Jim Johnstone

Jim Johnstone is a poet, editor, and critic. He has been involved in small-scale bookmaking since 2004, when he co-founded Misunderstandings Magazine, and has since produced hundreds of ephemeral book objects. Currently, Johnstone runs Anstruther Press—a micropress that makes poetry-based chapbooks and broadsides—from his Toronto apartment with his wife Erica Smith.

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Write, Print, Fold and Staple: On Poetry and Micropress in Canada
Jim Johnstone

2023 / Publishers & Publishing Industry / $26.95
9781554472567 / Trade paper / 80 pp

In Write, Print, Fold and Staple Jim Johnstone details the enduring importance of chapbook micropresses to the ecology of Canadian literature, arguing that the chapbook is the ideal form for publishing poetry. Small and provisional, micropresses generally operate outside of the commercial anxieties of trade publishing, pursuing unmediated aesthetic, cultural and personal aims.“Can’t find the book you’re looking to read? Fold and distribute something new. Generate the change you want to see.” At the heart of Johnstone’s discussion is a useful survey of fifteen notable Canadian micropresses active during the past two decades, presses whose output ranges from lo-fi, zine-like, counter-cultural productions through to works whose editing and production values far exceed those of mainstream publishers, and everything in between.

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