Metonymy Press

  • Meet Metonymy’s next author: Lindsay Nixon

    We are extremely excited to announce Lindsay Nixon as the author of Metonymy’s next book. Their manuscript, tentatively titled nîtisânak, was chosen for publication by the Gay Book Lovers Unite jury.

    In a writing style that Nixon describes as a form of generative refusal towards western writing practices, their manuscript works with the idea of kinship that derives from their Plains Ojibway, Métis, and Cree kinship teachings, and also how queer kin were some of their first experiences of this reciprocal relationality and care.

    An initial statement from the jury puts it thus: “Nixon’s work blends contemporary Indigenous experience within Queer and 2 Spirit spaces to strike at the heart of colonization and Canadian identity. Along the way, Nixon explores masculinity, patriarchal oppression, racism in Canada, poverty, and the lingering weight of colonial history within Queer spaces. Their intersectional writing merges worldviews and deftly reveals the rotting underbelly of Canadian Queer identity as a space fraught with the legacy of a colonial past. It is vital and urgent work, expanding what it means to be both an Indigenous and a Queer writer in Canada today.”

    Nixon is a nehiyaw-saulteaux-Métis curator, editor, writer, and art history grad student. They currently hold the position of Indigenous Editor at Large for Canadian Art magazine, and are the editor of mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal. Nixon’s writing has appeared in Malahat ReviewRoomGUTSBriarpatch, and other publications. They currently reside in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyaang—unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territories (Montreal), where they co-founded the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance and Critical Sass Press.

    Metonymy’s extreme gratitude goes out again to the Gay Book Lovers Unite jury members: Kama La Mackerel, Helen Chau Bradley, jia qing wilson-yang, and Gwen Benaway.

    We also want to honour the finalists: Bahar Orang, Rachel Lallouz, Ciel Sainte-Marie, and Heidi Cho.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted. We’ll be revealing more details about this next book as soon as we can.

  • Metonymy Press publishes literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers.  We try to reduce barriers to publishing for authors whose perspectives are underrepresented in order to produce quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities. We really want to keep gay book lovers satisfied.

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  • 2017

    June 2017 was an eventful month for us. Two Metonymy authors were honoured with major literary awards.

    Congrats to Kai Cheng Thom, who received the 2017 Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. Kai Cheng was presented with the award at a ceremony on June 4 in Vancouver, BC

    Less than two weeks later, jia qing wilson-yang’s Small Beauty won the 2017 Lambda Literary Prize for Transgender Fiction. Metonymy was well-represented in the category (there were three finalists in total, with Kai Cheng’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars also nominated alongside If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo).


    Small Beauty by jia qing wilson-yang was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers.