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No. 207 Summer 2019

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Contents:

Winners:
2019 Long Poem Prize

Poetry
  • Ugonna-Ora Owoh, "Black boy's miracle"
  • Shannon Quinn, "Echo to Her Sisters," "Last Boy Astronaut," and "Girl Medicine"
  • Geneviève Paiement, "My Un-conceived Children Give Me a Standing Ovation" and "Busytown"
  • Graeme Bezanson, "Epithalamium" and "Yellow Navy Black"
  • Hamish Ballantyne, "[Untitled]" and "sept 23"
  • Matt Robinson, "Against the Dog's Passing"
  • Shen Haobo, "Pagoda" translated from the Chinese by Liang Yujing
  • Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez, "The Lion"
  • Grzegorz Wróblewski, "Chustka Sandry / Sandra's Blanket" and "The Cackle of the Waves" translated from the Polish by Piotr Gwiazda
  • Linda Ann Strang, "Kleptoglade"
Fiction
  • Sasha Penn & Joanne Rixon, "Cascades"
  • Liz Harmer, "Right to Grapple"

Creative Nonfiction
  • Darrel J. McLeod, "The Carved Cedar Bent Box in the Trunk"
  • Danny Jacobs, "Rooms"
  • Matthew Porges, "Hamada"
Reviews
Cover
  • Beau Dick, Walas Gwa'yam, Ghost of Christmas Presents, 2016, red cedar, acrylic, feathers, Canadian banknotes, nail, leather, and graphite, 13 in. x 8.5 in. x 6 in., courtesy of Fazakas Gallery
Contributor Notes
  • HAMISH BALLANTYNE is a writer and translator from Vancouver Island, and a founding member of the pure-sound collective Sex Panic!.

    GRAEME BEZANSON
    , a Canadian writer living in France, is the author of ECLOGUES (2015), and a founder and former editor of Coldfront (coldfrontmag.com). His poems have appeared in BOMB, Sixth Finch, Washington Square, Verse, and elsewhere.

    TREVOR COOK
    is Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton.

    CHIEF BEAU DICK, WALAS GWA’YAM
    (1955 – 2017), was a celebrated Kwakwaka’wakw (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation) artist and activist, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Dick explored new formats and techniques in his work, including painting and drawing.

    REBECCA GELEYN
    is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

    MARISSA GRIZENKO
    is a Vancouver-based writing consultant and editor.

    MANDY GUTMANN-GONZALEZ
    is from Vilches, Chile. Their poetry has appeared in BLOOM, Hobart, West Branch, and other literary journals. Their novel in Spanish, La Pava, appeared in 2016. They won the 2018 Boulevard Emerging Poets Prize.

    PIOTR GWIAZDA
    ’s most recent book of poems is Aspects of Strangers (2016). He has also published two critical studies, US Poetry in the Age of Empire, 1979 – 2012 and James Merrill and W.H. Auden. He is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

    LIZ HARMER
    was a Journey Prize finalist and winner of a National Magazine award, as well as being published in the Best Canadian Stories 2018. She is the author of the novel The Amateurs.

    DANNY JACOBS
    ’ poems, reviews, and essays have been published in journals across Canada. His book of lyrical essays, Sourcebooks for Our Drawings: Essays and Remnants, is forthcoming in the fall. Danny lives in Riverview, NB.

    WILL JOHNSON
    is a journalist, blogger, and photographer from Victoria, BC., working on a memoir of his time at the Nelson Star. He runs the blogs Kootenay Goon and Literary Goon.

    KYRA KRISTMANSON
    , a horror movie savant, fan of fantasy novels, and tattoo enthusiast, completed her English undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria.

    LIANG YUJING
    grew up in China and is currently a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. His translations include Zero Distance: New Poetry from China and Dai Weina’s Loving You at the Speed of a Snail Traveling around the World.

    TANIS MACDONALD
    lives in Waterloo, and writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her memoir in essays, Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City, is published by Wolsak and Wynn.

    NIALL MCARDLE
    ’s work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, Banshee, and The Honest Ulsterman.

    DARREL J. MCLEOD
    is Nehiyaw from Treaty 8 territory. His memoir Mamaskatch won the 2018 Governor General’s literary award for nonfiction. The sequel, Peyakow, will be released in 2019.

    STEVE NOYES
    recently earned a PhD in The Contemporary Novel at the University of Kent. His most recent novel is November’s Radio (Oolichan, 2015). stevenoyes.com.

    UGONNA-ORA OWOH
    lives in Nigeria as a poet and model. His poems have appeared in Confingo Magazine, Matador Review, and Stockholm Review of Literature. He was an international finalist for the 2019 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize.

    GENEVIÈVE PAIEMENT
    is a Montreal-born journalist turned poet who lives in Toronto. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Guardian (uk), Salon.com, Vice, Minola Review, and The Southampton Review Online.

    SASHA PENN
    is a queer woman and an enrolled member of the Chehalis Tribe. She learned her first words of Lushootseed, the Coast Salish language in which some characters in “Cascades” are named, at home as a small child. She lives in Tacoma, WA.

    MATTHEW PORGES
    is a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. His writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Jadaliyya, and elsewhere. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently resides in Scotland.

    SHANNON QUINN
    lives in Tkaronto. Quinn is the author of Questions for Wolf (Thistledown Press) and Nightlight for Children of Insomniacs (Mansfield Press). For more information visit shannonquinnpoetry.com.

    LAURA RITLAND
    is the author of East and West (2018). She divides her time between Vancouver and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley.

    JOANNE RIXON
    was raised in a small town in the Cascade Mountains and currently lives in Tacoma, WA. Her stories have recently appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mysterion, and Fireside Fiction.

    MATT ROBINSON
    ’s recent publications are the chapbooks Against and The Telephone Game, as well as Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work. He lives in Halifax, NS.

    SHEN HAOBO
    , born in 1976, is considered one of the most controversial of the new generation of Chinese poets for his wickedly erotic and politically satirical poetry. The leading poet of the Lower Body group, he is the author of seven poetry collections.

    ERIN SOROS
    has published fiction and nonfiction in Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, The Indiana Review, Geist, PRISM International, and The Fiddlehead. This year she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

    JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI
    is a non-binary poet and novelist raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. Their writing can be found (or is forthcoming) in Black Warrior Review, The Puritan, Humber Literary Review, Ploughshares, and their 2018 chapbook The Machete Tourist. They currently live in Kansas City, MO, with their partner, and are on Twitter @stintzi.

    LINDA ANN STRANG
    lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines around the world, including in Japan and Australia. Her first collection was published as Wedding Underwear for Mermaids.

    GRZEGORZ WRÓBLEWSKI
    , born in Poland in 1962 and living in Copenhagen since 1985, has published over a dozen of volumes of poetry, prose, and drama in Poland, as well as books in Denmark and elsewhere. He has exhibited his paintings in Denmark, Germany, England, and Poland. His most recent book in English translation is Zero Visibility (trans. Piotr Gwiazda).