Issue 21 Contributors
Adamu Yahuza Abdullahi, TPC V, is an Alumni of the SprinNG Writing Workshop, a budding poet, a student union activist and a community development advocate from Kwara State, Nigeria. He is also a Columnist at Borgu Online. He studies botany at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in journals/magazines, including but not limited to Eunoia Review, Brittle Paper, Angel Rust, Kalahari Review, Ngiga Review, Rogue Agent, Ninshar Arts, Oneblackboylikethat Review, mixed magazine, Konyashamsrumi, Teen Lit Journal, Arts Lounge, Pine Cone Review and Borgu Book Club. In addition, he is a nominee for the Best of the Net prize and was shortlisted for the Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation's poetry and short short story contest. Besides coffee & flowers, he is obsessed with the fragrance of printed leaves of books. He tweets at @AdamuYahuzaabd2 and he's on Facebook as 'Adamu Yahuza Abdullahi'.
Joelle Barron (they/them) is a writer and editor who lives and relies on the Traditional Territory of the Anishinaabeg of Treaty 3 and the Métis people. Their first poetry collection, Ritual Lights (icehouse press, 2018), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2019, Barron was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.
Padmaja Battani, originally from India, lives in Connecticut/Ottawa. She received an MA in English Literature. Her prose and poetry appeared in Sierra Poetry Festival, Trouvaille Review, New Pages, Coffee People Magazine, League of Canadian Poets, Black Cat Magazine and others. Her latest passion is hiking. She is currently working on a Poetry Collection.
Frances Boyle’s newest book is Openwork and Limestone (Frontenac House, 2022). In addition to two earlier poetry collections, Frances is also the author of Tower, a novella (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2018), and Seeking Shade, a short story collection nominated for the Danuta Gleed Award (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2020). Frances’s writing has been chosen for Best Canadian Poetry and Poem in Your Pocket Day. Recent and forthcoming publications include work in Parentheses Journal, Quarantine Review, JMWW, Rust and Moth, and Rogue Agent. For more, please visit www.francesboyle.com and follow @francesboyle19 on Twitter and Instagram.
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A.C. is an aspiring computer scientist, ballet dancer, and learning addict. She has published fiction and poetry in spots such as Litro, Maudlin House, Sideways Poetry, and Pulp Poets Press, and she thinks this writing thing just might stick.
Alex Carrigan (he/him; @carriganak) is an editor, poet, and critic from Virginia. His debut poetry chapbook, May All Our Pain Be Champagne: A Collection of Real Housewives Twitter Poetry (Alien Buddha Press, 2022), was longlisted for Perennial Press' 2022 Chapbook Awards. He has had fiction, poetry, and literary reviews published in Quail Bell Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Barrelhouse, Sage Cigarettes (Best of the Net Nominee, 2023), 'Stories About Penises' (Guts Publishing, 2019), and more.
Margaryta Golovchenko (she/her) is first generation Ukrainian settler-immigrant, poet, and critic from Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Daughterland (Anstruther, 2022). Her individual poems have appeared most recently in Sprawl Magazine, Talking About Strawberries All of the Time, Channel Magazine, and Prairie Fire, among others. She has written art and literary criticism for a variety of publications. She is currently a PhD student in the art history program at the University of Oregon.
Atreyee Gupta has been published in numerous venues, such as Apparition Lit, Arc Poetry, Bacopa Literary Review, Fireside, Jaggery, and Solarpunk. Atreyee is the creator of Bespoke Traveler (www.bespoketraveler.com), a digital alcove for curious explorers.
Blossom Hibbert, Nottingham UK, spends most of her evenings reading and writing in pubs around the city, or drinking too much coffee. Writing weird prose about anything that catches her eye, focusing more on the poetry and short fiction than anything longer. She spends her weekends exploring the British countryside and sitting by river banks, trying to find inspiration in the monotony of it all! Instagram: blossomhibbert
[jp/p] is a black, queer, neurodiv soul living on the craggy shores of Maine; the misty-eyed, evergreen stretches of Washington; and the godforsaken flatlands of Texas, where even grey grass is possible. Their work has appeared in Stoneboat Literary Journal, Lighthouse Weekly and Miniskirt Magazine. Seven poems are forthcoming in Eunoia Review and Cephalopress Anthology.
Shih-Li Kow is the author of a novel The Sum of Our Follies and a short story collection Ripples and Other Stories. Her work has also been published in Quarterly West, Mud Season Review, Short Fiction Journal, Et Sequitur, and elsewhere. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Twitter: @shihlikow
Anson Leung is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Commerce program. He is an Alberta-based writer.
Samantha Martin-Bird is a citizen of Peguis First Nation in Treaty One Territory currently writing poetry from the north shores of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay. She was a 2021 winner of the Indigenous Voices Awards and was shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Open Season award in 2022. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Room, The Puritan, Canthius, The Hopper, filling Station, the Ontario Native Women’s Association annual poetry book, and the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) 2022 program.
Marcie McCauley's work has appeared in Room, Other Voices, Mslexia, Tears in the Fence and Orbis, and has been anthologized by Sumac Press. She writes about writing at marciemccauley.com and about reading at buriedinprint.com. A descendant of Irish and English settlers, she lives in the city currently called Toronto, which was built on the homelands of Indigenous peoples - Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, Huron-Wendat and Mississaugas of New Credit - land still inhabited by their descendants.
William M. McIntosh is a writer of unpublished drivel and collector of rejection letters. He loves literature, film and any other kind of art he can get his grubby little fingers on. His work has been published by Maudlin House, The Yard: Crime Blog and most recently The /tƐmz/ Review. He doesn’t tweet, but if he did it would be @moonliteciabata. He is based in Cincinnati.
Jérôme Melançon writes and teaches and writes and lives in oskana kâ-asastêki / Regina, SK. His most recent chapbook is with above/ground press, Tomorrow’s Going to Be Bright (2022, after 2020’s Coup), and his most recent poetry collection is En d’sous d’la langue (Prise de parole, 2021). He has also published two books of poetry with Éditions des Plaines, De perdre tes pas (2011) and Quelques pas quelque part (2016), as well as one book of philosophy, La politique dans l’adversité (Metispresses, 2018). He has edited books and journal issues, and keeps publishing academic articles that have nothing to do with any of this. He’s on Twitter mostly, and sometimes on Instagram, both at @lethejerome.
A Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions nominee, J.A. Pak is the author of Chaos Back to Me. Her writing has been published in Litro, Lunch Ticket, Joyland, etc. More of her work can be seen at Triple Eight Palace of Dreams & Happiness.
Melissa Schnarr is an Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee writer, artist and scholar from Deshkan Ziibii (London, Ontario), with family ties in Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation) and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her work has appeared in TNQ (The New Quarterly), the Windsor Review, Luna Station Quarterly and Yellow Medicine Review, with her first collection of poetry, Secondhand Moccasins, forthcoming. Her poem “Rough Cut” received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2020. Currently, she is an instructor and PhD candidate at Western University and serves as the chair for the Indigenous Writers’ Circle.
Bryan Sentes is the author of Grand Gnostic Central (DC Books, 1998), Ladonian Magnitudes (DC Books, 2006), March End Prill (Book*hug, 2011), and, most recently, the chapbook “As on a holiday…” (Cactus Press, 2021). Translations (with Antoine Malette) from Louis Riel’s Massinahican are forthcoming. More can be found at https://bryansentes.com/.
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.
Jordan Williamson is a writer and poet from London, Ontario. His work will feature in the upcoming issue of Huron and Erie Regional Digest. His writing explores themes of intimacy, memory and the innate generosity of language. He believes the best poems are like trying on a new outfit; they are for enjoying the familiar surprise of your own image.
Nicole Yurcaba (Ukrainian: Нікола Юрцаба) is a Ukrainian American poet and essayist. Her reviews, poems, and essays have appeared in The Atlanta Review, The Lindenwood Review, Whiskey Island, Raven Chronicles, Appalachian Heritage, North of Oxford, and many other online and print journals. Nicole holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University, and she frequently reviews books for Colorado Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Southern Review of Books, and Sage Cigarettes. Her poetry collection Triskaidekaphobia is forthcoming from Black Spring Group in 2022, and her novel Unsilent Waters is forthcoming from the Rusyn Literary Society in January 2023. She teaches poetry workshops for Southern New Hampshire University and works as a career counselor for Blue Ridge Community College.
Tina S. Zhu writes speculative fiction from her desk in California. Her words have been published in Tor.com, X-R-A-Y, and Fireside Magazine, and she can be found on Twitter @tinaszhu and at tinaszhu.com.