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

Katherine Abbass

Katherine Abbass (she/her) is a multi-genre author and educator of Lebanese descent. Born in Montréal and raised in Beaumont, Alberta, she has been writing and teaching in various capacities for nearly a decade.

Katherine spent her undergraduate years as a writing tutor at the University of Alberta’s Centre for Writers, where she worked primarily with international students and English-language learners. After graduating with a Bachelor of Secondary Education in English and Drama, she began teaching English and ESL at École Maurice Lavallée. As a high school educator, Katherine worked for a handful of school boards across the province before moving back to Montréal to pursue her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University. Now, she works online as a full-time writer for Reimagine AI, a Montréal-based creative studio.

Katherine’s fiction has been nominated for both an Alberta Literary Award (2022) and an Alberta Magazine Award (2016). In 2021, she won Riddle Fence magazine’s Fiction Contest, and she was shortlisted for Room magazine’s Creative Nonfiction Contest in 2020. Her writing has also appeared in literary magazines such as Funicular, yolk, The Antigonish Review, and untethered, among others.

Throughout the pandemic, Katherine served as Poetry Editor for Moon Jelly House, a publisher of chapbooks by diverse authors. She has also hosted writing workshops in conjunction with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Katherine publishes a monthly newsletter, Autobiography of Consciousness, and can be found on Instagram.

Be sure to check out her recommended reading list of her favourite longer works of fiction and creative non-fiction by female writers.

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Past Featured Writers

Capital City Press Anthology


The Capital City Press Anthology is a new project from the Edmonton Public Library that publishes short stories, non-fiction, and poetry by local authors in a digital format. Our goal is to celebrate the creativity of our city and the Treaty 6 First Nations by providing opportunities for diverse, new, and thought-provoking voices to be heard. The 2021 Issue of the CCP Anthology is our first publication in this series.

Capital City Press Anthology Podcast

The second volume of the Capital City Press Anthology is now available! New episodes are available bi-weekly on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

Season Two Episode Three includes Picnic by Jason Young, An Apocalypse of Everyday Proportions by Katherine Weinmann, and Max by Robin James.

Season Two Episode Two features pieces that reflect on the relationships we have with our mothers, the things said and unsaid, the lessons learned. Stories and poems from this week’s episode are from local writers Katherine Koller, Rayanne Haines and Myrna Garanis.

Season Two Episode One includes Ode to a Nemesis by Brenda Gunn, The Water Between by Laura Manuel, and wîcihitowin | paul kane by Meghan Eaker.

Episode Ten includes Take This Noise by Carla Maj, Erased by Ashlynn Chand, Magic Mushrooms by Carleen Marie, and But For Now by Leslea Kroll.

Episode Nine includes Refuge by Yusra, Contactless by Kit Walker, What Happened that One Winter at the Cabin by Brandon Rhiness, and An Open Letter to the Gardener by Aila Faye.

Episode Eight includes Ancestral by Anna Pazakova, Ectopic by Danielle Leailleur, and True North? by Angele Espinaco-Virseda.

Episode Seven includes Winter by Barbara Baer Pillay, The Hurt We Cannot See by Josh Chartrand, A Study in Melancholy by E. Simon, and Gary, My Brother by John Buhler.

Episode Six includes Things I learned from attending seniors' aquafit classes by Alexis KienlenOn God by Katherine Abbass, First Snows by Dolly Cepeda Montufar, and niskipîsim by Skye Haggerty.

Episode Five includes Curly Girly by Julie Marko, Saini by Rekha Kiran Poudel, By a Thread by Kelsey Jones, and three in the morning by Feven Worede.

Episode Four includes Thrall by Hannah Brown, Birthmark by Jennifer Bowering Delisle, and Sunrise from the perspective of a decaying skyscraper by Kyra Cusveller.

Episode Three includes Memories of YEG by Karen Hubbard, Little Boys Shop for that Perfect Present by Lori Kempf Bosko, Bibliotherapy by Lauren Seal and Home's Best by Zach Polis.

Episode Two includes When Books Burn by Dianne HarkeMy Family's Garden by Medina Assiff, and The Empty Chair by T. A. Hunchak.

Episode One includes Genesis by Rita Espeschit, Short Shelf Life by Carissa HaltonA Perfect Circle of Light by Davis G. See, and Solos Into the Void by Kat Cameron.


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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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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 below 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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