asemic poetry

The New Post-Literate

This weblog explores asemic writing in relation to post-literate culture


the site of a. rawlings


blog of the Poetry Foundation:  The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.


pesbo is Pearl Pirie’s scrapbook of reading notes, photos of readings, poetry mullings as well as event listings, press releases, conference, festival and workshop writeups, and occasionally poem drafts…

rob mclennan

blog of Ottawa poet & publisher, rob mclennan

Ron Silliman

A weblog focused on contemporary poetry and poetics.

The Blog of Amanda Earl

literary sundries & whatnots

The Chinaman is not the issue

blog of Ottawa poet Jamie Bradley

apollinaire's bookshoppe

You have found the on-line home of Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe, specializing in 20th century literature. Emphasis is given to poetry, smallpress, the experimental and the ephemeral. It’s true that the books on our shelves are not for just anyone — but we’d certainly like to encourage you to become someone today.

AngelHousePress Angels with an Attitude Playlist

 dedicated to all the rebels, fallen angels, misfits, mavericks, eccentrics, introverts, rule breakers we have published and will publish in the future.

Literary Journals

Arc Poetry Magazine

For over 30 years, Arc Poetry Magazine has been bringing great poetry to readers in Canada and beyond. At Arc we find the brave new voices. We dig up the dead and too-soon-forgotten. We tackle the burning questions: What, say, is hockey poetry really about? What is with this ghazal fad? And: would you dare to be the next Anon? Arc features poetry that is woozy, yap-happy, cunning and smoking, and prose that offers a new perspective on the verse you thought you knew. Get Arc. Get poems. Get happy!

Branch Magazine

Collaborating since 2005, Gillian Sze and Roberutsu decided to turn the creative table on you. Branch Magazine is a national online magazine devoted to exploring the rifts and overlaps of visual and literary arts while showcasing emerging and professional Canadian artists and creators. Branch features contemporary literature, art and design and aims to produce a compelling panoply of art in different media. Each issue is prompted by a particular theme and, depending on how artists interpret the subject, Branch strives to present how artistic minds may bring together a magpie's nest arranged by its clash and compatibility.


Brick features a great many of the world’s best-loved writers, and has readers in every corner of the planet. Both up-to-date and deeply engaged with what has come before, the magazine prizes the personal voice and celebrates opinion, passion, revelation, and the occasional bad joke. Our goal is to participate, as a Canadian literary presence, in the widest and most galvanizing exploration of the arts possible.

Started in London, Ontario in 1977, and set by hand, the original Brick featured articles and book reviews from writers across Canada and attracted a devoted audience through the diligence and eclectic taste of its founding editors, Stan Dragland and Jean McKay. Now based in Toronto and published biannually, Brick’s mandate remains unchanged: to create a beautiful product filled with the most invigorating and challenging literary essays, interviews, memoirs, travelogues, belles lettres, and unusual musings we can get our hands on.

Brick is published twice a year and distributed to bookstores worldwide.

Canadian Poetries

Canadian Poetries will showcase the new and recent work of a wide range of established poetic voices. I've always admired those art gallery spaces where abstract art is hung in the same room as realist work, contemporary work beside historical, and so on. In these instances, one feels that the paintings converse with each other. And I would like Canadian Poetries to capture something of that spirit - I would like the poems being written in Canada today to be thrown into a similar conversation.   

Dear Sir

Dear Sir,is a quarterly online journal created from the want to present innovative, unconventional or emerging voices in literature. It is based around the concept of quality over quantity, and will therefore only feature a clutch of writers in each issue whose work in some way, and somehow, surprises.

Dear Sir,follows an intentionally minimalist layout, where the frame of the page defers to the writing within (where site is retina then writing = iris and page the sclera).

The idea for Dear Sir, came about while reading Ulysses: if magazines like The Little Review and the Egoist never took a chance on serializing Joyce's work in 1918, we may never have had it in 1922.

From issue 7 to issue 10, Dear Sir, joined forces with the Vienna Poetry School, sharing its goal of pursuing new media explorations in contemporary poetry. See issue 11 for a tribute to the late Ide Hintze (1953–2012), co-founder of the school. For a similar joining-of-forces with Dear Sir, please contact the editor.

ditch, the poetry that matters

Celebrating the innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative, the surreal,
the avant-garde, the non-linear, the abstract, the experimental.


Eratio publishes poetry in the postmodern idioms with an emphasis on the intransitive. Eratio publishes a pdf version of every issue. Eratio Editions, an e-chap publisher, is reading for poetry, innovative narrative prose and recollection, and critical and theoretical essays. 


Eclipse is a free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. 

Eclipse also publishes carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity.


What? filling Station Magazine is a literary and arts magazine publishing innovative poetry, fiction, non-fiction (creative non-fiction, reviews, articles, interviews, live event reviews, photo essays, etc), and presenting a featured visual artist each issue.

Frequency? filling Station is published 3 times per year.*

History? Created in Calgary in 1993 by a group of University of Calgary students who wanted a magazine independent from the University and separate from Dandelion, and with more freedom about what, and whom, they could publish, filling Station has been pushing the boundaries ever since. Coming in 2012: filling Station's Online Archive. The Online Archive will be made possible through the support of the Alberta Ministry of Culture and Community Spirit.

Ilk Journal

  • We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and rashness.
  • The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt.
  • Literature has up to now magnified pensive immobility, ecstasy and slumber. We want to exalt movements of aggression, feverish sleeplessness, the double march, the perilous leap, the slap and the blow with the fist.
  • [futurist manifesto]

    But how can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them. Improves them for what? for death? Why hurry them along? Too many poets act like a middle-aged mother trying to get her kids to eat too much cooked meat, and potatoes with drippings (tears). I don’t give a damn whether they eat or not. Forced feeding leads to excessive thinness (effete). Nobody should experience anything they don’t need to, if they don’t need poetry bully for them, I like the movies too.


    “To proclaim a manifesto you have to want: A.B.C., thunder against 1, 2, 3.”

    [dada manifesto]


    There are fine monuments built to an aesthetic. That is not why we are here.

    We are here because there are poems that need homes and there is always room for more distraction.

    Incongruous Quaterly

    The Incongruous Quarterly is an online literary magazine devoted to publishing unpublishable literature.

    “Unpublishable” is a scary word. Some people think it means “unreadable,” but we know better. Writing can be unpublishable for almost any reason – it’s too long or too short, too weird, too conventional, ahead of (or behind) the times, genreless, plotless, subjectless, easily pigeonholed or impossible to define.

    Unpublishable writing is important. Literary magazines are a tricky business, and stories and poems can easily fall through the cracks – not because they’re bad, but because there’s no room for them. The Incongruous Quarterly always has room. The fact that a story isn’t right for other magazines doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t be reading it; in fact, sometimes it’s the opposite.

    We’re a little different from a lot of other magazines. We’re collaborative: each issue has two very publishable guest editors who pick the themes, help select pieces and work with contributors for their sections. We’re always accepting pitches for articles, projects and sections. We’re writers too, so we try to be as fair as possible: we read blind, edit actively with contributors, and if you send us an email we’ll send you one back.

    The Incongruous Quarterly is a home for work that has nowhere else to go, but deserves to be read. We hope you like it.

    This is our latest issue.
    This is how we make it.
    These are our most recent contributors.

    Influency Salon

    Publishing Editor  Margaret Christakos & contributors interact with various contemporary poetic texts.


    Jacket2 offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, discussions and collaborative responses, archival documents, podcasts, and descriptions of poetry symposia and projects. Not unlike a daily news forum, we will publish content as it is ready. Visit our index for an ongoing and comprehensive list of all J2 content.


    LEMON HOUND has evolved from a tentative single-author blog to a multi-authored blog, to what we aim to be a dynamic bi-monthly Literary Journal. We are interested in the slice and the swerve. We want to tap into your workflow. We want to see things in process, snippets of larger pieces both in the works, and canonical. We also aim to support research, but in the mean time we aim to take advantage of the tendency to forward. We are looking for regular contributors who want to curate, or edit folios of work, or amass images, or themes of archives, or discussions, or reviews, or essays, or meanders. If you collect, if you glean, if you have the urge to share, if you want a little cabinet online, think about joining the crew. If you want to appreciate all that, and new fiction, poetry and non-fiction updated bi-monthly and tweaked weekly, book mark us.

    We are accepting queries for reviews of any genre including art, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, academic work, online work, performance, opera, businesses, design or protest.


    a poetry journal

    Numéro Cinq



    Opon is an offshoot of Delete Press, and is edited and maintained by Brad Vogler. Some things of interest include: poems accompanied by writing on process/procedure, a series of revisions, collaborative work, interviews and visual poetry. Maybe it isn’t any of these things, and you have something else in mind? A surprise can be nice. Things longer in length, 8-10 pages are preferred, but this isn’t a requirement.

    Opon is currently closed for submissions and will re-open June 2013.

    Questions: send them to


    a magazine of many e-things


    Founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital city, "ottawater," and its chemical formula/logo "O2(H2O)," is a poetry annual produced exclusively on-line, in both readable and printable pdf formats, and found at ( An anthology focusing on Ottawa poets and poetics, its first issue appeared in January 2005, 150 years after old Bytown became the City of Ottawa.


    a forum for inclusive, open dialogue about poetics (2002-2007)

    Poetry Is Dead

    Poetry Is Dead Magazine is a semi-annual publication devoted to poetry in Canada with a strong emphasis on the West Coast. It is 64 pages of poetry, art, reviews, and essays with new content coming out of Canada. Our mandate and purpose is to promote Canadian poetry with a focus on a younger generation of poets.

    Our mission is to provide a bridge between the poetry readers and non-poetry readers. To widen the audience of poetry in Vancouver, and to promote the art of poetry in all forms.

    Poetry Is Dead truly believes in variety and equality. We are dedicated to publishing works from all classes, races, genders, sexualities and put an emphasis on inclusivity.


    Rampike magazine, in print since 1979, featuring stellar international writers, critics and artists invites you to subscribe and/or submit articles both creative and scholarly (juried). Edited by Karl Jirgens, featuring post-modern art and writing from around the world with a strong focus on Canadian expression. The journal has received substantial support from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council and has published interviews and works by internationally acclaimed figures including Kathy Acker, Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, William Burroughs, Joseph Beuys, Claude Beausoleil, Sandra Birdsell, bill bissett, George Bowering, Marilyn Bowering, Chris Burden, Catherine Bush, Janet Cardiff, George Eliot Clark, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Grand Chief Matthew Coon-Come, Frank Davey, Jacques Derrida, Chris Dewdney, Umberto Eco, Martin Esslin, Raymond Federman, James Gray, Tomson Highway, Linda Hutcheon, Susan Holbrook, Thomas King, Al Purdy, Julia Kristeva, Robert Kroetsch, Robert Lepage, Alistair MacLeod, Eli Mandel, Sheila Murphy, Louise Nevelson, Karen MacCormack, Richard Martel, Marshall McLuhan, Steve McCaffery, Norval Morriseau, bp Nichol, Daphne Odjig, Dennis Oppenheim, Al Purdy, Josef Skvorecky, Jayce Salloum, Rosemary Sullivan, Phillipe Sollers, Lola Lemire Tostevin, Huanani-Kay Trask, Richard Van Camp, and David Foster Wallace, to name only a few. Rampike has been praised by critics such as Wayne Grady (Globe & Mail), and Marjorie Perloff (Stanford U) and is distributed internationally.
    All correspondence to Karl Jirgens c/o University of Windsor. Please contact editors for info on upcoming themes prior to submitting. Rampike’s editorial mandate is decidedly postmodern!

    seventeen seconds

    a journal of poetry and poetics 

    the Capilano Review

    The Capilano Review has a long history of publishing new and established Canadian writers and artists who are experimenting with or expanding the boundaries of conventional forms and contexts. International writers and artists appear in our pages too. Founded in North Vancouver in 1972 by Pierre Coupey, the magazine continues its original mandate to publish the literary and visual arts side by side while favouring the risky, the provocative, the innovative, and the dissident.

    The print edition of TCR is published three times a year. A pdf version is available for purchase simultaneously. Our website also features a free supplementary edition called ti-TCR a web folio, published three times a year.

    The Capilano Review is well known for its interviews with writers and artists.

    Our website features a free podcast subscription to regular releases of audio and video recordings of readings and interviews conducted on the Capilano campus since 1972.

    the Puritan

    The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.

    The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. Work featured here may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory. But it may also revisit and revitalize traditional forms. The Puritan embraces work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent, and engaging.



    This is an independent library of short, recorded audio readings by Canadian authors of literary fiction and poetry. It started in 2006 and exists as a resource with two goals in mind. First, it's here to give readers — you — an opportunity to hear the work of a favourite writer, read the way the writer intended, and a chance to discover new favourites along the way. Second, it aims to give this country's many acclaimed authors of fiction and poetry another way to meet you, one that doesn't involve being retailer- or media-approved. Retailers and the media are vital, no doubt, but their agendas are not always in sync with those of a rich and eclectic literary community. The authors you'll find here have all had books published by recognized Canadian publishing houses. They're accomplished talents, and they believe in the power of literature. And since you've come here, you must be a believer too. So click around and hear what's here. And keep coming back, because new readings are being added all the time.


    PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. For an overview of PennSound — including a discussion of the project's pedagogical implications — we invite you to listen to PennSound podcast #6.

    above/ground press

    Ottawa-based poetry chapbook + broadside publisher; publisher of STANZAS magazine, for long poems/sequences; edited/published by rob mclennan

    Apt. 9 Press

    Ottawa poet Cameron Anstee's chapbook press.

    Black Moss Press

    Quill and Quire has called Black Moss one of Canada’s most important literary presses. Since it was founded in 1969, Black Moss Press has built a national reputation for its contribution to Canadian literature. Black Moss has published more than 400 first editions and introduced more than 100 new authors to the Canadian literary scene.

    We have a special role in promoting literature and fine arts in southwestern Ontario and have built an active and growing interest in Canadian writing and literature in the region. We have introduced Canadian literature to people throughout the region and in Detroit and nearby centres in the United States in non-traditional venues such as boxing rings, factory floors, hockey arenas and street corners as well as at traditional readings and book launches.


    BookThug seeks to publish innovative books of poetry, prose and creative criticism that extend the tradition of experimental literature.

    Brick Books

    Brick Books is the only press in Canada that specializes in publishing poetry books. Based in London, Ontario, the press was started by Stan Dragland and Don McKay in 1975 and began by publishing chapbooks. We now publish full-length volumes of an individual author’s work.

    Broken Jaw

    Independent Canadian literary arts publishing house Broken Jaw Press was founded by writer–artist Joe Blades in the winter of 1984 while he was working in Banff, Alberta. After being in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1984–1990, the publishing house has been based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Incorporated in 2003, Broken Jaw Press Inc. and its imprints publish poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction, by both new and award-winning authors.

    Buschek Books

    The mandate of BuschekBooks has been to publish quality manuscripts by new and established writers. The focus is largely poetry and English translations of poetry by Canadian authors, as well as Canadian translations of international poets, often done as bilingual editions. The specific objectives are: 1) to find quality work by new and veteran writers 2) to promote these titles in Canada and abroad 3) to provide an author-friendly experience (regular royalty statements, advances, etc.) and 4) to keep titles in print.


    Bywords publishes on a monthly basis poems on the web, a Calendar of Literary Events, and the Bywords Quarterly Journal. Its aims are to publish emerging and established poets who reside, study or work in Ottawa. Bywords will reflect Ottawa's rich multicultural diversity.

    Chaudiere Books

    Chaudiere Books originally came together between Jennifer Mulligan and rob mclennan in late 2004. Mulligan had been listening to mclennan grumbling for years about the lack of a solid Ottawa-based literary publisher actively seeking the work of writers around town to help develop and foster the writing the way Arsenal Pulp in Vancouver, Turnstone Press in Winnipeg and Vehicule Press in Montreal had already been doing for decades.

    With the help of Anita Dolman, and later, Carmel Purkis, they hammered together a series of ideas and a business plan to get the press moving, with the idea that their press, named Chaudiere Books to keep links not only historically and geographically but literary, would publish four books a season of poetry, fiction and eventually non-fiction starting fall 2006.

    Currently the press is headed by Mulligan and mclennan, who both have strong ties not only to Ottawa itself, but to the Ottawa Valley, with one from Irish Pontiac in Quebec, and the other from Scottish Glengarry in Ontario, and the press currently has a large number of friends and family around to help with production, promotion, copy editing, distribution and general press business to keep the business afloat.

    Mansfield Press

    F ormed in 1999, Mansfield Press made its debut into the publishing world in May 2000 with four books of poetry by accomplished writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Margaret Christakos, Corrado Paina and Ann Shin.

    Publisher and editor Denis De Klerck established Mansfield during a time when many multinational publishing companies were clustering together and getting bigger-making the hands-on, independent publishing that fosters so much new and important writing, harder and harder to find. Since then Mansfield Press has become one of the best places to find groundbreaking and challenging work. With a strong focus on poetry, Mansfield Press is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of writers and introducing them to the world.

    Located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy, with strong local community ties, Mansfield Press helps foster the important exchange between writers and readers, whether they meet in person, or on the page.

    Pedlar Press

    How did you come to name the press Pedlar? Many have asked. In 1996, searching for a name, I uncovered the little-known fact of Walt Whitman selling his Leaves of Grass door-to-door across America. A pedlar of poetry & of beauty & of a great love for the human & natural worlds: I believed, in 1996, that the image of a queer poet (who had suffered already more than his share of detractors), on the road in the dark with only a pronounced trust in the worthiness of his project, was an image that would sustain me across the vicissitudes, the blind alleys and cries in the night. And it has, a thousand times over.

    Pedlar Press is dedicated to the memory of Walt Whitman’s agency & dignity & faith.

    Puddles of Sky

    a micropress run by micropeople with enormous aspirations.

    Taurpaulin Sky Press

    Books. A magazine. Online. In print. Cross-genre, trans-genre, anti-genre. Fiction & Non-. Poetry. Reviews. Interviews. "Other." Lovely monstrous hybrid text.

    the Red Ceiling Press

    Welcome to the Red Ceilings Press where we publish contemporary poetry in the form of limited edition chapbooks and free ebooks.

    The Red Ceilings originally started out as a poetry blog for both new and established contemporary poets and quickly expanded into publishing an ebook series of online and downloadable booklets. We have now started our latest venture - a series of limited edition A6 pocket sized chapbooks.

    Wrinkle Press

     Wrinkle Press publishes Canadian poetry chapbooks, by invitation, and includes a range of styles, interests, experiments, and disjunctive investigations. Wrinkle foregrounds the material and the visual, publication as art that complements and embodies the poetry.

    The poetics of Wrinkle Press extend the social and the artistic into the material form of the book, through celebrating the word, the page, the poem.

    Wrinkle Press is located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

    Reading Series

    the A B Series


    Since its launch in November 2007, the A B Series has deftly distinguished itself as an indispensable presenter of musical and literary events. With its innovative and entertaining productions, it has drawn diverse audiences and created new energy in Ottawa's cultural life.



    UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.

    All materials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s).

    UbuWeb is completely free.
    Visual Poetry

    Satu Kaikkonen's Visual Poetry

    prolific visual poetry & artist Satu Kaikkonen's visual poetry, asemic writing, sound poetry & more

    tip of the knife

    bill dimichele's visual poetry magazine: draw blood or go home.