New Chapbooks | Phil Hall and Rachael Simpson

Apt. 9 Press is thrilled to announce two new chapbooks, due November 2012.

We will be publishing the debut chapbook from Ottawa-based Rachael Simpson, Eiderdown, as well as new collection of poems by the one-and-only Phil Hall, A Rural Pen.

Those paying attention in Ottawa have been aware of Rachael Simpson during the last few years and she has quietly but persistently developed an increasingly sure and mature voice. She read at VERSeFest 2012, where her work demanded attention and announced her as a young poet to follow seriously. Apt. 9 is honoured to be publishing her first chapbook.

Phil Hall had an astonishing 2011-2012 on the back of his excellent Bookthug title, Killdeer. Plaudits and awards aside (of which Phil has many), he has shown a remarkable lifelong commitment to the small press in Canada, as well as an astounding desire to evolve as a poet. His work has a depth and range that can only be earned over decades of patient, determined practice. It is a privilege to have worked with Phil on this chapbook and we can’t wait to get it you!

There will be a formal launch in Ottawa in November and the books will be on our table at the Fall edition of the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair. Rachael has also be lined up as one of the readers at the always-excellent pre-fair reading. We will follow up with details as they become available.

Until then, we will be working patiently to have the books ready.

See you soon.


Published by Cameron Anstee

Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Ottawa.

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