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Prairie Fire - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - Cover de­sign by Tétro De­sign In­cor­po­rated.

Born in Win­nipeg, ARTHUR ADAMS ON has spent his en­tire life con­tribut­ing to the ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural com­mu­nity in Man­i­toba. He is the au­thor of three books of po­etry, most re­cently Bird Beast and Lover, all of which he also il­lus­trated. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a teacher and writer of po­etry, Arthur is well known as a vis­ual artist in the com­mu­nity. He has ex­hib­ited ex­ten­sively as a painter and print­maker and his art re­views and crit­i­cal es­says on lo­cal and con­tem­po­rary art have ap­peared in many pub­li­ca­tions over the years.

MAR­ION AG NEW writes fic­tion and non­fic­tion; her es­says have ap­peared in Best Cana­dian Es­says and been nom­i­nated for a Push­cart Prize. This es­say is part of a col­lec­tion that re­cently re­ceived sup­port from the On­tario Arts Coun­cil. She lives and writes in Shu­niah, On­tario, in an of­fice over­look­ing Lake Su­pe­rior.

GE­ORGE AMABILE has pub­lished ten books and has had work in over 100 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional venues, in­clud­ing The New Yorker, Harper’s, Po­etry (Chicago), Amer­i­can Po­etry Re­view, Bot­teghe Os­cure, The Globe and Mail, The Pen­guin Book of Cana­dian Verse, Satur­day Night, Po­etry Aus­tralia, Sur (Buenos Aires), Po­etry Canada Re­view and Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture.

TAMMY ARM­STRONG has pub­lished two nov­els and four books of po­etry, most re­cently The Scare in the Crow and the up­com­ing chap­book “The Vary­ing Hare” (Frog Hol­low Press). Her work has re­cently won the iYeats In­ter­na­tional Po­etry Prize, Geist’s Post­card Story Con­test, and has been short-listed for The Mala­hat Re­view’s Open Sea­son Awards and The Fid­dle­head’s Ralph Gustafson Prize. In au­tumn 2018, she will be a Fel­low at the In­ter­na­tional Writ­ers’ and Trans­la­tors’ House in Latvia. She cur­rently lives in a lob­ster fish­ing vil­lage on the south shore of Nova Sco­tia.

DAVID AR­NA­SON is a Win­nipeg writer and a senior scholar in the depart­ment of English, Film and The­atre at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba.

JAGTAR KAUR ATWAL lives and writes in Cam­bridge, ON and has re­cently started paint­ing, images that re­flect her life ex­pe­ri­ences. She has been pub­lished in Room, The New Quar­terly and in the an­thol­ogy “Love Me True” (All Lit Up Press).

JODY B ALT ES SEN is an ar­chiv­ist and poet in Win­nipeg. Last sum­mer, a suite of her po­etry was short­listed for the 2016-2017 Gwen­dolyn MacEwen/Ex­ile Po­etry Prize.

SAN­DRA BIRDSELL be­gan pub­lish­ing in 1982 in lit­er­ary jour­nals such as dan­de­lion and Writ­ers News Man­i­toba. She is the au­thor of nine books, an ed­i­tor and an ad­vi­sor at the Hum­ber School of Writ­ing. In 2010, she be­came a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Canada. She lives in Ot­tawa.

DI BRANDT’S ac­claimed and award-win­ning po­etry ti­tles in­clude ques­tions i asked my mother, Agnes in the sky, Now You Care and Walk­ing to Mo­já­car, with French and Span­ish trans­la­tions by Charles Le­blanc and Ari Be­lathar. Di Brandt is a for­mer po­etry ed­i­tor of Prairie Fire and was re­cently ap­pointed the in­au­gu­ral Poet Lau­re­ate of Win­nipeg.

J. M .( JOAN) BRIDGE MAN is a grad­u­ate of Oak River Col­le­giate and the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba. She was around when Prairie Fire was an idea, at Writ­ers News Man­i­toba. For the last thirty years, she has been writ­ing from the Fraser Val­ley.

ERNA BUFFIE’S de­but novel, Let Us Be True (2015), was nom­i­nated for the Margaret Lau­rence Fic­tion Prize, and her short sto­ries have ap­peared in Room, The Va­grant Re­view of New Fic­tion and other jour­nals. An award-win­ning writer and film­maker, she lived in Mon­treal and Hal­i­fax for more than twenty years, then re­turned to her home­town, Win­nipeg, in 2010.

RACHEL BUR LOCK is a poet and book mer­chant liv­ing in Win­nipeg. She re­cently helped re­search and cu­rate an ex­hibit on Man­i­toba’s ath­letes in the First World War. She has a Mas­ter’s in English from Con­cor­dia Univer­sity.

CO NY ER CLAY­TON has two chap­books: The Marsh es (& co col­lec­tive, 2017) and For the Birds. For the Hu­mans. (bat­tleaxe press). Her work has been pub­lished widely in Canada and the US, in­clud­ing The May­nard, In/Words, By­words, Tran­som and phafours press. In 2017, she won Arc’s Diana Breb­ner Prize. Find her on Facebook @Cony­erClay­ton for news on her poetic en­deav­ours and col­lab­o­ra­tions.

DEN­NIS COO­LEY is cur­rently work­ing on“them use sings ,” a col­lec­tion of po­ems that in­cludes “they come down with.” Two ti­tles, “the bes­tiary” and “cold-press moon,”are forth­com­ing.

An Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada, LORNA CR OZ IE R has been nom­i­nated for the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for Po­etry four times, re­ceiv­ing it for In­vent­ing the Hawk. She has been the guest of lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals all over the world, and this March was the win­ner of China’s Chen Si Ang In­ter­na­tional Award for Po­etry in Trans­la­tion. Her most re­cent book is What the Soul Doesn’t Want, and this fall, “God of Shad­ows,” a col­lec­tion of prose po­ems, will be pub­lished by M&S. Born in Saskatchewan, she lives on Van­cou­ver Is­land with writer Pa­trick Lane, two cats, two tur­tles and many fish.

JONATHAN DY CK is a Win­nipeg writer who also works as an il­lus­tra­tor and de­signer. He has an MA in English and Film Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Al­berta and is cur­rently at work on his first chap­book.

VIC­TOR EN NS’ s po­ems have pre­vi­ously ap­peared in Prairie Fire, in­clud­ing “Courage” and “Read­ing Pablo Neruda” from his man­u­script “Mu­sic for Men Over Fifty: Songs of Love and Surgery.” His po­ems have also ap­peared in CV2, dan­de­lion, sub­Ter­rain, Rat­tle and Voices, pub­lished by the Lake Win­nipeg Writ­ers’ Group. He lives in Gimli.

J. ROBERT FERGUSON is a trans­plant from Nova Sco­tia to Win­nipeg. His po­etry has most re­cently ap­peared in fill­ing Sta­tion, The Dal­housie Re­view and The Win­nipeg Free Press.

CLARISE FOS­TER is a poet, free­lance po­etry ed­i­tor and Ed­i­tor of CV2. She lives and works in Win­nipeg.

HANNAH FOULGER is a Bri­tish Cana­dian the­atre artist and writer from Win­nipeg. Her dis­abil­ity po­etry has been pub­lished in Ma­trix and per­formed in Sick + Twisted the­atre’s “Lame Is… cabaret.” Her plays “Clink” and “The Bar Scene” have been pro­duced at the Win­nipeg Fringe Fes­ti­val.

PA­TRICK FRI ES EN has pub­lished more than a dozen books of po­etry, a book of es­says, has writ­ten stage and ra­dio plays, and has co-trans­lated, with Per Brask, five books of Dan­ish po­etry. His new book of po­ems, songen, was pub­lished in 2018 with Mother Tongue Pub­lish­ing.

GREGORY GRACE has pub­lished four books of po­etry as well as work in nu­mer­ous lit­er­ary and the­o­log­i­cal pe­ri­od­i­cals. Gregory is also a vis­ual artist and a re­tired United Church or­dained min­is­ter.

NEILE GRA­HAM was born in Win­nipeg but cur­rently lives in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. Her pub­li­ca­tions in­clude three full-length po­etry col­lec­tions, most re­cently Blood Me­mory; a spo­ken word CD en­ti­tled She Says: Po­ems Se­lected & New; and po­ems in var­i­ous mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing Lady Churchill’s Rose­bud Wrist­let and The Mala­hat Re­view. Two of her ear­li­est pub­lished po­ems ap­peared in Prairie Fire. She has two new col­lec­tions sched­uled for 2019.

TREVOR GR AU MANN is a Win­nipeg writer and mu­si­cian who con­verses deep into the night with astonishing peo­ple. His work has pre­vi­ously ap­peared in CV2, and he holds a BA in English from the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg. He writes here with the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Win­nipeg Arts Coun­cil.

EYA DON­ALD GREEN­LAND lives in Toronto, where she owns a small gallery de­voted to the metal art of her late hus­band. Eya at­tends the Univer­sity of Toronto where she re­cently com­pleted a spe­cial­ist de­gree in Ital­ian. She has writ­ten one book, en­ti­tled 30 Pieces of Sil­ver: The Art of Ivaan Ko­tul­sky.

KRISTJANA GUNNARS is a writer, au­thor of sev­eral books of po­etry, fic­tion, short fic­tion, es­says and aca­demic ar­ti­cles. Her lat­est pub­li­ca­tion is the chap­book Snake Charm­ers (Above/Ground Press), and in fall 2018 the chap­book “At Home in the Moun­tains” will be re­leased from Junc­tion Press. She is Pro­fes­sor Emerita of the Univer­sity of Al­berta, and is now liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast of BC, pur­su­ing a ca­reer as a vis­ual artist.

GRANT GUY is a Cana­dian poet, writer and play­wright. He has over 100 po­ems and short sto­ries pub­lished in­ter­na­tion­ally. He has books pub­lished: Open Frag­ments, On the Bright Side of Down, Bus Stop Bus Stop, Blues For a Mus­tang and The Life and Lies of Calamity Jane. His plays in­clude an adap­ta­tion of Par­adise Lost and the Grand In­quisi­tor sec­tion from The Broth­ers Kara­ma­zov. He was the 2004 re­cip­i­ent of the Man­i­toba Arts Coun­cil’s Award of Dis­tinc­tion and the 2017 re­cip­i­ent of the Win­nipeg Arts Coun­cil’s Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence Award.

CHRISTINA HAJJ A Risa first-gen­er­a­tion Le­banese-Cana­dian queer femme emerg­ing artist, writer and or­ga­nizer. Through po­etry, per­for­mance art, in­stal­la­tion and zines, Hajjar’s prac­tice grap­ples with di­as­pora, queer­ness, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional in­her­i­tance, food cul­ture and fem­i­nism.

MATTHEW HO L LET Tis a writer and vis­ual artist in St. John’s, New­found­land & Labrador. His po­etry man­u­script “Op­tic Nerve” won the 2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award for Emerg­ing Writ­ers. Matthew was awarded The Mala­hat Re­view’s 2017 Open Sea­son Award for Cre­ative Non­fic­tion, and he was long-listed for the 2017 CBC Cre­ative Non­fic­tion Prize and 2016 CBC Po­etry Prize. His work has been pub­lished most re­cently in Riddle Fence and sub­Ter­rain.

TERESA H OR OS KO cur­rently stud­ies Rhetoric, Writ­ing, and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg and has been ac­cepted into the Joint Com­mu­ni­ca­tions De­gree Pro­gram with Red River Col­lege. She grew up on a farm an hour out­side of Win­nipeg and has lived in the city for the past seven years. Win­nipeg quickly won her heart with its art and cul­ture scene that ri­vals that of big­ger cities while still main­tain­ing a sense of com­mu­nity.

GRAEME HOUSSIN is a gen­der non-con­form­ing writer and il­lus­tra­tor, cur­rently study­ing Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Red River Col­lege. He works as an ed­i­tor-at-large at The Pro­jec­tor and fre­quently con­trib­utes to the Win­nipeg mu­sic mag­a­zine Sound, Phrase & Fury.

CATHERINE HUNTER’S books in­clude the po­etry col­lec­tion La­tent Heat and the novel Af­ter Light. She teaches at the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg.

KARLA KOR­MAN is a pro­fes­sional de­signer who writes fic­tion and po­etry in Win­nipeg. Her po­etry has ap­peared in The Dal­housie Re­view and CV2, and is forth­com­ing in The­atre By The River’s Wine and Words pro­duc­tion at the Man­i­toba Mu­seum.

BEN LADOUCEUR is the prose ed­i­tor for Arc Po­etry Mag­a­zine and a reg­u­lar colum­nist for Open Book. His first col­lec­tion of po­ems, Otter (Coach House Books), won the Ger­ald Lam­pert Memo­rial Award and was nom­i­nated for a Lambda Lit­er­ary Award. His sec­ond col­lec­tion, “Mad Long Emo­tion,” will be com­ing out in 2019 (Coach House Books).

He has re­cently pub­lished po­ems in Po­etry, CV2 and The Best of the Best Cana­dian Po­etry, and fic­tion in Maison­neuve, The Rusty Toque and Prairie Fire.

ANNE LE DRESSAY be­gan pub­lish­ing po­etry in the 1970s. She has pub­lished two books, Old Win­ter (Chaudiere Books, 2007) and Sleep Is a Coun­try (Har­bin­ger, 1997), as well as two chap­books, Woman Dreams (above/ground, 1998) and This Body That I Live In (Turn­stone, 1979). She is re­tired and teach­ing the writ­ing of me­moirs.

J.R.LÉVEILLÉ is the au­thor of thirty works in French and is along time friend of Prairie Fire. In 2012, he was the re­cip­i­ent of the Man­i­toba Arts Coun­cil’s Award of Dis­tinc­tion.

ROBIN K. MACDON­ALD’S writ­ing has ap­peared in lit­er­ary jour­nals across the coun­try and been longlisted for a CBC lit­er­ary award. “Road­kill Heart” is an ex­cerpt from her mem­oir in process, “Un­set­tled.” Robin was born and raised in Win­nipeg and lived for many years in north­ern Man­i­toba. She now lives in the Gatineau hills of western Que­bec.

JOANNE MCDOWALL has been spend­ing the past few years work­ing with new­com­ers to Canada, help­ing them to de­velop their English and their in­ter­view­ing skills so that they can find em­ploy­ment here. This has been a nice dis­trac­tion from re­tire­ment.

MAU­RICE MI ERA U is cur­rently writ­ing a novel about the war in Ukraine with the sup­port of a Man­i­toba Arts Coun­cil ma­jor arts grant. Dur­ing 2016 he vis­ited the war in eastern Ukraine and fam­ily mem­bers in the west. Mau­rice is the au­thor of De­tach­ment: An Adop­tion Mem­oir, which won the 2016 Kobzar Lit­er­ary Award and the Alexan­der Kennedy Is­bis­ter Award for Non-Fic­tion. He has pub­lished three books of po­ems, Au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal Fic­tions, ReLit Award win­ner Fear Not and End­ing with Mu­sic.

CHRIS­TINE MI SCION E’ s work has ap­peared in var­i­ous lit­er­ary jour­nals such as This Mag­a­zine, Lemon Hound and The Pu­ri­tan. In 2012, her story “Skin, Just” won first place in the Glo­ria Van­der­bilt/Ex­ile Edi­tions CVC Short Fic­tion Con­test. In 2014, her de­but short-story col­lec­tion, Aux­il­iary Skins, won the ReLit Award for short fic­tion. That same year her de­but novel, Carafola, was short­listed for the Hamil­ton Lit­er­ary

Awards. Re­cently, a new story en­ti­tled “The Wa­ter” won 2nd Run­ner-up in PRISM In­ter­na­tional’s in­au­gu­ral Ja­cob Zil­ber Prize for short fic­tion. Chris­tine is cur­rently at work on both a novel and a short fic­tion col­lec­tion.

SUZANNE NUSSEY works as a free­lance writer and ed­i­tor in Ot­tawa. She has de­vel­oped and fa­cil­i­tated writ­ing work­shops for women liv­ing in lo­cal shel­ters, and she teaches work­shops and coaches in­di­vid­u­als in mem­oir writ­ing.

ERIN PRYCE lives with her hus­band and three young daugh­ters in Ma­grath, Al­berta. She sup­ports chil­dren who live with dis­abil­i­ties to find in­clu­sion and suc­cess in a school set­ting. Erin draws in­spi­ra­tion for her writ­ing from her life in south­ern Al­berta and her fam­ily.

MELA RE­NARD has served on the board of The Writ­ers’ Col­lec­tive of Man­i­toba. Her short sto­ries may be found in two an­tholo­gies pub­lished by the Man­i­toba In­dige­nous Writ­ers’ Col­lec­tive. She lives in Win­nipeg with a bossy gin­ger cat named Rocky.

Born in the UK, PA­TRI­CIA ROBERT­SON grew up in Bri­tish Columbia and re­ceived her MA in Cre­ative Writ­ing from Bos­ton Univer­sity. Her first col­lec­tion of fic­tion, City of Or­phans, was short­listed for the BC Book Prizes for Fic­tion, and her work has been nom­i­nated for the Jour­ney Prize, the Push­cart Prize and the Na­tional Mag­a­zine Awards. In 2015–16 she served as writer-in-res­i­dence at Win­nipeg’s Mil­len­nium Library. She now writes, ed­its and teaches in Win­nipeg.

PAUL SAVOIE haswrit­ten­sev­er­al­booksin­both­Fren­chandEnglish, and has trans­lated the po­etry of Louis Riel into English and the po­etry of Den­nis Lee into French. He re­ceived the Tril­lium Award for his books CRAC and Bleu bé­mol and the Prix Cham­plain for Déra­pages, a book of short sto­ries. He lives in Toronto.

JAC­QUI S MYTH works as a gar­dener for the City of Win­nipeg.

DEB­BIE STRANGE is an award-win­ning short-form poet and haiga artist. Her work has been trans­lated and widely pub­lished in­ter­na­tion­ally. Most re­cently, she re­ceived first place hon­ours in the 2017 Van­cou­ver Cherry Blos­som Haiku In­vi­ta­tional.

MARGARET SWEAT MA N’ s nov­els are Fox, Sam and Angie, When Alice Lay Down with Peter, The Play­ers and Mr. Jones. She writes es­says, song lyrics and li­bretti, po­etry, plays and short fic­tion, and is a vo­cal­ist and har­mon­ica player. She teaches at the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg.

JIM TALLOSI lives and writes in St. Boni­face, Man­i­toba. His po­etry has ap­peared in Prairie Fire, NeW­est Re­view, The Antigo­nish Re­view, Bor­der Cross­ings and Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture. Jim’s two col­lec­tions of po­etry are The Trap­per and the Fur-faced Spir­its (Queen­ston House) and Talk­ing Wa­ter, Talk­ing Fire (Queen­ston House). Stac­cato Chap­books pub­lished a long poem en­ti­tled Stone Snake in 2001.

LINDA TRINH lives in Win­nipeg and writes non-fic­tion and fic­tion. Through her writ­ing, she is ex­plor­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity through the lens of her Viet­namese her­itage, Bud­dhist up­bring­ing, love of world mytholo­gies, and travel to sa­cred spa­ces around the globe. Her work has ap­peared in the lit­er­ary jour­nal Same. She is cur­rently work­ing on her first book, a work of nar­ra­tive non-fic­tion. Linda may be found on­line at lin­da­trin­hblog.word­ and on Twit­ter @Lin­daYTrinh.

MY RON TURNER has pub­lished po­etry in Canada and the US, in­clud­ing three books: Things That Fly, Rag Doll’s Shadow, Play­ing The Numbers. In the ‘70s My­ron was a co-pub­lisher of Four Hu­mours Press and co-ed­i­tor of The Far Point. He is a prize-win­ning print­maker and a multi-me­dia artist, us­ing digital and web-based forms. My­ron has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally, and his work can be found in the col­lec­tions of the Win­nipeg Art Gallery, the Whit­ney Mu­seum and oth­ers.p

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