Mona Fertig

Mona Fertig was born in Vancouver, attended Vancouver School of Art, founded Canada’s first literary nerve centre called The Literary Storefront. She also founded the B.C. Writers Union. She has also owned and operated her own press since 1990.

The Hidden World

Leila Pepper is a defiant and honest writer who rails against old age with the poems in this newest collection, The Hidden World. She tackles the subject of death, a preoccupation that plagues some elderly people. She writes how she wonders “if death comes easily/like rolling over or/turning out the light.” She writes about watching… Read more »

Heavenly Sex

Heavenly Sex is a book of poems about varieties of love, sacred and profane. It is, at the same time, as noted by Robert Bly, a celebration of one of the more unusual father-son relationships. A self-taught Russian immigrant, drawing on a variety of ancient mystical teachings, the father emerges as the book’s central figure…. Read more »

The Field Next to Love

To award-winning Canadian poet Marilyn Gear Pillling, the field of the familiar is next to the field of love, so close that she can’t at times tell them apart. In her exploration of these spaces and their relationship to one another, the poet touches on themes of childhood, family, mortality, bonds undiminished by time and… Read more »

Untying the Tongue

Cook’s voice is gentle, reverent, astonished by love’s fragility and enraptured by its persistence.  George Elliot Clarke, Governor General’s Award-winning poet, reviewing Untying the Tongue for Sunday Herald (Halifax). What Cook delivers constantly is a muted, open-eyed respect for both the living as they carry on and the dead as they lived. …Tony Cosier, poet, playwright and… Read more »

Cold Against the Heart

Hugh MacDonald’s poems sing of the Maritimes, and what it was like to grow up by the sea. He talks about the memories of a grandfather, walking in the woods with him, feeling safe, and carrying the axes and buck saws and hardboiled eggs. He writes about farming on Prince Edward Island where he grew… Read more »

The Red Dress

In these revealing poems, Mary Ann Mulhern tackles the realities of a woman becoming aware of her intensifying sexuality. She speaks both about the decision to become a nun, the first days in the convent; wearing bloomers and the shame of one’s own burgeoning sexuality. With candor and grace she recounts the moment she decided… Read more »

There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there

There will be blood and I will tell you put your hand down there begins with the pregnancy of a first child and details the mother’s thoughts. This collection of poems glides through memories of childhood, dreams of births and conceptions, and confrontations with the possible impossibilities of mothering. Your tongue splits me, she says after conception, in response to the sexual act and the growing… Read more »

Poems for the Pornographer’s Daughter

This is a beautiful book–lyrical, subtle, delicate, profound–that there is nothing anywhere the least bit lascivious or salacious or voyeuristic or titillating or scurilous or likely to offend. There is nothing doubtful, nothing that I even feel I should ask a friend a second opinion on. This book hardly ever enters the territory of dark… Read more »

Until The Light Bends

by Susan McMaster “The autobiography of this piece draws on my experiences with a friend’s mother’s death from old age, a friend’s death on the operating table and another’s from cancer, the almost-death of one of my children (who recovered), the serious, long-term illness of a sister, and of another friend. It also comes from a kind… Read more »

States of Matter

Seldom can a book of poetry be called a page-turner, but Brown’s States of Matter contains absorbing micro-novels, enticing you with situations that could be yours or a friend’s. – Canadian Bookseller In less than a page, she creates an entire scene story, overwhelming in its texture and deeply reverberating in terms of subject matter…. Read more »

Footsteps on the Water

George Whipple is a British Columbia poet, a blue collar philosopher, who challenges us with questions that on the surface seem simple and straightforward, but are far more complex when you push on into the poems. In the background to his philosophical soul searching are the ordinary people and places that inhabit his poetry. Whipple’s… Read more »

Invoking the Moon

“Voluptuous, luscious, fertile . . . Fertig’s mastery of the metaphor is breathtaking”. . . Vancouver Sun Invoking The Moon traces 20 years of Mona Fertig’s verse. From the founder of the famous (m)OTHER TONGUE press on Salt Spring Island where she now lives, we are presented with the fluid poetry that has its roots in… Read more »

Wresting the Grace of the World

“a graceful new book… meant to chronicle a life’s journey…” — Niagara Falls Review “Flecked and mottled by love light, her poems interfuse stories of anguish and acceptance in a storm-calmed life.” — J. S. Porter, Hammered The poems in Eva Tihanyi’s fifth collection are about trying to find grace in the world of everyday… Read more »

Where it Began

After finishing this manuscript a year ago, Sharon Drummond passed away in Calgary. What she has left behind is a book that cuts to the bone. It is about memory and illness and rising above this. She speaks of battling diabetes and how she learned “to listen well/to the sound of sugar/march through (her) veins.”… Read more »

The Red Madonna

The poems in this collection are about questing, plumbing the depths of one’s own soul and finding out what clicks, what works, what the future might be if all the elements fall into place. As Joyce says: “The thing about quests is that you never go on one alone. There are those you meet along… Read more »

Dianne Joyce

Born in Yorkshire, Dianne has lived both in western and eastern Canada. She is an educator, a graduate writer from the University of Windsor’s Creative Writing program, and has been a participant of the Banff Centre and the Humber School in Toronto. Dianne also teaches yoga and offers writing workshops. She creates a safe environment… Read more »