|Aidan Chafe's |
"Right Hand Hymns"
(Frog Hollow Press)
Each of the last two years, I've opened the series with a note on a BC book or institution that has brought our poets together. This year, I want to take a moment to recognize BC's chapbook publishers. Chapbooks (books of less than 48 pages) have long played an essential role in the BC poetry community - the "calling cards" that are often a poet's first introduction to the writing world. Many of the country's finest chapbook publishers have been - and are - based here in BC, from Nanaimo's Leaf Press, to Vernon's Greenboathouse Press, to Victoria's Frog Hollow Press and Vancouver's Nomados Press and Pooka Press, among others.
|Alfred Gustav Press |
Chapbook Series #3 (2009)
|Rahila's Ghost Press|
Much like how chapbooks and their publishers are often invisible to even devoted poetry fans, far too many trade-length BC poetry books pass by unnoticed each year. Over the next 30 days I will share with you 30 new books (and sample poems) from our authors and publishers. I hope they inspire you - to read, to write, to pick up a book or subscribe to a series, or to put out that first chapbook of your own!
Details on the Project
A new book will be profiled each day throughout the month. To be eligible, the book must have been written by a BC poet or published by a BC poetry publisher (ideally both), and must have been released in either Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Weekends will include "wild card" coverage of chapbooks, anthologies, etc.
You can follow along with the series as new posts come via this link or on Twitter at the hashtag #BCPoetry2018.
McGill-Queens University Press
Mother Tongue Publishing
Rahila's Ghost Press
University of Alberta Press
Some publishers were contacted and did not reply.
The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.