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 facebook.com/ConyerClayton.
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 froghollowpress.com. 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 at www.carlyrosalie.com 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.