Introducing the AngelHousePress Essay Series

as an occasional feature on the site, AngelHousePress will be publishing a series of essays by our authors about their work. AHP's belief and hope is that ongoing conversation about the work will lead to more creativity and more conversation about art, risk, the act of creation and the works themselves.

Please send your piece in PDF form to, and include a brief biography at the bottom of the piece. Also send a current author photo. Please also include a brief synopsis of the work as part of your cover letter.

Coming of Age in the Internet: An Interview with Guillaume Morissette

In this companion piece to the Small Machine Talks Interview, a.m. kozak and Guillaume Morissette discuss the challenges of living in the internet age. In this extension to their conversation, they talk about Guillaume’s novel, The Original Face (Véhicule Press, 2017) and how the main character, a millennial named Daniel, navigates relationships, work and art in this climate.


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Louise P. Sloane: Portrait of An Artist in Her Own WordsLouise P. Sloane: Portrait of An Artist in Her Own Words

Louise talks about her evolution as an artist and the role dyslexia and family affect her work.

True Blue

Created in response to the Bush presidency, using the text from the constitution of The United States of America up to the point where a president is sworn in.  

(De)Coding Beauty: a conversation/interview about concrete poetry with S. Cearley
We discuss swirling 60s and 70s rock show posters, Ernst Jandl, glitch art and S. Cearley's concrete poetry.

Sum: Word Maps

In “Sum: Word Maps,” Gil McElroy offers a systematic and creative form of (dis)organization of text into visual poems in analogy with living organisms in order to free text from meaning, metaphor and connotation.

The non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete PoetryThe non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry

In “the non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry,” S. Cearley suggests that concrete poetry can be seen as a misunderstood grammar, a form that creates its own symbol, and is communicative as an expression of language. He makes an illustrative analogy with the language shared between aliens and humans in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

asemic writing: recent history and ongoing researchasemic writing: recent history and ongoing research

In “asemic writing: recent history and ongoing research jim leftwich questions the common definition of asemic writing as having no specific semantic content and discusses its readability while exploring the form as experimental textual poetry rather than as visual poetry or writing.

[Photo credit - Scott MacLeod]

Doing Franz KlineDoing Franz Kline

Mark Young discusses his poetic process when working from figurative and abstract paintings, particularly the paintings of Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist painter and member of the New York School.

Breaking the Narrative to Open Up the PoemBreaking the Narrative to Open Up the Poem

a note on current poetics; the fine art of stumbling; Poetry has its reasons, which Reason cannot understand. Jack Spicer's dictation, Fred Wah's drunken tai chi, working against the notion of what David McGimpsey calls a people's trigonometry. 


Chris Turnbull traces the evolution of her rout/e project, in which she places poems in the great outdoors.

The Derelict Narrative: An Account of In/Words

David Emery offers a companion piece to rob mclennan's profile and Peter Gibbon's personal memoir about In/Words, an Ottawa-based literary collective  now in its teens.  AngelHousePress admires this persistent adolescent for its sense of community, the variety of publishing activities it has taken on & its sense of creative whimsy & mayhem. In/Words is our bratty older brother & we couldn't be more pleased to see it celebrated & remembered.

Questions between j/j hastain and Lark Fox
 in this very lyrical & poetic interview, j/j hastain and Lark Fox discuss ceremony, the verb "to winter," wildness & its relationship to non gender conformance, about feeling freest on the edge of things & the importance of rust. I admit that I thought these two were the same person, given the affinity of their creative & life philosophies.

Stochastic Acts: the search string as poetry

 In the latest AngelHousePress essay, "Stochastic Acts: the search string as poetry," Mark Young examines the collage of realities and talks about poem making strategies involving the Google search string.

A Memoir of Progress

 Matthew Rader offers a brief memoir about his experiences with Michael V. Smith's latest novel Progress (Cormorant Books, 2011).

Redefining Humanity: Posthuman Passion in a Digital Age

 The essay is structured as a review of Donna Haraway's book When Species Meet; more broadly, however, the piece discusses the theory of posthumanism, and why this theory is imperative in our era.

Collage: An Interview with Camille Martin
 Camille Martin is not only a poet, but also a collage artist. We learn more about her collage making in this interview, the latest in the AngelHousePress essay series.

Five Minutes for Fighting Monty Reid

 A response to Monty Reid’s “Twenty Minor Improvements for Greg Betts

Twenty Minor Improvements for Greg Betts


In response to "Poets Against Authorship: A 5 minute Manifesto in 20 parts, 15 seconds each" by Gregory Betts, published in 17 Seconds, Summer 2011 Issue.

Greg Betts' reading his manifesto at IgniteTO

A Note on Art and Faith

It Won't Work

 a piece by Don McKay on the 25th anniversary of Brick Books in 2000, and the temerity of its founders despite naysayers and obstacles. Brick Books was founded in 1975 and I, as an avid reader of Canadian literature and particularly of books by Brick, am very glad they are here and thriving. Please visit their wonderful site and buy their books.

hole magazine

Obscurity in Poetry


house, a tiny memoir