In Memoriam Joe Ruggier, Canadian poet and poetry publisher

In Memoriam Joe Ruggier, Canadian poet and poetry publisher:

It is with the greatest regret that we announce the passing of Joe Ruggier on July 8 2018, Canadian poet and poetry publisher, based out of Richmond, B.C.


To put my professional relationship with Joe Ruggier into proper context, it is needful for me to clarify that before I started specializing in Mycenaean Linear B linguistics in 2013, subsequent to my unforgettable trip to Greece and Knossos, Crete, in May 2012, I was a poet over decades, and colleague of Joe Ruggier. Two of Joe Ruggier’s scores and scores of highly memorable sonnets, so many of which he dedicated to his belovèd daughter, Sarah, “Stellar Moonrise” (pg. 51), based on John Keat’s stunning masterpiece,“Bright Star” (pg. 51), both here:

Bright Star and Stellar moonrise
and “love-sonnet, where shall a body run?” (pg. 94)

love sonnet

were published in international, multilingual sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes = Le Phénix renaissant de ces cendres (251 pp.), published  in 2013 by Richard Vallance Janke, Editor-in- Chief, which you can download here

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

NOTE that the print font size online is very small, but if you download the book, the font increases to normal 10 point size.

In addition to publishing his own poetry and that of hundreds of other well-known and upcoming international poets in his prestigious annual journal, The Eclectic Muse:

Eclectic Muse

Joe Ruggier has himself been widely published in several prominent international poetry e-zines and journals, including Poetry Life and Times:

PL&T Wikipedia

The Deronda Review:

Deronda Review

among many many others.

Joe Ruggier has for decades run his own publishing house, Mbooks of BC (Multicultural Books of British Columbia):


which has published a highly impressive roster of no fewer than 32 poetry books over the years. Here is an excerpt of a number of these books:



Reading Ancient Scripts: BIOS on Michael Ventris & Richard Vallance Janke

Reading Ancient Scripts: BIOS on Michael Ventris & Richard Vallance Janke, reposted here from Rita Robert’s Blog:

To read the full text of Rita’s beautifully written BIOS directly ABOVE this post, start reading, and then click on “Read more… ” to continue. I am greatly honoured by Rita’s kind words and endorsement, which I will always hold dear to my heart.


A MUST SEE! A very English Genius on UTube on the life of Michael Ventris

A MUST SEE! A very English Genius on UTube on the life of Michael Ventris:

Hello friends and fellow enthusiasts of Linear B.  Thanks to a most timely e-mail from a dear friend and fellow Linear B enthusiast of Linear B, Rita, an archaeologist in Crete, who is learning Linear B from me, I watched the entire BBC Broadcast, A Very English Genius, on the life and devotion of Michael Ventris, the man who deciphered the ancient syllabary, Linear B, in July 1952.

Here is the link to the BBC broadcast, which I recommend in the most glowing terms to any and all of you who are truly fascinated by Linear B (CLICK on the Play button to play) :

This broadcast is in 7 parts on UTube, so you will need to click on Parts 2 to 7 in sequence to watch the entire program.  Each part is just over 8 minutes long, making the broadcast about 56 minutes in duration.