PQL Holiday Giveaway Week #3: Essential Poetry Bundle

The Porcupine's Quill Holiday Giveaway

This week, our PQL Holiday Giveaway whisks us away to the pleasures of poetry! We recently introduced the latest volume in the Essential Poets Series, The Essential Eugene McNamara, at a wonderful launch in Windsor, Ontario, a place that was near and dear to McNamara’s heart. Now, we’re offering up a free copy of this new addition, plus two others for good company!

Why You Want This Bundle

The Essential Poets Series provides readers with an excellent opportunity to learn about, or regain appreciation for, some of Canada’s most influential poets. Each volume contains a critical introduction by a notable poet as well a critical biography and a bibliography for further reading. Plus, every volume happens to be pretty darned beautiful, with covers featuring stipple engravings from Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Les liliacées. They certainly do look lovely displayed together on a shelf.

The Essential John Glassco, The Essential Eugene McNamara, The Essential Elizabeth Brewster

This bundle contains our three most recent Essentials Volumes:

In The Essential Eugene McNamara, poetry pushes the barriers of language and grammar, daring to convey raw emotion with disarming empathy.

In The Essential John Glassco, technical giftedness and unimpeachable wordplay bring music and flair to poems characterized by darkness and decay.

In The Essential Elizabeth Brewster, questioning, conversational poetry melds the private and the collective, exploring the challenges of constructing selfhood and voicing historically silenced female perspectives.

Win a Print Book Bundle!

We’re giving away one free print book bundle in celebration of our third week of the PQL Holiday Giveaway. Here’s how to enter:

1. Log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

2. Earn up to five entries by visiting Facebook and Instagram, tweeting on Twitter or by signing up to our newsletter. (If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, an avid social media follower, or an avid social media avoider, the bonus entry method is for you!) Remember, even one entry is enough to win!

3. Log out of the form to submit your entry.

PQL Holiday Giveaway Week 3: Essential McNamara

The winner will be contacted by email next week.


Good luck to all who enter! We hope you have a happy, healthy holiday season filled with good cheer–and good books.

All the best,


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2 Responses to PQL Holiday Giveaway Week #3: Essential Poetry Bundle

  1. I knew Gene McNamara and had begun his graduate writing seminar when offered a job with Harrowsmith & Equinox magazines (an offer I could not resist) and so, sadly, I did not complete his course. I’m a fan of the Quill and would love the Glassco and Brewster collections too — a fine series.

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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.