:4poets: to be published by MTP this fall

Posted by Daniela Elza on Apr 12 2009

Cover of 4 Poets

This is the cover of the book that I will be featured in along with three other emerging poets. It will be published by Mother Tongue Publishing (September, 2009) in their New BC Poets, a new MTP series, which will present emerging and elder BC poets.

4 poets: Daniela Elza, Peter Morin, Al Rempel, Onjana Yawnghwe

is the first book in this series.

I am excited about this book because it has a vision, a new intent in poetry publishing: a bouquet over a solo performance. A book that is trying to rethink the poetry book. In its format the book will include a wider scope of a poet’s work. It will highlight a number of new poems by each of the four poets, translations of a poem into French, Thai, Bulgarian and Tahltan, poetry worksheets, interviews, author photographs, poetics and short biographies. All four of us have previously appeared in Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry also published by Mother Tongue Publishing in 2008. This will be our trade book debut. I really appreciate the community that also that emerges and forms around such publications.

Some stats on the book: It will be 120 pages, CDN $18.95, 6 x 9, trade paperback, french flaps, coloured endpages, 978-1-896949-03-1. Book Design is by Mark Hand. Cover: Landscape & Memory, 68 x 54″, 2005, acrylic on canvas, by Ian Thomas of Salt Spring Island.

A bit of information worth mentioning:
Mother Tongue Publishing is the first publisher dedicated to always using original BC artists’ work for their covers & books. All printing & publishing is done in Canada. No work is sent off shore to China.

For now launches are planned for: Salt Spring, Vancouver, Victoria, and Prince George. Will update this as more information comes in.

Finally here are the Poet’s Bios:

  • Daniela Bouneva Elza is a doctoral student in Philosophy of Education at SFU. Her work appears in more than 30 publications, including The Capilano Review, CV2, Van Gogh’s Ear, Vallum, Rocksalt Anthology, A Verse Map of Vancouver, and Poetic Inquiry (SensePublishers). Elza is currently compiling her first full-length manuscript. She lives with her husband and two children in Vancouver.
  • Peter Morin is an independent curator, visual artist and writer working in Victoria BC. He is from the crow clan of the Tahltan Nation. Morin was assistant editor for Redwire Native Youth Media Society, working on Redwire and Red Directions magazine. As a visual and performance artist, Morin’s work looks deeply into de-colonizing through relationship building and speaking one indigenous language.
  • Al Rempel is currently an alternate teacher in Prince George, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His poems have been published in The Malahat Review, GRAIN, in the online journals Reflections on Water and stonestone, and anthologized in Rocksalt, Half in the Sun, TheForestry Diversity Project, and Down in the Valley. He has a book of poetry forthcoming with Caitlin Press.
  • Onjana Yawnghwe was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and grew up in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (MA), she is the co-founder Xerography, a little literary journal, and fish magic press, a micro press which produces fine, hand-made publications. She lives in Burnaby, BC.

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