Raven Chapbooks, an imprint of Rainbow Publishers

Salt Spring Island
138 McAllister Road

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Raven Chapbooks is an independent press located on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, founded by Diana Hayes. This family venture first began in the late 1990s as Rainbow Publishers. The press has now turned its focus to poetry chapbooks featuring emerging and established British Columbia poets. A poetry chapbook contest is held each year, with the winning manuscript published the following spring.

Our mandate is to create beautifully designed chapbooks in small editions and to support the poets by providing a launching pad for wider audiences.

The press launched its first chapbook in Spring 2020 with A Curious Happiness in Small Things, the debut collection by Salt Spring Island poet, David Haggart. A second chapbook was published Fall 2020 with Lorraine Gane’s Arc of Light, and a third chapbook was launched in June 2021, with Kyeren Regehr’s Disassembling A Dancer. Zoe Dickinson’s intertidal: poems from the littoral zone launched June 25th, 2022.

In her new chapbook, intertidal: poems for the littoral zone, Zoe Dickinson has written a stunning collection of breathtaking poems about the precious shoreline of the Pacific West Coast. Arleen Paré

The art of ballet is as unnatural as it is sublime. As though told from a disembodied eye, Regehr’s remarkable poems guide us, without apology, into the visceral. They make us ache, sweat, suffer silently, go hungry, and transcend the self altogether. A unique and rare visit by a unique and rare poet to an elite world. Dede Crane

A daughter’s warm-hearted acuity and a poet’s impeccable cadence are combined to create Lorraine Gane’s tender poems in honour of her mother. Arc of Light is an exquisite artifact to hold and behold. Mary Ann Moore

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