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About Bookthug:

BookThug's publisher Jay MillAr is a poet, editor and publisher who has been actively involved in the Canadian experimental poetry community for the past fifteen years. He is the author of five books, published by Coach House Books, Nightwood Editions, Mercury Press, and Snare Books; the co-editor of the magazine BafterC; and the propreitor of the online/itinerant bookstore Apollinaire's Bookshoppe.

BookThug's Editorial Vision

BookThug's editorial vision is to enrich and advance the tradition of experimental literature. All manuscripts are evaluated for their artistic merit and their ability to continue the 'conversation' about experimental literature. In other words, every manuscript must display an awareness of the intellectual and artistic tradition which preceded it, while then stretching the concepts further, responding to today's philosophical, scientific, political, and aesthetic environment.

You will find a copy of our submission guidelines here.

BookThug's Mandate

BookThug seeks to publish innovative books of poetry, prose and creative criticism that extend the tradition of experimental literature. Specifically, BookThug aims to:
  • Publish emerging writers whose work is innovative
  • Provide an opportunity for established writers to publish experimental works
  • Educate writers and readers about the tradition of experimental literature, thereby stimulating the creation of new books and building an audience for those books
  • Make these books available through mainstream channels as well as targeted publicity strategies
  • Design books with attention to the aesthetics of the physical book object

BookThug's History

BookThug's publisher Jay MillAr began publishing chapbooks in 1992, under the name Boondoggle Books. Boondoggle was partially modeled after blewointment press, founded by Canadian experimental poet and publisher bill bissett. Eleven years later, MillAr transformed Boondoggle Books into BookThug, publishing both trade books and chapbooks, all in the tradition of experimental literature.