Issue Twenty Contributors
Manahil Bandukwala is a writer & visual artist. She is currently Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, & Digital Content Editor for Canthius. She is a member of Ottawa-based writing collective VII. Her collaborative chapbook with Conyer Clayton, Sprawl | the time it took us to forget (Collusion, 2020), was shortlisted for the bpNichol Award. Her debut collection, MON̶U̶MENT, is forthcoming with Brick Books in 2022.
Noah Berlatsky tried to be a poet 20 years ago and failed. He's trying again. In the middle there he wrote a book about the original Wonder Woman comics. His twitter is @nberlat.
Shaelin Bishop (they/she) lives and writes on unceded Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh land. Their fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, The Common, Room, CAROUSEL, Plenitude, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize.
Nicole Chatelain lives with her husband and two children in Ottawa, where she teaches in the Professional Writing program at Algonquin College. She is finishing her English degree with Athabasca University. Her prose has also been featured, or is forthcoming, in The Fiddlehead, Broken Pencil, and The Ekphrastic Review.
Sarah Cipullo has lived in Brindisi, Milan, Siena and Edinburgh and is currently based in Turin. She writes both in Italian and English. Her work has been published in New Reader Magazine, Fantastico! and Hook Magazine. More is forthcoming in Crack. She was selected as a finalist for the InediTO prize.
In her early seventies, Janice Colman is the proud mother of two powerful daughters, director of the non-profit Relay of the Arts for the Next Generation, and founder of a canine hiking service. She has published poetry and memoir excerpts in long con magazine, The New Quarterly, Zeugma, and Straitjacket. Janice is vigorously addressing her later-life writing career.
She lives in Toronto.
Farah Ghafoor's poems are published in Cream City Review, Room, Ninth Letter, Hobart and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net, and is taught at Iowa State University. Born in New York, she was raised in New Brunswick and Ontario.
Gabriela Halas immigrated to Canada during the early 1980s, grew up in northern Alberta, lived in Alaska for seven years, and currently resides in B.C. She has published poetry in a variety of literary journals, including Inlandia, About Place Journal, Prairie Fire, december magazine, Rock & Sling, The Hopper, among others, and forthcoming in Cider Press Review; fiction in Ruminate, The Hopper, subTerrain, Broken Pencil, and en bloc magazine; nonfiction in The Whitefish Review, Grain, Pilgrimage, High Country News, and forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review. She has received Best of the Net nominations in poetry (2021 & 2020). She lives and writes on Ktunaxa Nation land and is currently completing an MFA at UBC. www.gabrielahalas.org.
Sarah Lachmansingh is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto. She is currently studying creative writing and is a fiction intern at The Malahat Review. In 2021, she was selected as a mentee for BIPOC Writers Connect. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Homology Lit, filling Station, Augur Magazine, EVENT, and elsewhere.
Luke MacLean is the author of the poetry chapbook Three String Ukulele (845 Press, 2018). His work has also appeared in numerous places, including GEIST, DER GREIF, Paper Darts, SAND Journal, The Newfoundland Quarterly and others.
Maria S. Picone/수영 is a queer Korean American adoptee who won Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Poetry Prize. Her debut chapbook, Sky Sea Edict, will be published in late 2022. She has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, Fractured Lit and more, including Best Small Fictions 2021. Her work has been supported by The Juniper Institute, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet, Kenyon Review, and Tin House. She is managing editor at Chestnut Review and The Petigru Review, poetry editor at Hanok Review and associate editor at Uncharted Mag. Find out more at mariaspicone.com, Twitter @mspicone.
Holly Reid is an occupational therapist and PhD student at the University of British Columbia. They are grounded in their relationship with their family and spending time on the lands on which they are an uninvited guest (currently living on W̱SÁNEĆ territory). Holly's Métis family members migrated to the West coast of BC from the Red River homelands, while their father's side immigrated from Scotland in the 1960's. Through their relationship with nature and exploration of identity, Holly blends art and science into their academic endeavors and daily life.
Outside of work you can find Holly hiking, riding their bike, chasing sunsets, and reflecting. This is Holly's first poetry publication, and you can follow them on twitter at @curious_OT
Carla Scarano D’Antonio lives in Surrey with her family. She obtained her Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her pamphlet Negotiating Caponata was recently published by Dempsey & Windle (2020); she has also self-published a poetry pamphlet, A Winding Road (2011). She has published her work in various anthologies and magazines, and she has recently completed a PhD on Margaret Atwood’s work at the University of Reading. In 2016, she and Keith Lander won first prize in the Dryden Translation Competition with translations of Eugenio Montale’s poems. She writes in English as a second language.
Aaron Schneider is a Founding Editor at The /tƐmz/ Review. His stories have appeared/are forthcoming in The Danforth Review, Filling Station, The Puritan, Hamilton Arts and Letters, Pro-Lit, The Chattahoochee Review, BULL, Long Con, The Malahat Review and The Windsor Review. His stories have been nominated for The Journey Prize and The Pushcart Prize. His novella, Grass-Fed, was published by Quattro Books in the fall of 2018. His collection of experimental short fiction, What We Think We Know (Gordon Hill Press) was published in the fall of 2021, and his novel, The Supply Chain (Crowsnest Books), is forthcoming.
Taylor Shoda is currently studying English and Creative Writing at UCLA. Her other work, “When No One is Looking,” is featured in WALL Literary Magazine.
Misha Solomon (he/him) is a queer poet in and of Tiohti:áke/Montréal. His first chapbook, FLORALS, was published by above/ground press in 2020. His work has appeared in Yolk Literary Magazine, Fruit Journal, Leste Magazine, Labyrinth Anthologies, and elsewhere.
Katie Szyszko is a translingual writer, an editor and a creative writing teacher based in Folkestone, England. She writes in Polish and English and her short stories and flash fiction have been published in literary magazines in both languages. In the last year she’s been exploring visual arts and is currently curating an exhibition. When she's not writing, she can be found tarot reading, playing the cello and pole dancing. She lives with her partner, two cats and a dog who thinks he's a cat.
Terry Trowbridge is a PhD candidate in Socio-Legal Studies who is spending the pandemic isolated and vaccinated as a plum farmer on the shore of Lake Ontario. His chapbook reviews have appeared in Hamilton Arts & Letters, Studies in Social Justice, and Episteme.
Sage Tyrtle's work is available or upcoming in X-R-A-Y, The Offing, and Apex among others. She's told stories on stages all over the world and her words have been featured on NPR, CBC, and PBS. She runs a free online writing group open to everyone. Twitter: @sagetyrtle