The North Georgia Gazette

Sir William Edward Parry

Lily Robert-Foley

John Huston

Original artwork by Daniel Anhorn, Deb Sokolow, Rebecca Mir and Jason Dunda.

With An Introduction by Michael Comenetz


Literary Nonfiction. Art. Contributers include William Edward Parry, the Crews of the Helca and Griper, et al. An annotated transcription of the 1821 newspaper, The North Georgia Gazette. The newspaper, written and published aboard an English ship trapped in the Arctic, was an attempt by the captain to lessen the boredom of a long, isolated winter. The result is an incredible existential metaphor, in which a group of people, stranded in the dark, are forced to make their own meaning in order to survive. The Gazette comes at a time of enormous climatic change, and it seeks to point out the importance of the relationships between humans and their surrounding environment. In addition to the entire 1821 newspaper, the book includes excerpts from the Captain’s journal, original annotations by transcriber/poet Lily Robert-Foley, an introduction by St. John’s (MD) Professor Dr. Michael Comenetz, an essay about optimism and humility by contemporary Arctic expeditionist John Huston and contemporary artwork by artists Deb Sokolow, Daniel Anhorn, Jason Dunda, and Nick Butcher. Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer. 2009

Cover art by: Nick Butcher

Design by: Jason Bacasa


In some sense, the Green Lantern’s project is both a resurrection and a preservation effort. It’s certainly one of the most creative and original projects to come across our desk this year, the kind of thing we find ourselves often being desirous of.

Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago



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IT has been suggested that the establishment of a Weekly Newspaper may assist in enlivening the tedious and inactive months of winter.  It is in contemplation, therefore to try the experiment, by circulating the first Number of the “WINTER CHRONICLE” amongst the Officers of the Expedition, on Monday the 1st of November. As the design of this Paper is solely to promote good-humor and amusement, Captain Sabine, who has undertaken to be the Editor, will consider himself responsible, that no article whatsoever shall be admitted which, to his knowledge, will give a moment’s uneasiness to any individual.  He reserves to himself, therefore, a discretionary power of omitting any contributions which may appear to him objectionable, either on that or any other account;  and, of either briefly assigning his reasons, or otherwise, as he may think proper. He begs it, however, to be distinctly understood, that he will be wholly dependant on the Gentlemen of the Expedition for the support of the Paper;  and, he suggests to those who are well-wishers to the undertaking, that their assistance and exertions will be especially required at its commencement. Original contributions on any subject will be acceptable.  The Sportsman and the Essayist, the Philosopher and the Wit, the Poet and the Plain Matter-of-fact Man, will each find their respective places.  It is recommended that an anonymous signature be affixed to each communication, and the hand-writing effectually disguised, to ensure the most rigid impartiality in judging and selecting the articles for insertion.  A box will be placed on the Capstan of the Hecla to receive them, they key of which will be kept by the Editor; and it is requested that communications, designed to appear in the first Number, may be deposited in the box by the Thursday Evening preceding the Publication. WINTER HARBOUR, October 20th, 1819.


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About the Authors

Sir William Edward Parry

Sir William Edward Parry , 1790-1855, British arctic explorer and rear admiral. He entered the navy at 13 and made his first voyage to the Arctic under Sir John Ross in 1818 in search of the Northwest Passage . He was then put in command of the Hecla and the Griper in an expedition (1819-20) to hunt for the passage. Parry sailed westward through Lancaster Sound and discovered and named Melville Island and others of the Queen Elizabeth Islands , as well as naming Barrow Strait. Two other unsuccessful attempts were made (1821-23, 1824-25) to find the Northwest Passage, in the course of which Fury and Hecla Strait was discovered and new information about the Arctic was disclosed. By discovering the entrance to the passage and the way to the north magnetic pole, Parry had also found important whaling grounds. In 1827 he made an attempt to reach the North Pole by sledge from Spitsbergen, attaining lat. 82°45′N, but was forced to turn back mainly by the fatigue of his exploring party. He published three journals describing his quest for the passage as well as a narrative of his attempt to reach the pole. (taken from The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2008).

Lily Robert-Foley

Lily Robert-Foley was born in San Francisco in the later part of the last century to an acupuncturist and a musician/painter. Her studies can be characterized as having a specific interest in language. Mostly, she writes, travels, and makes radical linguistic translation devices known as machines. Her work has appeared in bathhouse, digital artifact, a s l o n g a s i t a k e s and Vivaparous Blenny, among other places. Sometimes her work appears on walls. She also transcribed and annotated The North Georgia Gazette, a newspaper written on board the H.M.S. Hecla during the early part of the 19th Century (Green Lantern Press, 2009). Selections from her graphemachines project will be published in the coming year as part of the Xerolage series, a division of Xexoxial Editions. Currently, she resides in Paris where she is pursuing a doctorate in General and Comparative Literature at the University of Paris VIII.

John Huston

In the spring of 2005, John completed a 1400-mile ski and dogsled expedition on the Greenland Ice cap with a team of 4 Norwegians. The expedition was filmed as part of a documentary film project in which British and Norwegian expedition teams re-ran the 1911 race for the South Pole. The competing teams used 1911-period clothing, equipment and food like the original teams, led by Englishman Robert F. Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen . The documentary series has aired on the BBC in England, and is slated to show on the History Channel in North America and the BBC worldwide. The Norwegian team, led by accomplished polar explorer Rune Gjeldnes, selected John for the team from a large applicant pool of North Americans. John is a wilderness and arctic expeditioner, experiential educator, writer, world traveler, cross-country ski racer and fledgling historian. A graduate of Northwestern University, Illinois, he worked as a wilderness expedition instructor at Outward Bound Wilderness, in Ely, Minnesota for six years. During that time he slept outside 200 nights a year, led expeditions in all seasons, trained sled dogs, developed educational curricula and read about polar exploration history as much as possible. In the past few years John has also completed two multi-week winter expeditions on Hudson Bay and taken every opportunity to travel in the arctic and sub-arctic regions. During the spring and summer of 2006 John worked as expedition manager for the One World Expedition, the first expedition to reach the North Pole in the summer ( As expedition manager John worked from his home in Ely, MN, to coordinate logistics, media inquiries, the website, and provide the first line of communication for the expedition team on the ice. During the 2006/07 winter John is the expediton basecamp manager for the Global Warming 101 Expedition led by Will Steger. These responsibilities will take him to Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.