19th Annual Ottawa Small Press Book Fair: Selections

Rob Mclennan, Kimberley Dawkins, Amanda Earl and Cameron Antsee (clockwise from the top-left) rob mclennan, Kimberley Dawkins, Amanda Earl and Cameron Antsee


During the 19th year of the semi-annual Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Liana Voia conducted thirty interviews with participating exhibitors, all of which have now been posted to YouTube. The Conversant here has made several selections.

—rob mclennan

In the following videos, the participants include: Liana Voia (interviewer), rob mclennan, Kimberley Dawkins, Cameron Anstee and Amanda Earl. 


One of the most active chapbook publishers in Canada, above/ground press was founded by Ottawa writer, editor, publisher and critic rob mclennan in 1993. The press has since produced over seven hundred items, including recent chapbooks by Rae Armantrout, Brecken Hancock, Carrie Olivia Adams, Gary Barwin, Marcus McCann, Deborah Poe, Helen Hajnoczky, Monty Reid, Jordan Abel and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, among others. The new anthology Ground rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013 is a follow-up to Groundswell: best of above/ground press, 1993-2003 (Broken Jaw Press, 2003), both edited by mclennan. Information on 2014 subscriptions and recent publications can be found here.

Chrysalis is a micropress currently based in Ottawa, Ontario, originally founded in 2012. It is run by Kimberley Dawkins and Robert Sandercott. They currently run a quarterly zine where they publish submissions based around a specific theme. The fifth issue, with the theme of “future,” was recently released in December 2013. General submissions of poetry, short fiction, or visual art are always welcome. The Chrysalis blog is at chrysaliszine.blogspot.ca, and you can also follow their Tumblr, chrysaliszine.tumblr.com.

AngelHousePress is a micropress run by fallen angel Amanda Earl, with the goal to publish ragged edges, raw talent and rebels. AHP publishes limited edition chapbooks, an online essay series at AngelHousePress.com and two annual magazines: Experiment-O, which comes out in November and NationalPoetryMonth.ca, which is published in April.

Apt. 9 Press is run by Cameron Anstee in Ottawa, Ontario. We publish handmade books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction in limited editions by new and established writers. We have published 25 titles since August 2009, including the winner of the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Award, Accidentals by Claudia Coutu Radmore.

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