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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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

Still looking for that perfect gift for the non-fiction lover on your list? Why not the latest edition of Best Canadian Essays? It features essays from all over Canada on a variety of topics including post-partum depression, an appreciation of the opera singer Maria Callas, wage slavery, elephants, and the war in Afghanistan. It’s available at Chapter-Indigo, on-line at Amazon.ca, and off of the Tightrope website.

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Christmas Is Coming

By Tightrope Books | December 13th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Christmas is just around the corner, and what better gift to give that tattoo enthusiast on your list than Prick: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist by Ashley Little.

Edward Brown called it “…a beautifully disturbing tale revealing the morally mangled soul of a young man.” You can read his full review here: Tattooing the Heart of Darkness.

Tightrope’s David Clink to Host Annual Dead Poets’ Night

By Tightrope Books | December 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

TombstoneDavid Clink, author of two collections of poetry by Tightrope Books, (Eating Fruit out of Season &  Monster,  will be organizing/hosting the ninth annual Dead Poets Society Night on Tuesday, December 13 at the Art Bar.

Readings start at 8:00 pm. The Art Bar series takes place at Pauper’s Pub (2nd floor), 539 Bloor St. W., Toronto (1 block east of Bathurst subway).

15 readers will each be reading for 5-6 minutes from the work of a dead poet: Lillian Allen; Phlip Arima; Truth Is; Monica S. Kuebler; Moira MacDougall; Helen Marshall; Bruce Meyer; Nathaniel G. Moore; A. F. Moritz; John Oughton; Cathy Petch; Lisa Richter; Matthew Tierney; Nichola “Nicki” Ward; and, Rod Weatherbie.

POETS TO BE COVERED: Milton Acorn; Louise Bennett; Roberto Bolaño; Joseph Brodsky; Robert Browning; Caedmon; Lucille Clifton; Gregory Corso; John Donne; D.H. Lawrence; Pat Lowther; PK Page; Edgar Allan Poe; Arthur Rimbaud; Libby Scheier; and, Christopher Smart.


Submission Call: Poems Inspired by Films

By Tightrope Books | December 11th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Film Reel

Tightrope Books is delighted to announce I Found It at the Movies. This forthcoming anthology seeks new and previously published poems inspired by cinema. All styles and approaches welcome. We’re looking for poems that reference specific films or actors, genres of film, the act of movie-going or video-watching, or the intersections of movies and life.

Editors are Ruth Roach Pierson and Sue MacLeod, and the publication date is spring 2013. Please submit from one to five poems (1 to 5), as attachments, to filmpoems@gmail.com, along with a brief  biography. We will send an acknowledgment upon receipt, and hope to complete our selection process by October 2012. Please include full publication details for any poems which have appeared or been accepted elsewhere. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent Canadian resident. Submission deadline: March 31, 2012.



Submission Call: Poets’ Love Letters

By Tightrope Books | December 10th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Heart in Envelope

Attention Poets! Tightrope Books is delighted to announce  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 15th 2012, to: poetsloveletters@tightropebooks.com

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