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Aya Press fonds. - 1977-1985. - 4.5 m of textual record and graphic material.

Administrative History

Glynn Davies founded Aya Press in 1978 and launched his publishing program with Itzy Borenstein's Ancient Music. Aya Press was one of Canada's important small literary presses. The press published the works of experimental poets such as bp Nichol and Steve McCaffery and lesser-known Canadian poets, as well as a number of volumes of fiction by such writers as Leon Rooke, Rikki, Susan Kerslake and Sharon Drache. Aya Press published 21 titles from 1977 to 1984 and is known for the outstanding quality and eclectic nature of its publications.

In 1985, Aya Press began to co-publish with Mercury Press and shortly thereafter, Aya Press disappeared from the imprint. The Mercury Press continues to publish fiction, Canadian murder mysteries, poetry, and trade non-fiction.

Scope and Content

The fonds includes editorial correspondence, financial records, typescripts, proofs, artwork and a sample copy of the 21 published titles and their reviews.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Glynn Davies in 1985. [1985-09]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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