Collusion Books publishes print chapbooks + digital anthologies of collaborative poetry & cross-art collaborations with poetic elements.

Collusion’s revenue & donations defray print costs, support poet & artist compensation, and assist long con‘s Contributor Payment Fund.

Collusion’s Tafseer imprint publishes print chapbooks of poetry translated into English by BIPOC & racialized translators

Tafseer’s revenue & donations are kept within the imprint in order to defray print costs and support poet & editor compensation.

Learn more about Collusion through our TIFOA Small Press Map profile Arc Poetry interview

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PRINT CHAPBOOKS

Upcoming chapbooks include a to-be-titled collaboration by Gary Barwin x Dona Mayoora (Nov, 2021)
and Unbecoming Prophecy by Roxanna Bennett x Khashayar Mohammadi (May, 2022).

Season 2 teasers

Towers
VII

VII is seven voices fused into one exquisite corpse: Manahil Bandukwala, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Conyer Clayton, nina jane drystek, Chris Johnson, Margo LaPierre and Helen Robertson. Based on the belief that seven minds are better than one and that many ideas make joyous chorus, we say: We are I and I is VII. Formed in March 2020, VII is based in Ottawa, Ontario, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation.

Caution Tape
Yoko’s Dogs

Yoko’s Dogs (Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis, and Jane Munro) is a collaborative poetry group writing linked verse in English, following and reinventing traditions of Japanese poetry. Past publications are Whisk (Pedlar Press, 2013) and Rhinoceros (Gaspereau Press, 2016).

machine dreams
Liam Burke x Natalie Hanna

Liam Burke has been Assistant Director of the Sawdust Reading Series & co-host of CKCU’s Literary Landscapes and performs in the band Moratorium. It is uncertain if he is a human or a sufficiently complex machine.

Natalie Hanna is a queer, disabled lawyer of Middle-Eastern descent, working with low income populations. She owes her life to machines.

Season 1

Season 1 launch party

featuring video-poems from each of the season's chapbooks

DIGITAL ANTHOLOGIES

Is This A Good Time: divination collaborations gathers 6 poems written collaboratively by 11 poets on the theme “future(s).” It features new artwork created by Tristan Onek’s AI Aesthete.

June 2020: A Pandemic Anthology (click to download) is the companion publication by 845 Press, collecting poetry by twenty contributors on the theme “this too shall pass.”

2×4^1 is the first in an occasional series of digital anthologies featuring pamphlet-length 2-person collaborations:

  • Bill Arnott + Mala Rai
  • Gary Barwin + Michael Orr
  • Patrick Butler + E Martin Nolan
  • Mehraz Karami + Khashayar Mohammadi

Is It Less Lonely Like This gathers 8 poems written collaboratively by 20 poets during the COVID-19 pandemic. It features audio & video performances by the contributors as well as new paintings from the series (the gangbang) by Angie Quick.

March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology (click to download) is the companion publication by 845 Press, collecting poetry by forty contributors about life during the pandemic.