No. 210 Spring 2020

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Open Season Awards

  • Manahil Bandukwala, "To ride an art horse"
  • Read an interview with Manahil Bandukwala on her poem.
  • Tania De Rozario, "Due to Unforeseen Circumstances | This Film Will No Longer Be Screened"
  • Ayaz Pirani, "Sat Panth"
  • Christine Wu, "Ginger Scallion Fish"
  • Hollie Adams, "Nice Girl"
  • Bradley Peters, "Forgive Me"
  • Kevin Shaw, "Red Fox at Blackfriars Bridge"
  • Rob Taylor, "Poems" and "One Lie"
  • Judy LeBlanc, "Rose"   
  • Melissa Spohr Weiss, "Gift in German Means Poison"
  • Joseph Dandurand, "Meant to overtake" and "I describe the feeling"
  • Zhu Jian, "The Whipping Top" and "Malantan Grassland" translated from the Chinese  by Yi Zhe
  • Zuo You, "The Hearing Aid" translated from the Chinese by Yi Zhe
  • Edward Carson, from Whereabouts
  • Matthew Gwathmey, "A High Frequency Words List"
Creative Nonfiction
  • Glen Downie, "Nothing Happened"
  • Jennilee Marigomen, Hanging Moon, 2018
    Photograph (digital)
    Collection of the Artist
Contributor Notes
  • HOLLIE ADAMS is the author of the novel Things You've Inherited From Your Mother and fiction editor of The Windsor Review. Originally from Windsor, ON, she holds a PhD from the University of Calgary and teaches Creative Writing and Canadian Literature at the University of Maine.

    MANAHIL BANDUKWALA is a Pakistani writer, editor, and visual artist from Karachi and currently based in Ottawa. The author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (2019) and Pipe Rose (2018), she is on the editorial team of Canthius, a feminist literary magazine. She was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize, and was the 2019 winner of Room’s Emerging Writer Award.

    EDWARD CARSON has twice won the E. J. Pratt Medal in Poetry and is author of Scenes, Taking Shape, Birds Flock Fish School, KNOTS, and Look Here Look Away Look Again. “Whereabouts” is from his new poetry manuscript: a map composed in the size of the world.

    JOSEPH DANDURAND is a member of Kwantlen First Nation and Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. His many books of poetry include most recently SH:LAM (The Doctor) (2019) and The Corrupted (2020). He is the new Artistic Director for Vancouver Poetry House and very busy Storytelling at events and in schools.

    TANIA DE ROZARIO is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Tender Delirium, And The Walls Come Crumbling Down, and Somewhere Else, Another You, all published by Math Paper Press.

    GLEN DOWNIE worked for many years in cancer care in Vancouver, and now lives in Toronto. He served a term as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University's Medical Humanities Program, and won the 2008 Toronto Book Award for his Loyalty Management. His most recent collection is Democratic Beauties.

    CYNTHIA FLOOD has published five books of short fiction. In September 2020 Biblioasis will publish her You Are Here: Selected Stories.

    HOLLAY GHADERY is a writer living in small town Ontario. She holds her MFA in Creative Writing, has been published in various literary journals in Canada, and has a book forthcoming from Guernica.

    PATRICK GRACE is a queer writer from Vancouver. His work has been longlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Poetry Prize and twice for PRISM international’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. He is the managing editor of  Plenitude Magazine.

    MATTHEW GWATHMEY lives in Fredericton, NB, and studied creative writing at the University of Virginia. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of New Brunswick. His first poetry collection is Our Latest in Folktales (2019).

    STEPHANIE HARRINGTON earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. In 2018 she was selected for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program. She lives in Victoria.

    DALLAS HUNT is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. He has had creative and critical work published in The Fieldstone Review, Decolonization: Indigeneity Education & Society, Settler Colonial Studies, The Malahat Review, ARC, and Canadian Literature.

    KEVIN IRIE, a Sansei third-generation Japanese Canadian, has published five books of poetry, been twice longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, and appeared in Japanese, Spanish, and French poetry anthologies. His Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report was a finalist for The Toronto Book Award and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize. He lives in Toronto.

    RACHEL JANSEN lives and writes on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, Geist, The Antigonish Review, Room, and elsewhere.

    EMI KODAMA, originally from Vancouver , has been based in Ghent since 2008. She has an MFA from the Frank Mohr Institute, and her stories are often developed into performances and installations.

    JUDY LEBLANC’s most recent publication, The Promise of Water, is a collection of short stories. She has been published in a number of literary journals, won the Sheldon Currie Fiction contest, and been longlisted for the CBC fiction prize.

    JENNILEE MARIGOMEN is a Canadian photographer based in Vancouver whose work investigates everyday phenomena. She was selected as one of Photo District News' 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.  Her most recent book is Window Seat (2014).

    BRADLEY PETERS is an emerging writer from Mission, BC. His work has appeared in Grain, Geist, and subTerrain.

    AYAZ PIRANI was born in Musoma, to parents born in Kapsabet and Tanga. He grew up in Canada, and lives near Monterey, CA. His second book, Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets, appeared in 2019.

    ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED is the author of the chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind and the winner of the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, she received an MFA from the University of Oregon.

    CONCETTA PRINCIPE teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Trent University and is an award-winning author of poetry and lyrical non-fiction. Her creative work has appeared in Canadian literary journals. This Real and Conversion—A Theory are her most recent books.

    ALANA SAYERS is from the Hupacasath (Nun-Chah-Nulth) and Kipohtakaw (Cree, Treaty 6) First Nations. She grew up on the Hupacasath reserve and went to Haa Huu Payak school. She is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Victoria, focusing on Indigenous literature.

    KEVIN SHAW is from London, ON and now lives in Ottawa. His poetry collection, Smaller Hours, was published in 2017 and his nonfiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, Event, and The Best Canadian Essays 2018.

    JANE SHI is a queer Chinese settler living on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her writing can be found in Poetry Is Dead, Room, LooseLeaf Magazine, Canthius, and PRISM international, among others. @pipagaopoetry

    ROB TAYLOR is the author of three poetry collections, including The News, which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (2018) and guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019. He lives with his family in Port Moody, BC.

    AJITH THANGAVELAUTHAM is a writer of Indian and Sri Lankan descent, born and raised in Canada, where he studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Feeding off the diversity of the city, he writes to get a better understanding of the world and his place in it.

    MELISSA SPOHR WEISS is an MA candidate at the University of New Brunswick. Recently, her work has been published in CV2, Prairie Fire, Sky Island Journal, The Maynard, Oakland Arts Review, and elsewhere.

    JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is an Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer and Jonny Appleseed. Currently, he is working on a forthcoming manuscript with Knopf Canada entitled Making Love With the Land, on Indigeneity, mental health, and queerness.

    CHRISTINE WU is a Chinese Canadian poet whose writing has appeared in Descant, Qwerty, The Temz Review, and Ricepaper Magazine. She currently makes her home on traditional unceded Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) territory in Fredericton, NB.

    EMMA WUNSCH is is the author of the YA novel  The Movie Version and the chapter-book series Miranda and Maude. Her short fiction has been published in a variety of journals, including The Tishman Review, Passages North, The Best of the Bellevue Review, Lit, J Journal, and The Brooklyn Review.

    YI ZHE writes in both English and Chinese, and now works at an education and technology company in Changsha. He has published in Westerly, Poetry New Zealand, Bellevue Literary Review, Acumen, and Two Thirds North.

    ZHU JIAN is a Chinese poet now based in Xi’an, known particularly for his vivid short poems. He is an organizer of Chang’an Poetry Festival.

    ZUO YOU is a Chinese poet based in Xi’an. His poems have appeared in major literary magazines in China. Suffering from a hearing impairment, he speaks only a few simple words.