By Jane Litchfield
A poetry collection published by Guelph’s Gordon Hill Press has won multiple accolades this month. Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett is an “uncanny collection of ‘crippled’ sonnets [that] features a thrilling display of cannibals, chimeras, and the crucial question: What meaning can be made of a life lived in pain and isolation?”
The book won The Raymond Souster Award (national) and was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award (also national) and the Ontario Trillium Book Award. (The Trillium award winner will be announced at the end of June.) That’s a lot of success for Guelph’s self-branded “feisty upstart publisher.”
We checked in by email with Jeremy Luke Hill, the founder and publisher of Gordon Hill Press. A fixture of the Guelph literary scene, Hill is also founder of Vocamus Press, “a local-centric micro-publisher,” and Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit organization that promotes book culture in the Guelph area.
A poetry collection published by Guelph’s Roxanna Bennett
Gordon Hill Press. Cover design by Gordon Hill Press