In 1979 Ronald P. Frye & Company was established as a scholarly press. Its first titles include books in the fields of politics, history, and philosophy. By the 1990’s the company had moved into producing not only scholarly works aimed at the university market but also teaching aids for the secondary school market. By the turn of the millennium the company began to publish both poetry and fiction.
Ronald P. Frye & Company has, over the years, begun to maintain a dual role in Canadian letters by both publishing and printing books. By adopting both roles Ronald P. Frye & Company has been able, in the last few years, to adapt to the ever changing book market. We now able to print short and medium run titles cost effectively while still maintain quality control. This has allowed us to take a chance on experimental works as well as meeting the market demand for more traditional titles. Our press has quickly become known for its adventurousness in both content and presentation.
Ronald P. Frye and Company is now re-issuing the Ryerson Poetry Chapbook Series, beginning this September, with the release of 25 from the series. As with the originals each volume will be limited to a run size of 250 copies, hand numbered for authenticity. In keeping with Lorne Pierce’s original vision each volume will feature specially selected artwork from a range of established and emerging artists. This reprint series will feature a survey of early twenty-first century young Canadian artists paired with the original poetry.
With artwork printed on brilliant white Classic Laid Paper and poetry printed on a smooth natural colored interior, the books are beautiful to behold. Finally this once rare experience is offered again to the public. Sized slightly larger than pocket-size, the chapbooks merit time well spent coursing through their pages. Representing a labour of love Ronald P. Frye is proud to present the Ryerson Poetry Chapbook reprint series.