The year 2020 began with the very good news in January that David Zieroth’s Alfred Gustav Press has accepted a chapbook of mine for publication in December 2020. The collection, entitled The House Dreaming in the Snow, brings together nine poems all set in B.C.’s Slocan Valley where I live. As the title suggests, many of them are wintry in nature.
Zieroth, 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award winner for poetry, started the micro-press in 2008, and since then has issued four small chapbooks approximately every six months. Over the past dozen years, the press—named for Zieroth’s father—has published such poets as Victoria’s Patricia Young, and two former writing students at Nelson’s David Thompson University Centre: Gerry Hill (a past Saskatchewan poet laureate) and Calvin Wharton (formerly head of the writing program at New Westminster’s Douglas College).