No. 201 Winter 2017

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Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction


Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize



  • David Martin, "Turner Valley Formation," "Nicolas Steno," "Feats"
  • Rachel Leclerc, "Father/land" translated by C. S. Lemprière
  • Steve McOrmond, "Proof of Life"
  • Sue Chenette, "Morning," "Weegee's Sonnet"
  • Andy Patton, "Gramsci's Ashes: An English Version of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Poem"
  • Chris Hutchinson, "Ophidian," "Astonished"
  • Jan Conn, "Peony"
  • Read an interview with Jan Conn on her poem
  • Erin Noteboom, "There is something about coming a long way by water"
  • Miranda Pearson, "Camber Sands"
  • Sarah Puschmann, "Everything I Have is Mine to Lose"
  • Harold Hoefle, "In Transit"
  • Jacob Lee Bachinger, "The Green Man For Dinner"
  • Danny Jacobs, "Haruspicy"
  • Dore Kiesselbach, "Honeymoon, Iceland, October 2008," "Zebra in Tijuana"
  • Marta Balcewicz, "Fetus Charles Atlas"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Harold Macy, "Stranglers, Water Thieves, Wide-Mouth Pumpkins, and Sweet-Talking Angels"
  • Morgan Charles, "The Medium Lane"
  • Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #8, 1999, Nike Air Jordans, 58 cm x 19 cm x 38 cm, courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Contributor Notes
  • Siku Allooloo, an Inuit/Haitian Taino writer from Denendeh, has published creative nonfiction, poetry, and other writing in The New Quarterly, Briarpatch, The Guardian, and Truthout

    Jacob Lee Bachinger has published poetry in Arc, Riddle Fence, and Prairie Fire. He lives in St. John’s, where he is working on a PhD at Memorial.

    Marta Balcewicz (@MartaBalcewicz) lives in Toronto. Her writing and comics have appeard or are forthcoming in The Offing, The Normal School, and Matrix.

    Morgan Charles holds a PhD in communication studies from McGill and lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

    Sue Chenette, a Toronto classical pianist and poet, edits for Brick. She’s published two collections, Slender Human Weight and The Bones of His Being, with Guernica.

    Jan Conn’s ninth book, Tomorrow’s Bright White Light, was published in 2016. Her poetry has received a CBC Literary Prize, the P. K. Page Founder’s Award, and been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award.

    Jamie Dopp teaches Canadian literature at UVic. In addition to scholarly writing, he has published two books of poetry, a novel, and several short stories.

    Katherin Edwards has published with Arc, The New Quarterly, and JackPine. Her creative nonfiction appears in In This Together (Brindle & Glass).

    Brad Hartle’s fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, and Windsor Review. He works in Edmonton as a speechwriter for the Premier of Alberta.

    Harold Hoefle’s poetry has won the Bliss Carman and Great Blue Heron Poetry awards, and a National Magazine Award. His story collection, The Mountain Clinic, was a Quebec Writers Federation fiction-award finalist.

    Nancy Holmes’ fifth book of poems is The Flicker Tree: Okanagan Poems. She teaches creative writing at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.

    Chris Hutchinson, author of three books of poetry and Jonas in Frames (described as a picaresque novel in verse), once lived in Vancouver and is now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Danny Jacobs’ poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals across Canada. His awards include the P. K. Page Founder’s Award and PRISM’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest.

    Brian Jungen lives in the North Okanagan. Vancouver’s Charles H. Scott Gallery first exhibited his Prototype for New Understanding series (1999–2005) in 1999. His work has since been internationally recognized in major solo and group exhibitions.

    Irena Karafilly, a Montreal writer, poet, and aphorist, has won a National Magazine Award and a CBC Literary Award. The House on Selkirk Avenue (novel) is her most recent book.

    Dore Kiesselbach’s first book of poetry, Salt Pier, received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His second, Albatross, appeared this fall.

    Joseph LaBine, a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, with research interests in Irish and Canadian studies, is poetry editor for Flat Singles Press.

    Allison LaSorda’s writing can be found in Taddle Creek, The Fiddlehead, and Hazlitt. Her debut poetry collection, Stray, was published in 2017.

    Rachel Leclerc has published seven books of poetry and received numerous awards, including the Prix Émile-Nelligan. In 2016, she returned to her native Gaspésie after making her home in Montréal for over three decades.

    C. S. Lemprière, a writer and translator, is translating Rachel Leclerc’s Les vies frontalières (Borderlives). She lives in St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec.

    Harold Macy studied writing at the UBC Mentorship Program, Victoria School of Writing, Sage Hill, and North Island College. His first book is The Four Storey Forest: As Grow the Trees So Too The Heart (2011).

    David Martin works as a literacy instructor in Calgary. His poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize and has appeared in Grain, Event, and CV2. His first poetry book, Tar Swan, is forthcoming from NeWest in 2018.

    Steve McOrmond’s new poetry collection, Reckon, is forthcoming in 2018. His poems have been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016, and have appeared in Cordite, Jacket, Lemon Hound, and Poetry Daily.

    Erin Noteboom trained as a physicist and is at work on a poetry collection about science and scientists. She also publishes children’s fiction as Erin Bow.

    Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, has published poetry and prose in literary journals and anthologies in the U.S. and Canada.

    Andy Patton, a Toronto painter, represented Canada in the Fifth Biennale of Sydney in 1984 and has recently shown in Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art in Xi’an and Beijing. As Pain Not Bread, with Roo Borson and Kim Maltman, he co-authored Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei in 2000.

    Miranda Pearson’s fourth poetry book, The Fire Extinguisher, was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She lives in Vancouver.

    Sarah Puschmann has taught English in South Korea, Argentina, Sweden, and Germany, where she now resides. She holds an MFA from the University of Florida.

    Susan Sanford Blades’ short fiction has appeared in The Puritan, Prairie Fire, and Coming Attractions 16. She is nearly finished writing her first novel.

    Aaron Shepard, the author of When is a Man (Brindle & Glass, 2014), lives, works, and writes in Victoria.

    Paul Watkins teaches English at Vancouver Island University. His creative and academic work focuses on intersections between improvisation, poetry, and sound.

    Shannon Webb-Campbell, a mixed-Indigenous (Mi’kmaq)/settler poet, writer, and critic based in Montreal, won the inaugural Out In Print Award for her first book, Still No Word. Book Thug will publish her second Who Took My Sister? in 2018.