Issue Ten Contributors
From the depths of the rural Midwest, Nicholas Alti is an optimistic depressive with trigeminal neuralgia, poor timing, and a long criminal history. He enjoys all things nebulous, anomalous, or otherwise bizarre. Recent yowls have found homes at Puerto del Sol, PULP Literature, Trailer Park Quarterly, grimoire, and Really System. You can see more of him on Instagram: @klonopin_stagram.
JK Anowe, Igbo-born poet and teacher, is author of the poetry chapbooks The Ikemefuna Tributaries: a parable for paranoia (Praxis Magazine Online, 2016) and Sky Raining Fists (Madhouse Press, 2019). He’s a recipient of the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Poetry in 2017, and a finalist for the 2019 Gerard Kraak Award. Recent works appear in Glass Poetry, Kissing Dynamite, The Gerard Kraak Anthology 2019, The Shore, The Muse (University of Nigeria’s literary journal), Agbowo, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Fresh Air Poetry, and elsewhere. He’s Poetry Chapbooks Editor for Praxis Magazine Online. He lives, teaches, and writes from somewhere in Nigeria.
Roxanna Bennett is a disabled poet gratefully living on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations covered by the Williams Treaties of 1923. She is the author of Unmeaningable (Gordon Hill Press, 2019), unseen garden (knife | fork | book, 2018), and The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books, 2014).
Frances Boyle is the author of the poetry collections Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks) and This White Nest (Quattro Books), and of the novella Tower (Fish Gotta Swim Editions). Her short story collection Seeking Shade is forthcoming with The Porcupine’s Quill. Her poems and short stories have been published throughout Canada and in the U.S. and have received a variety of awards. For more, see her website: www.francesboyle.com.
Ben Berman Ghan is a Jewish settler, writer, editor, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory. He has served as fiction editor of The Spectatorial, associate editor of The Goose and The Hart House Review, prose editor of Terse Journal, and poetry editor of The White Wall Review. He’s the author of many short stories, essays, and a few poems, and is completing his MA in English literature at Ryerson University. His novel What We See in the Smoke was published in 2019 with Crowsnest Books. You can find him at @inkstainedwreck and inkstainedwreck.ca.
Kevin Heslop is a London, Ontario-based poet and actor whose debut full-length collection of poems, the correct fury of your why is a mountain, is forthcoming in 2021 with Gordon Hill Press. He has two chapbooks: /con/tig/u/us (The Blasted Tree, 2018), and there is no minor violence just as there is no negligible cough during an aria (Frog Hollow Press, 2019). 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.
Tiffany Hsieh is a Canadian writer living in Stouffville, Ontario. She holds a Master's degree in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Ricepaper Magazine, the Spadina Literary Review, The Cabinet of Heed, The Northern Appeal, and others.
Natalie Lim is a Chinese-Canadian writer based in Vancouver, B.C., and the winner of the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize, with work published or forthcoming in Room Magazine, Honey & Lime Lit and PRISM international. She is an unashamed nerd and a believer in good bones. You can find her on Twitter: @nataliemlim.
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David Ly is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (2018) and the poetry collection Mythical Man (2020). His poetry has also appeared in PRISM international, carte blanche, The Maynard, Pulp Literature, The /tƐmz/ Review, and others. David has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he has been long- and short-listed for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence and the Magpie Award for Poetry, respectively. He is the Poetry Editor of This Magazine, and he is part of the Editorial Collective of Anstruther Press. Twitter: @dlylyly.
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.
Maria Meindl is the author of The Work (Stonehouse Publishing) and Outside the Box (McGill-Queen’s University Press). She is the winner of the Alison Prentice award for women’s history. Her essays, poetry and fiction have appeared in journals, including The Literary Review of Canada, Descant, Musicworks, and Queen Street Quarterly, as well as in the anthologies The M Word: Conversations about Motherhood and At the End of Life: True Stories about How We Die. She has made two series for CBC Radio’s Ideas: Parent Care and Remembering Polio. Maria is the founder of Draft, a reading series featuring works-in-progress by established and emerging writers. She teaches movement classes in Toronto.
Khashayar Mohammadi is a Toronto-based poet, writer, translator and photographer. He is the author of poetry chapbooks Moe’s Skin by ZED press (2018), and Dear Kestrel by knife | fork | book (2019). He is currently working on a full-length collaborative poetry manuscript with Toronto poet Terese Pierre, as well as a full-length poetry manuscript of his own.
John Nyman's debut poetry collection, Players (Palimpsest Press), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2017. These poems are from his new chapbook, The Devil, forthcoming from knife | fork | book in March 2020. Find John online at johnnymanwriting.wordpress.com and instagram.com/selected.works.
Nicole Oquendo is a writer, editor, educator, and visual artist. Their work can be found in numerous literary journals, a hybrid memoir, and six chapbooks, including their most recent works: Space Baby: Episodes I-III and The Antichrist and I. They are currently an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, and their most recently curated anthology, Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, is available for free from Sundress Publications. You can find Nicole on Twitter: @nicoleoq.
Cindy Phan lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her partner and their tiny son. She writes about the everyday fantastic, in which the boundaries between the tragic and the absurd shift, merge, transform and misbehave. Her fiction has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, The Astral Waters Review and Augur Magazine. You can read more of her work on her website, besidealife.com, or find her on Twitter: @besidealife.
Sage Ravenwood is a deaf Cherokee woman residing in upstate NY with her two rescue dogs, Bjarki and Yazhi, and her one-eyed cat Max. She is an outspoken advocate against animal cruelty and domestic violence. Her work can be found in Glass Poetry - Poets Resist. She also has work forthcoming in the Sundress Press anthology The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry.
Ben Robinson is a poet, musician and librarian. In 2019 he published three chapbooks: Mumbles in Hollywood, California (Simulacrum Press), The Sims in Real Life (The Blasted Tree) and Talking Gibberish to Strangers (above/ground press).
He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. He is @bengymen on Twitter.
Bel Sáenz was born in 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and holds a BA in English Translation. Gender, genre and queerness are at the center of her literary and personal experiences and experiments. Her poetry has been published in Crooked Teeth Magazine, and “The Arsonist” is her first published short story. She has had a library card since the age of six.
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 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.
Jade Wallace's poetry, fiction, and essays have been published or are forthcoming internationally, including in Room, Vallum, Canthius, PRISM International, and The Stockholm Review. Their most recent chapbook is the collaborative Test Centre (ZED Press 2019) under the moniker MA|DE. <jadewallace.ca> <ma-de.ca>