Phafours Press

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm 2007-2017. I am not currently accepting submissions.


Fall 2018:

Math by Phil Hall and Saviour of the Western Word by Pearl Pirie


Fall 2017:

Dragonflies and Things: Poems by Murray Citron and Though we are incredibly small by Stephen Bett.


Spring 2017:

Cough of a Sloth by Claudia Coutu Radmore, Wayfarers by Roland Packer. Pearl-diving: Grit to form poems around by Pearl Pirie and Spider in a white suit by Conyer Clayton


Fall 2016:

Morning Morning Blues by Mike Montreuil and A brief statement of facts and interactions of various companies and people by Dalton Derkson.


2016 & Spring Chapbooks


Alternative Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Bing He and Unit by Jeff Blackman. Each in print run of 50.


Rs Poetica by Pearl Pirie of cut-up collage and meditations on the letter R. In print run of 75.


2015 Fall Chapbooks

War is the father of us all by Guy Simser. Moon and Fish by Terry Ann Carter and Place-Setting by Pearl Pirie

The first two are now on new-look mini chapbooks, full colour, and heavier 28lb paper. $2 each + P&H. Download for free the pdf of Place-Keeping trifold.


The Sourdough Collaboration by Roland Prevost and Pearl Pirie.

A peek inside. $5.


2015 Spring Chapbooks


Contact or Etsy to buy.


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Opening to curtains to 3 new mini chapbooks at the Ottawa small press fair at Jack Purcell on the afternoon of June 13. A bundle of 3 for $5 or $2 each.


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Alicia Cumming has a chapbook of women, mother/daughter, body image and finding one's personal footing. She's reading June 12 at the pre-small press fair reading. That's Marilyn Irwin, Dean Steadman, Alicia Cumming and Stuart Ross at the Carleton Tavern, doors 7pm.

Also out is Anita Dolman's latest glass studio, poems of fracturing and repair, poems about being active creators of one's world. And a mini chapbook, talking giraffes from Michael Dennis full of plain truths with quirky twists.


A profile of he first 7 years of phafours press in 2014.


chocolate poems

Anthology chapbook of 8-12 poems to cocoa launched April 8th, 2015 in Ottawa at A Thing for Chocolate, 1262 Wellington At W. 7:30pm. Readings by Steven Artelle, Pearl Pirie Roland Prevost, Grant Savage, Natalie Hanna and Catina Noble. A chapbook of cocoa's rhapsodic delights called Cocoa Cabin with poems by Steven Artelle, Marie Andrée Auclair, Amanda Earl, Susan Glickman, Natalie Hanna, Anna Mioduchowska, Catina Noble, Pearl Pirie, Roland Prevost, Brenda Schmidt, Lisa Timpf and Grant Wilkins.For sale on etsy and at local shops including Books on Beechwood. $7


writing sparks cover

Ways to get your creative spark going. 50 prompts and words of wisdom from a few continents of poets. $7.


I've extended the November 2014-March 2015 trial of the Etsy shop for phafours until July. The chapbooks above are now there. Listings costs a couple dollars a month so if there are no further sales through there, I'll revert back to selling only thru here instead.



2014 Chapbooks

Kissing Bug, Monty Reid, phafours press, 2014 by Monty Reid

Kissing Bug by Monty Reid. 5 5/8”x5 5/8” paperbacked wood sapele veneer cover (from The Wood Source, jute coptic stitch binding. $15.

Phil Hall 2014 mini chapbooks

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Eigner by Phil Hall, The Union of 6 & 7 by Sanita Fejzic, From the Diaries of Semicolon by Pearl Pirie, doing & undoing by avonlea fotheringham. Minis: 6 pages, 4 1/4" x 2 1/4". $2 each, or for 4 for $5.

Spring 2014:

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6 poems by Michael e. Casteels!
$5 each + S & H.

Mini Chapbooks Fall 2013, Spring 2014


x-book style, 2013, $2 each + Postage and handling (or all 7 mini chapbooks for $10 shipping included). Payment through sending to paypal or email for mailing address.

Change in their Pockets Grace Maselli Grace Maselli, rob mclennan Rod Pederson Michael e. Casteels Jessica Smith P6055967

Some Things with Certainty by Sneha Madhavan-Reese (April 2014), Change In their Pockets by Catherine Brunet (May 2014), What the Hair is Going On by Grace Maselli (Nov 2013), Acceptance Speech by rob mclennan (June 2014), Obviously Obviously Not What it Seems by Rod Pederson (May 2014), 3 Chapters Towards an Epic by Michael e. Casteels (June 2014), Cicada Radio by Jessica Smith (June 2014)

2013 Chapbooks:

Our hircine, murine, doppelgängers, mars


The Squirrel has landed Released Nov 2013. Poems by Gary Barwin, Vivian Vavassis, Phil Hall, Janet Hepburn, Lori Anderson Moseman, Ryan Pratt, Carol A Stephen and Shai Ben-Shalom. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" with star cut-outs and french flaps. $5 (+ $3 shipping if applicable.). Payment by paypal or contact me by the same email address to find other ways to send money.


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P6055956 Poems by Jacqueline Bourque, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, Claudia Chowaniec, Claudia Radmore, LM Rochefort, Robin K. Macdonald, Pearl Pirie, Deborah-Anne Tunney and Jean Van Loon. details.

P6035877 5 1/4" x 8", 2013, edition of 45. Cover band, Tibetan recycled hemp. With pocket. 8 pages. $5 + P&H

Where There's Fire

daylit dramatic late-lit piling up
Where There's Fire
Format: 16 pages, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
ISBN: 978-0-9878663-2-5
Poems by Jacqueline Bourque, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, Laurie Koensgen, Robin K. Macdonald, Pearl Pirie, LM Rochefort, Deborah-Anne Tunney and Jean Van Loon.

Spring 2013 Mini Chapbooks

2012 mini chapbooks, so far
New spring 2013 mini chapbooks: hhh by Gary Barwin and a cluster of as by Amanda Earl.
Format: Magic book, 6 pages, 4 1/4" x 2 1/4"
$1 each.

2012 and 2013 Mini Chapbooks

Avid Walls Self-portrait

Sprockets Away Voices

2012 & 2013 mini chapbooks
Avid Walls by Luminita Suse
Self-Portrait by Gary Stark
Sprockets Away by Pearl Pirie
Voices, Choices by Louisa Howerow
Late Plate by Gwendolyn Guth

2012 Chapbook


Air Out / In Air: 21 Poets for the Guatemala Stove Project

(phafours, 2011) ISBN: 978-0-9878663-0-1
It is an accordion fold with double-cover binding with 21 poets and their minimalist, language, haibun, visual, lyric, and prose poems from around North America.
It has sold 2 print runs raising enough money to buy 3 stoves (at $225 each) for Maya families.
" love that this anthology is all about air & the breath, something i've struggled with & still do, not just in the poetic line, but in my now healthy lungs. the poems in their various styles and voices all seem to flow well together. the sign of a good editor."~ Amanda Earl

"beautiful chapbook design for In Air/Air Out" ~  Michael C. Holmes  

Contributors: Allison Armstrong, Shai Ben-Shalom, Jeremy Colangelo, Dawn Corrigan, Czandra, James DeMers, Amanda Earl, Phil Hall, Rick Kempa, Adrienne Mercer, rob mclennan, Rhonda Melanson, Mike Montreuil, My Name Is Scot, Monty Reid, Nedjo Rogers, Jade Scapillato, Kevin Spenst, Luminita Suse, Danielle Susi, and Robert Swereda. Edited by Pearl Pirie. Cover art by James DeMers. All proceeds go to the Guatemala Stove Project. $10 (in person) [pics]  Add $2.50 postage and envelopes. Email me to set up more than 6 copies.   


2007-2011 Chapbooks

a walls sharp white

a wall's sharp white

(phafours/ Tree Press 2011), 16 p. 8½"x5½", $5 
Poems by: Barry Dempster, Sylvia Adams, Frances Boyle, Terry Ann Carter, Pearl Pirie, Claudia Coutu Radmore, L.M. Rochefort, Guy Simser, Gill Foss, Rona Shaffran, Carol A. Stephen, Gillian Wallace & Margaret Malloch Zielinski.
blue chapbook

Chromatic Beliefs

(phafours/Tree Press, 2011). 24 p., 4 ¼" x5½", $5
Poems by: Sylvia Adams, Frances Boyle, Terry Ann Carter, Glenn Kletke,
Rod Pederson, Pearl Pirie, Claudia Coutu Radmore, L.M. Rochefort, Guy Simser,
Rona Shaffran, Carol A. Stephen & Margaret Malloch Zielinski.
Barely Their Cover

Barely Their

(phafours, 2010), 24 p., 4 ¼" x5½".
Art of: Lynda Cronin, Jean Jewer, Pearl Pirie & Maureen Sandrock.
Poems of: Terry Ann Carter, Margot Gallant, Laurie Koensgen, Sean Moreland,
Claudia Coutu Radmore, Sandra Ridley, L.M. Rochefort, Rona Shaffran & Gillian Wallace.
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mini Cover

Re dis un cover

(phafours, 2011) 4 1/4" x 2 1/4"
A flutterbook ephemera of vispo.
Book Cover

Off the Keyring

(phafours, 2009)
A flutterbook ephemera of vispo and play I made.
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Book Cover

There are Better Ways to Go than by Aspartame

(phafours, 2007), 8½"x5½"
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The phafours in phavours press is a play on favours (as in party favours, as the first few things I gave out as that including some paku paku) and Pha-4, the gene that somehow governs the development of the pharynx, sphincter and longevity.