Natalie Hanna’s newest chapbook, a collaboration with poet and musician Liam Burke, debuts Thursday, June 3rd, 2021, at the Collusion Books Season 2 Launch Party. At this event, three collaborative chapbooks will launch: Towers, by VII, Caution Tape, by Yoko’s Dogs, and machine dreams, by Burke and Hanna. Season 2 books may be preordered here.

Natalie is excited to be participating in the VERSeFest 2020 Invitational Slam on November 13, 2020, curated by Rusty Priske, and featuring poets Dimorphic, Jayde, Kamal Hakim, Larissa Tarasoff, Namitha Rathinapillai, Shawn K, Switch Bridges, and Nina Jane Drystek!

Interview News – Something a Little Bit Magical: an interview with natalie hanna. Manahil Bandukwala interviews Natalie Hanna for Canthius about her new chapbook with Baseline Press, infinite redress, about the magic of musical collaborations, and about the workings of small press. As a special bonus, this interview links to the video debut of the chapbook. Click here to read the interview and watch the launch.

Chapbook News – natalie hanna’s newest chapbook, infinite redress, is now available through Baseline Press, in advance of its November 2020 launch. infinite redress is a gentle meditation on loss and grieving, in the context of the personal and the universal, and speaks to individual and environmental harms. This beautiful, 36 page, thread bound chapbook, features a flyleaf of Japananese Obonai Feather paper and is a pleasure to hold in reflection.

battleaxe press supports our peers at canthius literary magazine.

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A special family-friendly reading and BBQ fundraiser will be held in support of Canthius, feminist literary magazine on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Birling in Ottawa!  The reading will feature Jennifer Baker, Conyer Clayton, Nina Jane Drystek, Sanita Fejzić, and me. You can find more details at the event page: Canthius: Family Friendly Austerity Reading and BBQ . If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support the work that the talented and diverse Canthius team does in bringing literary excellence forward, please consider donating here!

N.R. Pillai’s “Dirty Laundry” (illustrated by Miranda Rhamey) has now gone to second printing! Thanks to your dedication and interest, the first run sold out in record time! battleaxe is happy to announce that copies are once again available!

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I’m delighted to announce that I will be performing at the “Hindsight Storytellers” show curated by Danielle K.L. Gregoire, at Westfest 2019! Come out to Ottawa’s favourite FREE festival at Tom Brown Arena Park and take in all of the amazing shows from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9!

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Coinciding with Ottawa’s VERSeFest 2019, battleaxe press is pleased to announce a new chapbook by Robert Hogg, who will be performing at the festival on March 30th! Ranch Days – For Ed Dorn is a long poem that takes us “…back to a time neglected…” coming to us “through the years to deliver a vivid encounter with a piece of personal experience,” as described in the foreword by Lionel Kearns. Please visit the publications page.

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New from battleaxe press and available starting November 24th at the autumn 2018 edition of the Ottawa small press fair, are two new chapbooks from Pearl Pirie and N.R. Pillai, as well as a broadside from Sarah MacDonnell.  Can’t wait to see you at the fair!

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An enormous thank you to Nina Drystek for bringing Ottawa small press publications to Toronto’s Meet The Presses event this year, and to both Nina and Amanda Earl for hosting us at their tables! I can see battleaxe, coven, in/words, angel house/devil house, Apt. 9, shreeking violet (and possible &Co) there! (Image (c) Nina Drystek, 2018)

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My newest chapbook, CONCEALED WEAPONS/ANIMAL SURVIVORS with above/ground press, will launch at the above/ground press silver anniversary reading/launch/party on August 25th, 2018.

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I am pleased to announce “Pipe Rose,” a beautiful new chapbook by Manahil Bandukwala forthcoming this month. This work will be available at the Ottawa Small Press Fair and Manahil will be reading from it at the Factory Reading Series’ pre-small press book fair reading, lovingly hosted by rob mclennan, on June 22nd, 2018, at The Carleton tavern at 7:00 pm.

(Images and photographs (c) Manahil Bandukwala, 2018.)

I will be on hiatus for readings and performances between April and September (inclusive) of 2018. Please feel free to contact me for bookings after that time at battleaxepress@gmail.com. My last show of the season will be:

Celebrate Her: Expressions of the Feminine
In Support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa
With artists Evil Embellishments, King Kimbit, Kitty Kin-Evil, Do Re Mi Bracelets Etc., and Amanda Cottreau
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Origin Arts and Community Centr
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
(Ticketed event)

battleaxe press will continue to welcome submissions of broadsides (2018) and chapbook manuscripts (late 2018 and 2019).




FEBRUARY 22 & 23, 2018
LIVE! ON ELGIN (220 Elgin Street)
7:00 PM

Tickets are now sold out!

BUT: There is a Pay-What-You-Can dress rehearsal February 18, 2018 in the Auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, located at 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, at 2:00 pm. RSVP a seat at: vdayottawa2018@gmail.com

Let V-Season begin! This February, I am delighted to be participating in a production of the Vagina Monologues in Ottawa! This 2018 season is the 20th anniversary of V-Day!

All profits from this production will go to benefit the essential work that the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) does in our community.

A Go Fund Me fundraiser is taking place for those who are able to donate to the production!

For more information as it becomes available, follow the production team at: Vagina Monologues 2018 – Ottawa on Facebook.

Save the date!!!


On January 23rd, 2017, I will be performing at the blUe mOndays reading series alongside musician Kelsey Hayes! blUe mOndays takes place at Café Nostalgica, 603 Cumberland Street, on the campus of the University of Ottawa.

My new chapbook with above/ground press, “dark ecologies,” has launched (November 2017).  Click the link above to read the first poem from the chapbook. Please contact me or the press directly to purchase a copy.


On Friday, August 11, 2017, please join me at Birling (562 Somerset St. West) in Ottawa for the launch of the fourth issue of Canthius! I will be performing poems appearing in the issue, with Amanda Earl, Laboni Islam, Emily Sanford.

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A new broadside is available by rob mclennan, featuring two of his poems, from our publications page.

Projects in the works:

A chapbook is in the works, “origin story,”  with Hussy Press (edited by Avonlea Fotheringham).  With deep gratitude to the amazing Robin Richardson for her stunning work on the cover. https://hussypress.wordpress.com/publications/

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“origin story” cover art (c) 2015 by Robin Richardson: http://knifehypnosis.squarespace.com