Issue Twelve Contributors
Fatima Aamir (she/her) is a poet and writer currently residing in Vancouver. She has edited and written for The Talon, the University of British Columbia's independent press, and was a former editorial intern at The Capilano Review. This fall, she will begin her MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She can be found musing over art and social justice on Twitter at @fatimaaamir.
Trevor Abes is an artist from Toronto with a fondness for writing essays and poetry. He was part of the winning ensemble at the 2015 SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival, and competed in both the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as part of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. His work has appeared in Torontoist, (parenthetical), untethered, Sewer Lid, long con magazine, Spacing Magazine, Descant Magazine, The Rusty Toque, The Theatre Reader, Mooney on Theatre, The Toronto Review of Books, Hart House Review, and Sequential: Canadian Comics News & Culture, among others. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @TrevorAbes.
Linette Marie Allen is earning an MFA in creative writing and the publishing arts at the University of Baltimore. She is the recipient of a Turner Research and Travel Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, The Bangalore Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She writes overlooking the city with her imaginary cat Stormy.
Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani writer and artist currently based in Mississauga. She is co-lead of Reth aur Reghistan, a visual-literary exploration of Pakistani folklore that she is carrying out alongside her sister, Nimra. See more at sculpturalstorytelling.com. Her work has appeared in CV2, The Malahat Review, PRISM, and other places.
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 is We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, from Guernica Editions (2020).
Tina Do is a Vancouver-based poet, unashamed dinosaur aficionado, and MA student at Simon Fraser University. She is honoured to receive her first publication credit from The /tƐmz/ Review. These days, you can catch her reading up on whether or not dinosaurs had lips, trying not to over-love her new plants, and find her on Twitter @tinadodo95.
Camille Intson is an award-winning Esto-Canadian writer, media artist, and multidisciplinary theatre and performance maker, currently based between London (United Kingdom) and Toronto. Recent works include the digital media work betweenspace (betweenspace2020.co.uk) and the online gallery Intermissions: Works For A New World (camilleintson.com/intermissions). Camille is a recent graduate of the MA Performance Practice as Research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and will be starting her PhD in Information and Knowledge Media Design at the University of Toronto this fall. She can be found everywhere on the internet at @camilleintson, or at camilleintson.com.
Taban Isfahaninejad is a 16-year-old aspiring author and teacher who enjoys writing poetry, fiction and short stories in her free time. Her favourite authors are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. She is interested in cooking, classic literature, art, and gardening.
Luke Kokoszka lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with his cat, Mr. B. His fiction has appeared in The Fanzine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, carte blanche, Cheap Pop, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor of Pandemic Publications and a prose reader at PRISM International. He can be found on twitter at @lukekokoszka.
Margo LaPierre (www.margolapierreeditor.com) is a queer, bipolar Canadian poet and editor. Her debut collection, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, was published by Guernica Editions in 2017. She is newsletter editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, membership chair of the Editors Canada Ottawa-Gatineau branch, member of poetry collective VII, and a poetry selector for Bywords.ca. She is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in Room Magazine, filling Station, CAROUSEL, PRISM, Train Journal, and others. She lives in Ottawa.
Amy LeBlanc is an MA student in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary and Managing Editor at filling Station magazine. Amy's debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, was published with Gordon Hill Press in March 2020. Her novella "Unlocking" will be published by the UCalgary Press in their Brave and Brilliant Series in 2021. Her work has appeared in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others. She is a recipient of the 2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.
D.A. Lockhart is the author of eight books, including Tukhone: Where the River Narrows and the Shores Bend (Black Moss Press, 2020) and Breaking Right: Stories (Porcupine's Quill, 2020) His work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2019, TriQuarterly, ARC Poetry Magazine, Grain, Belt, and the Malahat Review among many. He is a Turtle Clan member of Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Lenape), a registered member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and currently resides at the south shore of Waawiiyaatanong (Windsor,ON-Detroit, MI) and Pelee Island. His work has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is an acquisitions editor for University of Regina Press and poetry editor for the Windsor Review.
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.
Erica McKeen is a writer, organizer, and teacher. She recieved her MA in English literature from Western University. Originally from London, Ontario, she is a Poetry London board member, assistant editor at The Temz Review, and co-organizer of LOMP: reading series. Her work has appeared in Canthius, Minola Review, The Quilliad, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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.
Adam Mohamed is a Ph.D student in the English Literature department at the University of Western Ontario. His research concerns the interdisciplinary nature of poetry and philosophy in British and German Romantic literature.
Keletso Mopai is South African storyteller and author of the short story collection If You Keep Digging. Her works are shortlisted for various literary contests and appear in Catapult, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Ake Review, Lolwe, Omenana, Brittle Paper, amongst other places. Her website is www.keletsomopai.com.
Nijla Mu'min is a writer and filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Her work is informed by poetry, photography, fiction, and dance. Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017, she tells stories about Black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. Her debut feature film, Jinn, premiered at the 2018 South By Southwest Film Festival, where she won the Special Jury Recognition Award for Screenwriting. Jinn, a New York Times Critic’s pick, was released in November 2018, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She recently directed an episode of HBO’s “Insecure” in 2019, and is currently developing her second feature film, as well as a debut collection of poetry. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan's Poetry for the People, and CalArts MFA Film Directing and Creative Writing Programs.
Nikki Reimer is a carbon-based life form / fifth-generation settler of Ukrainian and Russian Mennonite descent who resides on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction, and micro-reviews, and dabbles in multidisciplinary art practices. Published books are My Heart is a Rose Manhattan (Talon Books 2019), DOWNVERSE (Talon Books 2014), and [sic](Frontenac House 2010). Visit reimerwrites.com.
Possible witch, definite bitch, and full time disaster Helen Robertson is a genderqueer trans woman moving through the lifelong process of accepting how lucky they've been; using poetry to excise their ire and sorrow—hopefully turning it into something worthwhile
Their work is published or upcoming in CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Puritan, and others; they were longlisted for the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry.
For the past twenty-four years, Rochelle Robinson-Dukes has been an Associate English Professor at the City Colleges of Chicago. She teaches all levels of literature and composition courses.
She has been published in African-American Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Ravens perch and the anthology In Other Words. She has poems forthcoming in Rock & Sling and Poetry Hall Bilingual Journal.
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 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.
Chelsea Stickle lives in Annapolis, MD with her black rabbit George and an army of houseplants. Her flash fiction appears in Monkeybicycle, The Molotov Cocktail, matchbook, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and others. She’s a reader for Pidgeonholes. Read more at chelseastickle.com/stories or find her on Twitter @Chelsea_Stickle.
Elina Taillon is a neurodiverse student, writer, and editor for PRISM Magazine, living and working on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She holds a MA in French Literature from the University of Toronto and is working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She can typically be found brewing tea in unlikely vessels or playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Alanna Why is a pop culture, essay and fiction writer from Ottawa, Ontario. Her writing has appeared in Shameless, Razorcake, The Le Sigh, Weird Canada and Also Cool Mag. She is currently working on a novel about a long-lost ‘90s musician and a chapbook about Survivor. Find her on Instagram and Twitter: @alanna_why.