No. 199 Summer 2017

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2017 Long Poem Prize

  • Jenna Lyn Albert, "Famille"
  • Tim Bowling, "Found Poem of Strait of Georgia Insults"
  • Lenea Grace, "Farmhouse-Side A," "Auld Lang Syne, etc."
  • Read an interview with Lenea Grace on her poems
  • Robert Hilles, "Rabbits along the Highway"
  • Chris Oke, "Neuchâtel," "Philippe Cousteau"
  • Susan Olding, "Blue Ridge"
  • Nathan Patton, "Peter Parker"
  • Marilyn Gear Pilling, "Words Fell," "Name on the Mailbox"
  • John Reibetanz, "The Lighter"
  • Matt Robinson, "Against the Opposable Thumb"
  • J. Mark Smith, "Ready, Blue Sky"
  • Read an interview with J. Mark Smith on his poetry
Creative Nonfiction
  • Aurel Schmidt, Fly Face, 2006, Pencil and acrylic on paper, 15 in. x 15 in. Collection of the artist.

Contributor Notes
  • Jenna Lyn Albert is a creative writing ma student at the University of New Brunswick, editorial assistant at The Fiddlehead, and poetry editor for Qwerty.

    John Wall Barger's poems have appeared in Rattle, The Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, and Best Canadian Poetry. His third book, The Book of Festus, was a finalist for the 2016 J. M. Abraham Poetry Award.

    Shashi Bhat edits Event and teaches at Douglas College. The Family Took Shape (novel) was shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

    Tim Bowling's fifth novel, The Heavy Bear, appeared in Spring 2017. It deals with Buster Keaton, Delmore Schwartz, and teaching university. He lives in Edmonton.

    Adrick Brock's fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, Event, Prism, and The Dalhousie Review. He was a treeplanter for many years on Vancouver Island and in the B.C. interior.

    Sadiqa de Meijer's first book of poetry, Leaving Howe Island, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She lives in Kingston. "City, Lake" is dedicated to Sayyida Jaffer.

    Gena Ellett's writing has appeared in Event, SubTerrain, The Matador Review, and is forthcoming in Gulf Coast and Slice.

    Robert Finley gardens in St. John's, where he teaches at Memorial. His books and collaborations include The Accidental Indies, A Ragged Pen, and K. L. Reich.

    Paul Franz is a writer from Toronto.

    Lenea Grace's debut poetry collection, A Generous Latitude, is forthcoming from ECW in 2018. She is founding editor of The Mackinac.

    Robert Hilles' second novel, A Gradual Ruin, was published by Doubleday. A story collection, A Hint of Salt, and a book of poetry, Woven, are forthcoming.

    Mark Jacquemain's work has been featured in Oberon's Coming Attractions and nominated for PRISM international's fiction award, the David Nathan Meyerson Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

    Sonnet L'Abbé, a professor at Vancouver Island University, "overwrites" or "colonizes" all 154 of the bard's sonnets in her new book, Sonnet's Shakespeare.

    Kevin McNeilly teaches English at UBC. His poetry publications include Embouchure (Nightwood) and the chapbook/cd Ammons: A Sheaf of Words for Piano (2015).

    Chris Oke's poems have appeared in Canadian Literature, Queen's Quarterly, Grain, and other journals. He is a founding editor of Errant, a literary travel-writing magazine.

    Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, has won a National Magazine Award and published in Maisonneuve, Utne Reader, Best Canadian Essays, and In Fine Form.

    Mitchell Parry's first poetry collection, Tacoma Narrows, was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; a second, Imperfect Penance, appeared in 2008. He teaches film studies at the University of Victoria.

    Nathan Patton, an MFA candidate at the Michener Center for Writers (Austin, Texas), has published his work on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, and his mom's refrigerator.

    Marilyn Gear Pilling is the author of five books of poetry, including A Bee Garden (Cormorant) and three books of short fiction, the most recent being On Huron's Shore (Demeter).

    Anzhelina Polonskaya, born in Russia and now living in Germany, has published numerous books of poetry. In 2016, her first book of short stories, Greenland, appeared in a German edition.

    John Reibetanz's ninth collection, Where We Live (McGill-Queen's), was published in 2016. The Essential John Reibetanz, edited by Jeffery Donaldson, is forthcoming from Porcupine's Quill.

    Matt Robinson's latest collection of poems, Some nights it's entertainment; some other nights just work, was published by Gaspereau in 2016. He lives in Halifax.

    Aurel Schmidt, originally from Kamloops and known for the adept execution and autobiographical frankness of her drawings, constructs a momento mori to our  vulnerability and mortality.  P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York, will host her next solo exhibition in September.

    J. Mark Smith's most recently published poems can be found in Vallum and Zocalo Square, and his English versions of poems by the Chilean Winéde Rokha in Shearsman and The Fortnightly Review.

    Matthew K. Thibeault studies at the University of Victoria.

    Délani Valin, a writing student at Vancouver Island University, won subTerrain's 2016 Lush Triumphant Literary Award and has published in Adbusters, Soliloquies Anthology, Portal, and Those Who Make Us (anthology).

    Andrew Wachtel, president of the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, has translated poetry and prose from Russian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Slovenian.

    Phoebe Wang's debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements, was published in 2017 by M&S. She works at Seneca College in Toronto.