The Impressment Gang Journal Association is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to the literary and arts community in Halifax, Nova Scotia (and the world!). We are based in Mi'kma'ki, the unceeded territory of the Mi'kmaq People who continue to live and thrive today. This territory is covered by the "Treaties of Peace and Friendship" which Mi'kmaq W(e)last(e)kwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The Treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized the Mi'kmaq and W(e)last(e)kwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
A little history:
The Impressment Gang Journal Association was established early in 2014 by a group of three writers: Pearl Chan, Cassie Guinan, and Clay Everest. Thus the triangle logo! The Impressment Gang branched out from a smaller publishing project started by Chan in 2012 called, Paisley Chapbook Press. Paisley Chapbook Press published small runs of hand-bound chapbooks that showcased local writers and artists such as: Sue Goyette, Charlotte Bondy, and two future co-founders of The Impressment Gang, Clay Everest and Cassie Guinan. The trio met up regularly in 2013 to talk literature and critique each other’s work. They felt the need to expand the sense of community they experienced in these meetings. They wanted to create a new voice in the Canadian literary world, encourage dialogue and criticism, and build a stronger base for it out of Halifax. The Impressment Gang published its first issue in May 2014, following a successful Indiegogo campaign.
Photos from our IG 1:3 party at Frank & Oak on Feb. 27, 2015 (photographer: Alyson Hardwick)
Media & Awards:
March 15, 2016 - Lynn Curwin from the Truro Daily News interviews co-founder, Cassie Guinan. Read here.
September 03, 2015 - The Impressment Gang was a recipient of the Khyber Community Award.
August 26, 2015 - It was announced that Charlotte Bondy's short story "Renaude" (first published in IG 1:0) was longlisted for the Journey Prize.
July 01, 2015 - Carole Glasser Langille's poem "LEFT" (first published in IG 1:0) was selected for Best Canadian Poetry Anthology 2015.
May 09, 2014 - Q&A with The Coast.
Pearl Chan, Fiction Editor
Cassie Guinan, Poetry Editor
Emily Gaudet, Assistant Editor