Joe Blades has been giving readings, performing and publishing his poetry since 1980. He is a writer, artist, publisher, on the editorial board of revue ellipse mag and acommunity radio producer-host at CHSR in Fredericton.
Blades was born and raised in Nova Scotia. He's a graduate of NSCAD (BFA, 1988). He is also an alumni of the Banff Centre, Maritime Writers Workshop, Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the Simon Fraser University Book Publishing Immersion Workshop. Currently, he's completing a Film & Television Certificate program thru the NB Filmmakers' Co-operative.
Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick since 1990, he grew up in Elmsdale and Dartmouth, NS. He has also lived or worked in Port Hawksbury and Halifax, NS; Toronto; Montreal; Banff, AB; New York City; Senta, Serbia; and Pale, Republika Srpska. On the road about three months every year, Blades gives readings, lectures, and workshops across Canada as well as in the eastern USA, Scotland and Eastern Europe.
Blades exhibits bookworks, photographs, mail art and objet d’art primarily in Canada and Europe. Since 1995, he has been a community radio producer-host at CHSR 97.9 FM with the three-time Barry Award-winning Ashes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton’s Writing & Art Show. Blades was curator of Videopoems: a screening for the 2003 Tidal Wave Film Festival, and he is the editor of ten books and chapbooks including UGLY: an instant spoken word chapbook anthology, (Broken Jaw Press, 2007) and some stuff on canadian spoken word & indie publishing (NCRA/ANRÉC, 2004).
His poetry and art has appeared in over 50 trade and chapbook anthologies, and in numerous periodicals. Blades has authored 28 poetry chapbooks and limited edition artist books. His four full-length poetry books are Cover Makes a Set (SpareTime Editions, 1990), River Suite (Insomniac Press, 1998), Open Road West (Broken Jaw Press, 2000, 2001), and Casemate Poems (Widows & Orphans, 2004). Serbian translations of River Suite as Recna svita in Slike iz kanade: Tri kanadska pesnika (SKC Niš), and Casemate Poems as Pesme iz kazamata (i.p. Rad), were published in 2005. A fifth book Casemate Poems (Collected) is forthcoming in 2008 from Chaudiere Books.
In June 2007, Blades was elected as the NB & PEI Regional Representative on the National Council of The League of Canadian Poets, to their membership committee, and to their inaugural Spoken Work Committee. He is also active in the BlackTop MotorCycle Gang writers' group in Fredericton, NB.
His web basecamp is www.joeblades.com.