Introducing the AngelHousePress Essay Series

as an occasional feature on the site, AngelHousePress will be publishing a series of essays by our authors about their work. AHP's belief and hope is that ongoing conversation about the work will lead to more creativity and more conversation about art, risk, the act of creation and the works themselves.

Please send your piece in PDF form to, and include a brief biography at the bottom of the piece. Also send a current author photo. Please also include a brief synopsis of the work as part of your cover letter.

VISPO mags, sites and presses for visual poets and fans

This is the first draft. It is aimed at those who want to submit visual poetry for publication and those who want to purchase visual poetry. I am grateful to those who offered suggestions. Please send suggestions and corrections to amanda at angelhousepress dot com. 
This is one of the many guides available through AngelHousePress in an attempt to assist in the creation and dissemination of visual poetry throughout the world.
Click here to access the spreadsheet.

Women and Gender Nonconforming Visual Poetry Editors, Publishers, and Curators

I’m steadily creating a directory of publications and sites with women and gender nonconforming editors, publishers and curators of visual poetry. Please note that you must check the individual sites to find out who they publish, what type of work they are publishing and if they’re currently seeking submissions. My hope is that this list will encourage submissions and collaborations and be inspiring and reassuring to other women and gender nonconforming visual poets who may often feel like there’s no place for their work. One of my missions for AngelHousePress is to center women and nonconforming artists and writers. I've now moved the list over to a general list:

An Essay About Writing A Talk About Poetry or Thoughts on Play, the Other and DuendeAn Essay About Writing A Talk About Poetry or Thoughts on Play, the Other and Duende

Presented at the Factory Reading Series Talk, November 21, 2013, Raw Sugar, Ottawa with talks by Amanda Earl, Brecken Hancock and David O’Meara.
First published in Seventeen Seconds, edited by rob mclennan, 2016. Since the online journal is no longer online, I thought I would share this talk about duende and play in my poetry practice here, so that it has a permanent home. 

Interview with Sarah Jaworski and Ben Toner of Wyrdsmyth PressInterview with Sarah Jaworski and Ben Toner of Wyrdsmyth Press

Over e-mail I interviewed local poets and artists, Sarah Jaworski and Ben Toner, the editors and creators of Wyrdsmyth Press to talk about their press, which makes papercrafts, broadsides and chapbooks paired with linocut prints, billets-doux, fortunes and favours, oracle cards. Their practices are linked to community, magic, nature, and whimsy. 


In this fascinating memoir, American writer Dianne Hunter writes of feminism,psychoanalysis,  love and friendships that began in Paris in the 1980s.

Writing on the WallWriting on the Wall

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez writes about walls as obstacles, sites of introspection and sanctuary from the point of view of a resident of Southern Arizona, the site of traditional O'odham homeland where indigenous communities have been resisting the building of a border wall between Arizona and Mexico. 


Peter Ciccariello is a cross-genre poet, artist, and photographer, who is fascinated by words and the invisible spaces between things. His current interests are in experimenting with the melding of text and images in virtual worlds, the erosion of context, and the investigation of obscurantism. His latest book, “Uncommon Vision” is available at Links to his current online work can be found at


“Art is not deep twilight experience, it cannot make consciousness it is simply the waiting for and the hardly ever arriving.”


Peter has been published by AngelHousePress in and Experiment-O Issue 2.

The Power Of Metaphors And Analogies And A Disabled BodyThe Power Of Metaphors And Analogies And A Disabled Body

In the latest in the AngelHousePress Essay Series, Oakley Kiss explores the connection between their disabled body and writing as a white, Disabled and Queer unapologetic Pro-intersectional Feminist who loves to do things differently.

On Owning Shame

While I am grateful that Arc Poetry Magazine publishes chapbook reviews, Jan Conn's review of Christine Sloan Stoddard’s The Tale of the Clam Ear (AngelHousePress, 2018) demonstrated ableism and a lack of sensitivity. Chris Johnson was good enough to share the review with me before it went to print. I e-mailed my disappointment to both the author of the review and to Chris. Chris and the Prose Editor, Kevin Shaw apologized and assured me that they would be more careful in future. I invited Christine to respond. Here is her call for sensitivity and compassion.  I am proud of Christine, and will always fight against ableism and other forms of prejudice and bigoty in the publishing world and in the world in general. -- Amanda Earl, publisher of AngelHousePress

How Can We Dismantle the Canon: AngelHousePress Priorities Going Forward

in which i discuss our priority to publish 2SLGBTQIA, BIPOC, women, D/deaf and disabled writers and offer the beginnings of a list of links to diverse writers and artists.

Interview with Joakim Norling of Timglaset EditionsInterview with Joakim Norling of Timglaset Editions

Timglaset Editions of Sweden has become a force in the world of visual poetry publishing in the last few years. I speak with publisher, Joakim Norling about its inception, evolution and future. 

The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetry

presented as part of Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for funding part of the Vispo Bible in 2018.

Text for the Potential Uncovering of More Framing Poems

In the latest AngelHousePress essay, Sacha Archer talks about some of the consideration for his visual poem series, "Framing Poems."

Coming of Age in the Internet: An Interview with Guillaume Morissette

In this companion piece to the Small Machine Talks Interview, a.m. kozak and Guillaume Morissette discuss the challenges of living in the internet age. In this extension to their conversation, they talk about Guillaume’s novel, The Original Face (Véhicule Press, 2017) and how the main character, a millennial named Daniel, navigates relationships, work and art in this climate.


You can also enjoy our two-part interview here:


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Louise P. Sloane: Portrait of An Artist in Her Own WordsLouise P. Sloane: Portrait of An Artist in Her Own Words

Louise talks about her evolution as an artist and the role dyslexia and family affect her work.

True Blue

Created in response to the Bush presidency, using the text from the constitution of The United States of America up to the point where a president is sworn in.  

(De)Coding Beauty: a conversation/interview about concrete poetry with S. Cearley
We discuss swirling 60s and 70s rock show posters, Ernst Jandl, glitch art and S. Cearley's concrete poetry.

Sum: Word Maps

In “Sum: Word Maps,” Gil McElroy offers a systematic and creative form of (dis)organization of text into visual poems in analogy with living organisms in order to free text from meaning, metaphor and connotation.

The non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete PoetryThe non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry

In “the non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry,” S. Cearley suggests that concrete poetry can be seen as a misunderstood grammar, a form that creates its own symbol, and is communicative as an expression of language. He makes an illustrative analogy with the language shared between aliens and humans in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 

asemic writing: recent history and ongoing researchasemic writing: recent history and ongoing research

In “asemic writing: recent history and ongoing research jim leftwich questions the common definition of asemic writing as having no specific semantic content and discusses its readability while exploring the form as experimental textual poetry rather than as visual poetry or writing.

[Photo credit - Scott MacLeod]

Doing Franz KlineDoing Franz Kline

Mark Young discusses his poetic process when working from figurative and abstract paintings, particularly the paintings of Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist painter and member of the New York School.

Breaking the Narrative to Open Up the PoemBreaking the Narrative to Open Up the Poem

a note on current poetics; the fine art of stumbling; Poetry has its reasons, which Reason cannot understand. Jack Spicer's dictation, Fred Wah's drunken tai chi, working against the notion of what David McGimpsey calls a people's trigonometry. 


Chris Turnbull traces the evolution of her rout/e project, in which she places poems in the great outdoors.

The Derelict Narrative: An Account of In/Words

David Emery offers a companion piece to rob mclennan's profile and Peter Gibbon's personal memoir about In/Words, an Ottawa-based literary collective  now in its teens.  AngelHousePress admires this persistent adolescent for its sense of community, the variety of publishing activities it has taken on & its sense of creative whimsy & mayhem. In/Words is our bratty older brother & we couldn't be more pleased to see it celebrated & remembered.

Questions between j/j hastain and Lark Fox
 in this very lyrical & poetic interview, j/j hastain and Lark Fox discuss ceremony, the verb "to winter," wildness & its relationship to non gender conformance, about feeling freest on the edge of things & the importance of rust. I admit that I thought these two were the same person, given the affinity of their creative & life philosophies.

Stochastic Acts: the search string as poetry

 In the latest AngelHousePress essay, "Stochastic Acts: the search string as poetry," Mark Young examines the collage of realities and talks about poem making strategies involving the Google search string.

A Memoir of Progress

 Matthew Rader offers a brief memoir about his experiences with Michael V. Smith's latest novel Progress (Cormorant Books, 2011).

Redefining Humanity: Posthuman Passion in a Digital Age

 The essay is structured as a review of Donna Haraway's book When Species Meet; more broadly, however, the piece discusses the theory of posthumanism, and why this theory is imperative in our era.

Collage: An Interview with Camille Martin
 Camille Martin is not only a poet, but also a collage artist. We learn more about her collage making in this interview, the latest in the AngelHousePress essay series.

Five Minutes for Fighting Monty Reid

 A response to Monty Reid’s “Twenty Minor Improvements for Greg Betts

Twenty Minor Improvements for Greg Betts


In response to "Poets Against Authorship: A 5 minute Manifesto in 20 parts, 15 seconds each" by Gregory Betts, published in 17 Seconds, Summer 2011 Issue.

Greg Betts' reading his manifesto at IgniteTO

A Note on Art and Faith

It Won't Work

 a piece by Don McKay on the 25th anniversary of Brick Books in 2000, and the temerity of its founders despite naysayers and obstacles. Brick Books was founded in 1975 and I, as an avid reader of Canadian literature and particularly of books by Brick, am very glad they are here and thriving. Please visit their wonderful site and buy their books.

hole magazine

Obscurity in Poetry


house, a tiny memoir