No. 203 Summer 2018

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2018 Novella Prize

  • Zackary Sholem Berger, "New Year's Fireworks in Howard County," and "For the Third Night"
  • Anny Tang, "birthright"
  • Erina Harris, "Jestress: 'In Which Auntie Iambe Displays Herself': The Riddle of Dicentra Spectabilis (also known as the Lyre Flower, or The Lady in the bath)"
  • Tim Fab-Eme, "African Migratory Birds"
  • John Nyman, "Sunlight"
  • Johnnie Manson, "Lentil Soup"
  • Gordon Lonethunder, "Branches Fleuries d'Amandier"
  • Read an interview with Gordon Lonethunder on his poem.
  • Jade Riordan, "The Buoy Line"
  • Read an interview with Jade Riordan on her poem.
  • Rob Winger, "Speed Trap," and "The End of the Boat"
  • Zella Christensen, "There Is No Other Way, There Is No Other Way, There Is No Other Way"
  • Katie Jordon, "Hungry Island," and "Old Faithful Inn"
  • Todd Hopkins, "Die Höhle der vergessenen Träume"
  • Susan Haldane, "A Glass of Water"
  • Kevin Spenst, "Above Picasso and his Musings"
  • Hannah Hackney, "Hypnopompia," and "Sympathetic Detonation"
  • Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, "The Hedonists"

  • Ben Ladouceur, "Big Island"

Creative Nonfiction
  • Shary Boyle, Regret, 2015, porcelain, china paint, synthetic and horse hair, velvet, 50 x 32 x 25 cm

Contributor Notes
  • Zackary Sholem Berger writes and translates in Yiddish and English. He is physically in Baltimore (where he works as a physician) and virtually, far too often, on Twitter (@ZackBergerMDPhD).

    Shary Boyle lives in Toronto and works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance.

    Diana Fitzgerald Bryden lives in Toronto, where she writes fiction, poetry, and essays. She is author of two books of poetry, Learning Russian and Clinic Day, and a novel, No Place Strange. She has recent completed her second novel, Wet Dogs.

    Zella Christensen lives in Wisconsin. Her poetry has appeared in Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere.

    Wendy Eberle teaches English at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, lives in Montreal, and is author of East and West in Dialogue: Poetic Language Innovation in the May Fourth and Modernist Movements.

    Tim Fab-Eme has given us new forms of poetry: musical, deep and serious at once. He writes about nature, exploitation, intimacy and identity. He lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

    Hannah Hackney has writing published in The Rotary Dial, Poetry Quarterly, The Puritan, Raintown Review, and Lemon Hound. She is a visual artist and co-creator of Dyad Press, which publishes small handmade books of art and poetry. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry in Edmonton.

    Susan Haldane lives, writes, and worries on a farm in Northern Ontario. Her work has been published in The Malahat Review and is published or forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Grain, Room, CV2, and The New Quarterly.

    Erina Harris is a Canadian poet. A graduate and Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, her first book The Stag Head Spokewas short-listed for the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Award. This excerpt is from her forthcoming collection Persephone’s Abecedarium: An Alphabet Play (An Ecopoetical Adaptation of the “Hymn to Demeter”).

    Todd Hopkins lives in Ottawa. His work has appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Antigonish Review, stonestone, and some American literary journals.

    Katie Jordon is a graduate of Guelph University’s MFA program in creative writing. Her work has appeared in jouranls such as Poetry is Dead, Contemporary Verse 2, Carousel Magazine, and The Puritan. She lives in Toronto.

    Donna Kane’s poems, short fiction, essays, and reviews have been published widely. Her most recent book, Summer of the Horse, was published by Harbour in 2018.

    Ben Ladouceur is the prose editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and the author of Otter (Coach House Books), which won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize for best debut poetry collection in Canada. His follow-up collection will be published in 2019, also with Coach House Books.

    Gordon Lonethunder is a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation. This is his first poem accepted for publication.

    Samantha Jade Macpherson is based in the Okanagan Valley. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Ricepaper Magazine, and This Side of West. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, and in the fall she will move to the USA to study fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

    Carin Makuz is a writer, small-time litter warrior, and workshop facilitator at a women's shelter in Southern Ontario. She is also the creator of The Litter I See Project and upholSTORIES. Most recent work appears in the anthology GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos of Our Time (Frontenac House, May 2018).

    Johnnie Manson is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. Johnnie has a love for poetry, Indigenous culture, and academic thought, all of which are synergized in his various writings.

    Carol Matthews has published a collection of short stories and four works of memoir. Minerva’s Owl, her recent book on bereavement, appeared with Oolichan.

    John Nyman’s debut poetry collection, Players (Palimpsest, 2016), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. John recently completed a PhD (Western University, Theory and Criticism) on Jacques Derrida’s writing under erasure and erasure poetry. He lives in Toronto.

    Barbara Colebrook Peace’s poetry books are Kyrie, and Duet for Wings and Earth. She lives in Victoria, B. C.

    Heather Ramsay is a journalist and creative writer living on unceded Sto:lo territory in the Fraser Valley. She recently received an MFA in creative writing from UBC.

    Amy Reiswig’s “Coastlines” column has featured in Focus magazine for over eight years. Other reviews have appeared in Quill & Quire and The Danforth Review. Her nonfiction has been published in The Walrus and The Utne Reader.

    Jade Riordan lives in northern Canada. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bywords, Contemporary Verse 2, The Dalhousie Review, and elsewhere.

    Linda Rogers is a past Victoria Poet Laureate and Canadian People’s Poet. Her most recent titles are Crow Jazz (Mother Tongue) and Hello! Wiksas!, a book for children, with UVic Audain scholar Chief Rande Cook (Exile Editions).

    Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, Gravel, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, and many others. She has published four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Braodsteon Books, 2016). Claudia co-hosts The Williams Readings in Rutherford, NJ, and she is a founding editor of National Translation Month.

    Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite and Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press) and over a dozen chapbooks, including Surrey Sonnets (Jackpine Press). In Vancouver, he co-hosts poetry interviews on Co-op radio’s Wax Poetic and is one of the organizers of the Dead Poets Reading Series.

    Dean Steadman’s second poetry collection, Après Satie – For Two and Four Hands (Brick), was nominated for the 2017 Raymond Souster Award and the Archibald Lampman Award.

    John Stintzi is a Canadian-American artist and author of the poetry chapbook The Machete Tourist. John currently lives in Kansas City and is completing a first novel.

    Anny Tang’s writing was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Canada New Voices Award, and appears in The Literary Review of Canada, Room, and Prairie Fire.

    Rob Winger’s first book, Muybridge’s Horse, lost some of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. He’s also the author of The Chimney Stone and, most recently, Old Hat. Rob lives in the hills northeast of Toronto, where he teaches at Trent University.