Indie Literary Market

22090193_10104065910814420_5903760535512309576_nGap Riot Press will be selling our Fall 2017 catalogue at the 2017 Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. The market will run from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on November 18th at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West in Toronto.

Don’t worry. We’ll remind you again closer to the date. For now, mark it in your calendars!


This Book is an ACTION

Today, Gap Riot is on the beautiful new Hook & Eye website talking about small presses, feminism, publishing, and other lovely things like that. You can read it here. This is part one of a two-part series we’ve worked on with Hook & Eye, so stay tuned for part two, a cheeky little look at how to start your own little press.

That’s all for now, loves.

“I’m so interested in what’s communicated in the gaps”

We’re getting ready to send our second chapbook out to the printer’s. While you wait anxiously, why not get into your internet time machine and check out


an email interview Gap Riot’s Kate had with Gap Riot poet Adeena Karasick last year in The Puritan?! My favourite part:

KS: I love the idea of the poem as a city of flows, movement, and flux—a poem not of “place” but plays, as you say so beautifully. Your language is always slipping and sliding, moving between points along an unpredictable trajectory where the goal is not the end point of cohesive meaning, but the pleasurably frictive process between. And of course, going along with this, the formal innovations of your poetry definitely reflect a nomadic sensibility. How does this play into the gender politics of your work vis-à-vis dominant critical discussions of belonging in place versus drifting? 

AK: It’s less a poetics of the “drift” but of the “rift,” existing in the fissures, cracks, breaks, ruptures. As intra-phonemically festive and multimediatic, the work draws from multiple sources, voices, eras, histories, lineages, lexicons. And meaning is not free-floating because it carries the weight of its palimpsestic history, and is continually re-creating its own eruvs, borders, orders, limits, laws, flaws. This is especially underscored, say, with homophonic translations, as in my poem “With Asura,” (adopted from Pound’s Canto 45, “With Usura”) or Song of Salomé (from the Song of Songs/Song of Solomon from the Old Testament). In these works, as the text is overwritten/written though anew, it carries the specter of its past within it.

And how is this playing into gender politics? Both as a woman and a Jew, it’s about being always a part of and a part from; cut off and cut into (like the mark of circumcision). And, as I cut, bind, separate, and connect through incisions, severs, semiological slips of cryptic schize, I’m so interested in what’s communicated in the gaps, absences, caesuras of this hermeneutic cut.

All of this is so clear in Karasick’s forthcoming Salome: Woman of Valor, part of Gap Riot in our Fall 2017 season. Brilliant women, beautiful poems, and intra-phonemically festive and multimediatic poetry … what more are you looking for?

You Betta Werk

In honour of sending our first chapbook to the printer’s today, Gap Riot Press is sharing with you original poetry by founding co-editor Kate Siklosi. The Letraset poem below, a mesostic with a Gap Riot spine, is mined from the lyrics to RuPaul’s iconic 1993 single “Supermodel (You Better Work).” The Gap Riot ladies offer this poem to the internet gods and goddesses as a token of our appreciation for the inspiration we take, every day, from the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent of drag queens, femmes, and queers of all kinds and RuPaul’s not-so-gentle reminder that we betta werk.

xo, d