Issue Nine Contributors
Víctor Parra Avellaneda was born in the city of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. He studies biology at the Centro Universitario de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias (CUCBA) at the Universidad de Guadalajara (U de G). He writes prose, much of it speculative fiction. His writing experiments with decadent realities, where biological aspects predominate as the central axis of almost all the plots, along with the development of the characters. He is the author of the satirical novel El intrigante caso de Locostein. His work has been published in Spanish-speaking countries in digital and printed literary magazines, such as El Narratorio, La sirena varada, MonoDemonio, Oajaca, Sinfín, Espejo Humeante, among others; it has also been published in the United States (Dumas de demain & Spelk) and India (Culture Cult Magazine).
Chloe N. Clark is the author of The Science of Unvanishing Objects, Your Strange Fortune, Under My Tongue (forthcoming) and Collective Gravities (forthcoming). She is co-EIC of Cotton Xenomorph and can be found on Twitter: @PintsNCupcakes.
Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa-based artist who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe. Her most recent chapbooks are Trust Only the Beasts in the Water (above/ground press, 2019), / (post ghost press, 2019), Undergrowth (bird, buried press, 2018) and Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press, 2018). She released a collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, in August 2018. She won Arc's 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, performs sound poetry with Quatuor Gualuor, and writes reviews for Canthius. Her debut full length collection of poetry, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, is forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Guernica Editions.
Sonia Di Placido is a poet, writer and editor. Her works have been published in Jacket2, Canthius, Minola Review, Juniper, The Puritan, White Wall Review, Carousel and The California Journal of Women Writers. She is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She works part-time as a sessional instructor of English for Academic Purposes at George Brown College. In September 2016, she attended The China Writers' Association International Residency for the cities of Tianjin, Binhai, and Beijing. Exaltation in Cadmium Red was published with Guernica Editions in 2012, and Flesh launched in Autumn 2018. Reviews of Flesh can be found in The Temz Review and Quill and Quire. For more information: diplacido.wordpress.com
Elliott Graves (they/them) is a nonbinary writer and passionate activist. Their favorite causes include education on mental illness and mental health, especially the autism spectrum and dissociative disorders (both of which they are affected by). Their other passions include their friends, their original characters and stories, and the Dallas Stars. They can be found at pockmarkedplanet.tumblr.com and on Twitter: @pockmarkedplant!
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 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.
Erin Kirsh is a writer, performer, and funnyman living in Vancouver. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in The Malahat Review, EVENT, Arc Poetry Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, subTerrain, Geist, QWERTY and more. In her spare time, she complains about the existence of cinnamon raisin bagels. Visit her at www.erinkirsh.com or follow her @kirshwords.
Aaron Kreuter is the author of the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs and the short story collection You and Me, Belonging, which won the Miramichi Reader's 2019 "The Very Best!" Short Fiction Award and was shortlisted for a Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. Aaron is currently writing a novel that takes place at Jewish sleepover camp. He lives in Toronto.
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.
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives there, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012 and 2017. In March 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent poetry titles include A halt, which is empty (Mansfield Press, 2019) and Life sentence (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, Touch the Donkey, and the Ottawa poetry PDF annual ottawater. He is “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, editor of my (small press) writing day, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.
Amy Mitchell is The /tƐmz/ Review's social media editor (as well as a writing editor) and a college professor. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Western University. Her reading tendencies have been described as "promiscuous"; she is interested in a wide range of fiction and poetry, and particularly enjoys finding new and interesting works in translation.
Geoffrey Morrison lives on unceded Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. He is the co-author, with Matthew Tomkinson, of Archaic Torso of Gumby, a book of experimental short fiction forthcoming in 2020 with Gordon Hill Press. He is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Blood-Brain Barrier, forthcoming with Frog Hollow Press. During the course of his MA in English at the University of Western Ontario (2013-14), several men shouted at him from their cars.
Chimedum Ohaegbu (she/her/hers) attends UBC in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s Uncanny Magazine’s managing editor, a co-founder of FEMMES Interactive, and a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. Her professional debut was longlisted for the Nommo Award for African Science Fiction and Fantasy. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and orchestral music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published in Strange Horizons, This Magazine, SAD Magazine, Honey & Lime Lit, and The Capilano Review.
Temi Olusola is a Nigerian writer with stories previously published in Litro UK, Uites Write III and the YELF '18 anthology. He is also an alumnus of the 2018 YELF Creative Writing Workshop and second runner-up in the 2017 Eclipse Poetry Slam. In between reading and writing, Temi enjoys sending voice messages to people he cares about.
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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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.
Liam Siemens is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. He has been published in the Literary Review of Canada, Prism International, SAD mag, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a book of utopian poetry about the future.
Lannie Stabile (she/her), a queer Detroiter, often says while some write like a turtleneck sweater, she writes like a Hawaiian shirt. A finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series and semi-finalist for the Button Poetry 2018 Chapbook Contest, she is usually working on new chapbook ideas, or, when desperate, on her neglected YA novel. Works are published/forthcoming in Entropy, Pidgeonholes, Glass Poetry, 8 Poems, Okay Donkey, and more. Lannie currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Barren Magazine and is a member of the MMPR Collective. She was thrice nominated for Best of the Net 2019.
Twitter handle: @LannieStabile
Chris Sumberg’s writing has been published in The Guardian, Bitter Empire, Urbanite, Broad Street Review, Chronogram, Orion Magazine (online), and other magazines. His poems have been anthologized in MWPH Books’ Local News: Poetry About Small Towns and tdotSpec’s The Hamthology (the latter a collection on the subject of ham sandwiches). He has work forthcoming in ChiZine’s War on Christmas anthology.
Carl Watts holds a PhD in English from Queen’s University and currently teaches at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His scholarly articles, book reviews, and poems have appeared in various Canadian and American journals. He has also published a poetry chapbook, Reissue (2016), and short monograph, Oblique Identity (2019), both with Frog Hollow Press; a second poetry chapbook, Originals, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press.
Christine Wu is a Chinese-Canadian poet whose work has appeared in Descant and Ricepaper Magazine. She has a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an MLIS from Dalhousie University. She currently makes her home on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples (Fredericton, NB) with her partner and their little grey cat.