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No. 216 Fall 2021

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Issue 216 cover art by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets'lo:tseltun

Contents:

Winner:
2021
Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

  • Ben Lof, "Naked States"
Poetry
  • Y. S. Lee, "Dyad"
  • Laurie D. Graham, "Calling It Back to Me"
  • Carlee Bouillon, "A Brief Etymology of Dallas Road," "A Chronology of Driftwood," and "An Inventory of Sound on the Beach by Ross Bay Cemetery"
  • Yuan Changming, "Yin/Yang vs. Water/Fire: Lesson One in Chinese Characters," "Getting Along: A Bilinguacultural Poem," and "Chinglish: A Brief History of Chinese in English"
  • Lise Gaston, "Pipeline Gear" and "Diagnosis"
  • Sebastien Wen, "Pangur Bán" and "Achilles"
  • Ronna Bloom, "An Excruciating Blue Day"
  • Steve McOrmond, "Lock Screen"
  • Allison LaSorda, "Blind Spot," "MapQuest," "Dorian," and "Box Oxer"
  • Nat Robinson, "In a White Bowl," "The Deer Butcher," and "I've got powers now, Davis Butler"
  • Danielle Hubbard, "Sketch of Neal Barker," "After the affair," "A certain summer," and "The retrospective"
  • Cathleen With, "Doin it for Oshi"
  • Elisabeth Gill, "Oberon"
  • Rozina Jessa, "There Is No Deity, Except (Lies)"
  • Lauren Kirshner, "Patsy Cline's Boots" and "Cindy Rain"
  • Sue J. Levon, "Teacher of the Year," "The Rich Don't Tip Very Well," "Maybe It's Not Such a Bad Thing," and "Garbage Chute"
Fiction
  • Jenny Ferguson, "Hunting for Wolf"
  • Sara Mang, "Pangaea Fragmented"
  • Cassidy McFadzean, "Ghost Balcony"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Caitlyn Ng Man Chuen, "A Thousand Little Deaths"
Reviews
  • Poetry

  • Evelyn Lau, Pineapple Express
    (Vancouver: Anvil, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Zachery Cooper)

    Fiction

  • Francesca Ekwuyasi, Butter Honey Pig Bread
    (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Micaela Maftei)

    Shani Mootoo, Polar Vortex
    (Toronto: Book*hug, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Deborah Torkko)

    Gillian Wigmore, Night Watch: The Vet Suite
    (Picton: Invisible Publishing, 2021)
    (Reviewed by Marisa Grizenko)

    Nonfiction

  • M. A. C. Farrant, One Good Thing: A Living Memoir
    (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2021)
    (Reviewed by Christina Mansueti)
  • Kaija Pepper, Falling Into Flight: A Memoir of Life and Dance
    (Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2020)
    (Reviewed by Stacey Engels)
  • Mentionables

  • Hiromi Goto (author) and Ann Xu (illustrator), Shadow Life
    (New York: First Second Books, 2021)

    Sharon Kirsch, The Smallest Objective
    (Vancouver: New Star, 2020)

    Sharon McCartney, Villa Negativa: A Memoir in Verse
    (Windsor: Biblioasis, 2021)

    Jane Munro, Glass Float
    (London: Brick, 2020)

    Susan Olding, Big Reader
    (Calgary: Freehand, 2021)

    Dominique Béchard, One Dog Town
    (Kentville: Gaspereau, 2019)

    (All reviewed by Book Reviews Editor Jay Ruzesky)

Cover
  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets'lo:tseltun, Portrait of a Residential School Child, 2005
    Acrylic on canvas
  • 162.5 cm x 133 cm
  • Private Collection
  • Image courtesy of the artist and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
Contributor Notes

    RONNA BLOOM is the author of six books of poetry. The More (2017) was longlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. She developed the Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health, and is Poet in Community to the University of Toronto.

    CARLEE BOUILLON
    writes poems that frequently turn out sounding like the overheard monologue of someone having a pleasant and introspective mushroom trip. Find her words in This Side of West, Femme Handbook, Grain, and elsewhere.

    YUAN CHANGMING
    co-edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. He has published eleven chapbooks (most recently LIMERENCE) and his work has appeared in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008–17). He served on the poetry jury for Canada’s 44th National Magazine Awards.

    ZACHERY COOPER
    ’s writing can be found in The New Quarterly, Queen’s Quarterly, filling Station, The Quilliad, PRISM international, and EVENT. He lives in Nanaimo, BC.

    STACEY ENGELS
    is a writer, teacher, and coach based in New York City. Her plays have been produced and staged as readings in Canada, the USA, and Italy. Her nonfiction has appeared in Sundog Lit, Assay, and Nowhere Magazine, among others.

    AVA FATHI
    , an emerging writer and undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, is a proud Iranian-Canadian and second-generation immigrant dedicated to preserving and translating the Iranian literary tradition.

    JENNY FERGUSON
    is Michif and white, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing, teaching, and beading are political acts. The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, her debut YA novel, is forthcoming in 2022.

    LISE GASTON
    is the author of Cityscapes in Mating Season (2017). Her work has been published in Canada, the USA, and Ireland. She lives in Vancouver.

    ELISABETH GILL
    has been published by the CBC, Canadian Notes & Queries, and The Inman Review. She was the editor of Encore Literary Magazine. She lives in Montreal.

    LAURIE D. GRAHAM
    currently lives in Nogojiwanong, in Mississauga Anishinaabeg territory, where she is a writer, editor, and publisher of Brick magazine. Her books are Rove and Settler Education. Fast Commute will be out in 2022.

    MARISA GRIZENKO
    is reviews editor for EVENT and writes Plain Pleasures, a monthly online newsletter about books. She is based in Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

    DANIELLE HUBBARD
    ’s poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, and Prairie Fire. She spends her time cycling, running, working as a librarian, and falling in love under disastrous circumstances. Her goal is to continue all but one of the above.

    ROZINA JESSA
    is an Indo-Canadian writer. She studied Theatre, Acting, and Creative Writing at UBC, and has been published in North America and the UK under her pen name. Her creative work explores the truths behind being a brown woman.

    LAUREN KIRSHNER
    ’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in various publications, including PRISM international, ELLE CANADA, Room, and THIS. Her novel,
    Where We Have to Go (2012), was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award.

    ALLISON LASORDA
    ’s writing can be found in Lighthouse, Southern Humanities Review, and Scientific American.

    Y. S. LEE
    ’s poetry won Arc Poetry’s July 2020 Award of Awesomeness and was shortlisted for Australia’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Her fiction includes the award-winning YA mystery series The Agency. She lives in Katarokwi (Kingston, ON).

    SUE J. LEVON
    is a first-generation immigrant residing in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal.

    BEN LOF
    ’s fiction has appeared in various literary magazines. He won the Howard O’Hagan Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award and a Western Magazine Award. He lives in Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory.

    MICAELA MAFTEI
    lives, works, and writes in Victoria, BC.

    SARA MANG
    is a storyteller from Labrador. Her work has appeared in journals in Canada, the USA, and the UK. She attended the Governor General’s Literary Awards ceremony as an emerging literary artist in Canada.

    CHRISTINA MANSUETI
    was born and raised and currently resides in the Cowichan Valley. She is a PhD candidate in Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland, focusing on gender representation and comedy as a rhetorical discourse.

    CASSIDY MCFADZEAN
    is an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. Her fiction has appeared in carte blanche, This Magazine, Best Canadian Stories 2020, and PRISM international, where she was runner-up for the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction.

    STEVE MCORMOND
    is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent is Reckon (2018). He was the recipient of The Malahat Review’s P. K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry in 2018. He lives in Toronto.

    CAITLYN NG MAN CHUEN
    is currently a graduate student in Toronto, where she was born and raised. She writes with a commitment to memory, perception, permanence, and the ways in which they diverge.

    VINH NGUYEN
    is an educator, writer, and a non-fiction editor at The New Quarterly.

    LAWRENCE PAUL YUXWELUPTUN LETS’LO:TSELTUN
    , of Coast Salish descent,
    graduated from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Influential as both artist and activist, Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun merges traditional iconography with representations of the environment and the history of colonization, resulting in his powerful, contemporary imagery.

    NAT ROBINSON
    is an American poet and fiction writer who teaches elementary school. She has lived mostly in the American South, but hopes to tour the world.

    DEBORAH TORKKO
    teaches in the Department of English at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

    SEBASTIEN WEN
    earned an MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. He won the 2019 E. J. Pratt Medal in Poetry and the 2017 Avie Bennett Emerging Writers scholarship. His work has appeared in Arc Poetry, Vallum, and Prairie Fire.

    CATHLEEN WITH is a Vancouver writer who is appreciative of all the writers who gave her reading solace during the global panini. Thank you.