The Canadian Poetry Press was founded in 1986 for the purposes of publishing scholarly editions of early Canadian long poems.

Since then the Press has expanded its mandate to include editions of the work of the Confederation poets and critical studies of Canadian poetry. The Canadian Poetry Press series of Editions of Early Canadian Long Poems now runs to some twenty scholarly editions of poems that were originally published between 1789 and 1900.

The Press has also published John Strachan’s Poetry, a scholarly edition based on a manuscript in the Ontario Archives, Early Long Poems on Canada, and an anthology of poems selected from the Early Canadian Long Poems series.

Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews is a refereed journal devoted to the study of poetry from all periods in Canada. It is published twice yearly, in the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

Its first issue was published in 1977. Canadian Poetry is indexed in the MLA Bibliography, the American Humanities Index, the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature and the Canadian Literary Periodicals Index; and it is included in Ulrick’s International Periodical Directory, Abstracts of English Studies and The Year’s Work in English Studies.

In 1994, the Canadian Poetry Press initiated Post-Confederation Poetry: Texts and Contexts, a series of scholarly editions and critical studies of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canadian poetry that now includes several volumes and has several more in preparation.

The publication programmes of the Canadian Poetry Press have been made possible by grants from the Academic Development Fund of the University of Western Ontario and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The Editor in chief at Canadian Poetry Press is D.M.R. Bentley. For more information on our principal staff members, visit our Editors page.