2022-2023 Writers:

H. Felix Chau Bradley, Kama La Mackerel, Valerie Bah and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

Metonymy Press co-founders Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler will be in residence January through March, 2023. Metonymy Press is based in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory. They publish literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers in the hope of reducing barriers to publishing for authors whose perspectives are underrepresented. They produce quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities.

Throughout the season, Metonymy authors and editors will be holding events on small press publishing, the Canadian literary scene and more, and they will showcase their own work through readings and events. They will also hold office hours to engage in conversations on publishing, writing and more. Everyone is welcome!

Event schedule:

January 18

Roundtable on small press publishing in Canada featuring Oliver Fugler and Ashley Fortier of Metonymy Press, David Bradford of House House Press, Eloisa Aquino of B&D Press, and Ashley Opheim of Metatron Press. Moderated by English PhD student Jay Ritchie. The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

When and Where: January 18, Arts 160, 12-1:30 pm

January 24

In conversation between Felix Chau Bradley and Metonymy author Markus Harwood-Jones about editorial relationships. Felix is currently editing Markus's forthcoming YA novel, The Haunting of Adrian Yates. The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

When and where: January 24, Arts 160, 5-6 pm

February 6

Metonymy author showcase and cabaret, hosted by Erin Hurley (English). This event features readings from writer-in-residence H. Felix Chau Bradley, Kama La Mackerel, and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, and participation of Metonymy authors Addie Tsai, Shanice Nicole, and more. The readings will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

When and where: February 6, Leacock 232, 5-7 pm

February 20

A translation conversation between Kama La Mackerel, Valérie Bah, and Stéphane Martelly, moderated by Alanna Thain (English) and Catherine Leclerc (Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de creation) about translation in the context of Bah’s novel Les Enrag.é.es / The Rage Letters. The conversation will focus on translating within and across queer, trans, Black, multilingual and diaspora communities. Co-sponsored by Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de creation and Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en études montréalaises. The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

When and where: February 20, Leacock 232, 6-8 pm

March 29

A discussion featuring co-editors of the upcoming queer and trans Arab anthology El Ghourabaa Eli Tareq and Samia Marshy. Tareq and Marshy will discuss the process of putting together an anthology. The event will be live streamed and live captioned.

When and where: TBA

Office Hours:

  • Felix Chau Bradley: January 11 and 24, Arts 325, 2-3 pm

  • Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler: January 18, 2-3 pm and January 30, 10-11 am, February 20, 3-5 pm, Arts 325.

  • Kama La Mackerel: February 7, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and February 14, 12-2 pm, Arts 325.

  • Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch: TBA

For more information or to set up an appointment with the Richler artists, please contact: publish [at] metonymypress.com


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Liz Howard, Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence
Image by Ralph Kolewe.

Poet Liz Howard’s debut collection of work, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart, 2015), was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection, Letters in a Bruised Cosmos (McClelland & Stewart, 2021), has garnered critical acclaim and is shortlisted for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Magazine, and Best Canadian Poetry 2018. She is one of the jurors for McGill’s 2022 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage.

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