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Great Onion Man Review from Western News

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Another fantastic review for Kathryn Mockler’s Onion Man! Western News describes the poetry collection as “stark southwestern Ontario realism in its necessarily rawest form.” Read the review here.


Onion Man is a sparse and intense series of linked poems told from the point of view of an eighteen-year-old girl working for the summer at a corn-canning factory. The poems follow her relationships with her factory job, her boyfriend, her alcoholic mother, her terminally ill grandfather, and the man who every night “peels an onion and eats it as if it were an apple.”



More Praise for How to Get a Girl Pregnant

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Pickle Me This has reviewed How to Get a Girl Pregnant, Karleen Pendleton Jiménez’s memoir of her attempts to fulfill her dreams of motherhood as a butch Chicana lesbian. Jiménez is praised for how “she makes herself as vulnerable in her narrative as she did in the experiences she writes of.”

Submission Call Reminder – Poets Love Letters!

By Tightrope Books | January 27th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Heart in EnvelopeAttention Poets! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Tightrope Books is creating  an new exciting anthology to be edited by Jeanette Lynes and David Eso. The book’s working title is Love Letters: from the Lives of Canadian Poets.

The editors are assembling the first anthology of love letters by Canadian poets, known and unknown. The editors are seeking communiqués by poets regarding relationships of romantic love.  From courtship to heartache, from telegrams to emails, this collection will run the gamut.

HOW TO SUBMIT: (You must be a poet and a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident)

Create a cover page for the editors with the following:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Birth date AND the Date of composition of the letter.
  • A brief bio (not exceeding 200 words).

Transcribe/transpose your  letter(s) into an electronic document format (preferably Word) or scan the original letter and create a pdf.  Remember, passionate emails are considered letters for our purposes! We will consider publishing your submission anonymously, if requested in the cover letter. The name of the recipient may also remain anonymous.  In some cases, we will consider including replies, addressed to the poet.

Send submissions electronically, by March 31, 2012, to: poetsloveletters@tightropebooks.com

Or by snail mail to: Love Letters c/o Tightrope Books, 17 Greyton Cres., Toronto ON M6E 2G1

Heather J Wood’s Novel ROLL WITH IT “Recommended” by Resource Links Magazine!

By Tightrope Books | January 9th, 2012 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Roll With It Cover ImageResource Links Magazine reviewed and recommended Heather J Wood’s Roll With It, in its October 2011 issue. The inaugural book in Tightrope’s YA “Jumprope” imprint, Roll With It depicts the journey of figure skater turned roller derby girl Neddy Slater. The magazine noted: “Heather Wood has drawn a nicely rounded character in Neddy. Her inner turmoil is subtly played out… The story will find an appreciative audience with both forms of skating.”

Last Minute Gift Ideas

By Tightrope Books | December 15th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Still need a gift for the poetry lover in the family? Why not the 2011 edition of Best Canadian Poetry? The fourth edition in this ongoing series, Best Canadian Poetry 2011 features fifty poems from across Canada by such distinguished poets as Christian Bök, Dionne Brand, and Tightrope’s own Daniel Scott Tysdal. Edited by Molly Peacock and guest editor Priscila Uppal, this book is available from Chapters-Indigo, Amazon.ca, and off of the Tightrope Website.

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