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.



What are the histories, constraints, and possibilities of language in relation to bodies, origins, land, colonialism, gender, war, displacement, desire, and migration?

Moving across genres, memories, belongings, and borders, these luminous texts by poets, writers, and translators invite us to consider translation as a form of ethical and political love – one that requires attentive regard of an other – and a making and unmaking of self.

As seating is limited, please RSVP via Eventbrite -

UNSETTLING TRANSLATION a conversation series

Pre-order the book

April Poetry Month with trace: Translating [x]

trace: translating [x] ARABIC

On April 28 we celebrated with the participants of our 2022-2023 Arabic literary translation workshops

trace: translating [x] TAMIL

On April 22 we celebrated with the participants of our 2022-2023 Tamil literary translation workshops

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.

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.


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.


Sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch...