Issue Sixteen Contributors
Jen Batler is a writer and editor from rural Ontario. Her words have appeared in Puritan Magazine, The New Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2019, she was selected to read as part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto, and she was recently awarded a Canada Council of the Arts grant for her memoir-in-progress.
Ayokunle Samuel Betiku writes from the city of Ondo, South West Nigeria. He is a Young Writers and Creatives' Award Fellow. He won the Eriata Orihbabor Poetry Prize for 2020, the BKPW Writing Contest for February 2021 and the Wakaso Poetry Prize for March 2021. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies, including Libretto, Kreative Diadem, Lunaris Review, Pandemic Publications, Rough Cut Press, The Offing & elsewhere.
Wendy BooydeGraaff's fiction, poems, and essays have been included in CutBank Online, Lily Poetry Review, NOON, South Florida Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, she now lives in Michigan, United States. Find out more at wendybooydegraaff.com.
Cayenne Bradley lives on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver, BC. Their work appears in Room, Contemporary Verse 2, Plenitude, Existere, and elsewhere. They study Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.
Kevin Andrew Heslop (b. 1992) is a polydisciplinary doofus from where Deshkan Ziibi antlers through London Township Treaty (1796) territory whose work as a poet, filmmaker, curator, playwright, and journalist has appeared or is forthcoming with The Fiddlehead and Anstruther Press (2020), Museum London (2022), McIntosh Gallery (2022), TAP (2022), and The Devil’s Artisan (2021) respectively. His début poetry collection the correct fury of your why is a mountain appears with Gordon Hill Press in fall 2021 and is available through kevinandrewheslop.com.
Kan Ren Jie is a Singaporean writer currently based in Shanghai, China. His poems have recently been featured or are forthcoming in Sweet: A Literary Confection, Barzakh Magazine, Spittoon Monthly, and Voice and Verse Poetry Magazine.
Former athlete and relapsed student, Kolena Jones Kayembe is a Caribbean-Canadian mash-up who gets around—from the Americas to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Based in Brooklyn (for now), she is working on a novel, sucking wind in the boxing ring, and reaching for balance in a pandemic-charged and increasingly fast-changing world. Her writing and photography have appeared in Spellbinder Magazine, Typishly, Kunstraum Retz, Mashallah News, the New York Times, and Art Forum.
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.
Vivian Li is a writer, editor, and musician who enjoys exploring various artistic disciplines. Her creative work can be found in Uncanny Magazine, ellipsis… literature & art, and Plenitude Magazine, among others. She was Longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 and received Honorable Mentions from Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize 2019. A MFA candidate at UBC, she currently edits for Augur, and can be reached @eliktherain.
Cara Nelissen is a queer writer living in Vancouver. Her work has been published in various literary magazines and she is the author of the chapbook Pray For Us Girls (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2019). She is the reviews editor at Plenitude magazine.
Geoffrey D. Morrison is the author of the poetry chapbook Blood-Brain Barrier (Frog Hollow Press, 2019) and co-author, with Matthew Tomkinson, of the experimental short fiction collection Archaic Torso of Gumby (Gordon Hill Press, 2020). His stories have previously appeared in The Temz Review and Shrapnel. He lives on unceded Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh territory.
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.
Peter Szuban is a writer and occasional librarian living in Toronto, Ontario-- a city built on Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, Huron-Wendat, and Mississaugas of New Credit land. He has an MA degree in English from Western University and an MI degree with a concentration in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto. His fiction has previously appeared in the /Temz/ review.
Hope Van Der Merwe is an actor, playwright, and poet currently studying at York University’s BFA Acting Conservatory. Her first play, Something Wicked premiered at York University’s 2020 playGround Festival and received a half-reading in an interview with Kate Hennig for The Canadian Plaything’s Playwright to Playwright series, sponsored by the Playwright’s Guild of Canada's PlayConnect program. Hope’s writing contributions to Unhushed Theatre Collective’s Swallow This Skin were also featured in Toronto Fringe’s 2021 Main Festival. This is her first official publication as an adult.
Carl Watts holds a PhD in English from Queen’s University. His research interests have included whiteness and constructions of mainstream and experimental poetry. He has published poems in journals such as The Cincinnati Review, The Cortland Review, and The Manchester Review, and in a chapbook, REISSUE (Frog Hollow Press, 2016). He is on Twitter @carl_a_watts.
Erin Wilson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CV2, Columba, The Prairie Journal, The Literary Review of Canada, Canthius, Juniper, Minola Review, Salamander Magazine, The Shore, Poetry Ireland Review, and in numerous other publications and anthologies internationally. At Home with Disquiet is her first collection. She lives in a small town on Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, the traditional lands of the Anishnawbek.
Jaeyun Yoo is a Korean-Canadian poet and psychiatrist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, also known as Vancouver. Her works have appeared in Prairie Fire, Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, EVENT, Ricepaper and others. @jaeyunwrites on Twitter.