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Oskana Poetry & Poetics


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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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 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, ...

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, ...

Cloud Physics

In her third collection of poetry, Karen Enns ranges over endings of many kinds: cultural, ecological, and personal. But the poems are also replete with affirmations of love, of music and language, and ...

The Long Walk

"The Long Walk carries a lifetime's force of meaning. A deeply beautiful book. " Anne Michaels

In The Long Walk, Jan Zwicky bears witness to environmental and cultural cataclysm. Both prophetic and acutely ...

Measures of Astonishment

"A society without poetry and the other arts would have broken its mirror and cut out its heart. "Margaret Atwood

So boldly insists one of our greatest writers in Measures of Astonishment, a refreshing ...