read the first poem from the chapbook. Please contact me or the press directly to purchase a copy.


On Friday, August 11, 2017, please join me at Birling (562 Somerset St. West) in Ottawa for the launch of the fourth issue of Canthius! I will be performing poems appearing in the issue, with Amanda Earl, Laboni Islam, Emily Sanford.

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A new broadside is available by rob mclennan, featuring two of his poems, from our publications page.

Projects in the works:

A chapbook is in the works, “origin story,”  with Hussy Press (edited by Avonlea Fotheringham).  With deep gratitude to the amazing Robin Richardson for her stunning work on the cover. https://hussypress.wordpress.com/publications/

origin story

“origin story” cover art (c) 2015 by Robin Richardson: http://knifehypnosis.squarespace.com

Collaborative chapbook with Ottawa poet Liam Burke on the machine nature of the body.