F ormed in 1999, Mansfield Press made its debut into the publishing world in May 2000 with four books of poetry by accomplished writers Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Margaret Christakos, Corrado Paina and Ann Shin.
Publisher and editor Denis De Klerck established Mansfield during a time when many multinational publishing companies were clustering together and getting bigger-making the hands-on, independent publishing that fosters so much new and important writing, harder and harder to find. Since then Mansfield Press has become one of the best places to find groundbreaking and challenging work. With a strong focus on poetry, Mansfield Press is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of writers and introducing them to the world.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy, with strong local community ties, Mansfield Press helps foster the important exchange between writers and readers, whether they meet in person, or on the page.
Editor Stuart Ross has been involved in literary publishing for over thirty-five years. He maintains his own micropress, Proper Tales, and is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. Stuart is the author of ten books of poetry, two story collections, two books of personal essays, and a novel. He is the co-translator from the French of one poetry collection. Stuart has given writing workshops across the country and, for the past two decades, has edited books for both literary and trade publishers. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, and the same year he won the ReLit Prize for Short Fiction for Buying Cigarettes for the Dog. In 2012, he was co-winner of the Mona Elaine Adilman Award for English Fiction and Poetry on a Jewish Theme for his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and in 2013 he was awarded the sole prize to an anglophone writer by l’Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21e siècle for his poetry collection You Exist. Details Follow.
Stuart joined Mansfield in 2007 and now has his own imprint, “a stuart ross book,” through which he brings exciting and unusual poetry to the press.
Since winning a neighbourhood spelling bee at the age of nine, Ally Fleming continues to pursue her passion for language and literature. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including 2011’s what happened was: he flew through (serif of nottingham editions). Her work has appeared in publications including This Magazine, Misunderstandings, and The Canadian Jewish News. She was an event coordinator and blogger for the Scream Literary Festival and is a member of the Meet the Presses collective. Ally is happy to be back in Toronto following a four-year stay in Montreal. She is looking forward to working with Mansfield Press, and to eating a proper Torontonian twister bagel.