No. 211 Summer 2020

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Novella Prize

  • Chris Banks, "Honeydripper"
  • Ronna Bloom, "Legend of Saint Ursula"
  • Alisha Dukelow, from High Modernist Affect Grid
  • Paul Vermeersch, "Suburban Hauntology: On the Interpretation of Front Doors"
  • Ron Riekki, "The doorway to get into the prison"
  • Daniel Sarah Karasik, "Against the Law" and "hustle"
  • Read an interview with Daniel Sarah Karasik on their poems.
  • Sarah Venart, "Dénouement"
  • Sarah Tolmie, "Putting off Bedtime" and "What Hans Christian Andersen Should Have Done for the Walrus"
  • Matthew Hollett, "Waters Above and Waters Below" and "I'm Sorry, I Have to Ask You to Leave" 
  • Alamgir Hashmi, "Anywhere, 2019"
  • Mike Alexander, "An Afternoon Gentleman" and "Very Promised Land"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Sarah Lord, "Forgiveness is Irrelevant"
  • Sharona Franklin, Mycoplasma, 2020
    Gelatin powder & mixed media
  • 17 in. x 17 in. x 17 in. (sculpture)
  • 16 in. x 17 in. x 17 in. (plinth)
  • Collection of the Artist, courtesy of the Artist and King's Leap Photograph by Stephen Faught
Contributor Notes

    MIKE ALEXANDER is an emerging Anishinaabe visual artist and writer. Originally from Swan Lake First Nation, he grew up in Winnipeg and has lived the last five years in British Columbia, currently as a guest upon the unceded and traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

    MANAHIL BANDUKWALA is a Pakistani writer, editor, and visual artist from Karachi and currently based in Ottawa. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (2019) and Pipe Rose (2018), and on the editorial team of Canthius. She was longlisted
    for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and was the 2019 winner of Room Magazine’s Emerging Writer Award.

    CHRIS BANKS is a Canadian poet and author of five collections of poems, most recently Midlife Action Figure (2019). His first full-length collection, Bonfires, was awarded the 2004 Jack Chalmers Award for poetry by the Canadian Authors Association (previous winners include Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood).

    RHONDA BATCHELOR’s poetry titles include Bearings, Interpreting Silence, and Weather Report, and she’s the author of the YA novel She Loves You. Her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (2013). She recently retired as a long-time Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.

    RONNA BLOOM is the author of six poetry collections. She is Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and created the Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health. Her most recent book is The More (2017).

    XAIVER CAMPBELL is a Jamaican-born Newfoundlander. Political Scientist by education, baker by trade, writer out of passion, he enjoys writing about his childhood in Jamaica and life in Newfoundland. His interests include gender, sexuality, love, and the underlying feeling of belonging.

    DANIEL ALLEN COX’s essays appear in The Malahat Review, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is the author of four novels published by Arsenal Pulp Press and is working on a memoir-in-essays about growing up a Jehovah’s Witness. Daniel lives in Tiotia:ke/Montréal. @danielallencox on Twitter.

    ALISHA DUKELOW’s writing has appeared recently in PRISM international, subTerrain, CV₂, and elsewhere. She lives in Tiotia:ke/Montréal, but will move to Los Angeles in the fall to pursue a PhD in English Literature. She has two forthcoming poetry chapbooks: High Modernist Affect Grid and pareidolia.

    KATE FELIX is a writer and filmmaker based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, Litro, and Cream City Review, among others. Her feminist short films and plays have been selected for over fifty independent festivals worldwide.; @kitty_flash on Twitter.

    SHARONA FRANKLIN is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary disabled artist, writer, and activist. Her work explores radical therapies, cybernetic craft, bioritualism, ecology, pharmacological and social inter-dependency. Her visual media practice is archived through social media platforms @paid.technologies, @star_seeded, and @hot.crip.

    ALAMGIR HASHMI is the author of numerous books of poetry and literary criticism. His work has also appeared widely in journals and anthologies and won high honours and awards. He has taught as a university professor in North America, Europe, and Asia, and is Founding President of The Literature Podium.

    MATTHEW HOLLETT is a poet and photographer recently transplanted from St. John’s to Tiotia:ke/Montréal. His first book, Album Rock, was published in 2018 by Boulder Books.

    DANIEL SARAH KARASIK is a writer in Toronto. Their recent poetry and critical prose appear in Briarpatch, Grain, The Puritan, and elsewhere. They are a co-founder and coordinator of the network Artists for Climate & Migrant Justice and Indigenous Sovereignty.

    SARAH LORD is a writer of introspective prose themed around queer becoming, healing, and resilience. She is published in Minola Review and Black Bear Review and was longlisted for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize. Living in the Kootenays, BC, she is working on her first novel.

    TANIS MACDONALD is the author of Mobile (2019) and other books. Her poems have recently appeared in Understorey, Prairie Fire, and untethered. She teaches and writes in Waterloo, ON.

    REBECCA PĂPUCARU was awarded the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, The Panic Room, also a finalist for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and longlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her short story “Tropical Conversation” was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction.

    DANIEL PERRY is the author of the short-story collections Nobody Looks That Young Here (2018) and Hamburger (2016). He lives in Toronto.

    RON RIEKKI’s books include U.P., Posttraumatic, My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction, and i have been warned not to write about this.

    KEVIN SHAW, from London, ON now lives in Ottawa. His poetry collection, Smaller Hours (2017), was published by Icehouse/Goose Lane Editions and his nonfiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, Event, and Best Canadian Essays 2018.

    THERESSA SLIND is a librarian and writer from Saskatoon. Her fiction has appeared in subTerrain, Grain, and The New Quarterly.

    WAASEYAA’SIN CHRISTINE SY is Ojibway from Lac Seul First Nation and Bawating Sault Ste. Marie. She lives in unceded Lekwungen territories on the slopes of PKOLS. She is mother to a bear, human to a cat, a poet, and works in the area of Indigenous Gender Studies.

    SARAH TOLMIE is a speculative fiction writer and poet. The Little Animals earned the Special Citation at the 2020 Philip K. Dick Awards and her poetry collection The Art of Dying was a nominee for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize. In fall 2020 her third poetry collection, Check, comes out, as does her novella The Fourth Island.

    DÉLANI VALIN is a Cree-Métis writer and editor. She has won subTerrain’s Lush Triumphant Literary Award and The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize. She has been published in various anthologies and literary and commercial magazines. She is the editor at Culturally Modified and is on the board of editors at Room Magazine. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University.

    SARAH VENART lives in Tiotia:ke/Montréal and teaches writing and literature at John Abbott College. I Am the Big Heart will be in bookstores in November 2020. She is also the author of Woodshedding (2007).

    PAUL VERMEERSCH is a poet, multimedia artist, creative writing professor, and literary editor. His Shared Universe: New and Selected Poems 1995 – 2020 will be published this September by ECW Press. He lives in Toronto.