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No. 212 Fall 2020

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Issue 212 cover art by Shawn Hunt

Contents:

Winner:
2020
Far Horizons Award for Poetry

  • A.R. Kung, "Flight"
Poetry
  • Karen Lee, "blister" and "push"
  • Molly Cross-Blanchard, "And if" and "Granville Island, October 2019"
  • Shane Rhodes, from "It's Here All the Beauty I Told You About"
  • Russell Thornton, "Play Structure"
  • Šari Dale, "Trout Eyes"
  • Patrick Friesen, "amadeus"
  • Phoebe Wang, "Self-Portrait with an Internal Conflict," "Interior, Scale Model," and "Interior with a Hundred Views"
Fiction
  • Shoilee Khan, "Set Your Eyes Where the Water Meets the Sky"
  • Francine Cunningham, "Asleep Till You're Awake"
  • John Elizabeth Stintzi, "The Sea that Has Become Known"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Michelle Poirier Brown, "The Amnio Journal"
  • Kathy Mak, "墨 / mò /"
  • Erin Soros, "Cord"
Reviews
  • Poetry

  • Ali Blythe, Hymnswitch
    (Fredericton: Goose Lane, 2019)
    [and]
    Jody Chan, all our futures
    ([n.p.]: Pank Books, 2020)
    [and]
    John Elizabeth Stintzi, Junebat
    (Toronto: Anansi, 2020)
    (All reviewed by Daniel Sarah Karasik)

    Tanis MacDonald, Mobile
    (Toronto: Book*hug, 2019)
    [and]
    Elaine Woo, Put Your Hand in Mine
    (Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2019)
    (Both reviewed by Danielle Janess)

    A.F. Moritz, As Far As You Know
    (Toronto: Anansi, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Eric Miller)

    Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction   

  • Dane Swan, editor, Changing the Face of Canadian Literature: A Diverse Canadian Anthology  
    (Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Dennis L.M. Lewis)

    Nonfiction

  • Aaron Chan, This City is a Minefield
    (Hong Kong: Signal 8, 2019)
    (Reviewed by Ren Iwamoto)

Cover
  • Shawn Hunt, The Gift, 2020
    Acrylic on canvas
  • 60 in. x 40 in.
  • Courtesy of the artist and Equinox Gallery
Contributor Notes

    MICHELLE POIRIER BROWN is a Cree Métis writer living in Victoria. Her poem “Wake” was awarded PRISM international’s 2019 Earle Birney Poetry Prize. Published
    CNF includes “The House on Strathnaver Avenue” in The Fieldstone Review (2017) and “Under the Covers” in The Sun, Readers Write (1996).

    MOLLY CROSS-BLANCHARD is a white and Métis writer living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land, a.k.a. Vancouver. She is the Publisher at Room, and her debut full-length collection of poetry, Exhibitionist, will be published by Coach House Books in April 2021.

    FRANCINE CUNNINGHAM is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist, and educator. Her debut book of poems On/Me (Caitlin Press) is nominated for the 2020 BC
    and Yukon Book Prize and a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award. www.francinecunningham.ca

    ŠARI DALE writes from Kelowna, BC, on unceded Syilx territory. Her creative nonfiction has appeared/is appearing in The Fiddlehead and her poetry in Poetry is Dead, Room, CV2, EVENT, Grain, Arc, and elsewhere online. Instagram: @sari.docx

    PATRICK FRIESEN, born in Manitoba, now lives in Victoria, BC. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry, a book of essays, stage and radio plays, three CDs of text and music, and has co-translated five books of Danish poetry. Outlasting the Weather: Selected & New Poems, 1994–2020 will be out in the fall of 2020.

    SHAWN HUNT is a Heiltsuk artist born in Waglisla (Bella Bella), BC. Hunt’s artistic practice is directly informed by his Scottish, French, and First Nations background and the visual culture and traditions that accompany it.

    REN IWAMOTO is a Japanese-Canadian writer and editor from the tenth dimension, whose work has been featured here and there. They may or may not have a criminal record. Twitter: @reniwamoto

    DANIELLE JANESS’s debut poetry collection, The Milk of Amnesia, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in October 2020. She is Assistant Poetry Editor at the VIDA Review.

    DANIEL SARAH KARASIK is a writer in Toronto. Their recent poetry and critical prose appears 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.

    SHOILEE KHAN’s fiction appears in the short-story collection The Unpublished City (2017). She was longlisted for the 2017 CBC Short Story Prize. Her work has also
    appeared in Adbusters, Room Magazine, The New Quarterly, and Other Voices. She serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the Festival of Literary Diversity as well as the Creative Editor for the combat arts organization Sister Fit. She studies disaster writing and is currently a doctoral student in English Literature at York University.

    A.R. KUNG
    is a poet and Coast Guard sailor from Victoria, BC. Fascinated with the Tang Dynasty, he is writing a poetry collection in dialogue with great Chinese poets of the eighth and ninth centuries. His work has appeared in Grain.

    KAREN LEE is a lyrical storyteller, devoted to social justice. Lee supports accessibility as an accredited Jamaican Patois Court interpreter, voiceover artist, vocalist, actor and poet. Poetry publications include Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis, Humber Literary Review, Brick Books’ Brickyard, and a shortlist nod for the Small Axe Literary Prize. “Tekkin Back Tongue,” her poetry manuscript in progress, is named after her self-directed writing residency in Ghana, Kenya (2018).

    DENNIS L.M. LEWIS is a writer, editor, and university instructor. He is the author of the ongoing serial poem A More Perfect Union and the Letters to Dead Poets series. He was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Grant in 2018 and won Second Prize in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Competition. He lives in Kitchener, ON.

    KATHY MAK’s debut chapbook is forthcoming with 845 Press in 2020. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The/tEmz/Review, Marías at Sampaguitas, Kissing Dynamite, This Magazine, Understorey Magazine, Canthius, and What You Need to Know About Me. kathymak.weebly.com

    ERIC MILLER writes for 3QuarksDaily. His translation of Titia Brongersma’s Swan of the Well is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press in fall 2020. His work has appeared in Brick, Spolia, and Lumen.

    SHANE RHODES is the author of six books of poetry, including X: poems and antipoems and Dead White Men, which won the 2018 Ottawa Book Award. Shane has also won the Alberta Book Award, the P. K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry and a National Magazine Gold Award. Shane lives in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory.

    ERIN SOROS is a settler from Vancouver. Her stories have received the CBC Literary Award and the Commonwealth Award. An essay was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Her poem “Weight” received The Malahat Review’s 2019 Long Poem Prize, was a finalist for the CBC Literary Award, and is included in Best Canadian Poetry.

    JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI is the recipient of the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and their work has appeared in EVENT, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and others. They are the author of the novel Vanishing Monuments as well as the poetry collection Junebat.

    RUSSELL THORNTON’s most recent collection is The Broken Face (2018). He has a collection forthcoming in 2021 called Answer to Blue. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.

    PHOEBE WANG is the author of Admission Requirements (2017) which was nominated for a Trillium Book Award. Her second collection, Waking Occupations, is forthcoming
    in Spring 2022. She works at OCAD University. More of her work can be found at www.alittleprint.com.