No. 223 Summer 2023

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Issue 223 cover art by Ali Bosworth


Long Poem Prize

  • Robert Colman, "Baby and silver"
  • Kate Genevieve, "Wheels on the Bus Go"
  • PW Jarungpiterah, "Grandmother," "Uncle," "Jing Jok," and "In the Cards"
    Read an interview with PW Jarungpiterah on her poems.
  • Angeline Schellenberg, "First-Day Photo"
  • John Steffler, "Afterlife" and "Ice Moon"
  • Neil Surkan, "The Recapitated," "Limits," and
    "Empties (n. pl.)"
  • Sylvia Symons, "Seam" and "Sticker Chart"
  • Harrison Wade, "Short-Lived Summer" and "Or a Text from You"
  • Christine Birbalsingh, "Couples' Therapy"
  • Ben Lof, "The Care Bears"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry

  • Emily Riddle, The Big Melt
    (Gibsons, BC: Nightwood, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Riley Webster)

    Avery Lake, Horrible Dance
    (Kingston: Brick Books, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Sam Bollinger)

    Fareh Malik, Streams that Lead Somewhere
    (Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2022)
    Mariam Pirbhai, Isolated Incident
    (Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2022)
    (Both reviewed by Manahil Bandukwala)


  • Larissa Lai, The Lost Century
    (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Lillian Liao)

  • Nicholas Herring, Some Hellish
    (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Joe Enns)

  • Emily Saso, Nine Dash Line
    (Calgary: Freehand Books, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Janet Pollock Millar)

  • Nonfiction

  • Emily Urquhart, Ordinary Wonder Tales
    (Windsor: Biblioasis, 2022)
    (Reviewed by Faro Annie Sullivan)

  • Mentionables

  • Leesa Dean, The Filling Station
    (Kentville, NS: Gaspereau, 2022)

    Sharon Thesen, Refabulations: Selected Longer Poems, edited by Erin Moure
    (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2023)

    Susan Musgrave, Exculpatory Lilies
    (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2022)

    Tree Abraham, Cyclettes
    (Toronto: Book*hug, 2022)

    (All reviewed by Book Reviews Editor Jay Ruzesky)

  • Ali Bosworth
    Untitled (wall squares), 2014
    Collection of the artist
Contributor Notes
    MANAHIL BANDUKWALA is a writer and visual artist originally from Pakistan and now settled in Canada. Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry and Digital Content Editor for Canthius, she is a member of Ottawa-based collaborative writing group VII. Her debut poetry collection is MONUMENT (2022).

    CHRISTINE BIRBALSINGH is a second-generation Caribbean Canadian mixed-race Toronto-based writer, who may or may not have been to couples’ therapy. Her short stories have appeared in Antigonish Review, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, and MaComère. “Couples’ Therapy” is from a work-in-progress novel of the same title.

    SAM BOLLINGER is a poet, editor, and reviewer. Her work has appeared in Arc Poetry and Portal Magazine. She studies creative writing and English at Vancouver Island University.

    ALI BOSWORTH is a photographer living in Victoria, BC.

    JAYMIE CAMPBELL is an Anishnaabe artist and writer from Curve Lake First Nation and currently resides on unceded Sinixt territory in BC. She explores connection through visual arts and writing, and is inspired by story, the land, and family. Instagram: @whiteotterdesignco

    ROBERT COLMAN is a writer and editor based in Newmarket, ON. His fourth book of poems, Ghost Work, is forthcoming in 2024.

    SADIQA DE MEIJER’s latest book was alfabet/alphabet, which won the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for nonfiction. She is currently Poet Laureate of Kingston/ Katarokwi.

    MEGHAN EAKER is a queer, non-binary, mixed nêhiyaw and white amiskwacîwâskahikan-based poet, Registered Nurse, and member of the Wood land Cree First Nation. They are a PhD student in Indigenous Studies at the University of Alberta, studying storytelling as a creative practice towards miyo-pimâtisiwin (a good life). Instagram: @meghaneaker

    JOE ENNS is a writer, painter, and fisheries biologist on Vancouver Island. His works have appeared in The Fiddlehead, GUSTS, and Portal Magazine, and are forthcoming in FreeFall and Dalhousie Review. Joe has a BA in creative writing and a BSc in ecological restoration. Instagram: @ennsjoe

    KATE GENEVIEVE is a poet born and raised in Vancouver. She received a BA and a BEd from the University of British Columbia before attending the University of Edinburgh to pursue a master’s in poetry.

    PW JARUNGPITERAH is an emerging writer and recent arrival to Canada. Raised in Australia, she has lived in Montréal, Kamloops, Ottawa, and Toronto. She is working on her first poetry collection, a lyrical family montage, set in 1970s rural Thailand. She has been published in The Ex-Puritan and Ricepaper Magazine.

    ANGÉLIQUE LALONDE dwells on Gitxsan Territory. She is the author of Glorious Frazzled Beings, shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the recipient of the 2019 Journey Prize. She holds a PhD in anthropology, has been published in PRISM International, The Malahat Review, Room, Grain, and Prairie Fire, and anthologized in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories. angé

    LILLIAN LIAO is a writer living in Vancouver, BC. She has previously written book reviews for Canadian Literature.

    BEN LOF’s stories have won the Howard O’Hagan Award and The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award, appeared in The Journey Prize Stories, and been shortlisted for the Bronwen Wallace Award, Jacob Zilber Prize, Fiddlehead Fiction Prize, and Alberta Views Story Contest. He lives with his family on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton.

    DOMENICA MARTINELLO, from Montréal, QC, is the author of All Day I Dream about Sirens (2019). She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Instagram: @domenicahope Twitter: @domenicahope

    JANET POLLOCK MILLAR is a writer, educator, and editor living on lək̓ʷəŋən territory in Victoria, BC. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Herizons, United Church Observer, Island Writer, This Magazine, Pangyrus, and The Font. She works in the Writing Centre at Camosun College.

    MARK E. PRIOR is a Montréal-based writer. The story in this issue is part of an upcoming memoir, Missionary Position. Twitter: @markeprior.

    ANGELINE SCHELLENBERG is the author of the Manitoba Book Award-winning Tell Them It Was Mozart (2016), the KOBZAR-nominated Fields of Light and Stone (2020), and the forthcoming Paradigm Riffs (2024). She hosts the Speaking Crow poetry open mic in Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg).

    BREN SIMMERS, winner of the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize, is the author of four books, most recently If, When (2021). A poetry collection, Spell ‘World’ Backwards, is forthcoming (2024). She lives on Epekwitk (PEI).

    JOHN STEFFLER’s most recent books are And Yet (2020) and Forty-One Pages: On Poetry, Language and Wilderness (2019). From 2006 to 2009 he was Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. He lives in eastern Ontario on unceded traditional Omamiwinini (Algonquin) territory.

    JILLIAN STIRK spent thirty years in Canada’s foreign service with assignments that took her around the world. Her writing has been published in The Globe and Mail, Queen’s Quarterly, Quarantine Review, and Trek Magazine, among others. She lives in Vancouver and is currently working on a collection of stories.

    FARO ANNIE SULLIVAN is a ceramic artist, educator, and studio technician living on traditional territories of lək̓ʷəŋən and WSáNEć peoples. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and has a degree in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Instagram: @faroanniesullivan

    NEIL SURKAN’s most recent book is Unbecoming (2021). He lives and teaches in Nanaimo, BC, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Twitter: @NeilSurkan

    SYLVIA SYMONS grew up in Lheidli T’enneh territory in northern British Columbia. She now lives with her husband and soon-to-fledge youngest son in Vancouver. Her work is published in Geist, EVENT, Room, Prairie Fire, CV2, Arc Poetry, Thimbleberry, The Sustenance Anthology, and Best Canadian Poetry.

    HARRISON WADE is a writer living in Vancouver. They are a PhD student in cinema and media studies at the University of British Columbia. Their poetry has been published in Peach Mag, SAD Mag, and Echolocation, among others. Instagram: @bgonedullcare

    RILEY WEBSTER is a storyteller and creative whose titles speak to the diverse avenues that her work takes her down. Whether sharing other people’s stories or creating her own, she is here to encourage self-expression. Instagram: @byrileywebster