Celebrating forty years on the Main Street
of Erin Village, Wellington County
The Essential Poets Series
The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets in a package that is beautiful, accessible, and affordable. There are currently thirteen volumes in the series, including works by Margaret Avison, P. K. Page and James Reaney. Browse this page to learn more about the books and authors in the Essential Poets Series.
- Learn about how The Essential Poets Series came to be in this article by PQL publisher Tim Inkster.
- Click here for an audio interview with volume editors Amanda Jernigan, Ingrid Ruthig and Shane Neilson as they discuss the series on Art Waves.
Calling all teachers!
Looking for resources on how to get students talking about poetry in the classroom? Check out our handy teaching guide, Unpacking Poetry. Written by volume editor Ingrid Ruthig, the resource also contains a lesson plan and handouts to help expose sudents to The Essential Poets Series, and teach The Essential Anne Wilkinson.
selected by Robyn Sarah
‘The Essential Don Coles, with a perceptive foreword by Robyn Sarah, is an important book, in spite of its smallness.... I can not think of a better introduction to a poet who will be increasingly recognized as one of the best of our era.’
—M. Travis Lane, The Fiddlehead
SUBMISSIONS TO THE SERIES
The Porcupine's Quill welcomes suggestions from editors who may want to recommend poets for inclusion in The Essential Poets Series.
Our policy is to be as accomodating as possible to all proposals, with the one caveat which is that we do NOT pay permissions fees. We DO pay an editorial honorarium, and we also pay a ten percent royalty on sales (often, to the Estate) but we do NOT pay permissions fees on work which is currently in print and readily available from another publisher.
Prospective editors should also be aware that we are committed to publishing Melissa Dalgleish's Jay Macpherson in the spring of 2017, and Jeffery Donaldson's John Reibetanz in the fall.
Other titles in various stages of preparation include Brian Bartlett's Dorothy Roberts, John Barton's Doug LePan, Ross Leckie's Alfred Bailey, Carmine Starnino's John Glassco and Charles Bruce, and Zach Wells' John Smith and George Whipple.
The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.