Joe Blades, Nova Scotian by birth and upbringing, earned his BFA at NSCAD (1988), a Certificate in Film and Television at NBFC (2008), and a MEd at UNB (2012). Since 1980, his poetry and other writings have appeared in magazines, videos, art exhibitions, on radio and television, in over 30 chapbooks, 50+ anthologies, and seven poetry collections (with several of them translated into Serbian and Spanish). He is the founding publisher–owner of Broken Jaw Press Inc. and also the o/o of Maritimes Arts Projects Productions. Blades is a Past President of the League of Candian Poets, the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, and the Canadian Poetry Association. Blades was on the editorial board of revue ellipse mag from 2003 to 2013. He is producer–host of the weekly Ashes, Paper, & Beans: Fredericton's Writing & Arts program on CHSR 97.9 FM since 1995, Blades gives readings, lectures, and workshops across Canada as well as in the eastern USA, Scotland and Central Europe.