Sonnet L’Abbé wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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Posted on November 18, 2017

Celebrating more than 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

TORONTO – November 18, 2017 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Sonnet L’Abbé (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) has won the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Anima Canadensis published by Junction Books. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2017 Indie Literary Market, held at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. In her acceptance speech for the $4,000 award, Sonnet L’Abbé stated:

My lyric verse has always searched for satisfying ways to put the experience of being an English-speaking, Canadian-born Black-Indo Caribbean/French woman into words on a page. Concrete and sound poetries, which bpNichol helped make such a strong tradition in Canada, expanded the number of ways I could do that. There’s definitely a bit of bp’s vibe in this chapbook! 

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Junction Books, also received $500. Carleton Wilson remarked:

I am very excited that Sonnet’s excellent poetry is being honoured with the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. It was a pleasure to work with Sonnet on her chapbook, and I thank her for trusting me to publish her work. Thank you, also, to the Meet the Presses collective for administering this award, and to the donors of the award.

Judges Helen Guri (Montreal, Quebec) and Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from over 60 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

Of Sonnet L’Abbé’s winning collection, the judges remarked:

“Junction Books’ exquisitely rendered publication of Sonnet L’Abbé’s Anima Canadensis begins as queries, a Permanent Residents’ Test. Rather than offering standard questions that situate and center ‘angloculture’—ones such as ‘who’s on the five dollar bill?’–L’Abbe’s test insists on an engagement with Indigeneity: Can we identify a particular native flower? Can we “prove [our] ability to love”? Inventing her own mode of wildcrafting, L’Abbe approaches with curiosity, tenderness, and contemporary imagination the question of what it means for us all—people, animals, plants, rocks, chemicals, technology, even bacteria—to be here together on this land at this moment in history. The result is a vision for accountability that nourishes and sustains, a transformation of relations that enriches.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

                             Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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COMING UP! 18 NOVEMBER 2017!

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Meet some of the most exciting indie publishers & magazines around! Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction! Books, chapbooks, broadsides, recordings! And plenty of stuff you’ll NEVER find in stores! And learn who won the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

This year’s press line-up includes:
above/ground • Anstruther • Apt. 9 • Baseline • Big Pond Rumours • BookThug • Brick Books • Brick Journal • Canthius • Carousel • Coach House Books • Desert Pets • Dumagrad • Frog Hollow • Gesture Press • Imago Red Iron • Inspiritus • Invisible Publishing • Junction Books • knife fork book • learn/yeats & co • Loose Leaf • Mansfield Press • Metatron • Pedlar Press • Playwrights Canada Press • Porcupine’s Quill • Project 40 • Proper Tales Press • Puddles of Sky • Serif of Nottingham • Sherwood Press • Sunnyoutside • Taddle Creek • Underwhich Editions • Untethered • Vallum • Wolsak and Wynn • words (on) pages

And plenty more to be added!

The announcement of the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award happens at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 • 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West, Toronto M5S 1X7)
FREE ADMISSION!

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective
www.meetthepresses.wordpress.com • 2meetthepresses@gmail.com

We Stand Behind Our Books! Literally.

From “An H of a Night for bpNichol”

A Reminiscence

By Lola Lemire Tostevin

This post is a copy of Lola Lemire Tostevin’s beautiful presentation delivered as a part of Meet the Presses’ “An H of a Night for bpNichol” on October 17, 2017. We share this post with a big thanks to Tostevin for sharing her words that night, and for allowing us to share them again on our site. 

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I think it was in early 1986 when Philip McKenna from the Phoenix Foundation phoned to ask if I would meet with him and Barrie at a restaurant on St. Clair Avenue to discuss a new chapbook award the Foundation was sponsoring. It turned out that I was being brought in to serve as a judge, which lasted, in some capacity, from 1986 to about 2005, either as a judge or in selecting judges.

I was a little late arriving at the restaurant, having gone east instead of west—or vice versa—because I have no sense of direction. When I arrived, the guys were already seated at a white table-clothed table, the restaurant a large open space, the tables relatively close to one another, most of them occupied.

Some of you will remember that for the last few years of his life Barrie almost always wore blue velour outfits that Ellie made for him—loose top, loose pants, the blue velour the colour of bp’s eyes. As soon as I sat down, I noticed seams and interfacing sticking every which way from Barrie’s top. “Barrie,” I said, “your top is inside out.” At which Barrie immediately jumped up and proceeded to take off his top. He wasn’t wearing anything underneath. For those of you who knew Barrie, you know he wasn’t in the best of shape, but this didn’t matter to him. He stood in the middle of the restaurant taking his time turning his top inside in, then sat down, as if this was a perfectly acceptable social thing to do.

If anyone else had done this, I probably would have been mortified. But with Barrie, it didn’t matter. Friends accepted this kind of behaviour because we understood that Barrie was free from social conventions, especially if they inhibited. Those were there to be broken. He would break into song in a subway, break wind in a movie theatre loudly enough even the actors onscreen turned to the audience as if to say, “Excuse me?” But Barrie doing it was all right, because we understood that at one point in his life he had freed himself from anything he didn’t deem important, in order to make more room for what mattered most: his family, his creativity. In turn, his freedom allowed many of us to free ourselves to explore our creativity. We didn’t worry so much about what others might think, because he gave us the freedom to dare: dare to think outside the box; dare to write about it; such as in Barrie’s workshops that Nicholas Power and I attended for the better part of two winters in the early ’80s. Barrie knew that writers felt freer to experiment within smaller groups and in smaller formats like chapbooks, because within smallness lay the possibility of bigger things, perhaps an entire series of life-based books. You know, like a Martyrology. He knew that from those small groups and chapbooks the possibilities were endless.

Then . . . the man who freed himself from social conventions died at 44 years old. That was hardly fair, now, was it? Because a man who dies at 44 remains forever 44 years old, freed from all social conventions, while the rest of us get old, probably still trapped within social conventions. What a trickster. For a long time, I didn’t forgive him for that. Until, slowly, I realized it wasn’t really up to Barrie anymore; in fact, it may never have been up to Barrie to free us, not entirely. He’d known this all along. He knew. Nor was it up to him to free us from staying young; it was up to us to free ourselves from the idea of perpetual youth—just as language itself is old; just as language would be on the brink of dying, if it weren’t for poets, for writers. Writers work with a language that is so old it threatens to become a dead language. But the freedom to write a new poem, a story, not only frees language from getting old, it constitutes a kind of resurrection, so that it too can stay forever 44 years old. And just as we undergo different bodies over the course of a lifetime, we undergo different ways of writing. The writer’s job, no matter how young or old, is to give the essence of language an ever-changing body.

I, personally, will never be free enough to break into song in a subway, although I’ve hummed a few times. As for breaking wind in a movie theatre, well . . . but never loudly enough to stop actors on a screen. And for most of us who read here tonight, obviously we didn’t stay 44 years old. We moved on, doing our own kind of writing, sometimes ceding our place to younger writers who hopefully will keep this great bpNichol Chapbook Award going. And that’s OK, as long as they too keep language from perishing in the ever-growing dead clichés of public, political, and entertainment pablum; as long as they promise to protect language’s fragile and living body, even if at times it appears in public wearing an inside-out blue- velour outfit.

 

 

 

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

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TORONTO – October 17, 2017 – Tonight, at a Toronto event paying tribute to the late poet bpNichol, the Meet the Presses collective announced the finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, mentor, and micropress publisher bpNichol (1944–1988).

The $4,000 prize purse, donated by an anonymous benefactor, makes this the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook, specified as a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Helen Guri of Montréal, Québec, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country.

The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Sonnet L’Abbé. Anima Canadensis. Junction Books
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 18, 2017, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, ephemera, and recordings generally not available in bookstores. The free event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact the publicist for Meet the Presses: Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com

Save the Dates! October 17 & November 18

An H of an Evening for bpNichol

17 October 2017 • The Supermarket (268 Augusta Street, Toronto) @ 7pm

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An H of an evening for bpNichol: also featuring the announcement of the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award and presenting an array of writers, artists and musicians.

This is an evening recognizing the ongoing influence of poet/novelist/cartoonist/songwriter/performer bpNichol, 1944–1988. A wonderful array of guest presenters will perform bp’s work, read their own bp-influenced work, or tell anecdotes about bp.

The Meet the Presses collective will also be thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2017 $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

So far our lineup of presenters features: jwcurry • Bev Daurio• Brian Dedora • Paul Dutton • Ally Fleming • Sharon Harris • Chris Johnson • Jim Smith • Lola Lemire Tostevin

Excerpts from Brian Nash’s documentary film bp: Pushing the Boundaries.

The awesome folks from Coach House Books will be on hand to sell books by bp.
Hosted by Stuart Ross and probably someone else, too.

Free. (Though we welcome donations to help cover our costs for the evening.)

AND

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Call for submissions to the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2016), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2017 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, email address, and telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2017. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by email by June 30, 2017, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

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Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

Nelson Ball wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

November 19, 2016

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TORONTO (November 19, 2016) – The Meet the Presses collective announced today that Nelson Ball of Paris, Ontario, has won the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award for his Small Waterways, published by Apt. 9 Press (www.apt9press.ca). The $,4000 prize, the richest annual award for a poetry chapbook, was presented at the 2016 Indie Literary Market, held this year at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto.

A testament to the quality of Ball’s chapbook is the fact that Small Waterways completely sold out, long before it won this award. But readers eager to experience the prize-winning effort will find almost all its poems in Ball’s newest paperback collection, Chewing Water, from Mansfield Press.

Though Ball, who has been publishing his poetry for six decades, was unable to attend in person, Apt. 9 Press publisher Cameron Anstee accepted the $4,000 prize on his behalf at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. The prize money is donated annually by an anonymous benefactor.

Nelson Ball wrote in his speech:

This award has extra resonance for me because Barrie Nichol was a friend and (we) were both small pressers in the 1960s and 70s.

An additional $500 is donated annually by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith and is assigned to the publisher of the winning work.

This year’s chapbook award judges Alice Burdick (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia) and Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from 68 submissions from across the country.

Of Nelson Ball’s winning collection, the judges remarked:

Small Waterways sees Nelson Ball at his crystalline finest. His small poems are deep and clear oceans of observation, sorrow, humour, and thought. Here he shines as the master of minimalism in Canada. Compressed and powerful, quotidian and enormous, his poems contain worlds.

This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Klara du Plessis  Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press  www.anstrutherpress.com)
Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press 
www.apt9press.ca)
Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press 
www.apt9press.ca)
Christine Stewart  The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers
www.nomados.org)

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Its annual Indie Literary Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

For more information (including full text of speeches) and interview opportunities, contact:

 Beth Follett at feralgrl@interlog.com    or    Nicholas Power at jnpower@rogers.com  

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

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2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – Now in its eighth year, Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market will expand its scope to accommodate an even wider literary spectrum, with nearly 50% more publishers in a larger, brighter room. The Indie Literary Market, a curated Market this year featuring 44 of Canada’s best independent book and magazine publishers, along with a specially curated table of publications by Art Metropole, will be held November 19, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West) in Toronto.

The Indie Literary Market aims to introduce the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are often not available in bookstores. Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, curates the Market.

A major feature of the annual event is the announcement of the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award, whose purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, thanks to an anonymous benefactor. The prize, awarded annually since 1996, is named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol. The prize goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. Judges Hoa Nguyen and Alice Burdick — both writers themselves — received for consideration 33 chapbooks from publishers across Canada. The publisher of the winning title will receive $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press)

Klara du Plessis Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press)

Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press)

Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press)

Christine Stewart The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers)

Media contact: Beth Follett, feralgrl [at] interlog [dot] com, Tel. 709.738.6702

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Over 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

Award to be announced at Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market in Toronto

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TORONTO – October 11, 2016 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the prize purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500 thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent pieces and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “These were very strong works, and it was a great pool of work from which to choose.”

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball  Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Klara du Plessis  Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press  www.anstrutherpress.com)
Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Christine Stewart  The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers www.nomados.org)

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 19, 2016, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The Indie Literary Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are generally not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact Beth Follet at feralgrl@interlog.com or Stuart Ross at 647-746-6724

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2016 Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market & bpNichol Chapbook Award Announcement

Saturday November 19, 2016 • 11am-4:30pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre • 427 Bloor Street West

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The Meet the Presses collective is pleased to present its annual fall market on Saturday November 19, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that showcases exciting literary presses and magazines, from some of the tiniest of micropresses to some of the biggest small presses, selling books, leaflets, broadsides, chapbooks, zines, journals, CDs, and more. The Market gives the general public an opportunity to peruse — and buy — some of the best of Canadian literature, much of which isn’t available in the ever-dwindling bookstores.
The Market will also feature the announcement of the winner of the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award! Shortlist will be announced soon!
Participating publishers and mags will be announced shortly.
Facebook event page can be found here.

 

❡ Call for submissions to the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2015), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2016 Submission Form from our web site at submission-form-the-bpnichol-chapbook-award-2016), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2016. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2016, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

 

Lissa Wolsak wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

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TORONTO – November 14, 2015 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Lissa Wolsak (Vancouver, British Columbia) has won the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface, published by Nomados Press. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2015 Indie Literary Market, held at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. Though Wolsak was unable to attend in person, friend and poet David Dowker accepted the $4,000 prize on her behalf. Here’s an excerpt from her acceptance speech:

“In 1988 I twice heard bpNichol indirectly call my name. I was spellbound by both his performances. Poetry was to become my lasting love and my entire future’s immersion. My wholehearted and warmest gratitude to Meet the Presses Collective, for this splendid acknowledgement and gift!”

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Nomados Press, also received $500. Here is a quote from their acceptance speech:

“Nomados Literary Publishers is tremendously proud that Lissa Wolsak is receiving the bp Nichol Chapbook Award this year. We are very honoured to have helped this book into the world, and constantly grateful that the bpNichol Chapbook Award continues to encourage micropublishers like us across Canada to extend the map of the real, and to enhance and enlarge the very existence of a vibrant and unorthodox Canadian writing.”

Judges Alice Burdick (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia) and Karl Jirgens (Windsor, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Of Wolsak’s winning collection, the judges remarked: “This is a wonderfully lucid narrative that takes the reader through the web of perception. Wolsak’s delicate precise language shapes the text – and leads us through both solid and sense worlds. Such a strange and effective articulation of the mysteries of existence.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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Media contact: Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

London Free Press writes about Karen Schindler’s Baseline Press

Meet the Presses is pleased to see that Baseline Press and bpNichol Chapbook Award Nominee Matt Rader are receiving coverage from the London Free Press:

“A small London publisher is making big waves in the world of chapbooks.

A chapbook of a Kelowna-based poet’s work published by Karen Schindler’s Baseline Press has been shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Kelowna-based poet Matt Rader’s collection, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara, is one of six chapbooks shortlisted for the award that carries a $4,000 prize for the poet, $500 for the publisher.”

Click here to read the full article on the website of the London Free Press.

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

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Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Celebrating 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks, award to be presented at 2015 Indie Literary Market

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TORONTO – October 21, 2015 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook — a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, both of whom were friends of bpNichol.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Karl Jirgens of Windsor, Ontario, chose the finalists from 68 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent works and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “It was difficult to choose from this wealth of literary riches.”

The finalists for the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball, A Gathering (BookThug)

Jason Christie, Cursed Objects (above/ground press)

Phil Hall, Notes from Gethsemani (Nomados Press)

Ben Ladouceur, Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press)

Matt Rader, I Don’t Want to Die Like Frank O’Hara (baseline press)

Lissa Wolsak, Of Beings Alone: The Eigenface (Nomados Press)

The winner will be announced at 2 pm on November 14, 2015, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. which runs from 11:30 am to 5 pm at the Tranzac Club, at 292 Brunswick Avenue, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

“This award is particularly important now, three decades after its inception,” says collective member Stuart Ross. “In an era when everyone seems constantly online, it’s exciting that there is still such vital passion for poetry on the printed page, especially in such an esoteric and utterly non-commercial form as the chapbook. And that the pioneering spirit of bpNichol continues to be such an influence on writers, including many born after his death.”

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

Susannah Ames, susannah.p.ames@gmail.com or 647-991-5349

Call for submissions to the 2015 bpNichol Chapbook Award

bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoThe bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2014), and the poet must be Canadian.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2015 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 29, 2015. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2015, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

Meet the Presses announces the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

TORONTO, Ontario (November 24, 2014) – The winner of the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award was announced at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market on November 22, 2014, at the Tranzac Club. The prize is named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol, and goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. This year, thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the prize purse doubled to $4000, making it the third largest national prize in Canada for a single collection of poetry, and the largest prize of its kind for a chapbook. The publisher of the winning title receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground press)

Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless Press)

pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9 Press)

a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau Press)

Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)

X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox Press)

2014 Judges: Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley.

The winner is Christine Leclerc, for Oilywood, published by Nomados. Leclerc, a Vancouver poet, was unable to attend the ceremony in person but friend and poet Elizabeth Ross accepted the prize on her behalf.

Judges Comments:

Christine Leclerc’s Oilywood (Nomados) is an optimistic condamnation of the profit of language. We believe in a book that pipes “oohoohoo” from the Burrard Inlet to El Paso, keeping the bitumen where it belongs: safely below the immiscible & embodied giggles of humans being. Or maybe the book is a necessary “bone star” rowboat butting against the sour gas supertanker spin of corporate PR. Or maybe it’s the phosphate-free soap that scrubs our fossil fuel-soaked “customer commitment”. Mischievous, cooperative, and viscous, these poems offer a different kind of energy company.

Publisher’s Acceptance Speech:

The bpNichol Chapbook Award is a good way to remember a groundbreaker in Canada’s literary community. bp was legendary for encouraging beginning writers, for collaborating on all sorts of projects, for inspiring through his workshops, and for bending letters and words in any way they might go. He was a leader and a catalyst for Canadian innovative writing and the literary community generally. Many in Vancouver, including Peter and I, followed his work and were horrified and saddened at his early death. We are honoured to share in remembering bp in this way, and to have published the winner of the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award. We’re thrilled for our author Christine Leclerc and her book *Oilywood*, so timely in the fight against big oil. And we’re glad that we can contribute in this way to keeping alive the flame that was bp’s spirit. Thank you to the judges and to everyone in the Meet the Presses collective for making this happen.

— Meredith & Peter Quartermain for Nomados

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The collective is proud to administer this important prize each year. The annual Indie Literary Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores.

Media Contact: Hazel Millar hazel@bookthug.ca 416-994-1891

2014 Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market & bpNichol Chapbook Award Announcement

Saturday, November 22, 11:30 am – 5 pm
The Tranzac Club, Toronto

The Meet the Presses collective presents the 2014 Indie Literary Market, where handpicked literary presses and magazines stand behind their work!
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 The Market will also feature the announcement of the winner of the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award! See the shortlist for 2014 here.

Participating publishers and mags tentatively include:

Above/Ground Press (Ottawa) • Mansfield Press (Toronto) • Proper Tales Press (Cobourg) • Pedlar Press (St. John’s) • Rampike (Windsor) • Apt. 9 Press (Ottawa) • Porcupine’s Quill (Erin) • Cough (Toronto) • Baseline Press (London) • Serif of Nottingham (Hamilton) • Frog Hollow (Victoria) • Coach House Books (Toronto) • Laurel Reed Books (Mt. Pleasant) • Gesture Press (Toronto) • Thee Hellbox Press (Kingston) • BookThug (Toronto) • Taddle Creek  (Toronto) • Sunnyoutside Press (Buffalo) • Little Brother Magazine (Toronto) • Biblioasis (Windsor) • Wolsak and Wynn (Hamilton) • Underwhich Editions (Toronto) • Imago/Red Iron (Toronto) • Junction Books (Toronto) • Phafours (Ottawa) • words(on)pages (Toronto) • OutWrites (Toronto)

Facebook event page here.

bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist and Doubling of Award Purse

Meet the Presses Announces bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist and Doubling of bpNicholChapbookAwardLogoAward Purse

TORONTO (10 October 2014) —

Meet The Presses announced today that, beginning this year, the prize purse of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will double from $2,000 to $4,000, thanks to the generosity of its Anonymous Donor. Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective that organizes public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings and broadsides produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

This year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist consists of six poetry titles:

Government: Jason Christie (above/ground)
Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless)
pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9)
a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau)
Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)
X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

The winner of this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced at Meet the Presses’ fifth Indie Literary Market, on Saturday November 22, at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is an invitational event focused exclusively on things literary. It provides an opportunity for the public to meet independent literary publishers and purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all) in bookstores and other commercial outlets. The collective came together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses events begun 29 years ago in Toronto by Stuart Ross and Nick Power.

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. This year’s judges are Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley. The author now receives $4,000 and, thanks to the largesse of writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Meet the Presses
Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross, Eric Schmaltz and Jess Taylor. [Founding Members Emeritus: Maria Erskine, Maggie Helwig]

Call for submissions to the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $2,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of a chapbook of poetry in English published in Canada.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages.

The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2013), and the poet must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident (three years minimum)

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member). They are to include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the submission form HERE), along with  a brief C.V. of the author. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award is March 31, 2014. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by April 30, 2014, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

The winner will be announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market in fall 2014.

Send submissions to:

Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street,
St John’s NL A1C 1T6

The cash prize to writer has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. The prize to the publisher is generously donated by writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora. All chapbooks submitted will be archived at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Please email Meet The Presses for more information: meetthepresses@gmail.com.

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Meet the Presses is a Toronto-based collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses. This collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event launched in Toronto in the mid-1980s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. Meet the Presses organizes a variety of curated public events, all focussing on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – is comprised of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross.

Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award Winners Announced!

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013‐ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sandra Alland and Gil McElroy win 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO — Poets Sandra Alland and Gil McElroy are the co-winners of the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

Sandra Alland won for her chapbook, Naturally Speaking, published by espresso [paperplates press]. Toronto, Ontario.

Gil McElroy won for his chapbook, Ordinary Time: The Merton Lake Propers published by baseline press of London, Ontario.

Named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol (1944‐1988), the prize is awarded to the author of an English-language poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year, as selected by a panel of judges. Administered by Toronto-based small press collective Meet the Presses, the prize is worth $1,000 to each of the winning writers and was donated by an anonymous donor.

Through the generosity of writers Jim Smith and Brian Dedora, each publisher will receive $250.

This year’s judges were poets Sandra Ridley and kevin mcpherson eckhoff, who included the following in their remarks on the winners:

“Be quiet. Someone’s shooting.” The airy din or timeliness of Gil McElroy’s Ordinary Time gives readers gently vigilant “confession suppressed.” With rapt attention to both the fierce and the delicate, with elegiacal tone, McElroy delivers and sustains reverence. The plain language of instinct and mercy becomes planar, a proper surface surmounting a sermon of “Very, perhaps. I cannot be sure.” McElroy has given us a tautly measured and meditative work on the convergence of the physical and metaphysical battlefields – the agony of the wait and the wild hunt. Get simple days/nights beget simple syntax begets simple beauty be. Ordinary Time embodies the beauty of the extended long poem – each small moment opens large. All rigor, no slack, McElroy’s work here is haunting.”

“In Naturally Speaking, Sandra Alland eyes one another another way to sell this equipment body software is poetry joyful joyful something that leads as the about that you need to get the booty areas to the bow bow elegant and electric this collection is a truth towards ineffable laughter at & of togetherness voices SOS Natural ease peaking this emergency list of ingenuity you Sandra Alland explore new language junctions between the listening cognition recognition communication and communion know whether they see me as human who never seen him allands pomes come from the disquieting collaboration artificial intelligence and speak to from of the processes of translation identity and pain “

The judges selected the winner from 90 submissions from across Canada. This year’s other finalists were:

thirteen poems for releasing love by joanne thorwaldson (leaf press)

An OK Organ Man by Fenn Stewart (above/ground)

fruit machine by Shannon Maguire (Ferno House)

21st century monsters by ryan fitzpatrick (Red Nettle Press)

In 2012, Meet the Presses took over the administration of the annual bpNichol Chapbook Award, which was inaugurated in 1996. This year’s winners were formally announced at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market at the Tranzac Club, Toronto, on Saturday 16 November 2013.

The Market gave the public an opportunity to meet independent literary publishers and authors and take home books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsides, and recordings that are largely unavailable in bookstores.

Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective, is devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non‐fiction. The collective consists of members Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross. If you have any questions, or wish to arrange an interview, contact Paul Dutton at meetthepresses@gmail.com.

Meet the Presses announces its Fall 2013 Indie Literary Market

Meet the Presses is pleased to present its fall 2013 Indie Literary Market on Saturday, November 16, from noon to 4:30 pm at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Street) in Toronto.

The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that showcases about 25 exciting literary presses and magazines, from some of the tiniest of micropresses to some of the biggest small presses, selling books, leaflets, broadsides, chapbooks, zines, journals, CDs, and more. The Market gives the general public an opportunity to peruse — and buy — some of the best of Canadian literature, much of which isn’t available in the ever-dwindling bookstores.

The afternoon will also mark the announcement of the winner of the prestigious bpNichol Chapbook Award, which earns $2,000 for its author and $500 for its publisher.

So mark November 16 on your calendar. If you run a small literary press or magazine, and would like Meet the Presses to consider you for a table at this event, please send a detailed note to meetthepresses@gmail.com by early September — let us know what you publish and why you publish, and provide any links that will help us become familiar with your publications. You may just receive an invitation to take part in the Fall 2013 Indie Literary Market.

Announcing the bpNichol Chapbook Award 2011 Winner

Claudia Coutu Radmore

for

Accidentals

Published by Apt. 9 Press

Honourable Mentions:
Kevin McPherson Eckhoff, Game Show Reversed (BookThug)

Toronto Poetry Vendors, Vol 2, No 1   (authors: Laurie D Graham, Sachiko Murakami, Aisha Sasha John, Linda Besner, Mathew Henderson, Nathaniel G Moore, Adam Seelig, Moez Surani, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Matthew Tierney)

Special mention for excellence in production: JackPine Press

The judges for this year’s competition were Maggie Helwig and Bill Kennedy.

View more information on the bpNichol Chapbook Award here.

The Last Vispo Anthology

Another excellent reason to swing by next weekend’s market:

Meet the Presses’ Toronto Indie Literary Market

proudly presents a digital display of

The Last Vispo Anthology

edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis

Saturday, June 5, 2010 | 12-5 | Clinton’s Tavern,

693 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The Last Vispo anthology is a 300-page book of visual poetry featuring well over 125 different seasoned and emerging writer/artists from around the world and covers the decade between 1998 and 2008.

Mark your calendars: the 2nd Indie Literary Market is coming!

The Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market gives the public an opportunity to meet dozens of Canadian literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all!) in bookstores. So far, participating publishers and magazines include:

  • Anvil Press
  • BookThug
  • Brick Books
  • Carousel
  • Coach House Books
  • Ferno House
  • Gesture Press/Battered Press
  • HARDSCRABBLE
  • Imago
  • Insomniac
  • Learn/Yeats
  • Lowlife Publishing
  • Mansfield Press
  • Mercury Press
  • Pedlar Press
  • Peter O’Toole
  • Porcupine’s Quill
  • Proper Tales Press
  • Rampike
  • Red Iron
  • Room 3o2 Books
  • serif of nottingham editions
  • sub-Terrain
  • The Emergency Response Unit
  • Toronto Poetry Vendors
  • Underwhich Editions
  • Wolsak & Wynn

This is Toronto’s only all-literary indie-publisher showcase! You’ll find cutting-edge fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction from some of the most exciting, challenging publishers in Canada.

Saturday, June 5, 2010
12-5
Clinton’s Tavern, 693 Bloor Street West

Admission is free. Clinton’s has a great selection of food and drink for purchase.

Three Cheers for Small Press!

The Meet the Presses INDIE LITERARY MARKET on November 29 was a blast.

Thanks so much to all the participating publishers:

BookThug
Coach House Books
Cormorant Books
ECW Press
Exile Editions
Existere
Gesture Press
Insomniac Press/4 a.m.
learn/yeats & co
Mansfield Press
One Hour Empire
Pedlar Press
Playwrights Canada Press
Proper Tales Press/Peter O’Toole
Rampike
serif of nottingham editions
The Emergency Response Unit
The Expert Press
The Mercury Press
The Porcupine’s Quill
The Puritan
Twoffish Press
Um, Yeah Press
Underwhich Editions
White Wall Review
Wolsak & Wynn

and especially to all the enthusiastic members of the public who turned out for this event. Thanks, too, for emptying your pockets in the name of indie Can-lit!

Click here to view photos from the Indie Literary Market.

Stay tuned in the new year for more events devised and put on by the Meet the Presses collective.

If you’d like to join our email list, just drop us a note at meetthepresses@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you …

today, Nov. 29, at the Indie Literary Market, Toronto’s only all-literary indie-publisher showcase! You’ll find cutting-edge fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction from some of the most exciting, challenging publishers in Canada. 

Admission is free. Clinton’s has a great selection of food and drink for purchase.

Date: Saturday, November 29
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Location: Clinton’s tavern (back room), 693 Bloor St. W

clintons

Participating presses and magazines include:

BookThug
Coach House Books
Cormorant Books
ECW Press
Exile Editions
Existere
Gesture Press
Insomniac Press/4 a.m.
learn/yeats & co
Mansfield Press
Mercury Press
One Hour Empire
Pedlar Press
Peter O’Toole
Playwrights Canada
Proper Tales Press
Rampike
serif of nottingham editions
The Emergency Response Unit
The Puritan
Twaddle
Twoffish Press
Um, Yeah Press
Underwhich Editions
White Wall Review
Wolsak & Wynn 

Come meet dozens of local literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all!) in bookstores. Get started on your holiday shopping!

Meet the Presses is a new, all-volunteer collective devoted to promoting micro, small and independent literary presses within the Greater Toronto Area. This new collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses event begun in Toronto in the mid-80s by Nicholas Power and Stuart Ross.

Members of the new Meet the Presses organize a variety of curated public events that interest them, and all the events focus on independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Meet the Presses’ flagship event is a literary market focused on sales of literary books, chapbooks, magazines, and recordings. Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market is a curated event – that is, the participating publishers are chosen by the Meet the Presses collective. The Indie Literary Market gives the public an opportunity to meet local literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all!) in bookstores and other commercial outlets.

This new incarnation of Meet the Presses – an unfunded and non-profit collective – was founded by five former coordinators of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and four local writers and small pressers.

The collective consists of Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Maria Erskine, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Maggie Helwig, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power, and Stuart Ross.