Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin Press, is dedicated to publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women or trans men, or anyone who includes this in their personal history).
When pride was a form of protest, when the closet was all we had, when those words hurt us the most, when the only books we had were about biology. We exist now with thanks to all of you who came before us.
To all those who still protest, to all those still closeted, to all those reclaim our words and language, to all those who are still writing us into existence. We publish for all of you who will come after us.
What is a Dagger?
The “dagger" part of Dagger Editions is a reclamation of the derogatory words, “dagger dyke", “bull dagger", “bull dyke" and “diesel dyke", all synonymous in their labelling of lesbians who present themselves in an assertive, dominating manner. While we may commonly use the term “butch" nowadays, the naming of this literary imprint, Dagger Editions, pays tribute to the motorcycle gangs and other highly visible icons of queer pride that helped launch the modern civil-rights movements for queer people across Canada.
Forty+ Years in the Making
Caitlin Press was established in 1977 by Carolyn Zonailo as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press.
Cynthia Wilson and the late Ken Carling bought Caitlin Press in 1991 and moved the business to Prince George, quickly establishing themselves as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia. During her fourteen years as publisher of Cailtin Press, Cynthia Wilson also stayed true to Zonailo’s original mandate, supporting and publishing a wide variety of BC women’s literature.
In March 2008, Vici Johnstone of Halfmoon Bay purchased the press. Under her direction, Caitlin Press continues to publish books that reflect the diverse cultures, histories and concerns of BC, bridging the gap between the urban and the rural. Caitlin also remains committed to its feminist origins by publishing bold works by and about BC women for a local and national readership. In 2015, Vici Johnstone and Caitlin Press received the Jim Douglas Award from the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. In 2016, Caitlin Press launched Dagger Editions, publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women or trans men, or anyone who includes this in their personal history).
Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books, including fiction, non-fiction (both historical and creative), and poetry. Occasionally we will produce a children’s or young adult title.
Caitlin Press Inc. acknowledges financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and from the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Book Publisher’s Tax Credit.