Armistice Press is a small poetry chapbook press based in Edmonton, AB. Their focus is on work by local, emerging LGBTQ+ poets. The name Armistice Press comes from a quote by American poet and activist Audre Lorde: "I am defined as other in every group I'm part of, the outsider, both strength and weakness. Yet without community there is certainly no liberation, no future, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between me and my oppression."
Armistice is run by Edmonton poet Ellen Kartz (she/her). Born and raised in Edmonton, Ellen lived in Calgary for four years while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a professional writing certificate. As an active writer and freelance editor throughout her career, Ellen worked with and for the Edmonton Poetry Festival for many years as a volunteer coordinator, event planner, founding member, and board member. Currently, she is the Communications and Partnerships Coordinator for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the administrative assistant for the Edmonton Stroll of Poets.
In 2018, she self-produced a one-person stage show and poetry chapbook, both titled The Tenderness of Stone, about a trek she made in 2016 through Nepal’s Khumbu Valley to Mount Everest Base Camp.