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No. 208 Fall 2019

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Contents:

Winner:
2019 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Poetry
  • Ashley Hynd, "The Process of Growth"
  • Read an interview with Ashley Hynd on her poem.
  • O-Jeremiah Agbaakin, "portrait of a word as a half-eaten cud" and "anniversary // or the book of peter iii"
  • Sherry Johnson, "Little Seaman's Home"
  • Jennifer Zilm, "Crespuscule: Basic Bitch Variations"
  • Jennifer LoveGrove, "That time you made me a flow chart of our relationship: a sonnet"
  • Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto, "The Teenager Who Became My Mother"
  • Alyda Faber, "Portrait of my mother as Alex Lifeson," "Portrait of my mother reading a birthday letter," and "Portrait of my mother reading a New Year's letter"
  • Andrea Bennett, "Before blueberries grow," "I want to be the fig," and "Satiate them"
  • Weyman Chan, "Pick Me Up"
  • Melanie Dawn Power, "Archipelago"
  • Yusuf Saadi, "Joliette" and "Pleasuring Shahrazad"
  • James Scoles, "She got my heart"
  • Alia Bhimji, "post-oligarchy"
  • Jade Riordan, "I Rename Myself a Choir"
  • Catherine Graham, "Guide to a Heartbird"
  • Jun-long Lee, "Lightcarrion"
  • Read an interview with Jun-long Lee on his poem.
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Reviews
Cover
  • Jeff Ladouceur, Good Morning, Woild, 2018, ink, gouache, and graphite on found book cover, 7 in. x 9 in., Private collection
Contributor Notes
  • O-JEREMIAH AGBAAKIN holds an LLB from the University of Ibadan. His poems are forthcoming/published in Kweli, South Dakota Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and reads for [PANK].

    WAFA AL-HARBI
    is a Saudi short-story writer born and raised in Medina, Saudi Arabia. She has published two collections of short stories.

    ESSAM M. AL-JASSIM
    is a Saudi translator whose translations appear in a variety of print and online literary Arabic and English journals.

    JOHN WALL BARGER
    ’s “Smog Mother” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book is The Mean Game (2019). He is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.

    ANDREA BENNETT
    , a National-Magazine-Award–winning writer and editor, is the author of Canoodlers, a poetry book (2014), and Like a Boy But Not a Boy, essays (2020).

    ALIA BHIMJI
    is a Montreal-based writer completing her BA in Creative Writing and Sociology at Concordia University. Her work has appeared in Soliloquies Anthology and she was the recipient of the 2019 Irving Layton Award for Poetry.

    WEYMAN CHAN
    ’s Noise From the Laundry was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Award. His most recent poetry book is Human Tissuea primer for Not Knowing— (2016). He is poetry editor of fillingStation.

    MO DUFFY COBB
    is the author of Unpacked: From PEI to Palawan (2017). She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in PEI.

    MORGAN CROSS
    is a freelance writer. Her fiction has previously appeared in The Malahat Review.

    CHINUA EZENWA-OHAETO
    is from Owerri-Nkworji in Nkwerre, Imo state, Nigeria and grew up between Germany and Nigeria. His work has appeared in AFREADA, Kalahari Review, Bakwa Magazine, Whale Road, Aké Review, Crannòg, and elsewhere.

    ALYDA FABER
    ’s Rain, in all the ways it falls will appear in 2020 from Goose Lane, publisher of her Dust or Fire (2016). Her poems have appeared in Canadian literary magazines, online journals, and a chapbook, Berlinale Erotik (2015).

    JON R. FLIEGER
    is a Canadian author, critic, and game developer. He is a senior scriptwriter with Ubisoft Québec.

    CATHERINE GRAHAM
    is a novelist and poet. The Celery Forest was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award. Æther: an out-of-body lyric will appear in 2020. www.catherinegraham.com @catgrahampoet.

    ASHLEY HYND
    lives on the Haldimand Tract and respects the Manidoosh, Niiwozid, Bineshiinh, Gaa-babaamaadagewaad, Attawandron, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee relationships with the land. Her poetry has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for ARC Poem of the Year, won Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, and appeared in ARC, Room, PRISM international, SubTerrain, Grain, CV₂, and Vallum.

    MARK ANTHONY JARMAN is the author of Knife Party at the Hotel Europa and a fiction editor for The Fiddlehead. He teaches at the University of New Brunswick.

    JASON JOBIN
    grew up on an acreage in the Yukon. His fiction has won The Malahat Review’s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award and a Silver at the National Magazine Awards, and has been longlisted for The Fiddlehead Prize. He lives in Victoria.

    SHERRY JOHNSON
    is the author of two books of poetry and has published poems in such magazines as The Fiddlehead, Grain, Canadian Literature, Exile, and ARC. She has also published many articles on film.

    JEFF LADOUCEUR
    is an artist from Vancouver Island. His work has been appeared in Border Crossings, Harper’s, and The New York Times, and been exhibited around the world. He lives in Brooklyn.

    JUN-LONG LEE
    , author of the chapbook Two/Ought and several short films, also paints. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Riddle Fence, and CV₂.

    RACHAEL LESOSKY
    is a writer from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.

    D.A. LOCKHART
    is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Devil in the Woods (2019) and Wenchikàneit Visions (2019). His work has received several Pushcart Prize nominations. He is a Turtle Clan citizen of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation and currently resides at Waawiiyaatanong in Three-Fires Confederacy Territory.

    JENNIFER LOVEGROVE
    is the author of Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, and two other poetry collections. Her Watch How We Walk was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She divides her time between downtown Toronto and rural Ontario.

    CAROL MATTHEWS
    has published short stories in PRISM international, Room, and Grain, and is the author of a collection of short fiction and four books of nonfiction.

    EMILY MCGIFFIN
    , author of two poetry collections and a monograph, is a contributor to Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times (2019). emcgiffin.ca

    CATHERINE OWEN
    is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose. Her next titles are Riven: poems (2020) and a memoir anthology, Locations of Grief: An Emotional Geography (2020).

    MELANIE DAWN POWER
    ’s poetry has appeared in Room, Southword Journal, Prairie Fire, Riddle Fence, Canthius, and The Antigonish Review, among other places. “Harvest” won the 2019 Glass Buffalo Poetry Contest. Born in St. John’s, she now lives in Montreal, Tiohtiá:ke, where she is working on her first collection.

    JADE RIORDAN
    ’s poetry has appeared in CV₂, The Dalhousie Review, The Malahat Review, Room, and elsewhere. She lives north of Canada’s 60th parallel and volunteers as a poetry reader with Bywords.

    JAY RUZESKY
    ’s most recent book is In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage (2013) and he has new work forthcoming in Five Dials. He lives in the Cowichan Valley and teaches at Vancouver Island University.

    YUSUF SAADI
    ’s first collection is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions (2020). His writing has appeared/is forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2019, Best Canadian Poetry 2018, Vallum, ARC, The Puritan, Brick, and elsewhere.

    SUSAN SANFORD BLADES
    lives in Victoria, BC, where she completed an MFA at the University of Victoria. Her short stories have been published in Cosmonauts Avenue (forthcoming), EVENT, and Minola Review, and anthologized in Coming Attractions 16.

    JAMES SCOLES
    ’ writing has appeared in Canada, the USA, and overseas, and his short stories are featured in Coming Attractions 13. He won the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Winnipeg.

    ANUJA VARGHESE
    is an emerging QWOC writer based in Hamilton, ON. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Corvid Queen, Southern Humanities Review, Hamilton Review of Books, and elsewhere. Instagram: @anuja_v, and Twitter: @Anuja_V.

    YILIN WANG
    is a writer, editor, and Chinese-to-English translator who lives on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish territories. Her writing has appeared in Clarkesworld, carte blanche, Grain, CV2, The Tyee, and The Toronto Star. She is an assistant editor for Room and a Creative Writing MFA candidate at UBC.

    PAUL WATKINS
    is professor of English at Vancouver Island University. His creative and academic work focuses on intersections of improvisation, poetry, and sound.

    JENNIFER ZILM
    , author of Waiting Room (2016) and The Missing Field (2018), shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, is writing a manuscript on conspiracy culture and a reworking of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time set in Surrey, BC.