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Oskana Poetry & Poetics

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Publishing new and established authors, Oskana Poetry & Poetics offers both contemporary poetry at its best and probing discussions of poetry’s cultural role. Oskana is the Cree word for "bones," and we use it with the blessing of Elder Noel Starblanket. The name reflects our commitment to speak to the deepest and most urgent issues of our time, including environmental crisis and Indigenous justice.

The series seeks original manuscripts in English from both new and established Canadian authors. It also welcomes works of literature translated from First Nations and other Indigenous North American languages. The requirement of Canadian citizenship does not apply to the authors or translators of such works. 

The series publishes only two books a year, and its list is presently decided through Spring 2021. Authors are welcome to submit manuscripts at any time, but no further decisions will now be made until Spring 2020.

Series Editor: Randy Lundy

Advisory Board: Sherwin Bitsui; Robert Bringhurst; Laurie D. Graham; Louise Bernice Halfe; Tim Lilburn; Duane Niatum; Gary Snyder; Karen Solie

Please refer to our editorial guidelines for more information on manuscript submission, our simultaneous submissions policy, information about the review process, and contracts.

 

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Synaptic

An award-winning poet attempts to map the brain’s neural connections, raising fundamental questions about identity and interiority.

This intricate, yearning work from award-winning poet Alison Calder ...

Shifting Baseline Syndrome

A satiric and searing collection of poetry obsessed with television, oceans, Jewish history, and time.

Nature isn’t dying
it’s simply revising
its target audience

In Shifting Baseline Syndrome, Aaron ...

Pitchblende

“We began to dig ourselves
 
deeper than we dreamed
when we began to see
 
metal as other than medicine,
our bodies, more than mineral. ”

From an emerging environmental voice comes an evocative, ...

Red Obsidian

A visceral new collection from esteemed poet Stephan Torre, grappling with the strength and complexities of life in the northwest wild lands.

Drawing from a life lived well, amidst hard work and time ...

Burden

Burden is a poetry collection that tells the story of a seventeen-year-old British soldier, Private Herbert Burden, who was shot for desertion during World War I. He was one of hundreds so executed. It ...

Field Notes for the Self

Field Notes for the Self is a series of dark meditations: spiritual exercises in which the poem becomes a forensics of the soul. The poems converse with Patrick Lane, John Thompson, and Charles Wright, ...

Live Ones

“With the prismatic eye of a witch-blessed Alden Nowlan, Sadie McCarney sculpts a hard-won beauty into the passion of her lines. ” —Marilyn Bowering, author of Threshold and The Alchemy of Happiness ...

Forty-One Pages

In this series of elegant and wide-ranging meditations on language, wilderness, poetry, and technocracy, John Steffler takes us on a guided tour of one poet’s mental workshop. His focus is vividly personal, ...

Blackbird Song

An exquisite series of meditations on memory, evanescence and the land. Randy Lundy draws deeply from his Cree heritage and equally from European and Asian traditions. Readers will be reminded by turns ...

The House of Charlemagne

Louis Riel prophesied that a polyglot Métis nation would rise on the prairies five hundred years after his death, and that it would be called by the “joyous name” of the House of Charlemagne. This ...