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:
and “love-sonnet, where shall a body run?” (pg. 94)
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
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:
Joe Ruggier has himself been widely published in several prominent international poetry e-zines and journals, including Poetry Life and Times:
The 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:
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