Based in Montreal, Encore publishes new & public domain writing and other media. Desiderata include engagement with the canon, modernism, political acumen, and irreverence. Encore was launched in 2009 by Michael Carbert, and edited until 2014 by Carbert & Marko Sijan. It is currently edited by Elisabeth Gill with  Camille Benoit and Jaime Bastien.

Former Editors

Michael Carbert is a past editor of Carousel magazine and currently a contributing editor to  Canadian Notes & Queries. His articles, reviews and interviews have been featured in various publications including Books in CanadaThe New Quarterly,  CNQ, The Montreal Review of BooksMaisonneuve and The Montreal Gazette.

Posts by Michael.

Marko Sijan is a Montreal author. His work has appeared in journals including Canadian Notes and QueriesMaisonneuve, and This Magazine. He blogs at The Huffington Post. His novel Mongrel, “a Stuart Ross book” out from Mansfield Press, was named among the “Best First Books” of 2011 by The Globe and Mail, and long-listed for a ReLit Award in 2012.

Posts by Marko.


Contributor Norm Sibum writes the column Ephemeris.He has been writing and publishing poetry for over thirty years. Born in Oberammergau in 1947, he grew up in Germany, Alaska, Utah, and Washington before moving to Vancouver in 1968. He has published several volumes of poetry in Canada and England. A Canadian citizen, Sibum currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

Helen Addy is from Forres, Morayshire, Scotland. Her poetry has appeared in the BUGGED anthology, Snakeskin webzine, The Pygmy GiantPoetry Advent, and From Glasgow to Saturn. In February 2013, she won second prize in the Highland Literary Salon adult poetry competition. She is currently working on a first pamphlet. Posts by Helen Addy.

Megan Alford is currently based in Montreal where she received her BA in Creative Writing from Concordia University. She has been shortlisted for the Irving Layton Award in both fiction and poetry, and has been featured in Matrix Magazine and Soliloquies. Posts by Megan Alford.

Larissa Andrusyshyn’s first collection, Mammoth, was published in 2010 by DC Books. Her poetry has appeared in HeadlightSoliloquiesVersal and in the anthologies Running With Scissors (Cumulus Press) and The Future Hygyenic (Pistol Press 2009). She lives in Montreal. Posts by Larissa Andrusyshyn.

Andrea Barrick lives in Toronto. “Queen West” is her first published story. Posts by Andrea Barrick.

Jaime Bastien is a Montreal-based writer. Posts by Jaime Bastien.

Greg Bell lives in Kingston, Ontario. His poems have appeared in Misunderstandings Magazine andEyewear. His chapbook Better Locks and Daylight will be published this spring by Cactus Press. Posts by Greg Bell.

Jennifer Boire is a Montreal poet, with two books published: For the Birds, Little Red Bird Press, 2011, and Little Mother, Hochelaga Press, 1997. She coaches women in Creative Journaling and leads retreats. Posts by Jennifer Boire.

Asa Boxer lives in Montreal. His debut book, The Mechanical Bird (2007), won the Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry, and a series of poems therein won first prize in the 2004 CBC Literary Awards. His work has been anthologised in various collections, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2009Skullduggery (2011), his second collection of poems, is published by Signal Editions. Posts by Asa Boxer.

Grant Buday is the author of eight books including  A Sack of TeethRootboundThe VenetianMonday Night Man, and Dragonflies. His new memoir, Stranger on a Strange Islandwill be published this spring by New Star Books. He lives on Mayne Island in British Columbia. Posts by Grant Buday.

Chen Chen’s work appears/is forthcoming in PoetryThe Massachusetts ReviewDIAGRAM[PANK], and Twelfth House, among others. Recent honors include being a finalist for Narrative’s 30 Below Contest and the second place winner of the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. He is currently finishing an MFA at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow and a Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. Posts by Chen Chen.

Jesse Eckerlin’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Antigonish Review, The Puritan, The Week Shall Inherit The Verse, and others. In 2012, Frog Hollow Press published his first chapbook We Are Not The Bereaved. Posts by Jesse Eckerlin.

Darrell Epp lives on the western shore of Lake Ontario. His poetry has been published in dozens of magazines, including Poetry IrelandMaisonneuve and Tulane Review. His first collection, Imaginary Maps, was published by Signature Editons in 2009. Posts by Darrell Epp.

Megan Findlay’s first novel, an M.A. thesis at Concordia University, earned the David McKeen Award for best thesis by a graduating student in Creative Writing.  Her work has been published in Canadian Notes and Queries and was short listed in the 2009 CBC Literary Awards competition.  She lives in Ottawa with a ginger cat. Posts by Megan Findlay.

Max Ghiara began writing poetry when he was 12 and had a book out before he left high school. After reading mathematics and economics at university, he obtained an MBA and a PMP from Ivy League universities and didn’t write for years. But now he returns to Minerva. Posts by Max Ghiara.

Susan Gillis teaches English literature and Creative Writing at John Abbott College in Montreal. Her books include Swimming Among the Ruins and Volta, which won the 2003 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Posts by Susan Gillis. 

Michael Glover is a London-based poet, art critic and editor of The Bow-Wow Shop, an international poetry forum. He read English at Queens’ College, Cambridge and is a contributor to The Independent, The Economist and The New Criterion, among other publicationsHis collections of poetry include Impossible Horizons (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995), Amidst all this Debris (Dagger Press, 2002) and For the Sheer Hell of Living (San Marco Press, 2008). His forthcoming book, Only So Much (from which “Make Ready” is taken), is to be published by Savage Poets Collective of Sheffield (an imprint of ACM Retro), and will be available this September. Posts by Michael Glover.

Jack Hannan‘s collection of poems, Some Frames (Cormorant, 2011), was short-listed for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. His next collection, A rhythm to stand beside, is forthcoming in Spring 2013. Posts by Jack Hannan.

Kasper Hartman has published poetry and essays in HeadlightHotel Critical Review and Canadian Poetry. He is a recent winner of the Wynne Francis Award for Graduate Study in Canadian Poetry. Posts by Kaspar Hartman.

Jason Heroux is the author of two poetry collections, Memoirs of an Alias andEmergency Hallelujah, both published by Mansfield Press, and a novella titled Good Evening, Central Laundromat (Quattro Books, 2010) which was shortlisted for the 2011 Relit Novel Award. His work has appeared in chapbooks, anthologies and magazines in Canada, the US, Belgium, France, and Italy. He lives in Kingston, Ontario. Posts by Jason Heroux.

Zachary Horvitz is from Newton, Massachusetts. 

Posts by Zachary Horvitz.

Charlotte Hussey‘s poetry collections include: Rue Sainte Famille (Vehicule, 1990), The Head Will Continue to Sing (Over the Moon, 2000) and Glossing the Spoils (Awen, 2012). Her poems have appeared in An Anthology of the Top Fifty Poems from the National Poetry ContestSoul of the Earth: The Awen Anthology of Eco-spiritual PoetryArc, Antigonish Review, and Fiddlehead. Posts by Charlotte Hussey.

Adam Kelly was born in N.D.G., Montreal, and lives there now. His work has been published in (Cult)ure and Rover magazine, but he works mainly as an actor, producer, screenwriter and teacher. Recently, his web series Montreal Hearts received international acclaim. Adam is currently at work on a feature film, and on his first novel. Posts by Adam Kelly.

Kathryn Jones is an American writer living in Boston. She is particularly fond of haikus and dead stuff/taxidermy and rescues animals in her free time.Posts by Kathryn Jones.

Marius Kociejowski is an acclaimed poet, essayist and travel writer. His collections of poetry include Music’s Bride and So Dance the Lords of Language, and he is the author of the highly praised travel books The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey and The Pigeon Wars of Damascus. He lives in London, England. Posts by Marius Kosiejowski.

Cory Lavender hails from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in Montreal. His work has previously appeared in The Antigonish ReviewThe Dalhousie Review, and The New QuarterlyPosts by Cory Lavender.

Michael A. Lithgow’s poetry has appeared in ArcThe New QuarterlyFiddlehead andCV2. Selections of his work have been included in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry (Cormorant Books, 2010), and in Rutting Season (Buffalo Runs Press, 2009). He is a contributing editor at and a research associate with the Canadian Alternative Media Archive. Posts by Michael A. Lithgow.

Stacey Madden’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in such places asThe Globe and MailBroken PencilFront&CentreFull of CrowOpen Book: Toronto, and The Toronto Review of Books, among other publications. His first novel will be published by ECW Press in Fall 2012. Posts by Stacey Madden.

Julie Mahfood has had her writing published in Literary Review of CanadaCV2Descant, montreal serai, Antigonish Review, Roomcarte blancheThe Caribbean Writer and Grain. In 2009 she won the Quebec Writers’ Federation carte blanche Prize. Julie lives in Montreal. Posts by Julie Mahfood.

Ilona Martonfi is the author of Blue Poppy (Coracle Press, 2009) and is the founder and host of the Yellow Door Reading Series in Montreal. In 2010 she was a recipient of a Quebec Writers Federation Community Award. Posts by Ilona Martonfi.

Ross McCague is a professor of English at Seneca College in Toronto. “Bows Forged” is his first published poem. Posts by Ross McCague. 

Donald McGrath has published two poetry collections, At First Light (Wolsak and Wynn, 1995) and The Port Inventory (Cormorant Books, 2012). His poems have appeared widely in periodicals in Canada and abroad, and one was selected for the longlist Web anthology of the 2012 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Posts by the incomparable Donald McGrath.

Jerry McGrath has written art criticism for VanguardC Magazine and Parachute.His short stories have been published in the Antigonish ReviewPost by Jerry McGrath.

Blaise Moritz lives in Toronto. His  poems have been published in various journals and magazines and his collection Crown and Ribs (Fitzhenry and Whiteside) was published in 2007. Posts by Blaise Moritz.

Laurie Myers is a writer and visual artist. Her work has been published in trade and art magazines including Playback, and her famous urine bottle dress was featured for the 2010 STRUTT Wearable Art Show. She currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Posts by Laurie Myers.

Shane Neilson is the author of several books, including MeniscusComplete Physical, and most recently, Gunmetal Blue: Essays on Poetry and Medicine. In 2010, Neilson won Arc Poetry Magazine’s 15th annual Poem of the Year contest. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. Posts by Shane Neilson.

Funari Okonoro is a writer from Montreal.Posts by Funari Okonoro.

Richard Outram was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1930 and educated at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He published more than a dozen books of poetry and won the City of Toronto Book Award for his 1999 collection Benedict Abroad. Outram’s other poetry collections include Exsultate, Jubilate (1966), Turns and Other Poems (1975), The Promise of Light (1979), Man in Love (1985), Hiram and Jenny (1988), Mogul Recollected (1993), and Dove Legend (2001). His work is the subject of a book-length study, ‘Her kindled shadow…’:An Introduction to the Work of Richard Outram (2002), by Peter Sanger. Outram married painter and wood engraver Barbara Howard in 1957 and together they produced many books, pamphlets, cards, and broadsides under their own private press imprint, The Gauntlet Press. Work from the press is included in many prestigious public collections including those of The National Library of Canada and The Library of Congress. The press was the subject of special exhibitions at both Robarts Library in Toronto and Memorial University in St. John’s. Richard Outram died in 2005 in Port Hope, Ontario. His collaboration with illustrator Thoreau MacDonald, South of North: Images of Canada, was published posthumously in 2007. Author George Murray recently ranked Richard Outram as “hands down the greatest poet Canada has produced.” Richard Outram.

Eric Ormsby is the author of numerous books and poetry collections, including ArabyFacsimiles of Time, For a Modest God, and Bavarian Shrine and Other Poems (winner of the 1991 QSPELL Prize for Poetry). His work has appeared in various publications including The New YorkerThe Paris Review and The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Formerly a professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, he is currently at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, England. His newest collection is The Baboons of HadaPosts by Eric Ormsby.

Alexandra Pasian’s work has appeared in ArcCV2Event, and The Fiddlehead and was short-listed for Arc Magazine’s “Poem of The Year” contest in 2004 and 2008. She lives in Montreal. Posts by Alexandra Pasian.

Frederick Pollack has written two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press.  He is the adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University. Posts by Frederick Pollack. 

Joyce Randall’s fiction has been featured in Zok magazine and Rampike. She lives in Vancouver. Posts by Joyce Randall. 

Denis Robillard’s poems have appeared in journals across Canada, America, England and Scotland, including RattleRampikeWord RiotNashwaak ReviewAlgoma InkCliff SoundingsSiderealityOrange Room ReviewDufusOttawa Arts Review and Dusty OwlPosts by Denis Robillard. 

Ingrid Ruthig is a writer, editor, visual artist, and retired architect. Her work has appeared widely, in publications including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, The Malahat ReviewThe New QuarterlyMaisonneuve, National Post, and Quill & Quire. A former editor for LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview and Northern Poetry Review, she is the author of Slipstream: A TextworkSynesthete II, and editor of Richard Outram: Essays on His WorksPosts by Ingrid Ruthig.

M. A. Schaffner has work recently published or forthcoming in The Hollins CriticMagma, Tulane Review, Gargoyle and The Delinquent. Other writings include the poetry collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels, and the novel War Boys. Schaffner lives in Arlington, Virginia. Posts by M. A. Schaffner.

Gillian Sze’s poetry collection, Fish Bones (DC Books), was shortlisted for the 2009 QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. Her latest collection is The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press). She is also co-founder and co-editor of Branch MagazinePosts by Gillian Sze.

Zachariah Wells is a poet and critic and the author of six books, including the poetry collection Track & Trace. He is also the editor of Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets (Biblioasis, 2008). Posts by Zachariah Wells.

Ewan Whyte has written for the Globe & Mail and the Literary Review of Canada, and has read his translations of Catullus on public radio in the U.S. His translation of the poetry of Catullus was published in 2005. He has recently completed a book of original poetry and a translation of the Odes of Horace. Ewan lives in Toronto. Posts by Ewan Whyte.