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Trapshot Archives is a small press that publishes prose, poetry and artist books—aiming to promote emerging artists as they compose stronger and more cohesive bodies of work.

These books are created with the purpose of calling attention to Canadian creatives, putting their best foot forward, giving them a publication to call their own, as well as a means of putting their work into the hands of their supporters.

All covers done by Liam Crockard—a Toronto-based artist with a knack for making, doing and making-do.

These are subtle stories about men whose lack of subtlety may be a condemnation of masculinity itself.

Terence Byrnes
  • FORTHCOMING

    36pp | risograph on cougar vellum

    Gleb Wilson’s Soviet soldiers with threadbare lives, Hollywood actors stuck in dead-end careers, and desperately hip high-schoolers are all prisoners of their own blindered masculinity. They seek ordinary goals like status, sex, and friendship, but without knowing how these things work. Instead, they admire hollow icons of machismo, put their faith in buddies, and divert themselves with drink and drugs.

    Wilson’s stories brilliantly evoke worlds in which masculine codes have been reduced to role-playing and men to pretenders and wannabes. He relies on his characters to reveal themselves, most often when they speak, but we lose none of the nuance or harsh comedy of their interactions. These are subtle stories about men whose lack of subtlety may be a condemnation of masculinity itself.

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