Issue Eight Contributors
Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau is a documentary photographer and poet from Nigeria. He is an Assistant Editor at Animal Heart Press and a Contributing Editor at Barren Magazine; he writes on loss, boy child abuse, and absence. His works have been featured in Gaze, Mojave Heart, Glass Poetry, Honey & Lime Lit, Geometry, Agbowo Art and elsewhere. He is the runner-up for the Sehvage Poetry Prize, 2019.
Manahil Bandukwala is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018). Her work has appeared in publications including PRISM, Room, The Poetry Annals, Parentheses Journal, Coven Editions, Bywords, and other places. She was the 2019 winner of Room Magazine’s Emerging Writer Award. See her work at manahils.com.
Genia Blum is a Swiss Ukrainian Canadian dancer, writer and translator, whose essays have received Pushcart Prize nominations. She writes a series for Queen Mob’s Teahouse titled Let Me Clarify: Unsolicited Advice by Genia Blum. When not working on her memoir, Escape Artists, she tweaks fonts and photos on her website www.geniablum.com and haunts Twitter and Instagram as @geniablum.
Julian Day lives in Winnipeg. His work has recently appeared in CV2, Qwerty, and 8 Poems.
Nina Dunic is a freelance writer in Toronto, writing for several local and national publications (under her maiden name). Her fiction has won the Toronto Star Short Story Contest and was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. She has recently completed a collection of short fiction.
Cary Fagan is the author of seven novels and four story collections. His latest novel, The Student (Freehand Books), is longlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Cary has also written many picture books and novels for kids. He is a co-editor of the chapbook publisher espresso. Cary lives in Toronto.
Yosi George grew up on a cherry farm in Southern Ontario. He currently resides in Nova Scotia.
Kevin Heslop is a London, Ontario-based poet and actor whose second chapbook, there is no minor violence just as there is no negligible cough during an aria, is forthcoming with Frog Hollow Press; his first chapbook, con/tig/u/us, was published by The Blasted Tree in 2018. His poems won Poetry London and Occasus Literary Journal prizes in 2015. As an actor, he has appeared as Creon, Katherine Minola, and Saul Levi Mortera. Kevin is also the resident interviewer for Poetry London and organizes LOMP: reading series.
Zane Koss is a non-resident alien currently living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He was raised on the unceded territories of the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc nations. His critical and creative work can be found in the Chicago Review, CV2, Poetry is Dead, and elsewhere. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, job site (Blasted Tree, 2018) and Warehouse Zone (Publication Studio Guelph, 2015), with two further chapbooks forthcoming from above/ground press. Zane is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at New York University, where he researches Canadian, Mexican and U.S. poetry in the 1960s and 1970s.
D.S. Martin is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018), & Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, and has edited three anthologies — The Turning Aside (2016), Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse (2017), and In A Strange Land (2019). He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.
Writer Marcie McCauley reviews books and writes essays and stories (forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Mark Literary Review and World Literature Today). This is her debut as an UNreviewer. She writes about writing at marciemccauley.com and about reading at buriedinprint.com.
By day, Michael Chartrand (www.spillingmybeans.com) designs one-of-a-kind documents and workflows for start-ups and international corporations and invents new ways to keep audiences awake during boring presentations; off the clock, he directs this energy into board games and other creative experiments.
Both reviewer and designer live 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.
Roz Milner is a freelance writer and media critic. Her work has appeared in Exclaim Magazine, The Toronto Review of Books, Aquarium Drunkard and many other places. She lives just north of Toronto, Ontario.
Amilcar John Nogueira is a poet and settler from Windsor, Ontario. They received their M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. Their short story “Felix and the Light” won the 2018 Canadian Authors Association Niagara Region 10 Stories High Contest. Their poem “A Picture Story” won the Inaugural words(on)pages Blodwyn Memorial Prize. They are one of the co-founders of ZED Press.
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugees activist. Since his arrival in Canada as a refugee, Ramadan published his award-winning debut novel The Clothesline Swing. He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, and a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook. His children’s book, Salma the Syrian Chef, will be published in 2020 by Annick Press. He was named among the Top Immigrants to Canada 2017, and won both the Social Activist StandOut Award and the Independent Publishers Book Award for LGBTQ fiction.
He is currently finishing his Masters in Fine Arts - Creative Writing at UBC and lives with his husband-in-training in Vancouver.
Karen Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press). Her poems have been published in The London Magazine, Australian Book Review, The Spectacle, and other journals. She lives in Arizona.
Visit her website: www.karenrigby.com
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. She self-published a poetry pamphlet, A Winding Road, in 2011. She has published her work in various anthologies and magazines, and is currently working on 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.
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Angeline Schellenberg’s Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books, 2016)—linked poems about raising children on the autism spectrum—won three Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for a ReLit Award. Her work was shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2015 and 2019 Poem of the Year. Angeline launches chapbooks with Dancing Girl, Kalamalka, and JackPine Presses in 2019, and a book of elegies entitled Fields of Light and Stone (University of Alberta Press) in March 2020. She enjoys watching geek movies with her husband, teenage son and daughter, and German shepherd-corgi.
Aaron Schneider teaches in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he also runs the Creative Writers Speakers Series. His stories have appeared/are forthcoming in The Danforth Review, filling station, The Puritan, Hamilton Arts and Letters, untethered, and The Chattahoochee Review. His first book, Grass-Fed, is available from Quattro Books. Visit his website here.
Juliette Sebock is the author of Mistakes Were Made and Micro and has work forthcoming or appearing in a wide variety of publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow, runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste, and is a regular contributor with Marías at Sampaguitas and Royal Rose. Currently, she is curating the Screaming from the Silence anthology and working on a variety of personal and freelance projects. When she isn't writing (and sometimes when she is), she can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz. Juliette can be reached on her website or across social media @juliettesebock.
Christine H. Tran was born to Vietnamese refugees in Scarborough, Ontario. Her poetry, criticism, and research often explore the interplay between games, literary culture, and the history of labour. She is a Helper Elf at Brick: A Literary Journal, a PhD student at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, and a Resident Junior Fellow at Massey College. Her work has been published by untethered, Half A Grapefruit, Train, alt.theatre, and other journals. Find her tweets at @thechristinet.