Alfred Gustav Press to publish Susan McCaslin Chapbook

Writer and poet Susan McCaslin has served as an honoured judge for our writing contest in year's past. Here's a press release regarding a little good news for her!


The Alfred Gustav Press  Series Two: three new chapbooks

Why join The Alfred Gustav Press community? Invigorating, original, previously unpublished poetry in a creatively designed handmade artefact signed by the poet.

Habitat consists of the long title poem and several shorter poems that evoke various aspects of city life seen in both positive and negative lights and permeated by the search of the poet, in his role as citizen, for a viable community.
by Christopher Levenson

Christopher’s last book of poetry, Local Time, appeared with StoneFlower Press, Ottawa, in 2006. His first volume, In Transit, selected by Edwin Muir as one of three books making up New Poets 1959, subsequently won the first Eric Gregory Award in 1960. Since then, in addition to a further ten books of poetry, he co-founded and was first editor of Arc magazine, and co-founded the Harbinger imprint of the late Carleton University Press specifically for first books of Canadian poetry. Born in London, England, he taught at Carleton University, Ottawa, from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. In 2007, he moved permanently to Vancouver, where he is seeking a publisher for his autobiography, Not one of the boys.
Persephone Tours the Underground contemporizes the Greek myth of Persephone’s abduction into the underworld as a paradigm for cultural ills such as eating disorders, perfectionism and materialism, while also sounding new notes of hope about how the matrix of the feminine and masculine might be repaired.
by Susan McCaslin

Susan's most recent volume is Lifting the Stone (Seraphim Editions, 2007). She won first place in the Mother Tongue chapbook contest for 1997, grand prize in Presence magazine's poetry competition in 2005, and first place in the Literary Writes Poetry Competition sponsored by the Federation of BC Writers in 2006. The poems in Persephone Tours the Underground are a subset of a larger, unpublished cycle called "Demeter Goes Skydiving." An editor of two anthologies and a member of the editorial board of Event, she lives in Fort Langley, BC, where she is writing a book on the poetics of mystical experience called Into the Mystic.
From Vancouver Island to Guantanamo Bay, the Bulkley River to Niagara Falls, Reservations—perturbed, disturbed and reverberated in the echo chamber of the sonnet sequence—broadcasts bursts of clarity from the field of frequencies known as  Canadian culture, language, history. . .
by Matt Rader

Matt grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The author of two books of poems, Miraculous Hours (Nightwood, 2005) and Living Things (Nightwood, 2008), he currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches poetry and fiction at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Australia and Europe and has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Journey Prize and two Pushcart Prizes.

Subscriptions are available for $10 in total for the three issues above. The subscription deadline is April 1, 2009. Please send cash or your cheque payable to David Zieroth at

The Alfred Gustav Press
519 2nd Street East
North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1E1

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Series Three is scheduled for Fall 2009.


The Alfred Gustav Press is a micro publisher of poetry. The press uses home-office technology to produce inexpensively mini-run chapbooks (around a dozen pages) of either one not-too-long poem or a short sequence of discrete, connected poems, concluding with the poet’s pithy poetics. The author receives five copies to distribute as desired; the press keeps the rest for its own pleasure, including filling subscriptions. All copies are signed by the poet.

The press is named after the founder’s father, a farmer both serious and taciturn yet not without charm and wit, sometimes melancholy, always hard working and a great lover of winter reading.

The press’s selections may or may not reflect such a disposition toward life. The intention is that the poems published will exhibit some of Alfred’s (counsel-to-the-elves) acumen and Gustav’s (staff-of-the-Goths) gusto.

Series One (published December 2008):

gillian harding-russell, Apples & Mice…
Richard Therrien, Water, Language, Faith
David Zieroth, Dust in the Brocade

Of Series One subscribers have said:

•    “You have indeed done a superb job with these chapbooks. They are both a pleasure to hold and a pleasure to read.”
•    “The books are beautiful; the poetry is invigorating.”

Submission guidelines available on request.


Congratulations, Susan!


~kc dyer

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