Capital City Press

Capital City Press is a gathering place, both digitally and physically, for the exchange of ideas and education on the craft of writing. It gives EPL the opportunity to showcase and promote notable work from within our community, while also giving Edmontonians a chance to discover fantastic local writers and discuss their creations. Capital City Press aims to help support and grow writing in the community.

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Featured Writers

Zach Polis

Zach Polis is a screenwriter, playwright, and former poet laureate. He studied screenwriting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, as well as Scriptwriting for Film and Television at the National Film and Television School. Zach graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Creative Writing (with Distinction). Zach’s poems have been featured on Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue, and Teen Vogue describes his style as brilliant. Zach has performed in New York City, as well as on CBC Radio.

He was St. Albert’s first poet laureate, acting as a literary and cultural ambassador to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. He is an alumnus of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s spoken word residency. He is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Award and RBC Emerging Artist Award.

His work has been supported by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, CBC/Radio-Canada, TELUS STORYHIVE, National Screen Institute, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and Writers' Trust of Canada.

Check out this list of some of his favourite adaptations that you can borrow from EPL. Learn more about Zach by visting his website.

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Past Featured Writers



Karen Spafford-Fitz, Accidental Author

How do you become an author? Karen Spafford-Fitz shares her story about how she went from teaching to writing novels for kids & teens.

I Have Always Liked Beginnings...

In this personal blog, Capital City Press featured writer, Wendy McGrath shares why new beginnings are important.

Advice from André

Featured Writer Peter Midgley shares some writing advice that he received from internationally acclaimed Afrikaans writer André P. Brink.

Don't Write Alone by Davis G. See

Capital City Press featured writer Davis G. See shares his experiences with writing groups and why they're important for all writers.


Featured writers will host a variety of programs that are free for the community throughout the year. Annual events include the Capital City Press Book Festival and the Young Writers Conference.  

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Reclaiming Indigenous Names: A Panel Event

Sep 23rd | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Online Event
Join our conversation about reclaiming Indigenous place names, historical figures and increased visibility of Indigenous languages.

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Edmonton Literary Events

Do you have an upcoming workshop or reading that you would like to promote?

Submissions will be reviewed and added to the Edmonton Literary Events calendar if approved. New postings to the calendar will occur weekly, so please plan to submit far enough in advance of your event.

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EPL also provides access to databases and online libraries that include works by local authors. Check them out here.

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