The Inspiritus Press team has been hard at work at building up communities and creating platforms to encourage, support and uplift emerging writers both online and offline, such as our initiatives with the Wattpad Literary Fiction Network and the York University Crossroads Literary & Reading Festival. Our passion is to connect traditional and digital, avant-garde and commercial.
This mission continues with Apparatus, our new anthology in conjunction with the Literary Fiction Network and 15 contributors, slated to release in late January 2017.
The 80-page collection of form-breaking experimental poetry and prose, includes abstract photography and art, in a charming 4.75" x 7" quality matte finish paperback, and thematic styles that journey to a climax from gritty and grotesque to surreal and transcendental.
The body is the sole mediator between man and universe, the moment between birth and death. Sometimes, there may be unity, love, transcendence and liberation. Other times, separation, lunacy, limitation, atrophy, violence.
In this collection of visionary, experimental poetry, prose and photography, the physical body and its relationships are celebrated, examined, distorted, dissected, exposed.
Curated selections from acclaimed and established authors, emerging student writers, local Torontonians or Literary Fiction Network contributors:
B.W. Powe is a visionary, poet, novelist, philosopher, essayist, an English professor at York University and Writer-Scholar in Residence at the University of Catalonya. His works have been acclaimed and reviewed by respected critics, journals, the media, and fellow contemporaries, including Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Don DeLillo. He is known for The Solitary Outlaw (1987), A Tremendous Canada of Light (1993), Outage (1995), The Unsaid Passing (2005). In 2015, he was nominated for six awards for Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy (2014) and Where Seas and Fables Meet (2015). Decoding Dust was published by NeoPoesis Press in 2016.
Takatsu is a multimedia artist and a featured Wattpad Star of 20,000 readers from Toronto. In 2008, through Secondhand Memories (Sakura Publishing), he pioneered English cell phone novels, and his acclaimed magical realist novel, Espresso Love, that delves into Kafkaesque systems and spiritual transcendence, won a Watty’s Award and reached 1 million reads in 2014. In 2016, Inspiritus Press published his literary, philosophy and art collection, Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams, and he received the Babs Burggraf Award for “The Elephant Girl”. He coordinates Inspiritus, the Literary Fiction Network, YU Crossroads, events and other initiatives.
Evan J. Hoskins is a grad student at York University, Poetry Editor for Existere journal, director of Slackline Creative Arts Series in Toronto, and an assistant at Brick, A Literary Journal. The poet has been published in many magazines and anthologies such as Vallum, In/Words, Soliloquies Anthology, and Bywords.
N.J. Greenfield was born in England but has spent his life traveling. “Persephone”, his surreal short story, was published alongside Thomas Ligotti in international publication, Die Novelle, before also being in the International Indie Collection. It became a featured read on the influential Literary Fiction Network in 2014 garnering over 30,000 reads. His short stories and flash fiction have also been published by Cecile’s Writers, Storgy, and Centum Press’ anthology, One Hundred Voices - Vol. 2. He currently lives in Germany, where he awaits the next destination.
Aaron Capelli is a native of Santa Barbara, California, studying Japanese Literature at University of California Berkeley. The poet has been published in the literary magazine Painted Cave, and won 2nd place in the 2014 Emmons Poetry Competition.
Skyler Clarke is a young poet and writer based in France. Praised for original use of metaphor, rhythm and visceral imagery, their most popular work to date has been Untitled, an ongoing collection of abstract poetry and experimental prose concerning a variety of themes, including outer space, existentialism, urbanism and depression. It was featured on the Literary Fiction Network. Their short story “The Sands See All as Equal” won first place in the 2016 Paris Young Authors Fiction Festival, and sci-fi short “SCRAP” is currently being adapted into a radio play.
Daven Sharma is a student of English at York University. He majored in Legal Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz before moving to Toronto. He is working on a thesis that examines the work of Antonin Artaud in relation to contemporary notions of “madness” and “sanity.” His poetry is an effort to apprehend the language of affect in an increasingly estranged and artificialized world. Daven is actively involved in curating projects with Inspiritus Press, and he initiated the Apparatus chapbook project, which was published in 2017.
Deniz Sonkan lives and works in Toronto. She studies English and Philosophy at York University. Her poetry contemplates the nervous and slack-boweled human condition indicative of late-capitalism by exploring the themes of alienation, addiction, and the perverse. She is influenced by the cut-up technique of Burroughs and the trenchant intensity of Dickinson. Deniz is working on a poetry collection called “The Mighty Anguish”, which will see its completion in 2017.
Sierra Marilyn Riley has been writing and experimenting with poetry for many years, and is currently in her second year as a double major in Creative Writing and Playwriting at York University. She is producing and performing two shows at the playGround Festival for her second consecutive year. She has been published in student papers, Hello Giggles, as well as Middle Eastern youth magazine, one8one.
Colette Thomas was born in sunny Swaziland and found her calling through establishing a pre-primary school where she still teaches. She has always kept journals where she places bits of her soul, mainly in the form of poetry. This year, she began sharing her writing with the world through the online platform Medium, building a readership of four hundred.
Aaron L. Sheng is a writer, editor, classical studies historian, composer and video game aficionado. He manages the Wattpad Literary Fiction Network and 3,000 subscribers as Chief Curator and Editor, championing online literary works on the digital platform for reading and writing.
Nikita Shorikov is a Russian-born Canadian fiction writer, poet, and essayist currently residing in Toronto. His literary experiments seek to explore, among other things, the nature of experience in formal, philosophical, and aesthetic terms, and have been recognized for their powerful emotional undercurrents and innovative use of form and temporality. His work has been anthologized and has appeared in journals like (parenthetical) and KYSO Flash.
C.J. Garrett is an absurdist avant-garde poet, spoken word performer, and a cell phone novelist of titles such as Silent World’s Disturbed Melody. His Dada-esque collection, Memoirs of a Zygote, was published in 2015. Currently, he is working on a prose collection, and at Inspiritus Press.
Thomas Arthur Farrell, a literary writer from the cold hollows of New England, graduate of the University of Colorado and the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, is a student of nature, a husband and school teacher who currently resides in the Orient. He won a Watty’s 2016 Award for his short story collection The Hanging of the Swings of Versailles and is featured on the Wattpad Literary Fiction Network.
Mae Claudette Costan is an artist, photographer and student at the University of the Philippines, with an eye for minimalist, surreal and abstract art. She has worked as an editor and contributor to publications such as Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams and the Aquarian. Recently, she started working as a freelance writer, and Social Media Manager at Inspiritus Press.
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Most reward packages stack with the previous lower priced tiers!
Insiders Mag - Exclusive digital content as a token of gratitude
Fully Digital - Full digital experience with exclusive photography
The One & Only - The physical print book at an early bird pre-order price
The Double - The book and Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams our Kickstarter success full-colour early 2016 release
Indies - three copies of the print book; contact us for reselling
Personalized by Hand - The book, quality prints, personalized letter, and video call
The Moment - The book and an exclusive t-shirt to be freshly produced
The Library - Six copies of the print book; contact us for reselling
Personal Storyteller - The book, custom story about you or person of choice, handmade experimental artwork, quality prints, personalized letter, and video call
The Moment 2 - The book, quality prints, personalized letter, video call and an exclusive t-shirt to be freshly produced
The Dealer - Ten copies of the print book; contact us for reselling
All TORONTO ONLY rewards include VIP hang outs in the city with the team.
Mock ups only: final product may include different designs or differ slightly.
$200 - Produce the exclusive t-shirts in the rewards
$400 - Increase print run from 300 to 500
$600 - Fund and set up follow up mentorship sessions with industry professionals for Crossroads student writers at York University
$800 - Produce our next publication, the Literary Fiction Network short story anthology from international authors, for projected release in mid to late 2017; all backers receives a copy at print cost (roughly $5)
$1000 - All profits to establishing Crossroads as a non-profit organization to support student writers, faculty, industry and technological advancement, and planning, producing, marketing the next event in Fall/Winter 2017
Contributions to this project will not only help offset the costs needed for producing the book, unlock more ideas, and support the 15 writers mentioned above, but will go back into funding initiatives such as the York University Crossroads Literary & Reading Festival and following series of events and mentoring sessions which provides a rare opportunity to facilitate networking, learning and discussion for students, faculty, industry and emerging writing/publishing technologies over books, food, drinks and presentations. Guest speakers from York University Creative Writing Department, the Writer's Union of Canada, Word on the Street, Brick Literary Journal, Existere, untethered mag, Wattpad, Dumagrad Books, the Literary Fiction Network, the pioneer of cell phone novels, Inspiritus Press and more. We generally function as a non-profit organization, where we fully invest in our communities.
Be sure to check out the rewards! Most reward tiers have both international shipping and Toronto only options.
Risks and challenges
The project is guaranteed to be published. We are partnering with a very well established local (Toronto) printer that has years of experience (since 1975) in publishing books of all kinds from companies such as Scholastic, Skyhorse Publishing, Dundurn, Coach House Books, Palimpsest Press, Dumagrad Books and many more. They are also eco-friendly and environmentally conscious and we believe we will be in good hands.
Currently, one risk is for delays during the printing process, which we've already allotted two weeks of buffer time compared to the completion date given to us by the printer. Professional printer and book publishing factories handle huge print runs of tens of thousands of books, and our limited run of 300-500 will not be a significant challenge for them.
On the other hand, shipping and courier service, of course, may be out of our control once we hand the product over to be delivered. But as far as we know, we've never experienced or seen any issues with delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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