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t r a c e publishes books that illuminate, in complex, beautiful, and thought-provoking ways, contemporary and historical experiences of conflict, displacement, migration, life, labour, love, and resistance.

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On collective memory, creative collaboration, and public pedagogy


In Lives Lost, it is the dead who narrate. The poem’s heroes are talking not from the safe harbor of an imagined afterlife but via the blunt expressivity of their new corpsification, their exposed, irrefutable materiality, just as their wills that said no also remain.

In Ava Raha’s haunting illustrations, rosy blood splashes and pools, but the figures of the executed refuse to dissolve.

Simone Weil Davis. World Literature Today (Autumn 2020)

... Saeed Yousef manages, with a pretended coolness, to control his fury, for it to reach its height in a silent explosion in the reader's mind...

Esmail Khoi. Poet. UK/Iran

The 37 epigrammatic texts... provide snapshots from the prisons of the Islamic Republic in 1988, immediately before and after the mass murder of political prisoners... the lyrical voice assigns a symbolism to every macabre picture... the inhumanity shown in them almost borders on the absurd. 

Nima Mina. "Literatur des Widerstandes..."

Lives Lost: In Search of a New Tomorrow is a merciless crime scene testimony, a wrenching immersion in a vital history of struggle. Illustrated with mesmerizing watercolours – brutal and poetic expressions of grief. Highly recommended. 

Lokchi Lam, Film-maker. Canada/Hong Kong

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At a time of unprecedented global change, t r a c e invites writers and readers to build community and solidarity through small books and events.

Your donations allow t r a c e to publish new manuscripts that illuminate the complex spaces, times, and languages we live in.

t r a c e prioritizes the voices of those who have, themselves, experienced war, conflict, displacement and migration. We value the voices of those historically marginalized within the inequitable publishing cultures of North America. t r a c e is a not-for-profit press.


We look for words that draw connections between here and there; now and then. Voices that ask us to question, reflect, take pleasure, love, remember, and build solidarity across our many differences.

We are unafraid to mix genres, voices, and languages.


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locations / displacements

We ask our writers, translators, artists, and readers to question borders and unsettle various forms of local and global colonialism and coloniality. We are grateful to do our work in Tkaronto in solidarity with diverse indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island who continue to gather upon the traditional lands of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat.

This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.