Justin Million & Elisha May Rubacha

Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha (September 20-26, joint residency)


In culmination of their Precarious residency, artists Elisha Rubacha and Justin Million highlight the often unhealthy or even self-destructive nature of creative practice with a 24 hour marathon of poetry and chapbook design.Justin will write 24 poems in 24 hours – reading a poem on the hour, every hour -while Elisha creates 24 unique chapbook covers, inspired by 24 prompts sourced earlier in the month. This event will be livestreamed for the full 24 hours on our YouTube channel.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, please check it out. We need your Impossible Prompts by Monday morning, folks!The ONLY way to get your hands on our 24-hour Precarious marathon chapbook is to send us a prompt. NO extra copies will be made.Send your prompt to birdburiedpress@gmail.com now!

Writers and publishers Justin Million and Elisha Rubachalivestream a marathon writing and book-making session that speaks to the often unhealthy or even self-destructive nature of creative practice when trying to balance art and other work. 

Justin Million is a print and digital media poet, performance artist, founder of the Show and Tell Poetry Series, a co-founder and poetry editor at bird, buried press, and is the author of EJECTA: The Uncollected KEYBOARDS! Poems (Apt. 9 Press). A two-time Peterborough Arts Awards nominee for Outstanding Emerging Artist and Outstanding Mid-Career Artist in 2018 and 2019 respectively, Million has also been an artist-in-residence at Evans Contemporary art gallery and the Precarious Festival in Peterborough, Ontario, and with SYNAPSE magazine in Toronto. Million was awarded OAC Recommender Grants in 2017 and 2018, has been published in countless literary journals such as Bywords, word and colour, and Poetry Is Dead, and has published 17 chapbooks with various Canadian small press imprints. He lives and writes in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.

Elisha May Rubacha lives and writes in Peterborough, ON. She was a finalist for Peterborough’s Outstanding Emerging Artist Award (2018), and shortlisted for the PRISM International Creative Non-fiction Contest (2016). While completing her degree in English Literature at Trent University (2009-2013), she won both the Sylvia Cherney Scholarship and the first Barbara Rooke Travel Prize. Rubacha has received OAC Recommender grants for work in poetry three years in a row. Her chapbook “too much nothing” was published by Apt. 9 Press (2018), and her first stage play, “Waiting for Real Jobs” was produced during the Precarious Festival (2019). Her play-in-progress has been selected for Public Energy’s Alternating Currents mentorship program twice (2017 and 2019). She is the founder, editor, and designer of bird, buried press, which has published 20 books of fiction and poetry since 2016. She also sits on the board of the Electric City Culture Council (EC3).

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