No. 224 Fall 2023

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Issue 224 cover art by Cammie Staros


Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

  • Y. S. Lee, from "Motherlands": "Readiness," "Confinement," "SAHM," and "More echoes"
    Read an interview with Y. S. Lee on her poems.
  • Winshen Liu, "Nostalgia" and "My aunt is my mother's sister"
  • Matt Robinson, "Birch"
  • Sadie McCarney, "Backroads, Inroads" and "You at 60"
  • Joseph Kidney, from "Only in the Solitude of Intention": "3. The I-5 toward Salem," "9. Down the Oregon Coast," "Over the Columbia River (II)," "12. Cormorant Devouring Time," and "17. Videtur Deus"
  • Warren Heiti, "*," "House," and "Apophasis"
  • Sun Tzu-Ping, "as if blowing"
    translated from the Taiwanese Mandarin by Nicholas Wong
  • Rhea Tregebov, from "Taste": "Sweet" and "Umami"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry

  • Kate Siklosi, Selvage
    (Halifax: Invisible Publishing, 2023)
    (Reviewed by Neil Surkan)

    Michelle Brown, Swans
    (Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2023)
    (Reviewed by Shauna Grace Andrews)


  • Corinna Chong, The Whole Animal
    (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2023)
    (Reviewed by Bailey Branscombe)

  • David C. C. Bourgeois, Full Fadom Five
    (Montreal, Baraka Books, 2023)
    (Reviewed by Jessie Krahn)

  • Nonfiction

  • Jan Zwicky, Once Upon a Time in the West: Essays on the Politics of Thought and Imagination
    (Kingston: McGill-Queen's, 2023)
    (Reviewed by Eric Miller)

  • Hilary Peach, Thick Skin: Field Notes from a Sister in the Brotherhood
    (Vancouver: Anvil, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Kate Kennedy)

  • Mentionables

  • Haruki Murakami, Novelist as a Vocation
    translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen
    (Toronto: Penguin Random House, 2022)

    Emily Osborne, Safety Razor
    (Guelph: Gordon Hill, 2023)

    Gregor Craigie, Radio Jet Lag
    (Toronto: Cormorant, 2023))

    Matthew Hollett, Optic Nerve
    (Kingston: Brick, 2023)

    (All reviewed by Book Reviews Editor Jay Ruzesky)

  • Cammie Staros
    Net of Hephaestus (detail), 2022
    Ceramic and silver
    60 x 20 x 22"
    Collection of the artist; photo by Ed Mumford, courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian
Contributor Notes
    SHAUNA ANDREWS, a freelance writer and editor with an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, has been longlisted for the CBC poetry prize and published in literary periodicals including The Malahat Review.

    ODETTE AUGER is Sagamok Anishnawbek through her mom. As a freelance journalist, her bylines include The Resolve, La Converse, The Tyee, Asparagus Magazine, Watershed Sentinel, IndigiNews, and APTN National News. When not writing, she’s gardening by the Salish Sea. Instagram: @odetteauger Twitter: @OdetteAuger

    BAILEY BRANSCOMBE is an aspiring novelist born and raised on Vancouver Island. She holds a BA in creative writing and English from Vancouver Island University. Instagram: @baileywritesstuff

    CHEE BROSSY, born in Chinle, Arizona, is the author of the chapbook Burntwater (2021) and the poetry collection The Strings Are Lightning and Hold You In (2022). A member of the Navajo Nation, he lives in New Mexico.

    SYLVIA FRANKE is a literary translator from German to English. She divides her time between Montreal and Berlin.

    ELEANOR FULLER’s fiction appears in The Moth, The Manchester Review, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. An MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, she volunteers on the Editorial Board at PRISM International and is currently at work on a SSHRC‐supported collection of short stories. She lives in Toronto.

    ALICIA GEE, an MFA candidate at the University of Idaho, has worked in harm reduction in Vancouver and Tennessee, where she was challenged and compelled by the (sometimes head‐butting) conversations about accountability and personal freedom.

    KARINE HACK’s work has appeared in Grain, The Rumpus, and Plenitude. She lives (knits, reads, writes, and rock‐climbs) in Toronto with her partner and their two cats. Instagram: @shecareens Twitter: @shecareens

    WARREN HEITI is the author of Hydrologos (2011) and Attending (2021) and co‐editor of Chamber Music: The Poetry of Jan Zwicky (2015). He teaches philosophy and literature at Vancouver Island University.

    MARK ANTHONY JARMAN is the author of Czech Techno (2020), Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (2015), and the travel books Touch Anywhere to Begin (2022) and Irelandʹs Eye (2002). He has published in journals across Europe, Asia, and North America. He is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a fiction editor for The Fiddlehead. Burn Man, his selected stories, has just been published.

    KATE KENNEDY is a poet, editor, and reviewer. Originally from Lillooet, BC, she now lives in Victoria.

    JOSEPH KIDNEY, winner of the Short Grain Contest (Grain) and The Young Buck Poetry Prize (CV2), has published poems in Arc Poetry, Vallum, The Fiddlehead, Al‐Araby Al‐Jadeed (in Arabic translation), and Best Canadian Poetry 2024. His new chapbook is Terra Firma, Pharma Sea. Twitter: @josephkidney2

    JESSIE KRAHN is a writer and recent English MA graduate based in Winnipeg. Her work ranges from the scholarly (on Midsommar in The New Review of Film and Television Studies) to the silly (her YouTube channel Flunderingchipper).

    Y. S. LEE, winner of CV2’s 2022 Foster Poetry Prize, has published in EVENT, Arc Poetry, Rattle, and other journals; her fiction includes the award‐winning YA mystery series The Agency. She lives in a place we’re learning to call Katarokwi.

    WINSHEN LIU studied anthropology and computer science and has worked in nonprofits, education, and tech. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Baltimore Review, Gordon Square Review, Ninth Letter, RHINO, and The Rumpus. She hopes to one day raise three rescue dogs at once and live near mountains.

    SADIE MCCARNEY is the author of Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Thinking (2023), Head War (2021), and Live Ones (2019). Her poems have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Walrus, Grain, Canadian Literature, and The Malahat Review, among other places. Instagram: @madeupsadie Twitter: @madeupsadie

    ERIC MILLER has recently published “A Dialogue Concerning Chickens,” a chapter from his novel The Canada Act, in The Dalhousie Review. Other chapters from it have appeared in Spolia and 3QuarksDaily.

    MATT ROBINSON’s most recent book is Tangled & Cleft (2021). He has won the Grain Prose Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney Award, and The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, among others. He serves on the editorial board of The Fiddlehead and lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, NS) with his family.

    KAWAI SHEN is a writer based in Toronto. Twitter: @kawaishen Bluesky: @kawaishen

    CAMMIE STAROS makes sculptures that draw from Greco‐Roman antiquities and the contexts in which we view them. Her work folds the past in on itself to reveal semiotic systems created and reinforced through art history and explores how the relics of fallen empires might speak to the political and environmental threats to our current civilization. Staros lives and works in Los Angeles. Instagram: @cammiestaros

    SUN TZU-PING, born in Taiwan, graduated from the Graduate Institute of Creative Writing and English Literature at National Dong Hwa University and is currently an editor at Liberty Times. His publications in Chinese include Knowing Shadows (essays), Sentimentalist (poetry), and Male Bodies (a novel).

    NEIL SURKAN’s most recent poetry collection is Unbecoming (2021). A new chapbook, Ruin, is forthcoming. Twitter: @NeilSurkan

    RHEA TREGEBOV is a poet and the author of two novels, Rue des Rosiers (2019) and The Knife Sharpener’s Bell (2009). Her eighth collection of poetry will be published in spring 2024. Associate Professor Emerita in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, she lives in Vancouver.

    OLIVIA WENZEL is an author, playwright, performer, and musician. Her debut novel 1000 Serpentinen Angst (2020) was longlisted for the 2020 German Book Prize and translated as 1000 Coils of Fear (2022). Born in Weimar, she now lives in Berlin.

    NICHOLAS WONG, author of Crevasse (2015), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Besiege Me (2021), also a Lammy finalist in 2022, is a poet, translator, and visual artist writing in his L2 from Hong Kong. He has published translations in Ninth Letter, The Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London, and Foglifter Instagram: @citiesofsameness.