Piquant Press

Piquant Press is a traditional Canadian micro-press, publishing poetry and non-fiction. It’s the love child of writers, facilitators and teachers James Dewar and Sue Reynolds.

James Dewar hosted the Toronto Poetry series Hot Sauced Words for 10 years, from 2007 on.  Exposure to the talent on the Toronto poetry scene made him long to get the poetry of the performers on his series to a wider audience than just those who could be at the show that evening. James is passionate about the craft and art of poetry and has been a freelance poetry editor and a poetry workshop leader for over 15 years. 

Sue Reynolds has worked in the publishing world in Canada on and off since her first job as a sixteen-year-old for Methuen Publications and Carswell Law Books. She’s worked in the industry in marketing, book layout and design, graphics and editing. She also worked at Harbourfront for several years and one of the programs on her caseload was the International Festival of Authors. She’s been leading writing workshops in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Practice¬† and, since 2002, she’s been a certified AWA workshop facilitator. Over the years she’s specialized in memoir, and she loves when a memoir develops in her workshop and she can midwife it through the publishing process.

Sometimes a book is not right for Piquant’s list; in that case, Piquant has a sister company Stone’s Throw Publication Services, that ethically and economically helps authors self publish.


Sue Reynolds & James Dewar from their 2022 Tuscany Retreat with Inkslingers.