Frog Hollow Press
About the Press


Limited Edition Books: Canadian Poetry Books and Short Stories


FEBRUARY 12, 2015 at 8 pm
Victory Café, 581 Markham Street, Toronto
Launch of Michael Prior’s SWAN DIVE
Readings by Michael, Marc di Saverio, Allison LaSorda and Daniel Renton.


Poetry chapbook by Robert Colman

Rob Colman embraces the theme of factory work and industrial decline to create a poetics of parts. These parts work together to create a kind of found, cut life that mocks white collar hypocrisy as much as it satirizes the empty pleasures of sex. In the end, this impressive collection seems to say, there is only verisimilitude and the real pleasure of form.

Edition of 100 copies
ISBN 978-1-926948-26-6 Price $18

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.

The Poets:
Brian Bartlett — John Barton — Stephanie Bolster
Wayne Clifford — Jim Johnstone — Katie Jordon
M.Travis Lane — Ross Leckie — Nyla Matuk
Sharon McCartney — Al Moritz — Sandy Pool
Michael Prior — Peter Richardson — Blair Trewartha

Edition of 150 copies, of which approx. 105 will be for sale.
ISBN 978-1-926948-22-5 Price $22.


Swan Dive
Poetry by Michael Prior
Cover and artwork by Angela Yen

Michael Prior is perhaps the most preternaturally talented poet Frog Hollow Press has come across. One of the remarkable features about Michael is, yes, his relatively young age. Yet his poems belie this age–his energetic voice and pop culture enthusiasms are surpassed by a sonorous wisdom that no poet of his generation yet possesses. Swan Dive is an astonishing debut. Based on his recent successes, Prior is on an Atwood-like trajectory and I honestly don’t know where Michael’s work will end up. The current clutch of poems is a small sample size fixed in time, but I have very high hopes for him. — Shane Neilson

Printed on 80 lb. Mohawk Via Vellum and Smyth-sewn into a full-colour soft cover. Endpapers. 40 pp.
Edition of 125 numbered copies.

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.

The Poets:
Milton Acorn — Ken Babstock — Gary Barwin
Derek Beaulieu — Linda Besner — Gregory Betts
Christian Bok — Mark Callanan — Margaret Christakos
George Elliott Clarke — Wayne Clifford
Jesse Patrick Ferguson — Steven Heighton
Susan Holbrook — Jim Johnstone — Katie Jordon
M.Travis Lane — Ian Letourneau — Laura Lush
A.F. Moritz — bpNichol — Alden Nowlan — Mark Sampson
Nick Thran — Zachariah Wells

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

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.


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
Other details tba. Due 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 978-1-926948-23-2
Other details tba. Due mid 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 978-1-926948-21-8
Price & other details tba. Due 2015

Where & How to Buy Our Books:

Order directly from the Press by sending us an emailed or faxed purchase order – we will include an invoice along with your order.
If you prefer using a credit card, kindly choose the PayPal option. If you are ordering more than one item, kindly email us before using PayPal as shipping costs will be lower than if ordering a single book.

Please use the PayPal buttons attached to each of the books in the Catalogue section - we can only accept credit card payments using the PayPal option (Note: you do not have to join PayPal to use it). If you prefer, please send us a cheque to cover the cost of the book plus shipping – we will send the book upon receipt of your payment.


about the press | catalogue | orders | submissions | links | contact us