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Small Press Interactive Map

Canadian poet and small press publisher bpNichol once said, “Supporting small press is supporting literature on the cutting edge. Small press is the guardian of literary culture and free speech.” At its heart, small press is about experimentation and community-building. It began as a cost-effective means of circulating innovative, fringe literatures, and in many ways, this scrappy, humble tradition has been preserved while also inviting new approaches to the craft, from the basement-produced zine to the carefully handcrafted, formally-interested art object. These presses meet the public with vulnerability, craft, and risk: in so doing, they create space for many to publish their first works—a space to try, fail, sit with, be awkward and proud in. Perhaps above all, small press is a labour of love: there is little to no money in it, and it is labour-intensive. Nonetheless, it remains labour undertaken by a fierce community who is hungry for creative engagement and exchange, and for amplifying the voices of others.

This map, while not exhaustive of the small presses currently in existence in Canada, gives a taste of the ephemera and wonder on offer across the country. Happy reading!

—Kate Siklosi, Co-Founding Editor, Gap Riot Press

Outline of Canada with a computer pointer over Alberta

above/ground pressOntario
Anchorage PressNew Brunswick
Anstruther PressOntario
Apt. 9 PressOntario
Arc Poetry MagazineOntario
At Bay PressManitoba
BAD BOOKS Press (an extension of BAD NUDES Magazine)Quebec
Baseline PressOntario
battleaxe pressOntario
bird, buried pressOntario
Blank Cheque PressBritish Columbia
Breakwater BooksNewfoundland and Labrador
Coach House BooksOntario
Collusion BooksNova Scotia
Curvd H&zOntario
DC Books / Railfare DC BooksQuebec
​DOCUMENTS in Expanded PoeticsQuebec
Dumagrad BooksOntario
Fish Gotta Swim EditionsBritish Columbia
Floodlight EditionsOntario
Gap Riot PressOntario
Gaspereau PressNova Scotia
Goose Lane EditionsNew Brunswick
Gordon Hill PressOntario
Guernica EditionsOntario
House House PressQuebec
Invisible PublishingOntario
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc.Manitoba
Kegedonce PressOntario
knife | fork | bookOntario
Metatron PressQuebec
Mythos & Ink Ltd.Manitoba
Nevermore Press, Ltd. / Trap Door BooksNova Scotia
nOIR:Z visual poetryOntario
Open Heart ForgeryNova Scotia
Orbis Tertius PressAlberta
pagefiftyoneBritish Columbia
Parentheses JournalOntario
Pedlar PressNewfoundland and Labrador
Poetry inPrintOntario
post ghost pressOntario
Rahila’s Ghost PressBritish Columbia
Room 3o2 BooksOntario
Sad Girl ReviewBritish Columbia
Screamin’ Skull PressManitoba
shreeking violet pressOntario
Signature EditionsManitoba
Simulacrum PressOntario
TesserActual ArteFactoryOntario
The Blasted Tree Publishing Co.Alberta
The Porcupine’s QuillOntario
Vallum Magazine / Vallum Chapbook SeriesQuebec
Véhicule PressQuebec
Vocamus PressOntario
ZED PressOntario
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Kate Siklosi, Small Press Map Curator

Kate Siklosi lives, writes and thinks in Toronto. Her criticism has been featured in various journals and magazines including Canadian Literature, JAST, The Walrus, and The Puritan. She has published five chapbooks of poetry, and her work has also been featured in various magazines and small press publications across North America, Europe and the UK. She is the co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press, a feminist experimental poetry small press.

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