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Open Book Toronto Loves Tightrope’s Art Object Books

By Tightrope Books | October 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Open Book Toronto recently interviewed our design star, Karen Correia da Silva, about the aesthetic sensibilities that inspire her work for the Tightrope Books’ catalogue and her online zine, Steel Bananas.

This interview reminds me of how multifaceted the publishing industry is, and how we can all explore and develop the various artistic sides of ourselves.  If you click here, you can read about a Toronto-based literary comet.

Karen will be the guest poetry editor of the next Incongruous Quarterly issue, and is asking for submissions based around the theme of collage.  If you click here, you can check out the guidelines.

If you click here, you can check out some of the photos taken at the Steel Bananas’ 2nd birthday party, held at Sneaky Dee’s on October 1.  The fiesta was apparently off the chain.

GULCH Reviewed in Broken Pencil Magazine

By Tightrope Books | May 4th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Steel BananasGULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose received a smashing review in the latest issue of Broken Pencil Magazine:


Steel Bananas art collective has come a long way since it first started handing out bananas at Canzine in late 2008. They’ve moved on to continually put out a monthly online issue, start a reading series, and to complete another feat with this book. With a zine-aesthetic, Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose successfully surprises by making a coherent collection out of 50-plus authored pieces. What an undertaking! This inventive book of fantasy fiction, concrete poetry, photo essays and short fiction is brimming with variety, and if you can get past its off-kilter design (which includes a sometimes-sideways and upside-down layout) you’ll be sure to find something worthwhile. Gulch plays with the idea of collaboration and does it well, with a buffet of new and exciting work from today’s up and coming talent.

Review of GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose in Rabble

By Tightrope Books | January 19th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

“The rhizomatic-multiplicities approach is not always directly addressed by the pieces of this collection. Instead, some writing is born out of play or anger or fantasy or fact — concrete poetry, cell phone transcripts, love stories, mysteries. Over the course of 52 writers, I alternated between absorbed and frustrated, but the reliability of GULCH is the space it provides for new visions, new styles and new writers.”

Read the full review here.

Karen Correia Da Silva Interviewed by Torontoist

By Tightrope Books | November 17th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Karen Correia Da Silva, Co-Editor of this season’s GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, was interviewed by Torontoist this week. Read it here.

GULCH Launch

By Tightrope Books | November 15th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the launch of GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose!

For more photos of the event, check out the SB blog.