It’s 2016 and Turnstone Press is fabulous and forty (we know, we don’t look a day over 29!). It all started in a pub. Of course. It was 1976 and Turnstone Press was formed to publish chapbooks. Well, we’ve come a long way baby and we are ready to party. Poetry-style.
Join us for our afternoon birthday bash and help us celebrate four decades of publishing some of the best that Canadian authors have to offer. The icing on our cake? The roster of talent lined up to help fête the press, including Dennis Cooley, Katherine Lawrence, Carla Funk, Kimmy Beach, and Steven Ross Smith.
Recipient of the 2015 League of Canadian Poets’ lifetime member award and the 2013 Manitoba Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Dennis Cooley has been a key figure in Winnipeg’s literary community for over 30 years. He has written extensively on Canadian literature, published 20 books of poetry, and edited numerous others. For years a CanLit professor at the University of Manitoba, Dennis Cooley, now retired, lives and writes in Winnipeg.
Never Mind is Katherine Lawrence’s third collection of poetry. The manuscript won the 2015 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award and the 2014 City of Regina Writing Award. Her previous collections have been equally honoured. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Katherine chairs Access Copyright Foundation, and is a former president of the Sage Hill Writing Experience board of directors. She moved to Saskatchewan in 1982 and currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband.
Born and raised in Vanderhoof, B.C., one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in the province, Carla Funk now lives and teaches writing in Victoria, where she served as the city’s inaugural poet laureate from 2006-2008. Her previous books of poetry include The Sewing Room and Apologetic.
Kimmy Beach is the 2016 Coach in Residence for the Canadian Authors Association and is the 2015-2017 Alberta representative on the National Council for the League of Canadian Poets. Her fifth book, The Last Temptation of Bond (UAP, 2013) was longlisted for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, was one of the top five poetry books of the year at Quill&Quire, and was featured on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. She is currently working on two novellas.
Steven Ross Smith
Steven Ross Smith is a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer, and a sound and performance poet. He has published thirteen books. Smith’s fluttertongue 3: disarray from Turnstone won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, and Smith’s new book of poetry, Emanations: Fluttertongue 6 appeared in 2015 from BookThug. He has served as Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience and Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre. He currently lives and writes in Banff and on Galiano Island, B.C.