t r a c e  is both verb and noun; act and residue.

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.

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.

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We look forward to introducing our new series of publications exploring community and collaboration in times of crisis.
We begin with three texts focused on Arabic, Tamil and Urdu
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River in an Ocean



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.