Desert Pets Press was founded in 2015 by illustrator Emma Dolan and author Catriona Wright. Based out of Toronto, Ontario,
the press publishes limited edition poetry and prose chapbooks and strives to combine exciting contemporary writing with innovative design.
Desert Pets Press would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which we operate. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The 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. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for The Walrus‘s Poetry Prize, Arc‘s Poem of the Year Contest, and a National Magazine Award. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine‘s LitPop Award. She is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press, a chapbook press. Her debut collection, Table Manners, was published by Véhicule Press in 2017.
DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR
Emma Dolan is an illlustrator and designer based in Toronto, Canada. Her primary focus has been in publishing, designing books for publishers across Canada and the US. Emma is the co-founder of Desert Pets Press, an independent publisher of limited edition poetry and prose chapbooks, as well as the graphic designer for The Puritan.