Notes on Con­trib­u­tors


HOLLIE ADAMS’S work has been pub­lished in jour­nals in­clud­ing Carousel, The Wind­sor Re­view, Fill­ing Sta­tiom and Prairie Fire. Her first novel, Things You’ve In­her­ited from Your Mother, was pub­lished by NeW­est Press (2015). She teaches lit­er­a­ture and writ­ing at Red Deer Col­lege. She holds a PhD in English from the Univer­sity of Cal­gary.

NI­CHOLAS BERTELSON is a writer out of south­west Iowa, where he’s farmed since he was a young boy. His work has ap­peared in The Coe Re­view, The Raleigh Re­view, The New Plains Re­view, The Cort­land Re­view and The North Amer­i­can Re­view, in which he was a fi­nal­ist for the James Hearst Po­etry Prize.

AN­DREW BO­DEN’S short sto­ries and es­says have ap­peared in The Jour­ney Prize Sto­ries 22, Geist, Other Voices, Van­cou­ver Re­view, Des­cant, and The New Quar­terly.

He is the co-ed­i­tor of the an­thol­ogy Hid­den Lives: Com­ing Out on Men­tal Ill­ness

(Brindle & Glass, 2012 and again in 2017). He lives and works in Burn­aby with his wife and three cal­cu­lat­ing cats.

ALI­SON BRAID is a writer from Sum­mer­land, BC, who cur­rently teaches kinder­garten in Prague. Her work has been pub­lished or is forth­com­ing in Room, CV2, Po­etry Is Dead and The Maynard, as well as short­listed for the 2012 Des­cant/Win­ston Collins Po­etry Prize.

CONYER CLAY­TON is an Ot­tawa based writer and gym­nas­tics coach who aims to live with com­pas­sion, grat­i­tude and awe. You can find her cur­rent work both on­line and in print with By­words, Tran­som, Cause­way Lit, and PACE, among many oth­ers. For up­dated news on her po­etic en­deav­ors and col­lab­o­ra­tions, go to face­­erClay­ton.

Orig­i­nally from Cal­i­for­nia, LAURA COK now lives in Toronto, where she works in the book in­dus­try. She has been pre­vi­ously pub­lished in The Rusty Toque, CV2, Lit­er­ary Re­view of Canada, Arc and Prairie Fire (2015), and has work forth­com­ing in Event.

JUSTIN CUR­RIE is a Win­nipeg based il­lus­tra­tor/de­signer/pub­lisher op­er­at­ing un­der the name Chas­ing Art­work. Justin pub­lishes his own se­ries of graphic nov­els and trav­els to comic cons all over the globe spread­ing his art­work as much as pos­si­ble!

DE­GAN DAVIS’S poems have ap­peared in The Mala­hat Re­view, The New Quar­terly, The Globe and Mail, Prairie Fire, Arc, The Was­cana Re­view, Ex­ile, Fid­dle­head and Grain. His first book of poems, What Kind Of Man Are You (Brick Books), comes out in 2018. The poems “Hockey” and “Holy” won the New­found­land and Labrador Arts Award for po­etry.

EM­I­LIE DERK­SON- POIRIER en­joys read­ing, writ­ing and edit­ing as she com­pletes her so­ci­ol­ogy de­gree at the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg. She val­ues ten­der­ness, learn­ing and sup­port­ing lo­cal arts.

In 2014, SARAH ENS com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts in the Depart­ment of Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. Her work has ap­peared in lit­er­ary mag­a­zines such as Arc, Po­etry is Dead, SAD, Fugue and The Gar­den Stat­u­ary.

HEATHER FRASER holds a BFA in writ­ing from the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria. Her work has ap­peared in This Side of West, Po­etry is Dead and Po­etry Lives Here. In 2015, her poem “Para­som­nia” won sec­ond place in Grain’s Short Grain con­test.

HAN­NAH GREEN lives in Win­nipeg. Her po­etry has ap­peared most re­cently in Arc and Ma­trix. In 2017, she served as artist-in-res­i­dence at Deep Bay in Rid­ing Moun­tain Na­tional Park.

CLAIRE KELLY’S first full-length col­lec­tion, Maun­der (Palimpsest Press), was re­leased in spring of 2017. She has cu­rated a chap­book of emerg­ing Ed­mon­ton po­ets for Frog Hol­low Press’s City Se­ries, which is avail­able for pur­chase at froghol­low­ She lives and writes in Ed­mon­ton.

DAR­IUS KIN­NEY is a grad­u­ate of the UVIC. He has pub­lished po­etry in Event, Grain, CV2, Fill­ing Sta­tion and Qw­erty.

AMY LE­BLANC holds a BA with hon­ours in English lit­er­a­ture and cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary where she is ed­i­tor-in-chief of NōD magazine. Her work has ap­peared in mag­a­zines such as ( Par­en­thet­i­cal), Un­teth­ered and Petal Jour­nal, and she re­ceived sec­ond place in the 2016 Blod­wyn Me­mo­rial Prize for fic­tion.

SAN­DRA MCIN­TYRE is a book ed­i­tor and writer who lives in Cal­gary. She has edited two an­tholo­gies of short fic­tion: Ev­ery­thing Is So Po­lit­i­cal (Rose­way Press, 2013) and The Va­grant Re­vue of New Fic­tion, with Mary Ho An­der­son (Nim­bus Pub­lish­ing,Va­grant Press, 2007).

MELISSA MCIVOR is a cer­ti­fied ESL teacher and has an MA in English lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture from Queen’s Univer­sity. She com­pleted the Prairie Fire Practicum in Pub­lish­ing in 2015. Melissa has been a proof­reader for the Man­i­toba Writ­ers’ Guild and has com­pleted other free­lance edit­ing projects in the fields of nurs­ing, medicine and academia.

GER­ALD ARTHUR ( ART) MOORE lives in Monc­ton, where he teaches high school English and coaches rugby. Moore, a poet and play­wright, was for­merly a com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer in the Army re­serve and has led five hu­man­i­ta­tian work projects to Haiti. His po­etry has ap­peared in Val­lum, The Antigo­nish Re­view, Off the Coast, Bos­ton Po­etry Magazine, The Dal­housie Re­view, Queens Quar­terly, Qw­erty and The Nash­waak Re­view.

JOHN PASS’S fif­teenth book, Stum­bling in the Bloom, won the Govenor Gen­eral’s Award in 2006. Crawlspace (Har­bour Pub­lish­ing, 2011) won the Dorothy Livesay Po­etry Prize in 2012. His most re­cent ti­tle, from Har­bour, is Fore­cast: Se­lected Early Poems 1970–1990.

MELANIE POWER is a poet from St. John’s. She lives and writes in Mon­treal, where she’ll be­gin an MA in cre­ative writ­ing at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity in the fall. Her po­etry has been pub­lished in South­word Jour­nal, Head­light An­thol­ogy, (Par­en­thet­i­cal) and So­lil­o­quies An­thol­ogy.

MARIKA PROKOSH is a Win­nipeg writer. Her po­etry has ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing CV2, Po­etry Is Dead, Room, in QDA: A Queer Dis­abil­ity An­thol­ogy and on­line at The Toast.

AN­GELA REBREC’S writ­ing has ap­peared in mag­a­zines in­clud­ing Grain, The Dal­housie Re­view, The Antigo­nish Re­view, EVENT and The Maynard. Her work has been short­listed for PULP Lit­er­a­ture’s Mag­pie Award and PRISM In­ter­na­tional’s Cre­ative Non­fic­tion Con­test. She re­cently com­pleted her BA in cre­ative writ­ing at Kwantlen Polytech­nic Univer­sity.

TA­MAR RUBIN is a pe­di­a­tri­cian liv­ing in Win­nipeg. Her po­etry has ap­peared in Prairie Fire, The New Quar­terly, Grain, CV2 and else­where. She was an ap­pren­tice in this year’s Shel­don Ober­man men­tor­ship pro­gram, and her chap­book Tablet Frag­ments, was short­listed for the 2017 Val­lum Chap­book Prize.

MICHAEL RUS­SELL is a twenty-seven-year-old queer poet who is work­ing on his first chap­book. He lives in Toronto. His work has ap­peared in ca­hoodalood­al­ing, For­age, The Maynard, (Par­en­thet­i­cal), The Quil­liad, un­teth­ered and QDA: A Queer Dis­abil­ity An­thol­ogy.

KIRSTI SALMI hails from Thun­der Bay, On­tario. She holds an HBA and MA in English lit­er­a­ture from Lake­head Univer­sity, and has stud­ied cre­ative writ­ing at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and Hum­ber Col­lege. She is a writer and copy ed­i­tor for The Wall­eye Magazine, and is cur­rently com­plet­ing her first short story col­lec­tion, ti­tled “Shag Tick­ets & Other De­bris.”

EL­LIE SAWATZKY is a poet and writer from Kenora, On­tario. Her work has ap­peared pre­vi­ously in Prairie Fire, Arc, FreeFall, EVENT, Room, Best New Po­ets 2014 and else­where. She holds an MFA from UBC’s cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram and cur­rently lives in Van­cou­ver.

RENÉE M. SGROI met Todd Bruce while com­plet­ing an M.A. at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba in the mid-’90s. She was shocked to read of his pass­ing in the ‘in memoriam’ sec­tion of a re­cent edi­tion of Prairie Fire. Hence, the trib­ute poem to Todd. Renée has also had poems pub­lished in The Prairie Jour­nal and The Banis­ter and is cur­rently at work on a novel.

KELLY STE­WART is a writer and vis­ual artist liv­ing in On­tario. Her po­etry has ap­peared in CV2, and her spec­u­la­tive prose has ap­peared in the dig­i­tal mag­a­zines Be­neath Cease­less Skies and re­com­pose.

NEIL SURKAN’S chap­book, Su­per, Nat­u­ral, is avail­able through An­struther Press. Neil lives in Cal­gary.

ANNY TANG is a re­cent grad­u­ate from Queen’s Univer­sity, where she re­ceived the James H. Stitt Prize in Po­etry and the McIlquham Foun­da­tion Prize in English for fic­tion. Her story “Clean” was an­thol­o­gized in Lake Ef­fect 8 and was short­listed for the 2016 PEN Canada New Voices Award. She cur­rently lives in Toronto.

CARLY ROSALIE VANDERGRIENDT’S writ­ing has ap­peared in The Fid­dle­head, The Mala­hat Re­view, Room, Ma­trix, Plen­ti­tude and else­where. She is a grad­u­ate of UBC’s op­tional res­i­dency MFA in cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram. She lives in Mon­treal, where she is at work on her first novel. Visit her at­ly­ros­ or fol­low her on Twit­ter at @car­ly­ros­alie.

MELISSA WEISS stud­ies cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia Okana­gan. Her work has been fea­tured in UBCO’s Paper Shell An­thol­ogy, and her poem “A Flo­ral Ch­ester­field Un­der the Sea” was short­listed for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award in CV2’ s 2017 2-Day Poem Con­test.

GENEVIEVE ZIMANTAS is a Cana­dian poet and aca­demic from Mon­treal who is cur­rently pur­su­ing grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge. You can find her work in past is­sues of Arc, CV2 and Event.

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