No. 200 Autumn 2017
Fiftieth-Anniversary Issue

Victoria PAST,
Victoria PRESENT,
Victoria FUTURE

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  • Mike Doyle, "The Night Watches"
  • P. K. Page,  Two Poems ("Fire Escape," "A Wet Spring")
  • Robin Skelton, "Christmas Day, 1979"
  • Yvonne Blomer, "Craning my neck from the back of the class photo"
  • Shane Book, Two Poems ("S.T.AR.S. [Strategic Tactical Armed Response Squad]" and "Beast Friend")
  • Marilyn Bowering, "Soul Leading"
  • Lorna Crozier, Two Poems ("God of the Dead" and "God of Balconies")
  • Jamie Dopp, "My Father with Jesus Hair"
  • Karen Enns, "Changing the Clocks"
  • Patrick Friesen, Two Poems ("dying to be seen" and "this room, my algate")
  • Dorothea Grünzweig, Two Poems ("in my clear enchanting wilderness" and "evening at the edge of the incarnate world")
  • Eve Joseph, Two Poems ("I rarely leave my room…" and "All afternoon an elephant bellows")
  • Michael Kenyon, "Extraction"
  • Patrick Lane,  Two Poems ("Living in a Phantom Hut" and "Chacabuco")
  • Tim Lilburn, Two Poems ("Where" and "Shame")
  • Arleen Paré, Two Poems ("Key-Shaped, the Shadow" and "Come the Ungulate")
  • Philip Kevin Paul, "Ceremony"
  • Janet Rogers, "Snow Storm"
  • Linda Rogers, "Old Stones"
  • Susan Stenson, Two Poems ("Anecdote, Elegy" and "Love, Slug, Sand")
  • Patricia Young, Three Poems ("The End of Poetry," "Dream of the Newborn" and "Mice")
  • Terence Young, "Legacy"
  • Leah Callen, "Little Bugger"
  • Rhonda Ganz, "Sojourn to a minor planet"
  • Alisa Gordaneer, Two Poems ("Phase Boundary: Oxidation" and "Bromine")
  • Danielle Janess, "Habitude"
  • Kate Kennedy, "Parallax"
  • Julie Paul, "Esquimalt Road"
  • Kyeren Regehr, "Neti Neti"
  • Jim Roberts, "Public Transport"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Emily Carr, "Afterglow"
  • Charles Lillard, "A Perfect Place to Write"
  • Sheila Munro, "The Tragedy of Reticent People"
  • Madeline Sonik, "Stay Sick, Turn Blue"
  • Annabel Howard, "Runner's High"
  • Paige Lindsay, "Moving"
  • Luke Ramsey, Ripples, 2013, ink on paper, digital colour
Contributor Notes
  • John Wall Barger’s third collection with Palimpsest, The Book of Festus, was a finalist for the 2016 J. M. Abraham Poetry Award. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of the Malahat’s 2017 Long Poem Prize.

    Yvonne Blomer, Victoria’s Poet Laureate, just released Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. This fall Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, an anthology she’s edited, will appear with Caitlin.

    Shane Book’s latest collection, Congotronic, shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award, Ottawa Book Award and Griffin Prize, won the Archibald Lampman Award. He recently joined the faculty of UVic’s Department of Writing.

    Marilyn Bowering, a poet and novelist shortlisted for the Orange Prize, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, has won the Dorothy Livesay, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Ethel Wilson, and Pat Lowther prizes.

    Leah Callen is a poet and playwright. Her play, The Daughter of Turpentine, was produced at the Victoria Fringe Festival.

    Emily Carr (1871–1945), a pioneering locally-based artist whose canvases are today exhbited around the world, was also a memoirist. Her first book, Klee Wyck, won the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction in 1941.

    Corinna Chong lives in Kelowna, where she teaches at Okanagan College and is co-editor of Ryga. Her novel, Belinda’s Rings, appeared in 2013.

    Morgan Cross is a writing major at the University of Victoria.

    Lorna Crozier’s latest book of poetry, What the Soul Doesn’t Want, came out in 2017. God of Shadows, also poetry, will be published by M&S in 2018.

    Rita Donovan lives and writes in Ottawa.

    Jamie Dopp teaches Canadian literature at the University of Victoria. He has published two books of poetry, a novel, and a number of short stories.

    Mike Doyle (1928–2016) published 17 books of poetry and wrote or edited many works of criticism, biography, and political commentary. Of Irish descent, he lived in Victoria, a city he loved, for 48 years.

    Karen Enns’s poetry books are That Other Beauty, Ordinary Hours, and Cloud Physics.

    Robert Finley lives in St. John’s, where he teaches creative nonfiction at Memorial Univerisity. His books inlcude The Accidental Indies, A Ragged Pen, and K. L. Reich.

    Clarissa Fortin is an Ottawa-based freelance writer. You can find her work at, in the Winnipeg Review, and Quill and Quire.

    Patrick Friesen’s book of poetry, Songen, is coming out in 2018 with Mother Tongue. His play, A Short History of Crazy Bone, will be staged in Winnipeg in 2018.

    Rhonda Ganz has published poems in The Malahat Review, Rattle, Room, and several anthologies. She is a regular open-mic reader at Planet Earth, Victoria.

    Alisa Gordaneer works as a writing teacher and communications consultant. Her book of poems about food, Still Hungry, was published by Signature in 2015.

    Dorothea Grünzweig, born in Germany, has lived in Finland since 1989. Her collected poems, Sonnenorgeln, was published in 2011.

    June Halliday is a Métis writer who lives in Nanaimo.

    Annabel Howard, originally from Norfolk, England, has lived in Victoria for three years. Set up in 2016, the Miles Frost Fund aims to provide free genetic testing across the U.K. In June 2017, the fund saved its first life with a diagnosis of hcm. 

    Danielle Janess’ poems and translations have appeared in literary journals in Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., and the U.S.

    Jason Jobin grew up in the Yukon. He enjoys teaching, mentorship, and hip hop.

    Sean Johnston lives in Kelowna. His latest book is We Don’t Listen to Them.

    Eve Joseph’s two books of poetry, The Startled Heart and The Secret Signature of Things, were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the Slender Margin, won the Hubert Evans Award for Nonfiction.

    Kate Kennedy’s poetry has been published in numerous journals and has twice been selected for the Best Canadian Poetry in English anthology.

    Michael Kenyon has published several books, mostly recently Parallel Rivers (stories) and Astatine (poems). He was once a Malahat Review board member under Constance Rooke, Derk Wynand, and Marlene Cookshaw.

    Patrick Lane has published widely over a half-century career. The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane was released in 2012.

    Tim Lilburn’s last book of poetry was The Names. The University of Alberta Press published The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place this fall.

    Charles Lillard (1944–1997), a profilic, award-winning poet, historian, teacher, and journalist, co-edited the Malahat’s three West Coast Renaissance issues.

    Paige Lindsay, a visual artist and writer, was longlisted for the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. Her recent solo show, Thank You! Call Again!, was a featured exhibition in the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

    Norma Lundberg lives and writes in Toronto.

    Sheila Munro, author of Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro, has published articles and reviews in BC Bookworld and Saturday Night.

    P. K. Page (1916–2010), a poet, novelist, children’s writer, memoirist, critic, and artist (under her married name P. K. Irwin), published more than forty books and won many awards, including the 1954 Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

    Arleen Paré’s latest book of poetry is The Girls with Stone Faces. A nominee for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, she has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize, the CBC Bookie Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

    Julie Paul has published two books of stories, The Jealousy Bone, and The Pull of the Moon (Victoria Butler Book Prize), and a book of poetry, The Rules of the Kingdom.

    Philip Kevin Paul, a member of the W̱SÁ,NEĆ Nation, works with the University of Victoria to preserve SENĆOŦEN. A nominee for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, he lives in Brentwood Bay.

    Daniel Perry (@danielperrysays) is the author of the short story collections Nobody Looks That Young Here and Hamburger. He lives in Toronto.

    Luke Ramsey, the City of Victoria’s 2017 artist in residence, won a National Urban Design Medal from the Architectural Institute of Canada for a collaborative mural with Josh Holinaty. His book, Intelligent Sentient? (Drawn & Quarterly), was nominated for a Doug Wright Award.

    Kyeren Regehr’s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, Australia, and the U.S.

    John Reibetanz’s ninth collection of poems, Where We Live, appeared in 2016. The Essential John Reibetanz is due from Porcupine’s Quill this fall.

    Laura Ritland, an ma graduate in creative writing from the U of T and a PhD candidate in English at UC Berkeley, won the 2014 Far Horizons Award for Poetry.

    Michael Roberson holds a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. He lives in Nanaimo.

    Jim Roberts’ books are From an argument I’ve taken with me and Left Shoulder Voices.

    Janet Rogers, a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations territory, has lived as a guest on traditional Coast Salish territory since 1994. She has five published poetry books, the latest being Totem Poles and Railroads.

    Linda Rogers has written poetry, fiction, song lyrics, criticism, and screen plays. Current titles include Bozuk and Cli-Fi: Canadian Stories of Climate Change. Repairing the Hive, last of her Empress Trilogy, is forthcoming.

    Bardia Sinaee lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in Maisonneuve, The Walrus,and The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.

    Robin Skelton (1925–1997) was born in England and came to Victoria in 1963, where he helped establish UVic’s Department of Writing, UVic Libraries’ Special Collections, and The Malahat Review. He published over one hundred books.

    Madeline Sonik, a B. C. National Award for Canadian Nonfiction nominee, and Charles Taylor Prize finalist, won the Victoria Butler Book Prize.

    Susan Stenson is a poet, teacher, and bodytalk practitioner.

    Derk Wynand has published eleven books of poetry, one of fiction, and several books of German translation. A former editor of The Malahat Review, he is a professor emeritus of the UVic’s Department of Writing.

    Patricia Young’s most recent collection is Short Takes on the Apocalypse. A new book of poetry is forthcoming from Goose Lane.

    Terence Young teaches creative writing and English at St. Michaels University School. His most recent book is The End of the Ice Age (short fiction).

    Brock Zawila, a recent graduate of UVic’s Department of Writing, has had work appear in This Side of West.

Sponsorship Acknowledgement
  • The Good Foundation