No. 209 Winter 2019

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2019 Constance Rooke CNF Prize

  • Emeka Patrick Nome, "Monologue on the Bank of an Ocean with Osun in which My Mother Asks the Goddess for a Child," "Monologue in an Unlit Room with the Ghost of My Dead Mother," and "Monologue in a Room in which My Mother's Ghost Denies Being a Reincarnate of the Prophet Ezekiel"
  • Suphil Lee Park, "After Her Mother's Funeral Mother Calls Me into the Kitchen"
  • Read an interview with Suphil Lee Park on her poem.
  • Joel Robert Ferguson, "The News"
  • Melanie Boyd, "Birthday shopping for an addict"
  • Franco Cortese, from lipodrome
  • Sherry Johnson, "Little Seaman's Home"
  • Dominique Béchard, "Attempted Prayer," "Covenant," and "Listening to Haydn on the Garden State Parkway"
  • Carolyn Nakagawa, "Peacock," and "Robson/W Georgia/W Pender"
  • Kurt Marti, "but someday" translated by Jeff Kochan
  • Patricia Young, "The Single Blow" and "Biblical"
  • Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, "The dreams of people who called 911 to complain after an Amber Alert" and "Spawning Grounds"
  • Robert Hilles, "Delayed Neutrons"
  • Kulbir Saran, "bottle rocket" and "unsaid"
  • Read an interview with Kulbir Saran on his poems.
  • Tatiana Oroño, "Still Life with Defeats" and "Ovum of Desire" both translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval
  • Julia Brush, "Oracular"
  • Read an interview with Julia Brush on her poem.
  • Hasan Alizadeh, "Good Faith" and "Untitled" both translated by Rebecca Ruth Gould and Kayvan Tahmasebian
Creative Nonfiction
  • Sandra de Groot, dress for NOA, textile, handknotted installation art, 2019
    organic cotton
    Collection of the Artist (photographed by the artist)
Contributor Notes
  • HASAN ALIZADEH started as a short-story writer, but since the early 1990s has written mostly poetry. His two volumes, Diary of House Arrest (Rūznama-yi tabʿīd, 2003) and Blue Bicycle (Ducharkha-yi ābī, 2015), are distinguished in modern Persian poetry by their lyricism and colloquialism.

    LIAM ANDREWS grew up in Northern Labrador and in Northern Ontario. He recently completed a BA in English and Economics at McMaster University, and spends most of his free time reading, playing music, or sitting around with his cat.

    DOMINIQUE BÉCHARD is the author of the poetry collection One Dog Town (2019). Born in Northern Ontario, she is now living and studying in Fredericton, NB.

    MELANIE BOYD’s home is in southwest Saskatchewan, in the valley of the Frenchman River. She also lives in Calgary, AB, where she works as an academic librarian. Her poems appear in Canadian literary journals. She is owner of Wobibi Press.

    NEIL BOYD is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and the author of five nonfiction books and two textbooks.

    JULIA BRUSH is a current PhD student in English at the University of Connecticut studying contemporary transnational poetry, queer theory, and translation. Her poetry appears in 2 Bridges Review, Nightjar Review, and elsewhere, her audio poetry in the first volume of Directed Dreaming.

    FRANCO CORTESE is an experimental poet living in Thorold, ON. His work was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and has appeared in Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, filling Station, ditch, and in the anthology Concrete & Constraint (2018).

    SANDRA DE GROOT is an interdiciplinary artist living in Groningen, where she is currently creating a collection of textile | knots, exploring craft, technique, and strategy in both cultural and architectural ways. Sandra executes her own designs, knotting each sculpture by hand.

    SHERINE ELBANHAWY is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at UBC, and founder of Rowayat, a literary magazine showcasing Egyptian writers. She writes nonfiction, and fiction for adults and children.

    JOEL ROBERT FERGUSON divides his time between Winnipeg and Montreal, where he is a graduate student at Concordia University. His work has appeared in ARC, CV2, Grain, The Honest Ulsterman, Prairie Fire, and Southword Journal. The Lost Cafeteria, his debut collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Signature Editions.

    KYLE FLEMMER is an author and cat-dad from Calgary, AB, the current Managing Editor of filling Station, and founder of The Blasted Tree Publishing Co.

    JON GINGERICH is a fiction instructor at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York. His fiction has been published in Pleiades, Grist, Stand Magazine, Helix Magazine, and Oyez Review.

    REBECCA RUTH GOULD is the author of the poetry collection Cityscapes (2019) and the award-winning monograph Writers and Rebels (2016). She has translated many books from Persian and Georgian, including After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (2016) and The Death of Bagrat Zakharych and Other Stories by Vazha-Pshavela (2019).

    ROBERT HILLES lives in Nanaimo, BC and has won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for Cantos from a Small Room. He has published seventeen books of poetry and his latest is Shimmer. His novel Don’t Hang Your Soul on That will be published in 2021.

    SHERRY JOHNSON is the author of two books of poetry and has published poems in such magazines as The Fiddlehead, Grain, Canadian Literature, Exile, and ARC. She has also published many articles on film.

    KATE KENNEDY is a poet, reviewer, and editor. Her work has been published in The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, Room, and The Antigonish Review. She lives in Victoria, BC, where she works as the editorial coordinator at TouchWood Editions.

    JESSE LEE KERCHEVAL’s translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia, Fable of an Inconsolable Man by Javier Etchevarren, and Reborn in Ink by Laura Cesarco Eglin, co-translated with Catherine Jagoe. She is the Zona Gale Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    CONOR KERR is a Métis writer living in Edmonton. A descendant of generations of storytellers, he is working on an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and works in NorQuest College’s Indigenous Student Centre.

    JEFF KOCHAN is from Alberta. His work has appeared in Broken Pencil, EVENT, Exile, filling Station, PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, The Windsor Review, and a few other places.

    JOSEPH LABINE is a poet and critic. He was awarded the 2018 Marie Tremaine Fellowship from the Bibliographic Society of Canada and holds a SSHRC doctoral fellowship as a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. He is the managing editor of Flat Singles Press and lives in Yellowknife, NT.

    ANGÉLIQUE LALONDE’s mother is Métis and her father Québécois. She lives on Gitxsan Territory. Angélique holds a PhD in Anthropology and is the recipient of the 2019 Journey Prize. Her work has been published in PRISM international and the Journey Prize Anthology, and is forthcoming in Prairie Fire and Room.

    DAWN LO is a Hong Kong-Canadian writer currently based in Singapore. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lasalle College of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Chantwood Magazine, The Merrimack Review, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

    JEANETTE LYNES’s most recent novel, The Small Things That End the World, won the Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Award at the 2019 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her most recent book of poetry, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems, won the 2015 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

    IAN MACLEAN resides in Calgary, AB. His writing has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada. In 2019, he was a finalist for the PEN Canada/RBC New Voices Award.

    KURT MARTI (1921–2017) was one of Switzerland’s most beloved poets, celebrated especially for his transposition of Bernese Swiss German, an oral language, into written literary poetry. He has received the Swiss Schiller Foundation Prize (1967, 1986, 2011) and the Kurt Tucholsky Prize for Literary Journalism (1997).

    CARA-LYN MORGAN lives and works in the Toronto area. She is the author of two books of poetry: What Became My Grieving Ceremony and Cartograph.

    CAROLYN NAKAGAWA is a poet and playwright whose work has appeared in Poetry is Dead, TNQ, and CAROUSEL, as well as The Malahat Review. She is a fourth-generation Japanese Canadian and third-generation Vancouverite.

    EMEKA PATRICK NOME is a student at the University of Benin, Nigeria. His works are published or forthcoming in POETRY, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. His manuscript We Need New Moses. Or New Luther King was a finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

    TATIANA OROÑO is an Uruguayan poet and critic and author of nine books, including Libro de horas (2017) and Estuario (2015).

    SUPHIL LEE PARK was born and grew up in South Korea. She holds a BA in English from NYU and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, jubilat, Notre Dame Review, and Sugar House Review.

    BARBARA COLEBROOK PEACE is the author of two poetry books, Kyrie and Duet for Wings and Earth, and the co-editor of P.K. Page: Essays on Her Works. She lives in Victoria, BC.

    SEHRISH RANJHA divides her time between Los Angeles and Lahore, Pakistan. She has a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims Anthology, and elsewhere.

    KULBIR SARAN is from Surrey, BC. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Spillway, Vallum, Abstract Magazine, Rhino Poetry, Eunoia Review, Isthmus Review, Carousel Magazine, and Dime Show Review.

    BARDIA SINAEE is a poet living in Toronto. His first collection is forthcoming from Anansi in 2021.

    KAYVAN TAHMASEBIAN is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He is the author of the poetry collection Lecture on Fear and Other Poems (2019). With Rebecca Ruth Gould, he is co-translator of High Tide of the Eyes: Poems by Bijan Elahi (2019).

    SARAH YI-MEI TSIANGis the author of ten books. Status Update (2013) was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award and Sweet Devilry (2011) won the Gerald Lampert Award. She currently teaches poetry through UBC’s optional residency MFA program.

    BERNADETTE WHITE is the author of “Everybody Changes after High School,” Antigonish Review (2015). She lives in Cambridge, ON.

    PATRICIA YOUNG’s most recent collection, Amateurs at Love, was published with Goose Lane Editions. She lives in Victoria, BC.