No. 213 Winter 2020

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Issue 213 cover art by Charles Campbell


Constance Rooke CNF Prize

  • Tim Fab-Eme, "Columbus Zoo"
  • Sue Sinclair, "Hey Nonny Nonny"
  • Christine Lowther, "It's a Party"
  • Anita Lahey, "God of Blizzards Broods by Fire" and "Permafrost Releases Ice-Age Fossil"
  • Dani Couture, "Driver's Ed at 41" and "16 Bells"
  • Tawahum Bige, "Fall fell and I dropped beneath the aspens," and "Sanctum"
  • Michael Akuchie, "Discussing Prison with a Loved One"
  • D.A. Lockhart, "Summer 1837 Journal"
  • Conor Kerr, "A Magpie/Métis Boy Watches Some Cranes" and "Grandfather"
  • Eve Joseph, "family history"
  • Susan Musgrave, "What is True"
  • clare thiessen, "pie as a concept," "the kinds of things," and "locks triple checked"
  • Michael Chang, "代表作 ((Masterpiece))"
  • Tiffany Hsieh, "Two Big Macs" and "Mountain Standard Time"
  • Melanie Pierluigi, "Alluring Enough"
  • emilie kneifel, "on the occasion of wanting (to keep smtg (open"
  • Jacob Braun, "Pop Grammar," "The ChJoysce of Grammar," and "Subject-Verb-Object"
  • Ivan Hobson, "Shipyard of Lethe"
  • Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, "Retirement Plans"
  • Joanne Rixon, "The Museum of Never-Made Art, Excerpts from the Catalogue"
  • Rachel Lachmansingh, "Primary Organs"
  • Read an interview with Rachel Lachmansingh.
  • Aaron Schneider, "Death Drawings 3: Michael Walter, September 21, 1975 - August 20, 2028"
  • Katie Zdybel, "Northern Tether"
  • Joy Waller, "Shinjuku for Stray Angels"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Rabiu Temidayo, "Seville"
  • Dominique K. Pierce, "Exposure"
  • Charles Campbell, Maroonscape 1: Cockpit Archipelago, 2019
    Mat board and wood
  • 90 in. x 66 in. x 8 in.
  • Collection of the artist
  • Courtesy of Wil Aballe Art Projects
  • Photograph by Mike Love
Contributor Notes

    MICHAEL AKUCHIE is an Igbo-Esan poet. Wreck, winner of the 2019–2020 Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award, appeared in 2020, and new poems will appear in The Rumpus, Poet Lore, and Ecotheo Review. Twitter: @Michael_Akuchie.

    MANAHIL BANDUKWALA is a Pakistani writer and artist. Her most recent project, Reth aur Reghistan, carried out with her sister, Nimra Bandukwala, explores Pakistani folklore through poetry and sculpture: See
    recent work in The Malahat Review, CV₂, Briarpatch, Augur, and other places.

    BERTRAND BICKERSTETH is author of the poetry collection The Response of Weeds (2020). He is an educator and researcher whose work focuses on Black identity in western Canada. He lives in Calgary. Twitter: @bickersb1.

    TAWAHUM BIGE, Łutselk’e Dene, Plains Cree poet, resides on unceded Musqueam/Tsleil-Waututh/Squamish territory. They’ve completed KPU’s Creative Writing BA and Banff’s first-ever Indigenous Spoken Word Residency. Included in Prairie Fire, Grain, EVENT, and beyond, their Scorpio-moon-ass poems expose growth, resistance, and persistence as a hopeless Two Spirit Nonbinary sadboy on Turtle Island.

    YVONNE BLOMER, who served as Victoria’s Poet Laureate from 2015–18, is the author of Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur (2017) and three books of poetry, most recently As if a Raven (2014).

    JACOB BRAUN is from Thorold, ON. Tryangles (Trainwreck Press) is a long poem composed of multilingual anagrams. He is working towards his first full-length project.

    CHRISTINA BROBBY is a writer and photographer of Ghanaian and British descent. Her writing has appeared in Canadian anthologies, including Black Writers Matter (2019). Christina lives in Yukon on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

    LIAM BURKE lives in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe land. He performs in the band Moratorium and is pursuing an MA in Philosophy at Carleton University.

    MEGAN BUTCHER is a librarian turned paper-pusher at a national institution in Ottawa, where she has lived since 2001. Sometimes a queer-about-town, mostly a homebody, she lives in a small tilty house on a hill in her adopted city.

    CHARLES CAMPBELL is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. His work investigates the future imaginaries possible in the wake of colonization, using performance, sculpture, and installation. Recent exhibitions
    include The Other Side of Now at the Perez Art Museum Miami and as it was, as it should have been at Wil Aballe Art Projects. Campbell lives and works in Victoria.

    MICHAEL CHANG, a Lambda Literary Fellow, received the Kundiman Scholarship at the Miami Writers Institute. Contest finalists at the Iowa Review, BOMB, NightBlock, their poems have been nominated for Best of the Net. Their manuscript <big shot manifesto> was selected by Rae Armantrout as a finalist for the Fonograf Editions Open Genre Book Prize.

    DANI COUTURE currently lives in Toronto, ON. Her most recent book is Listen Before Transmit (2018), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

    AARON EL SABROUT is a transgender alien currently living on unceded Stz’uminus territory. Instagram: @toreachpoise.

    TIM FAB-EME enjoys experimenting with poetic forms, writes about exploitation and the environment, and is featured in New Welsh Review, California Quarterly, fiyah, and Magma. Tim loves gardening and fishing; he lives somewhere in the Niger Delta.

    IVAN HOBSON teaches English at Diablo Valley College, and also works as a shipyard machinist in Alameda, California. Ivan’s poetry has appeared in the North American Review, South Dakota Review, The Midwest Quarterly, and Ted Kooser and The Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry.

    TIFFANY HSIEH was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada at the age of fourteen with her parents. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Salamander, The Shanghai Literary Review, Sonora Review, and others. She lives in southern Ontario with her husband and their dog.

    EVE JOSEPH lives in Victoria and works on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen people. Her three books of poetry were nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. In the Slender Margin won the Hubert Evans nonfiction award. Quarrels won the 2019 Griffin Prize.

    is a Métis writer and educator living in amiskwaciwaskahikan. His first book of poetry, An Explosion of Feathers, will be out in 2021. He’s really into birds, dogs, and moose.

    EMILIE KNEIFEL is a sick slick, poet/critic, editor at The Puritan/Theta Wave, creator of catch/playd8s, heartworms/blueberries, and also a list. Find ’em at, @emiliekneifel, and in Tiohtiá:ke, hopping and hoping.

    is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto. She writes mostly fiction and is currently pursuing her degree in creative writing. Her fiction has appeared in Minola Review, Grain, and elsewhere.

    is series editor for the Best Canadian Poetry anthology and author of two Véhicule Press poetry collections and The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture. Her latest book is The Last Goldfish: a True Tale of Friendship (2020). She lives in Ottawa.

    GRACE LAU is a Hong-Kong-born, Chinese-Canadian writer living in Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming in May 2021. Her work is published or forthcoming in Grain, CV2, Arc Poetry, and elsewhere. Twitter: @thrillandgrace.

    D.A. LOCKHART is the author of eight books, including Tukhone: Where the River Narrows and the Shores Bend (2020) and Breaking Right: Stories (2020). He is a Turtle Clan
    member of Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Lenape), a registered treatied member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and currently resides at the south shore of Waawiiyaatanong (Windsor, ON-Detroit, MI) and Pelee Island.

    CHRISTINE LOWTHER’s poetry books are New Power (1999), My Nature (2010), and Half-Blood Poems (2011). Her memoir Born Out of This (2014) was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Tofino.

    ’s memoir, Persephone’s Children, will be published in 2021 (Dundurn). Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in journals such as The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, and Room, and in the anthology, Black Writers Matter. She lives in Winnipeg, which is located on Treaty 1 territory.

    SUSAN MUSGRAVE lives on Haida Gwaii and teaches poetry in UBC’s Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Exculpatory Lilies, her new poetry collection, will be published in 2022 (McClelland & Stewart).

    DOMINIQUE K. PIERCE is a German-American writer, filmmaker, and alpaca rancher. Her work has been featured in Wilderness House Literary Review, Bombay Gin
    Literary Journal
    , Stone Canoe, Bricolage, and on KVCM radio.

    MELANIE PIERLUIGI is from Toronto and currently teaching high-school English in Vancouver. Her poems have appeared in Descant, CV₂, Canadian Literature, Literary
    Review of Canada
    , Qwerty, Freefall, Room, PrecipicE, The Dalhousie Review, and others.

    JOANNE RIXON is an organizer with the North Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, and a member of STEW and the Dreamcrashers. Her stories have appeared in Terraform, Fireside, and Diabolical Plots. Twitter: @JoanneRixon.

    JESSICA ROSE is a writer, editor, and book reviewer. She is the book reviews editor at THIS Magazine, a senior editor at the Hamilton Review of Books, and the marketing manager at gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival.

    AARON SCHNEIDER is a Founding Editor at The /tEmz/ Review. His novella, Grass-Fed, was published in 2018. He has a novel (Crowsnest Books) and a collection of experimental short fiction (Gordon Hill Press) forthcoming in 2021.

    SUE SINCLAIR is the author of five collections of poetry, all of which have been nominated for or have won national and regional awards. She teaches creative writing at the University of New Brunswick on Wolastoqey Territory.

    RABIU TEMIDAYO writes critical essays and makes short films. He reads for Tinderbox Journal. He has published Daylight (2018), and in Tagwerk, Jukejoint on Black Lives Matter, Breakwater on Climate Change, etc. Twitter: @rabiutemidayo.

    CLARE THIESSEN, a recent graduate of Okanagan College’s Writing and Publishing Program, resides in Vernon, BC. She loves all things wordy and bookish.

    SARAH YI-MEI TSIANG is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013), nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Sweet Devilry (2011), winner of the Gerald Lampert Award. Her new book, Grappling Hook, is forthcoming with Insomniac Press.

    JOY WALLER is a Canadian writer and editor based in Tokyo. Her poetry collection, Pause :: Heartbeat, was released in 2019 (ToPoJo Excursions), and her fiction and poetry have appeared in SAND, The Fiddlehead, The Tokyo Poetry Journal, and others.

    KATIE ZDYBEL won ELQ’s 2020 Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Competition, selected by Joyce Carol Oates, and the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award, and was nominated for a Journey Prize. Her first collection was shortlisted for the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction.