Fall Launch with Donna Kane and Kevin Spenst


JackPine Press is proud to launch two new chapbooks November 26th, 8pm, at Cafe Deux Soleils in Vancouver.

Featuring original, handmade chapbooks by British Columbia poets and book artists, our fall launch will be a poetry reading to remember.

Pioneer 10, I Hear You by Donna Kane, kit fast, and mary mottishaw is inspired by the 1972 Pioneer 10 probe, humankind’s analog scream into the blackness of space – that will probably still be travelling long after the Earth has been burned up by the sun. (Pictured: kit fast assembling copies).


Donna Kane (Dawson Creek, B.C.) is the author of two books of poetry that were both finalists for the ReLit Award: Somewhere, a Fire (2004) and Erratic (2007). Her poems, short fiction, essays and reviews have been published widely in journals such as The WalrusThe Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review as well as in several anthologies. A chapter, “The Gaze,” from her non-fiction manuscript, Summer of the Horse, was recently shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and was published in The New Quarterly in 2016.

kit fast is an artist living in Dawson Creek, B.C., and is the curator/public relations person for the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. His artistic practice ranges from photography to video to sculpture and is based in exploring a personal relationship to the land where he lives and the redefinition of place that occurs over time.

mary mottishaw is a conceptual artist in Dawson Creek, B.C., who works in a variety of mediums. Exploring the landscape of the Peace River region in mixed medium works with ‘mapping’ as its initial concept is her latest public body of work. For this chapbook’s inside cover page, she created space using a lino block relief print and black oil based ink and hand coloured earth with blue-over-grey pencils.

Flip-flop Faces and Unexpurgated Lives! is Owen and Kevin’s 5thchapbook together. It is an illustrated a flip book that playfully follows it’s protagonist from one psychedelic, reconfigured page to the next.





Owen Plummer’s practice covers a range of media from drawing, to painting, to murals, to comics, and underground zines. His work has been shown in Paris, New York, London(UK), Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Romania. He is currently working on solo art work for a book to be published by Perro Verlag and he is doing collaborative work with artist James Whitman.

Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press) and the chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published), What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press) and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). His work has most recently appeared in subTerrain magazine, B after C, Poetry is Dead, The Puritan, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.