Since 1986, Kalamalka Press has published more than 40 books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism by both new and established writers. At its inception Kalamalka Press focused on Canadian writing and solicited a long list of poetic contributions through the Kalamalka New Writers Competition. Work in the Mackie Lecture and Reading series emphasized national and international Canadian writing on a diverse array of issues: war, environmentalism, poetics, and memoir. More recently, the John Lent Poetry/Prose Award has published a wide range of emerging Canadian poets, while the annual Okanagan College Three-Hour Short-Story Contest has showcased work by students from throughout the Okanagan Valley.
In 2012, Kalamalka Press shifted its focus to publishing shorter, fine-press books, with content solicited through poetry and prose contests, writer residencies, and selected submissions. Kalamalka Press has also incorporated an educational emphasis on the crafts of typesetting, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, and works in partnership with Okanagan College's Writing and Publishing Diploma Program.
In addition to its publishing activities, Kalamalka Press also hosts an annual Writer in Residence at the historic Caetani Cultural Centre, where they have the opportunity to concentrate on various writing projects. This Writer in Residence partnership also includes readings and lectures for students and the community.
He is the author of Clench (Gaspereau Press), Moving to the Clear (NeWest Press), The Gift of a Good Knife (Outlaw Editions), In Theory (above/ground press), and co-author of A Bibliography of the Black Sparrow Press Archive (University of Alberta Press).
Jason has worked as a freelance book designer & typographer for publishers across Canada and the US, including Nawakum Press, Éditions Lucie Lambert, the University of Calgary Press, the University of Alberta Press, NeWest Press, and various other academic and trade publishers.
With Jake Kennedy, he edited the final issues of two of Canada's oldest literary journals, dandelion and Open Letter. When not writing, he acts in films, like Nuptials and Recon; when not acting, he teaches essay demolition and creative wording at Okanagan College; when not teaching, he daddles and husbands in a log home on 16 acres within traditional Splats'in territories.
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Each year we have a new crew in the Bunker, eager to get their hands dirty and inky. Along with a variety of individual projects, each year students are tasked with hand-setting all of the text for the winning manuscript of the John Lent Poetry/Prose Award, proofing, correcting and working up pages before beginning the process of actually printing, folding, collating and binding the books.
Kalamalka Press publishes two projects each year: the Okanagan College Three-Hour Short Story Contest, and the John Lent Poetry-Prose Award, as well as the occasional broadside here or there. The press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts and assumes no responsibility for manuscripts submitted electronically or by mail.
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