McCann charges to work daily, puffing a cigarette and wearing a smile on his normally unshaven face. Or maybe that smile is remembrance of those prominent gay activists who also happen to be his ex-boyfriends. Clearly, the boyish, rumpled-looking McCann is cutting a swath through the gay end of Bank St.

This year, his first real book, a collection of throbbing, muscular poems, Soft Where, was published by Ottawa’s Chaudiere Books.

“I’ve been watching his work for years and admire the gymnastic quality of it,” says rob mclennan, founder of Chaudiere Books and one of Ottawa’s most prolific poets. “I love the leaps and jumps of his writing. I love the way the language flies.”

[Paul Gessell, Ottawa Magazine, September 09; full interview not yet available online]