Issue Nineteen Contributors
Eniola Abdulroqeeb Arówólò (he/him/his) is a Nigerian writer, frontier V and an undergrad of Mass Communication. His works have appeared in Afritondo, Perhappened, Kissing Dynamite, Lumiere Review and elsewhere.
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.
K.R. Byggdin grew up on the Prairies and lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) where they recently completed studies in English and Creative Writing at Dalhousie University. Their writing has appeared in anthologies and journals across Canada, the UK, and New Zealand and their debut novel Wonder World is now available from Enfield & Wizenty.
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.
Leah Duarte is a writer and graduate of the University of Toronto’s MA in English program. She has worked in research on diasporic language acquisition, 18th century poetry, and AI learning in the digital humanities sphere. Her thematic interests are shaped by her formative experiences with diaspora and the violence of grappling with female identity. Most recently her work has appeared in The Soap Box Volume II: “Home” anthology. Find her on Twitter @llduart_.
Elianne is a Canadian-Lebanese writer, traveler, lecturer, and PhD candidate of English Literature at the University of Waterloo. She has self-published a collection of poetry, has written and directed two original plays, performed at Metro Al Madina; she is a columnist for the Arabic magazine Rehla and the newspaper Al Akhbar, has published short fiction in Litro UK, and has written on Beirut for the V&A museum. Her online work can be found her https://iamyouni.wordpress.com/
Lisa Foley started writing when she was at home with small children and has been published in various print and online publications including Canadian Storyteller, Pottersfield Portfolio, Front & Centre, The Loose Canon, and The Danforth Review. In 2016, she self-published a collection of her stories called Secrets Untold – Stories of Love, Longing & Movin’ On.
Ben Gallagher is a poet and essayist who lives in West Dublin, Mi'kma'ki (Nova Scotia) with his wife and two children. He is a Zen practitioner with the Oak Tree in the Garden sangha.
Katie Gurel is a queer mixed race Korean Canadian writer, who has a BA in English, BA in Ancient and Medieval History, and a creative writing certificate from the University of Calgary. She has been previously published in Persephone’s Daughters, and is currently working on a manuscript. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @katiegurel, where she advocates for diversity and posts photos of the family dog who puts Alberta’s rat-free status up for debate.
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.
JB Hwang is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing Fiction at the University of Florida.
Danny Jacobs’s latest book, Sourcebooks for Our Drawings: Essays and Remnants (Gordon Hill Press, 2019) won the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Nonfiction. Danny works as the librarian in the village of Petitcodiac, NB.
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.
Ewa Gerald Onyebuchi is a Nigerian writer of Igbo descent. An alumnus of Osiri University 2021 Creative Writing Masterclass taught my professor Chigozie Obioma, he was a finalist for the Spring 2021, Starlight Award for poetry. His short story, wearing my skin, was shortlisted for the 2020 Ibua journal bold continental call.
His works have been published on or forthcoming from the lumiere review, rigorous, rulerless mag, better than starbucks fiction and poetry magazine, afritondo, brittlepaper, corporeal lit mag, art lounge mag, african writer, nantygreens, Ibua journal, synchronized chaos, spring ng, the pine cone review and elsewhere.
Marc Perez is the author of the poetry chapbook, Borderlands (Anstruther Press, 2020). His work has appeared in decomp journal, CV2, PRISM international, Vallum, TAYO, Ricepaper, and is forthcoming in EVENT.
Natalie Rice holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She has been published by Gaspereau Press: Devil’s Whim Chapbook Series, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, Event Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse Two, and Lake: Journal of Arts and Environment. Her poem “Murmuration” was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in November 2021. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming, Spring 2023.
Sunday T. Saheed is a 17yr-old Nigerian poet, reviewer and smudge artist. He is the author of Rewrite The Stars: a collection of poems which was listed by Konya Shamsrumi as one of the top ten books by Teen Authors in Nigeria, 2021. He is a member of Hilltop Creative Arts Foundation and a recipient of the Nigeria Prize for Teen Authors Award, 2021. He studies English Language in Lagos State University, Nigeria.
Sunday T. Saheed’s works have appeared or are forthcoming on magazines/journals including Rough Cut Press, Brittle Paper, The Temz Review, Salamander Ink, Arts Lounge, The Lumiere Review, Poemify, Comstock Review, Afrocritik, SprinNG, Rigorous magazine, Ice Floe Press, Synchronized Chaos Magazine, My Woven Poetry, Aster Lit, Pop The Culture Pill, Kissing Dynamite, The Beatnik Cowboy, Trouvaille Review, Augment Review, Spirited Muse Press, Gyroscope Review, Giallo Lit, Open Skies Quarterly Review, Kalahari Review, Cajun Mutt Press, Open Leaf Press Review, Re Side, de Curated, Applied Worldwide and others. He was featured in an anthology compiled by Litlight, a literary organization in Pakistan.
He is also an asst. editor for The Nigeria Review (TNR), and a poetry editor for the Teen Lit Journal. He was a finalist for the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange, 2018 wherein he had the opportunity of meeting the Nobel Laureate —Prof. Wole Soyinka— in his great Ijegba forest; The New Man Gospel Writing; Wakaso Poetry Contest; The Breakbread Literacy Project and BKPW contest
If Sunday T. Saheed is not found writing, he can be found reading poetry or prose collections, watching movies or enjoying comedy skits on Facebook. He can be read on linkfly.to/sundaysaheed or reached on Instagram @poetsundaysaheed
Jules Vasquez is nonbinary, queer, is an abuse survivor, thrives with a mood disorder, and is proud. Their first novel, Plague City, won the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel from the Journal of Experimental Fiction in 2019. They designed the cover art for Plague. They’re head editor of HockSpitSlurp, which is on hiatus but not forever. Their chapbooks include Fallout, Saints and Dirty Pictures (little m press, 2009) and Yet Wave (the Lune, 2017). They co-authored No Titles in the Bounds and The Smoke Bar with Leslie D. Soule to be forthcoming with Nat+1, and co-authored a short play Waiting for Samuel Beckett with Leslie D. Soule forthcoming with Shipwrecked Press. They earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in 2016. They’ve been published a lot but don’t namedrop. Their artwork has been sold widely and even served as album covers. They enjoy cheap takeout, drone/noise/industrial music, B-rated gangster and horror flicks, and long walks off short piers.
This is their Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrashmagickArts
Harry Vandervlist has published lots of journalism in places like Swerve and AlbertaViews magazines. He writes in two places where local languages persist despite everything: in Calgary, on Treaty 7 territory, and in Occitania in present-day France.
Z. N. Zelenka is a writer of speculative and literary fiction and creative non-fiction and has an MA in history. Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, she spent the last ten years in Toronto, Calgary, and Vienna, Austria before moving back to Toronto. Her writing has been previously published in filling Station. She writes under a pen name.