Welcome to Rubicon Press

Rubicon Press publishes chapbooks and broadsides of extraordinary poetry from authors in Canada and around the world. We’re looking for work that resonates; poetry that is more than just excellence of technique and use of multiple forms. We seek poetry that moves, inspires and affects.

Press News

Recording Dates arrives from the printers next week!

Cover by Natalie Olsen, Kisscut Design

We’re Back!

Everyone who runs a small press knows this one simple rule: if you go down, your press goes down.

Many thanks to everyone who has written and checked in with the press over the past year. I run Rubicon alone, with the help of my wonderful cover designer, Jennifer Dempsey. Over the past year, I have been bouncing back from major surgery just in time to return to full-time teaching and admin work, so it has taken a while to gather enough strength to get the press rolling again. But rolling we are! And how could we not be, with great projects from literary icons Alan Loney and Douglas Barbour in the lineup! Stay tuned for Alan’s fabulous new chapbook conStellations and the immediate release of Doug’s much-awaited Recording Dates. (Those of you who have purchased Rubicon t-shirts over the years will recognize one of the poems from Doug’s series as having been featured on our inaugural Poetry on the Streets shirt!)

Both titles will be released later this month. Stay posted for new cover images…

Springing into Action

After a long and busy winter, Rubicon has emerged — like the groundhog! — with fresh new titles for the spring of 2011. Micheline Maylor’s exquisite chapbook Starfish leads the way, closely followed by a new broadside, The Coal Face, by Kathryn Bjornson. As March approaches, we’ll also be featuring a second chapbook from well-known Australian poet Alan Loney, constellations.

We’ve just welcomed a fantastic new cover designer aboard as part of the Rubicon team. You can read more about Jennifer Dempsey in the “About Us” section of the site. We’re thrilled to have you as part of the team, Jenn!

Hibernate with new Rubicon Press 2010 titles!

With the cold and grey lingering on into February, what better way to make it through the dregs of winter than by curling up with a good book (or three)? We’ve got fabulous new titles on offer for the New Year: Danielle Schaub’s Interior Views, Glen Sorestad’s Road Apples, and Paul Tyler’s Naming the Animals. Take a look at our Chapbooks page for publication info and cover images of all three collections.

New 2009 Titles!

We are so very excited to announce the publication of two beautiful new chapbooks by John B. Lee (winner of last year’s Midwinter Chapbook Competition) and Wendy Donawa, in addition to a lovely little broadside by the very talented Allan Brown. Please drop by our online store and peruse the new titles!

Soon to join Rubicon’s ranks is Danielle Schaub, with her cross-disciplinary collection of photopoetry, Interior Views. We’ll round out our season with new work by Paul Tyler and Glen Sorestad…stay tuned!

New chapbook by Ariel Gordon and broadside by Joanne Ellison!

What better way to welcome in summer (at last!) than with an incredible new chapbook and broadside? We’re really excited to announce the release of Ariel Gordon’s chapbook Guidelines: Malaysia & Indonesia, 1999 and Joanne Ellison’s superb new broadside “A Trick of Oranges.” Both titles are now available on our Chapbooks & Merchandise page…pop by and check them out!

2008 Midwinter Chapbook Competition Winner Announced!

Many congratulations to John B. Lee, the winner of Rubicon Press’s third annual Midwinter Chapbook Competition! John’s manuscript, Let Light Try All the Doors, was selected from over 40 submissions from around the world. John’s collection will appear in September, heading up Rubicon’s 09/10 publishing season.

We’d also like to highly commend Kath MacLean for her manuscript there are bears and Andrew Faulkner for his manuscript Made of felt and held with a pin.

Many thanks to all who entered! We really enjoyed reading your work, and we’re grateful to you for sharing your poetry with us. We’ll be sending all entrants a copy of John’s chapbook once it is released, plus two chapbooks from our 08/09 season.

New titles from Rubicon Press!

David Zieroth’s beautiful new chapbook Berlin Album and Yi-Mei Tsiang’s stellar broadside “On Surrendering” are now available! Visit our Chapbooks page for details.

Two new upcoming collections head to print

We’re thrilled to announce that David Zieroth’s Berlin Album and Dipika Mukherjee’s Palimpsest of Exile will soon be released as part of our spring lineup. These two stellar new collections play magnificently off each other…we hope you enjoy them!

Exciting new collection from Bill Howell!

Rubicon Press would like to heartily congratulate Bill Howell on the upcoming publication of his fourth book, Porcupine Archery, which will be released by Insomniac Press this spring. We look forward to reading it when it comes out, Bill!

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