Small Walker Press

The Small Walker Press addresses the research and creative interests of faculty members at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University, and engages with authors, artists and academics alike to produce small, innovative publications.

Small Walker Press Book Launch and Book Fair

Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture highlights the Small Walker Press and their publications as part of their 2022-23 Walker Cultural Leaders Series. Celebrate their new publication launch on Oct. 4, 2022 and explore all SWP publications at the Book Fair on Oct. 5, 2022.

We publish collaborative work that brings together authors and artists from the Niagara Region as well as the Canadian or international contexts. Fields covered include all disciplines and creative practices taught and researched at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (Arts and Culture, Visual Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts) as well as creative writing.

Examples include, but are not limited to, exhibition catalogues, artist’s books, chap books, short essay format and creative writing as well as online art folios or editions and recorded sound work or interviews. Publications may be in English, French or other languages.

The Small Walker Press is predicated on and values interdisciplinary cooperation and the exploration of image and text. It seeks to contribute to and participate in the promotion of book culture.

Editors:

Catherine Parayre (Studies in Arts and Culture / Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and Nicholas Hauck (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures).

Art and Literary advisor

Derek Knight (Visual Arts)

BOOK DESIGNER:

Bernhard Cella
The Salon für Kunstbuch
Vienna, Austria

CONTACT:

Catherine Parayre (cparayre@brocku.ca)

Watch this brief introduction to the Small Walker Press. (3:29)

Small Walker Press interview with Rob McLennan, October 2020

SWP Editor Catherine Parayre recently spoke with literary critic and book expert Rob McLennan. Click below to read the full interview.

2022 Publications: Fictive Architecture

Adrian Blackwell and Bonnie Devine

Possible Grounds. Redrawing Relations in Toronto

Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake and Landon Mackenzie

Beneath a Velvet Moon. Early Love Poems

Other SWP publications for 2022

Rethinking property in c\a\n\a\d\a

A round table with Adrian Blackwell (artist), David Fortin (architect), Bonnie Devine (artist), Tiffany Kaewen Dang (geographer), and luugigyoo patrick reid stewart (architect)

E-Book, Free Access

Tewaaraton. La crosse / Lacrosse
Paul Savoie (short story), Marjorie Kaniehtonkie Skidders (photography), Jason Stefanik / Jay Stafinak (poem), and the Toronto Experimental Translation Collective (creative writing)

2021 Publications: Music and Choreography

Arc, a choreographed poem.
Paul Savoie (text) and Mélanie Mesager (choreography)

Improvising Places / Improvising Time
Devon Fornelli (music notation) and Thomas Ayouti (creative writing)

OTHER SWP PUBLICATIONS FOR 2021 INCLUDE:

Industrial Niagara
Artists:
ARTIndustria,
Candace Couse,
Catherine Parayre,
Shawn Serfas,
Donna Szőke

Engaging with Digital Texts/Images in Literatures and the Arts
Carmela Colella, Tamara El-Hoss, and Catherine Parayre, ed.

2020 Publications: INVISIBILITY

Built to Ruin:
Between Invisibility and Suburbia
Alejandro Cartagena with creative writing by Tim Conley and Nicholas Hauck

The Dark Redacted
Donna Szőke and Gary Barwin

Other SWP publications for 2020 include:

Videopoetry/ Vidéopoésie
Daniel H. Dugas and Valerie LeBlanc

2019 Publications: Environmental Degradation

Inland 
Shawn Serfas, with creative writing by Richard Fausset and an essay by Derek Knight

The Quarry
Adam Dickinson and Lorène Bourgeois

Distribution

Small Walker Press publications can be purchased at the following locations:

Rodman Hall Art Centre (closed)
Brock University, St. Catharines

Campus Store
Brock University, St. Catharines

The Salon fürKunstbuch
Vienna, Austria

Someday Books
St. Catharines, Ontario

Bruno
Venice, Italy

Also available at:

MISS READ
Berlin Art Book Festival 2022, April 29 – May 1, 2022
at Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Recent Events

Small Walker Press 2020 Virtual Book Launch

Invisibilities With Guest Speaker Renée van der Avoird, Art Gallery of Ontario
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 5-6 pm
(please see link to event below)

Come and join us to celebrate the publication of


BUILT TO RUIN: BETWEEN INVISIBILITY AND SUBURBIA (Alejandro Cartagena, with creative writing by Tim Conley and Nicholas Hauck) and THE DARK REDACTED (Donna Szőke and Gary Barwin)

Guest speaker Renée van der Avoird is the Assistant Curator of Canadian Art in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Indigenous + Canadian Department. Her area of specialty is modern and contemporary Canadian women artists. Prior to joining the AGO in 2018, she held positions as Associate Curator/Registrar at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie; Assistant Director of Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto; and Curatorial Mentor at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and French Language & Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

This event is presented by the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture for the Walker Cultural Leader Series.The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. This education program is generously supported by Marilyn I. Walker.

VIRTUAL Book Launch on 21 Oct. 2020, 5-6 pm EST

Join us on Oct. 21 by registering for free on Eventbrite:

https://smallwalkerpressbooklaunch2020.eventbrite.ca

Walker Cultural Leader Donna Szőke: Public Lecture

On Invisibility

Interdisciplinary artist and Brock faculty member Donna Szőke discusses the motif of invisibility in her work and her current book project, to be published in 2020 by the Small
Walker Press.

Jan. 21, 2020 — 7 to 8:30 p.m. MWS 156
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts,
15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

Small Walker Press Launch

Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Main lobby of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

BOOK LAUNCHES:

Inland  (Shawn Serfas, with creative writing by Richard Fausset and an essay by Derek Knight)

The Quarry  (Adam Dickinson and Lorène Bourgeois).

Guest speaker: Noelle Allen, Publisher, Wolsak and Wynn

These volumes will also be launched at the Belvedere 21 Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria on June 19, 2019, hosted by the designer, Bernhard Cella.

A Brief History

Small Walker Press, a project of the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture.

The Small Walker Press and related events (artists’ talks, zine workshops, etc.) are STAC contribution to the Walker Cultural Leader Series.

The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. This education program is generously funded by Marilyn I. Walker.

In November 2017, the artist, curator and art book maker, Bernhard Cella (House 21/ Belvedere and Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, Austria) visited the Marilyn I. Walker School to demonstrate and perform contemporary book making (at Rodman Hall Art Centre) and host a book-making workshop at the Niagara Artists Centre.

In 2018, inspired by Bernhard Cella’s visit, STAC created the Small Walker Press whose objective is to produce books by members of the MIWSFPA and in the Humanities to promote the creative work of cultural leaders in our region. Fields covered include all disciplines or practices taught and researched at the School as well as programs that teach creative writing in the Humanities. These books may be single-authored or group contributions. Examples include but are not limited to: exhibition catalogues, artist’s books, creative writing, course-generated projects, (online) sound work. Publications may be in English, French or other languages. Additional objectives include: interdisciplinary cooperation, promotion of book culture, exploration of image and text, dissemination of knowledge, pedagogical participation, and students’ professionalization. Small Walker Press books are designed by Bernhard Cella.

Bernhard Cella, with Catherine Parayre: Interview for Studies in Arts and Culture, Walker Cultural Leader Series, Brock University.

Recorded November 01, 2017. 14:05 min. Brock Radio 103.7 FM (Niagara, Canada), cfbu.ca. Tuesday, February 13, 2018. 16:30.

The Small Walker Press is homed in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture and receives the support of the Walker Cultural Leader series. Generously funded by Marilyn I. Walker, The Walker Cultural Leader Series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, it celebrates professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society.