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Meet the Presses — 5th Indie Literary Market
Announcement of the annual bpNichol Chapbook Award
November 22, 2014 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto

Meet the Presses is an all-volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings, and broadsheets produced by 32 independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The collective has come together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses events begun 30 years ago in Toronto by Stuart Ross and Nick Power.

The Indie Literary Market is an invitational event focused exclusively on things literary. It provides an opportunity for the public to meet independent literary presses and directly purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all) in bookstores and other commercial outlets. The Market is also the venue for the announcement of the annual bpNichol Chapbook Award, which is administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Frog Hollow Press has been invited to participate — see you there!

Saturday November 22, 2014 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Street (just south of Bloor)


Carousel Magazine — Frog Hollow Press was interviewed by Jim Johnstone in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue #33.



2014 TITLES

Play: Poems About Childhood
The Kid Series: volume one

Shane Neilson, editor

Shane Neilson has collected together poems about childhood and parenthood by over 25 Canadian poets. The list of assembled poets is a holistic who's who of Canadian poetry: Christian Bok, George Elliott Clarke, Alden Nowlan, Steven Heighton, Ken Babstock, Milton Acorn, Susan Holbrook, Travis Lane, Wayne Clifford, and more. These poems served Shane during the year his son and daughter were ill. An introductory essay provides a cognitive mapping of the provenance of the anthology, situating the poems that come afterward. Part scholarly, part impression, and all record of a difficult time, this is an unusual, idiosyncratic anthology that follows an emotional logic. The poems build a narrative of beauty, destruction, defiance, and life.
Play: Poems About Childhood is the first in a planned series of such " rotating personal canon" anthologies, and future anthologists in the series will put their stamp on the same topic by including poems that they apply to their own lives.

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-18-8 84 pp Price $22.


Ur-Moth
Poetry by Claire Kelly

As is the case with many young female poets, Claire Kelly's first chapbook contains narratives of romance and poems that function according natural imagery and myth. But her work is formally varied - this chapbook contains a prose poem, a glosa, ekphrasis, and a very closely observed sequence - and it also works with themes of many masculine poets (war and violence). Thus Kelly isn't easily categorizable and the skill displayed within her lines pushes well past the mark expected in a debut. "How to Fall on a Sword: A Step-by-Step Guide" is alone worth the price of admission; so rare that a young one can movingly instruct the old in metaphor.

Edition of 100 copies. 36 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-20-1 Price $20.


Small Data
Poetry by Steve Noyes

Featuring short, tight lyrics of lexical exuberance, Small Data showcases the best work of Steve Noyes’ career to date. This small collection builds on Noyes' familiar humour and emotion, adding to the data already compiled about Noyes: a deft showman.

Edition of 125 copies. 48 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-17-1 Price $20.



Living in the Orchard: the Poetry of Peter Sanger
Literary Criticism Monograph: number four
by Amanda Jernigan
Artwork by John Haney

It gives Frog Hollow pleasure to bring together a young, talented Canadian poetry critic with Peter Sanger, dean of Canadian poetry criticism, and an unfairly neglected poet in his own right. Living in the Orchard is Amanda Jernigan’s intimate look at Sanger’s work and example. Suspicious of biography, Sanger is nonetheless intensely interested in the relationship between art and life: Jernigan considers the intersections between life and letters that his work enacts.
Including a comprehensive bibliography of Sanger’s prose-works, this monograph is both a major contribution to and a starting point for future Sanger scholarship. It includes new artwork by Jernigan’s husband, the visual artist John Haney, making for a tribute to Sanger’s own history of word-and-image collaborations. You will feel personally involved in this essay: a story of metamorphosis, it is a metamorphosis in itself.

Edition of 150 copies. 80 pp.
ISBN 978-1-926948-15-7 Price $22.



2014 — 2015 FORTHCOMING TITLES

Sing to me in the cut: ekphrasis on George Walker by Canadian poets
Shane Neilson, editor
Wood engravings by George A. Walker

George Walker is one of the transcendent artists of our time. That he largely works in wood engravings has limited his popular appeal but recent efforts (like Walker's The Life and Times of Conrad Black, a biography of Conrad Black published by the Porcupine's Quill & The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, also from the Porcupine's Quill, also a biographical mosaic of its famous subject) will change that. Early accomplishments will cement his legacy too: Walker was the first Canadian to illustrate Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass.
Walker's track record transforming other cultural materials into art has now been paid back in a very preliminary sense: Frog Hollow Press' Sing to me in the cut is a book of ekphrasis by Canadian poets who have responded to images in either of Walker's The Inverted Line (PQL 2000) or Images from the Neocerebellum (PQL 2007). Poem and wood engravings are paired in the book, demonstrating that Walker has inspired several generations of Canadian poets. The poets range from mature, generation-leading talents like Al Moritz to up-and-comers like Blair Trewartha. Each poet answers George's incredible work, agreeing that, yes, the roads are their veins; the moon matters; portraits are always of pain; that there's something not right with the picture.

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-22-5 Due winter 2014-2015



The Human Equation: the Poetry of Jim Johnstone
Literary Criticism Monograph: number two
by Shane Neilson

Edition of 125 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948-16-4 Price & other details tba. Due winter 2014-2015



Title tba: the Poetry of M. Travis Lane
Literary Criticism Monograph: number five
by Jan Zwicky, Jeanette Lynes and Shane Neilson

Edition of 125 copies. ISBN 978-1-926948- Price & other details tba. Due winter 2014-2015






Poetry chapbook – title to be announced
Poetry by Michael Prior

Edition of 100 copies – details tba
ISBN 978-1-926948- Due late 2014-early 2015



The Child Alone
The Kid Series: volume two

Brian Bartlett, editor

This second volume will focus on “poems about childhood
without a parental point-of-view.”

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948
Price & other details tba. Due 2015



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