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Blackfish Press fonds. - 1970-1985. - 4 m of textual record and other material.

Administrative History

The literary magazine Blackfish was founded in 197l by Allan Safarik and Brian Brett, then both students at Simon Fraser University. Although initially formed as an outlet for new, unpublished writers, Blackfish turned to publishing established poets such as Patrick Lane, Dorothy Livesay, Milton Acorn, Earle Birney and John Newlove alongside completely unknown writers. Blackfish produced five issues from 1971 to 1973. By 1972, the press began producing limited edition broadside folios in runs of 150 to 200, each one signed and numbered. Four of the ten planned works were actually produced: For the West Coast by Brian Brett, Face by Seymour Mayne, Disasters of the Sun by Dorothy Livesay and The Age of the Bird by Pat Lowther. In 1973, Blackfish Press began to publish books in a variety of formats and editions in runs of 1 500 to 2 000, notably: North Book (1975) by Jim Green, winner of the Canadian Author's Association gold medal for poetry, Poems of French Canada (1977) translated from French by F.R. Scott, and Venus in Furs (1977) translated from the German by John Glasso. Blackfish Press has not published since 1982.

Scope and Content

The Blackfish Press fonds contains the administrative records of the Press (1970-1980), including correspondence, financial records and production documents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Allan Safarik in 1985. [1985-05]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some correspondence restricted.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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