Issue Eighteen Contributors
ALHS is a poet and critic from India. Her poems have appeared in PRISM International and as a pagefiftyone press micro-broadside, and her reviews in SPAM Zine and amberflora. She lives and writes on the unceded land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, where she is a student and research assistant at University of Victoria.
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.
Darryl Joel Berger has published writing in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Event, Filling Station, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire and many other magazines and journals, as well as two collections of fiction. Much of his work is about the reinvention of found or abandoned objects and ideas, especially through writing and painting. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kingston, Ontario.
Jenny Berkel is a poet and singer-songwriter. Her interests include investigating how a poem is a song and a song is a poem. She has released two albums (Here on a Wire and Pale Moon Kid) and has another one forthcoming. Her debut chapbook, Grease Dogs, was published in June 2021 with Baseline Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Vallum, The Maynard, The Literary Review of Canada, and long con magazine, amongst others.
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.
[Author photo taken by Sarah Thomas]
Kyle Flemmer is an author, editor, and publisher from Calgary in Treaty 7 territory. He studies digital poetics at the University of Calgary where he is a teaching and research assistant. Kyle founded the Blasted Tree Publishing Co. in 2014 and is a former managing editor of filling Station magazine. His first book, Barcode Poetry, was published by The Blasted Tree in 2021.
Chinedu Gospel, Frontier IV, is an emerging Nigerian poet. He writes from Anambra where he also studies. He is the moderator of audio poetry at Threposs poetry community. He won an honourable mention in the Kreative Diadem annual writing contest 2021 (poetry category). He also won the StarLit Award for the winter issue 2021 of Aster Lit. He has seen his works published in Agbowo, Icefloe Press, Claw & Blossom, Rough cut press, Walled city Journal, Poetry column NND, Midway journal, Rigorous magazine, Feral poetry, Afro Lit Mag & elsewhere. He plays chess / reads poetry when he's not working. Say hi on twitter @gonspoetry & IG @gospelsofpoetry
Duru Gungor is a professor of English in London, Ontario. Her recent short stories appeared in Spadina Literary Review, Fudoki Magazine (the U.K.), and Leviathan (the U.S.); her haiku in The Wild Word (Berlin); and her artwork in BlankSpace. Along with short fiction and haiku experiments, she also dabbles in ink painting and photography, and she uses her website, https://durugungor15.wixsite.com/durugungor, as a platform to reflect upon their points of convergence.
Kevin Andrew Heslop (b. 1992) is a polydisciplinary doofus from where Deshkan Ziibi antlers unceded through London Township Treaty (1796) territory whose debut poetry collection the correct fury of your why is a mountain appeared with Gordon Hill Press (2021) and whose work as a curator, filmmaker, and playwright has lately appeared or is forthcoming with McIntosh Gallery (2022) and Westland Gallery (2022 & 2023); the Los Angeles International Film Festival (2022), the Paris Play Film Festival (2022), and the Milan Gold Awards (2022); and TAP: Centre for Creativity (2023) respectively.
Olaitan Junaid is a Nigerian poet and content creator studying English Language. More than taking, he enjoys having conversations about the smell of coffee. His works are in/coming on Glass Poetry, Palette Poetry, The Rising Phoenix Review, & elsewhere. You can tweet him @olaitan_junaid.
Leighton Lowry is an academic editor and genre fiction writer based in Montreal. They completed a Masters in Canadian History in 2017, have previously published on The Toast, and currently work as one half of Copper Spines, a speculative fiction mixed media duo.
Grace Ma is biking towards the forest meadow of her dream. She is currently studying law at McGill, and previously completed a double major in English and Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Review, and her poetry has been published in Acta Victoriana, the UC Review, and The Lyre.
Hannah Macready is a writer living in the coastal paradise of Vancouver, BC. Her work has been published in The Quarantine Review, SAD Magazine, and Bandit Fiction (UK), among others. She also writes regular web content for EVENT Magazine.
Avra Margariti is a queer author and poet from Greece. Avra’s work haunts publications such as SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Best Microfiction, and Best Small Fictions. You can find Avra on twitter (@avramargariti).
Samantha Martin-Bird is a poet living on the north shore of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She was a 2021 winner of the Indigenous Voices Awards, and her work has appeared in Room and Contemporary Verse 2.
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.
Jérôme Melançon writes, teaches, and lives in oskana kâ-asastêki / Regina, SK. His most recent poetry collection is En d’sous d’la langue (Prise de parole, 2021). He is also the author of a bilingual chapbook with above/ground press, Coup (2020), and of two books of poetry with Éditions des Plaines, one book of political philosophy, La politique dans l’adversité (Metispresses, 2018), as well as articles on political movements and dissent. He’s on Twitter and Instagram at @lethejerome and sometimes there’s poetry happening on the latter.
John Nyman is a poet, critic, and book artist from Toronto. Your Very Own, a chapbook of erasure poetry and art based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series of children’s books, was recently published with JackPine Press, and a new full-length collection of verse is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press in spring 2023. Find John online at johnnyman.ca
Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler living on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Her writing has appeared in the Disability Visibility Blog, Briarpatch Magazine, The Fiddlehead, and carte blanche magazine, among others. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review's Open Season Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She wants to live in a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated.
Shelley Stein-Wotten’s humour essays and pieces have appeared in JÓN Magazine and The Belladonna and her sketches have been performed in Vancouver and Seattle. She writes clever nonsense and eats mostly vegetables from her home on Vancouver Island, Canada.
Carol Harvey Steski’s debut poetry collection is rump + flank (NeWest Press, 2021). Her poems have appeared in Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology and literary magazines including CAROUSEL, FreeFall, Room, untethered, Prairie Fire and Contemporary Verse 2. She won the 2019 FreeFall annual contest and was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Her work was also featured in Winnipeg Transit’s Poetry in Motion initiative. She grew up in Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg) and now lives in Tkaronto (Toronto), working in corporate communications. Find out more at: carolharveysteski.com and connect with her on Twitter: @charveysteski.
Laura Hulthen Thomas’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Witness, Epiphany, The Cimarron Review, Summerset Review, failbetter, and others. Her short story collection, STATES OF MOTION (Wayne State University Press, 2017) was a finalist for a Foreword Reviews Indie Award. The collection was also named a Notable Debut by Poets & Writers (July/August 2017). She currently heads the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction.
Kevin Wilson is a ABD doctoral student in Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside, writing a dissertation on the dialogue between classical Tang Chinese poetry and the great Chinese novel Hongloumeng ("Dream of the Red Chamber.") In addition to producing academic scholarship on historical Chinese literature, Kevin translates classical Chinese poetry into English. He is also a cohost on the podcast Rereading the Stone, a podcast dedicated to historical Chinese literature, poetry, and philosophy.
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. She teaches poetry workshops for Southern New Hampshire University and works as a career counselor for Blue Ridge Community College.
Lucy Zhang writes, codes and watches anime. Her work has appeared in The Offing, The Rumpus, EcoTheo Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook HOLLOWED is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing, and her micro-chapbook ABSORPTION is forthcoming from Harbor Review in 2022. Find her at https://kowaretasekai.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.