Notes on Con­trib­u­tors


M E G H A N B E L L ’ s writ­ing has ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in The New Quar­terly, Grain, Carousel, Joy­land, The Pu­ri­tan, SAD Mag­a­zine, Tesser­acts 21, The Mi­nola Re­view, The Im­press­ment Gang and The May­nard. She lives in Van­cou­ver, where she is an MFA can­di­date in UBC’s cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram and the pub­lisher of Room mag­a­zine. She was the lead editor of Room’s for­ti­eth an­niver­sary an­thol­ogy, Mak­ing Room: Forty Years of Room Mag­a­zine (Caitlin Press, 2017), and is one of the co-founders of Van­cou­ver’s Grow­ing Room lit­er­ary fes­ti­val.

BAR­BARA BLACK won first prize in the 2017 Writ­ers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Com­pe­ti­tion and was a fic­tion fi­nal­ist in The Mala­hat Re­view 2017 Open Sea­son Awards. Other publi­ca­tions in­clude FreeFall, The New Quar­terly and Kaater­skill Basin Lit­er­ary Jour­nal. Her po­ems have ap­peared in Con­tem­po­rary Verse 2, For­age Po­etry, The Dying Dahlia Re­view and Po­ems from Planet Earth. She lives in Vic­to­ria, BC, where she’s cur­rently busy rid­ing the twisties on her new mo­tor­cy­cle.­

LORI C AYER is the au­thor of three po­etry col­lec­tions: Steal­ing Mer­cury, At­ten­u­a­tions of Force and Dopamine Blun­der. She has a forth­com­ing book, “Mrs. Ro­manov,” in Septem­ber 2018, with The Por­cu­pine’s Quill.

JES­SICA CO LES grew up a fer­vid book­worm and cre­ative writer, but her ar­dour for words be­came in­cur­able af­ter her first lin­guis­tics class at the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta in 1997. Now liv­ing in Van­cou­ver, she ed­its tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments for an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany and makes up silly songs to en­ter­tain her two small chil­dren.

A tawny mix of Ojibwe/ Swampy Cree and English/Ir­ish, L I S A C O O K E R A V E N S B E R G E N was born in Win­nipeg into the Bear clan and is cur­rently based in Van­cou­ver on un­ceded Coast Sal­ish Ter­ri­tory. She is an ac­com­plished multi-hy­phen­ate the­atre artist as well as a full-time mama and grad­u­ate stu­dent at Queen’s Uni­ver­sity.

LU­CAS CRAW­FORD is a poet and as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of English at the Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick. He is the au­thor of Sideshow Con­ces­sions (In­vis­i­ble Pub­lish­ing 2015), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for In­no­va­tive Po­etry, Trans­gen­der Ar­chi­tec­ton­ics (a book of aca­demic prose) and “The High Line Scav­enger Hunt” (a po­etry col­lec­tion forth­com­ing

in Septem­ber 2018 with the Brave and Bril­liant se­ries at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary Press). His work has ap­peared widely, in­clud­ing in Best Cana­dian Po­etry 2015, The Best of the Best Cana­dian Po­etry, The Antigonish Re­view, Geist, Room, PRISM In­ter­na­tional, Rampike and else­where.

ROE WA NC ROWE is ac is femme, multi dis­ci­plinary artist/ writer/ teacher who teaches at the Uni­ver­sity of Win­nipeg. Re­cent work in­cludes: digShift (on­go­ing), a de­col­o­niz­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal recla­ma­tion pro­ject; Lift­ing Stone, a queer femme per­for­mance/in­stal­la­tion cre­at­ing in­ti­mate stone en­coun­ters; and the queer West­ern text Quiv­er­ing Land (ARP), a gritty fem­i­nist med­i­ta­tion on the pos­si­bil­i­ties of art to reckon with the on­go­ing le­ga­cies of violence and col­o­niza­tion.

BEN­JAMIN HER T WIG is the re­cip­i­ent of a Na­tional Mag­a­zine Award, and his de­but book of po­ems, Slow War, was a fi­nal­ist for the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award. His writ­ing has ap­peared in the New York Times, The Sun Mag­a­zine, Prairie Schooner, Prairie Fire and The Wal­rus, among oth­ers. He is a PhD stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia and is rep­re­sented by Sa­man­tha Hay­wood and Mar­i­lyn Bi­der­man at Tran­sat­lantic.

BILL HOW­ELL has five pub­lished po­etry col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing Por­cu­pine Archery( In­som­nia c Press ). You can find Bill’s work in The Antigonish Re­view, Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture, The Dal­housie Re­view, Event, The Fid­dle head, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Im­press­ment Gang, Nau­gatuk River Re­view, The New Quar­terly and Val­lum. For more info, check out li­­po­etry/how­ell

Ac­tivist poet, per­former and play­wright PENN KEMP is the League of Cana­dian Po­ets Spo­ken Word Artist, 2015. Her lat­est book of po­etry, “Lo­cal He­roes,” will be pub­lished by In­som­niac Press in Spring, 2018. Up­dates are on pennkemp.word­ and pennkemp.wee­bly. com.

JOSHUA LEVY is the 2018 CBC writer-in-res­i­dence; a po­si­tion that al­lows him to write and tell sto­ries across CBC Ra­dio, CBC Tele­vi­sion, and CBC Dig­i­tal Print. He won the 2017 Carte Blanche/CNFC Cre­ative Non­fic­tion Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 CBC Non­fic­tion Prize. Joshua is a pre­vi­ous win­ner of the CBC/QWF Que­bec Fic­tion Prize. His writ­ing has ap­peared in The Mala­hat Re­view, Maison­neuve, Queen’s Quar­terly, The Rum­pus, Event and the Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Press. Joshua lives in Mon­treal, Que­bec, with his wife.

TAN IS MAC­DON­ALD is a poet, editor and cre­ative non-fic­tion writer. Her book of es­says, “Out of Line: Dar­ing to Be an Artist Out­side the Big City,” will ap­pear from Wol­sak and Wynn in Spring 2018, and her next po­etry book, “Mo­bile,” from BookThug in 2019. She is one of the coed­i­tors of “GUSH: men­strual man­i­festos for our times,” which will be pub­lished by Fron­tenac Press in Spring 2018. She is al­ways and for­ever from Win­nipeg, and lives in Water­loo, On­tario, where she teaches at Wil­frid Lau­rier Uni­ver­sity.

NOLAN NATASHA PIKE is a queer and trans writer liv­ing in Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia. His po­ems have ap­peared in The Pu­ri­tan, Event and Plen­i­tude. He has been short­listed for the Geist post­card con­test, Room’s po­etry con­test, the At­lantic Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, and has been longlisted for the CBC po­etry prize.

AL Y CIA PI R MO­HAMED was born in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta. She is cur­rently a doc­toral can­di­date at the Uni­ver­sity of Ed­in­burgh, where she is study­ing cre­ative writ­ing, and she re­ceived an MFA from the Uni­ver­sity of Oregon in 2014. Alycia is an emerg­ing artist, and her work has ap­peared, or is forth­com­ing, in Prairie Schooner, Glass: A Jour­nal of Po­etry, wild­ness, Grain, Val­lum and Best New Bri­tish and Ir­ish Po­ets 2018.

MAR­JORIE POOR is an editor and writer who lives and reads( and lives to read) in Win­nipeg. By day, she ed­its ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als for the pro­vin­cial gov­er­ment, and, on the side, she is the editor of Prairie Books NOW. Her re­views and po­etry have ap­peared in Prairie Fire and Zy­gote.

SCOTT RAND AL L’ s third col­lec­tion of short fic­tion, And to Say Hello, won the 2015 Ot­tawa Book Award for fic­tion and a 2015 gold medal for fic­tion in the In­de­pen­dent Pub­lish­ers Book Awards. He is cur­rently com­plet­ing an­other short-story col­lec­tion, a novel and a UBC MFA.

MARK SAN­DERS’ s most re­cent books are Con­di­tions of Grace: New and Se­lected Po­ems (2011), Land­scapes, with Horses (2017) and The Weight of the Weather: Re­gard­ing the Po­etry of Ted Kooser. His po­ems have ap­peared in jour­nals in the US, Canada, Great Bri­tain and Aus­tralia; cre­ative prose has re­ceived honourable men­tion in Best Amer­i­can Short Sto­ries, Best Amer­i­can Es­says and Push­cart Prize an­tholo­gies. He is chair and pro­fes­sor of English at Stephen F. Austin State Uni­ver­sity in Texas.

CHRISTO­PHER SNOOK has po­ems ap­pear­ing in forth­com­ing is­sues of The Lit­er­ary Re­view of Canada, The Wind­hover, The Re­mem­bered Arts Jour­nal and The St. Kather­ine’s Re­view. Chris lives and writes in his home­town of Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia.

JEN­NIFER STILL ex­plores the in­ter­sec­tions of lan­guage and ma­te­rial forms. Her third book, Comma, is a hand-as­sem­bled com­po­si­tion ex­plor­ing si­lence, pause and hes­i­ta­tion. Still has men­tored writ­ers as wri­terin-res­i­dence at the Win­nipeg Pub­lic Li­brary, Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba, Uni­ver­sity of Win­nipeg and the Banff Cen­tre. She re­cently pro­jected a poem into a plan­e­tar­ium dome, threaded a light beam out of a page, and trans­posed a scroll over a prairie field. She is cur­rently com­pos­ing a book-length tac­tile poem us­ing a light source and a sew­ing nee­dle.

JA­NINE TS CH UN C KY is man­ag­ing editor at Prairie Fire Press and the co-or­di­na­tor of the Practicum in Pub­lish­ing, Lead­er­ship and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Her work has been pub­lished in var­i­ous jour­nals and she is work­ing on a se­ries of chil­dren’s books set in the bo­real for­est. Ex­plor­ing ev­ery­day ob­jects through photography is a re­cent pas­sion.

ARM IN W IE BE is the au­thor off our nov­els set in the myth­i­cal com­mu­nity of Gu­ten­thal: The Sal­va­tion of Yasch Siemens, Mur­der in Gu­ten­thal, The Sec­ond Com­ing of Yeeat Sh­panst and Grand­mother, Laugh­ing. Armin has served as writer-in-res­i­dence at Saskatoon Pub­lic Li­brary, Park­land Re­gional Li­brary in Dauphin and Uni­ver­sity of Man­i­toba’s Cen­tre for Cre­ative Writ­ing and Oral Cul­ture.

SUZANNA H WINDSOR is a dual cit­i­zen of Canada and Aus­tralia, cur­rently liv­ing in North­west­ern On­tario. Her writ­ing has ap­peared in Geist, Sou’wester, Grist: The Jour­nal for Writ­ers, Saw Palm, The Writer Mag­a­zine, An­derbo, Best of the Sand Hill Re­view and Not Some­where Else but Here: A Con­tem­po­rary An­thol­ogy of Women and Place (Sun­dress Publi­ca­tions).

ALICE ZORN is a past win­ner of Prairie Fire’s 2006 and 2011 Fic­tion Con­tests. Her book of short fic­tion, Ru­ins& Relics, was a fi­nal­ist for the Que­bec Writ­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion 2009 First Book Prize. She has pub­lished two nov­els, Ar­rhyth­mia and Five Roses, the lat­ter be­ing se­lected for the On­tario Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2017 Ev­er­green Read­ing Pro­gram. She lives in Mon­treal and can also be found at al­ice­

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