The Fieldstone Review

Contributing Authors

Jeffrey Alfier

Jeffrey Alfier is winner of the 2014 Kithara Prize for his poetry collection Idyll for a Vanishing River (2013). His latest work is The Red Stag at Carrbridge – Scotland Poems (2016). He is founder and co-editor of Blue Horse Press and San Pedro River Review.

Dan Algara

Daniel Algara is a southern California native where he attended Life Pacific College majoring in philosophy, Greek, and Latin. He currently writes full time while traveling the United States in search of the beautiful and strange while hopped up on diet Coke and a less than immutable collection of used books in his backpack.

Sandra Allan

Sandra Allan is a retired educator and researcher who lives and writes in Regina, Saskatchewan. She belongs to the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and participates in classes and other activities at the Lifelong Learning Centre, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Regina. She also volunteers as a tutor of English as an additional language through the Regina Public Library.

Meghan Rose Allen

Meghan Rose Allen has a PhD in Mathematics from Dalhousie University. She currently lives, works, and writes in New Brunswick.

Website: www.reluctantm.com
Elizabeth Andrews

Elizabeth Andrews is from Caledon, Ontario. She received her BAH in English and Classic Civilizations from the University of Toronto and has since completed certificate programs in both publishing (Ryerson) and creative writing (Humber). Her poem “Salvage Yard” won first prize in Polar Expression’s annual 2013 contest and she has also been featured in U of T’s Varsity Magazine in print and online. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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Jessica Antonio

Jessica Antonio is currently an MA candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her BA, majoring in English, at the University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University) in Kamloops, B.C. Her research interests include Postcolonial women's literature and Trauma Theory.

Ruth M. Asher

Ruth Matlow Asher, a Manitoban for over thirty years, knows the land from Churchill south to the border. Her publishing credits in Canada include The Prairie Journal and The Nashwaak Review. She participated in the Poetry Workshop at Sage Hill Writing Experience in Summer 2012 and has written two chapbooks. She is crazy about black labs. "Pinching Time" depicts life in part of a community called St. Andrews, which is north of Winnipeg.

Kelley Tish Baker

Kelley Tish Baker is an Ottawa-based writer who is currently enrolled in UBC's Optional-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. She has had, or will soon have, book reviews appear in The Goose (the online publication of ALECC, the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada), Alternatives Journal (an environmental magazine put out by the University of Waterloo), and Prism (the literary journal published out of UBC). She has spent the last few years writing plays. Recently one of them, Just Desserts, was produced in Ottawa, India and New Zealand. These days, however, she is focused on creative non-fiction.

Michael Baker

Michael Baker, once from Ohio, now New Jersey, is an award winning poet, a teacher of university composition classes, a frequent contributor to Trouser Press and Zisk, and a writer of extended Perfect Sound Forever essays on The Kinks, Cleveland in the 1970's, and Alex Chilton. His work has been nominated for Pushcart consideration and a poem is included in the new volume, The Best of the Web. He is working on essays about Rita Dove, Family, John Ashbery, and the use of doorways in the films of John Ford. He has a perfect son.

Simon Barker

Simon Barker hails from Sydney but has lived in both Melbourne and California. Among other things he has worked as a bus conductor, a teacher, a librarian and a typist on the original Star Wars project. He has studied philosophy and has published scholarly articles about the internet. Some of his fiction has previously appeared in the journal Overland.

j. tate barlow

j. tate barlow moves to the music, and favours the key of E-flat. Singer, composer, mother, lover of the extraordinary ordinary – c’est elle. Born in Toronto, uphill from a great lake. Published recently in The Rotary Dial.

Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes has published five books: Calm Jazz Sea (poems), shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award; Aquarium (stories), winner of the Danuta Gleed Award: The Syllabus (novel); Contrary Angel (stories); and Catalogue Raisonn (novel). A new collection of poems, A Thaw Foretold will be published by Biblioasis in June 2006.

Courtney Bates

Courtney Bates is a poet and MA candidate at the University of Regina. She is currently working on two collections of poetry: one of ecopoetry and one of poetic reinterpretations of fairy tales. She has been published in FourW: An Australian Anthology and is being mentored by Kathleen Wall, the author of Blue Duets.

Cory Baumgardner

Cory Baumgardner is an English major at the University of Saskatchewan.

Kimmy Beach

Kimmy Beach's fourth poetry collection, In Cars, is forthcoming from Turnstone Press. She has published in journals across Canada and the U.K., including CV2, Grain, Prairie Fire, Orbis (U.K.), and The Antigonish Review. Kimmy was the 2005 International Guest Poet for the Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool, U.K. Her work forms one fifth of Chickweed (chapbook), edited by Robert Kroetsch, and is included in Listening with the Ear of the Heart: Writers at St. Peter's Abbey (both from St. Peter's Press). Kimmy writes from Red Deer, Alberta, where she lives with her husband.

Sheri Benning

Sheri Benning's second book of poetry, thin moon psalm, is forthcoming with Brick Books in Fall 2007. thin moon psalm won the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript contest, and her first book of poetry, Earth After Rain, Thistledown Press, 2001, was the recipient of two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her work has been published in various Canadian journals, broadcast on CBC radio, and is included in the anthologies Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets; Fast Forward: Saskatchewan's New Poets, Listening with the Ear of the Heart, and Third Floor Lounge.

Gina M. Bernard

My work has appeared in Red Weather, Gray's Sporting Journal, Minnesota Monthly, Flashquake, Wisconsin Review, Prism Quarterly, Defenestration, Duke University's Voices Magazine, The First Line, and Front Street Review. I won Minnesota Monthly's 17th-annual Tamarack Award for short fiction in 2002. My young adult novel, Alpha Summer, is available through Loonfeather Press.

I live in Bemidji, Minnesota, where my dreams turn inevitably to log homes with roaring fireplaces. When not teaching English at Bemidji High School, I slip into my tattooed alter-ego, Wicked Vixen, a blocker for the Babe City Rollers roller derby team. I am the crazy-proud parent of two awesome daughters, Maddie Elizabeth and Parker Diana.

T. Berto

T. Berto's first play, BASH, won the Toronto Best New Play Prize in 2000. Since then he has had plays performed in Summerworks (three times), Toronto Fringe (four times), Birds and Stones Theatre (Calgary), Theatre and Company (Kitchener), Theatre 8-0-8 (Calgary) the University of Lethbridge and York University. His work has been published in She Speaks, He Speaks, Gay and Lesbian Monologues (Playwrights Canada Press), Cormorant, The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, New Quarterly, Carousel and Prairie Fire. He is currently doing a PhD in Theatre Studies, where he received the Lambda prize in 2005 for his work in Queer studies.

Stephen Bett

Stephen Bett is a widely and internationally published Canadian poet, with 18 books in print. He follows in the avant tradition of Don Allen’s New American Poets. Hence the mandate for Simon Fraser University’s “Contemporary Literature Collection” to purchase and archive his “personal papers” for scholarly use. See recent interviews and reviews on his personal website

Website: www.stephenbett.com
Marina Blokker

Marina Blokker has poems published and accepted in five countries, in filling Station, The Toronto Quarterly, Room, The Pacific Review, Crannog, dotdotdash, and others. Her leaflet 'Shore Lines' with Leaf Press is forthcoming. She lives on the west coast with her family.

Peter Branson

Peter Branson's poetry has been published or accepted for publication by journals in Britain, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, including Acumen, Agenda, Ambit, Envoi, The London Magazine, The Warwick Review, Iota, Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter's House, Magma, Poetry Nottingham, South, The New Writer, Crannog, The Raintown Review, The Huston Poetry Review, Barnwood, The Able Muse and Other Poetry. He has won first prizes in two recent competitions, the 'Grace Dieu' and the 'Envoi International,' and a special commendation in the 2012 Wigtown competition.

Robert Calder

Robert Calder is Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he has taught for forty-two years. He is the author of W. Somerset Maugham and the Quest for Freedom (1972), Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham (1989), Beware the British Serpent: the Role of Writers in British Propaganda in the United States, 1939-1945 (2004), and A Richer Dust: Family, Memory and the Second World War (2004). He was awarded the 1989 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his biography of Maugham. He has edited and written introductory essays for four Penguin Classics editions of Maugham novels: Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, The Magician, and Mrs Craddock. In 2005 he was named Distinguished Researcher by the University of Saskatchewan.

Louise Carson

Louise Carson’s work has most recently appeared in The Literary Review of Canada, Descant, The Puritan, The Antigonish Review, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2013. Her books Rope (2011) and Mermaid Road (2013) are published by Broken Rules Press. Louise lives near Montreal.

Mandy Catron

Mandy Catron lives in Capitol Hill, Washington DC where she spends her days making espresso and riding her bike to free art museums. She loves rock climbing and puppies and websites that make fun of celebrities with bad fashion. She will receive her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from American University in May.

Lynn Cecil

Lynn Cecil is a writer and artist who was born in Montreal, has lived in other cities in Canada, the United States, and the South Pacific, and now lives with her family in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is currently working on collections of poetry and short fiction, as well as a series of YA fantasy novels. Recently, she co-edited Outside of Ordinary: Women's Travel Stories (Second Story Press, 2005). She also enjoys scuba diving in the Caribbean, especially with sharks.

Gary Chappell

Gary Chappell lives and writes poetry in Saskatoon. His poetry has been published in Spring, FreeFall, Transition, and Leaf Press. He currently serves as a board member for the Saskatoon Writers’ Coop and is a member of the Obsessors poetry group.

Gwendolyn Chappell

Gwendolyn Chappell might have a thirst for adventure but an even greater preference for creature comforts, so most of her adventuring is done through literature except for one misguided summer spent as a geological assistant in a fly-in bush camp in northern Saskatchewan. She hasn’t left the comfort of her books since. Currently, she lives on an acreage west of Saskatoon with her husband Gary Billingsley, three domestic cats, innumerable deer, a pair of moose, unknown numbers of coyotes, and at least one cougar.

Ruth Anne Chorney

Ruth Anne Chorney (née Althouse) is an educator, writer, and farmer who lives north of Kelvington. Having survived a teaching career spanning 35 years, she looks forward to continuing to keep her mind, body, and spirit active. Chorney experiments with all sorts of genres, is a regular contributor to The Gardener magazine, and has recently published a children’s book, What Did You Draw?, which was illustrated by her son, Nicolas. She enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, gardening, learning new things, and interacting with people of all ages, especially her grandchildren.

Jan Conn

Jan Conn's sixth book of poetry is Jaguar Rain (Brick Books, 2006). She is a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, in Albany, NY and lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Alyssa Cooper

Alyssa Cooper was born in Belleville Ontario. An author and poet, her work has been featured in anthologies such as Post Scripts to Darkness and literary journals such as Emrys Journal, and her first novel was released in October 2012. She is currently attending college in Oshawa, where she lives with her typewriter and her personal library.

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Kate Cushon

Kate Cushon is careening toward a completed PhD with wild abandon. Her dissertation is about very bad men in the eighteenth century. She has degrees from the Universities of Regina (BA Hon.) and Western Ontario (Master of Arts), and currently studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She is very glad to have returned to the prairies from whence she came. She thinks that good writing is sexy.

Aaron Daigle

Aaron Daigle is a Master's student at the University of Windsor, Ontario. He holds a BA from the University of New Brunswick, where he was the head editor of the student journal, read at the Fiddlehead's Atlantic Poetry Weekend, and twice at the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference. He has three poems published in Shorthand, as well as seventeen poems and two short stories in Vox. His thesis is concerned with intersections of Biblical Scripture and quantum physics in a contemporary Canadian context.

Darrell Dela Cruz

I graduated from San Jose State’s MFA Program for Poetry. My work has appeared in The Round, Two-Thirds North, Foliate Oak Review, and Sheepshead Review, and will appear forthcoming in CAIRN, Euphony, The Chaffin Journal, and The Dos Passos Review. I try to analyze a poem a day on my blog or, rather, I acknowledge my misinterpretations of poems.

Website: retailmfa.blogspot.com
Evelyn Deshane

Evelyn Deshane is from the Greater Toronto Area and is doing a Master's Thesis in Public Texts at Trent University. She plans on continuing her work on digital texts and their relationship to the audience in her Ph.D. She writes articles for Absynthe Magazine, maintains an academic review journal called Keyboard Smash, and also writes fiction online.

Norah Eastern

Norah Eastern taught Dance at University of Toronto while completing her degree in Psychology and English. Then she fell under the spell of a magician. Together, they founded an internationally acclaimed illusion design company and enchanted audiences at Hollywood's Magic Castle, and on luxury cruise ships around the world. Norah's poetry appeared in a University of Toronto anthology, and she was a finalist in the Feile Filiochta International Poetry Competition. Her articles on innovative stage craft were published in Canadian, American, British and Belgian trade magazines. She produced the magical play Caribbean Cruise which sailed at Someplace Else dinner theatre.

Chelsea Eckert

Chelsea Eckert is a creative writing undergraduate at San Jose State University; in fall 2015, she will be attending UNC Greensboro for her MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared or will appear in Stoneboat Literary Journal, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Touchstone Magazine, Jelly Bucket, 99 Pine Street Literary Journal, The Maynard, and Ignatian Literary Magazine. Stalk her like a hungry catamount at http://chelseaeckert.me.

Website: chelseaeckert.me
Merrill Edlund

Merrill Edlund's poetry and fiction have recently appeared in Blue Skies Poetry, Fat Daddy's Farm, Joy Interrupted, an Anthology on Motherhood and Loss (soon to be released), and Worth Architectural magazine. A mother of three grown children and one grandpuppy, she is a poet and writer of short stories, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She has an M Ed. in technology and teaches high school English and Creative Writing online.

Milton P. Ehrlich

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D., is an eighty-year-old psychologist who has been a summer resident of PEI for over forty years. He has published numerous poems in periodicals such as The Antigonish Review, Toronto Quarterly Review, Shofar Literary Journal, Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Dream Fantasy International, Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times.

Kimberley Fehr

Kimberley Fehr's stories have been published in Descant, Room Magazine, the Nashwaak Review, the Vancouver Courier, the Toronto Quarterly and more. She has lived in London, New York and Portugal, but is most at home in a canoe.

Jenny Lee Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is a Canadian studying for her Ph.D. at the University of South Dakota. She will admit that sometimes she cries in the bath while listening to the original cast recording of Les Miserables. But she's pretty sure that's not the strangest thing you've heard today.

Jesse P. Ferguson

Jesse Patrick Ferguson was raised in Cornwall, Ontario, and has lived in Ottawa, Fredericton and Sydney. He has published poetry and reviews in eleven countries. Some highlights include: Canadian Literature, Prairie Fire, The Walrus, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry and Harper's. His work also appears in the anthologies Best Canadian Poetry 2009, Rogue Stimulus and The White Collar Book. Jesse has been a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead, and he has served on the editorial boards of several other Canadian journals. His two full-length poetry books are Harmonics (Freehand Books, 2009) and the collection of visual poems Dirty Semiotics (Broken Jaw Press, 2011). He is also the editor of a forthcoming anthology of glosa poems in honour of P.K. Page.

Triny Finlay

Triny Finlay is the author of Splitting Off (Nightwood, 2004) and the chapbook Phobic (Gaspereau, 2006). Her poetry and reviews have been published in various Canadian journals and magazines; her work has also been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2, Qwerty Decade, and Gaspereau Gloriatur. She lives in Toronto.

Heather Finton

Heather Finton is a Yukon writer whose first book Generous Living was published in 1996; she writes for local newspapers and compilations. Heather's mid-life poetry has been supported by a capacity for crafting words throughout a lifetime of articulating possibilities in order to enliven community. Her poems use natural and household images to reflect the pathos of our shared journeys. She has enjoyed a full life including as a mother, radio journalist, Cabinet media advisor, consultant to Yukon First Nation governments and NGOs, co-founder of the Northern Cultural Expressions Society, and co-owner of Sundog Retreat, an inn near Whitehorse.

John Matthew Fox

John Matthew Fox writes fiction and nonfiction from Los Angeles. His blog BookFox is a lively literary weblog with a special emphasis on short story collections. He has fiction forthcoming in Tampa Review, the Los Angeles Review, and Connecticut Review, and his book reviews have been published in Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Short Review, and California Literary Review.

Website: www.thejohnfox.com
Alison Frost

Alison Frost is from Brooklin, Ontario and now lives in Vancouver with her husband Lance and two cats Sprite and Monty - furry, grey good luck charms from Lumsden, Saskatchewan! Alison has had short fiction published in various Canadian journals. "Hello" belongs to her first collection, which will hopefully appear as an actual book one of these days.

Email: alisoncfrost@hotmail.com
M.J. Golias

Has an MFA from the University of Memphis. Currently, she teaches English as a Second Language in New York City to young adults in an alternative school program. Recent work of hers has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals including Colere, Rhythm Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead, The Aurorean and in an anthology, Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American poetry. She lives in New York City and also writes creative nonfiction.

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based writer and editor. Her poetry has recently appeared in Prairie Fire, QWERTY, and ::stonestone::. Her poems have also circulated on buses in Manitoba and Alberta. A hand-made, limited-edition chapbook of pregnancy and mothering poems, The Navel Gaze, is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press in summer 2008.

Laurie Graham

Laurie Graham will be a grad student in creative writing at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto come fall. She was the winner of the Other Voices 2004 Poetry Contest, and a finalist for the 2008 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. She comes from Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Shauntay Grant

Shauntay Grant is a Nova Scotian writer and storyteller. She has shared her work internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate (2009-11) she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate in 2010. An MFA in Creative Writing candidate at the University of British Columbia, Shauntay’s work has been critically acclaimed by numerous publications including The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and Canadian Review of Materials. She is a recipient of a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, and recently one of four Canadian authors selected by the Writers’ Trust of Canada for its prestigious 2015-16 Berton House Writers’ Retreat Program. Learn more about her work at ShauntayGrant.com.

Website: ShauntayGrant.com
Heidi Greco

Heidi Greco's poems and reviews have been widely published, both in print sources and online. A collection of her poems, Rattlesnake Plantain, came out in 2002 (Anvil Press). One of her poems is included in this spring's anthology from Harbour, radiant danse uv being: A Poetic Portrait of bill bissett.

Website: www.outonthebiglimb.blogspot.com
Clarissa P. Green

Clarissa P. Green’s memoir, fiction, and poetry draw on her years as a family therapist and focus on family relationships, aging, and how memories are transformed by time. A Simon Fraser University Writer's Studio graduate, Clarissa’s latest publications appear in Untying the Apron and Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People.

Meaghan Hackinen

Meaghan Hackinen is a Vancouver-born bicycle enthusiast whose two-wheeled adventures have taken her down the Pacific Coast, across Canada, through the Sierra Cascades, and into Baja California. She also plays roller derby, and has a pretty impressive handstand. Meaghan is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Saskatchewan. Her writing explores relationships, experiences on the road, and encounters with wild places.

Claire Haist

Claire Haist was born in London Ontario. After a year at York University, she returned home to complete her BAH in English at the University of Western Ontario. She currently resides in Guelph, where she is completing her MA in drama, and will be making the move back to Toronto in September to pursue her PhD at U of T's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. Claire researches the influence of hysteria studies on postmodern gender discourse.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall drinks too much and constantly fights with his girlfriend. He was a forgettable student at the University of Saskatchewan, and now resides in a fishing village called Patonga, in the South Pacific. His poetry and translations have appeared in various South American literary journals and in the University of Buenos Aires Presses, during his travels. His poetry is featured in the current editions of All Rights Reserved, Sorrwoland Press, The Hudson Review of Poetry and Skyline Magazine.

Vivian Hansen

Vivian Hansen's poetry has been published widely in Canadian journals. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many anthologies, most recently in The Madwoman in the Academy. (University of Calgary Press, 2003), and Writing the Terrain (University of Calgary Press, 2005). She has been the ghost-writer of four murder mysteries. Her chapbook of poetry Never Call It Bird: the Melodies of Aids came out in 1998. Her first full-length book of poetry Leylines of My Flesh was published by Touchwood Press in 2002. In 2004, she published Angel Alley, a chapbook about the victims of Jack the Ripper. She is past-president of the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Society of Poets, Bards and Storytellers. She has served as VP publishing and editor of Forum magazine, and Editor of Freefall. She has been a contributor to OOOO (Originality of Orality On-Line), and the 2005 Calgary Spoken Word Festival.

gillian harding-russell

harding-russell’s poems have most recently come out in the anthologies That Not Forgotten (Hiddenbrook, 2012), Poet to Poet (Guernica, 2013), Grandfather, Father and Me (Hiddenbrook), and Inspired Heart 2 (Hiddenbrook, 2013), are forthcoming in I Found it at the Movies (Guernica, 2014) and the Nashwaak Review. Her poem sequence “Where the days and nights are equal length” was long-listed for the Gwendolyn MacEwen award (2013), and “Desert duets” was short-listed for best poem in association with that same award. Also, the poem sequence “Enhanced Woods” won second place in the Gritlit 2014 awards.

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Craig Harkema

Craig Harkema recently published a poem in a rock climbing magazine and has in his possession the luckiest of shirts.

Roseanne Harvey

Roseanne Harvey lives in Montreal, where she is the editor of ascent magazine, Canada's only yoga publication. She has taught ESL in Japan, served coffee in the UK and studied yoga in the BC Kootenays. Her short fiction has appeared in The Fiddlehead, sub-Terrain and Coming Attractions '06. "Snow White and the Seven Latin Lovers" is part of a collection of linked stories set in Wonder World, a Japanese theme park.

Susan Hayton

Susan Hayton is a physician working in Saskatoon. Over the past few years she has been spending more and more time writing. This solitary endeavour has been supported by members of her writing group and by her family. She recently gave a reading for the Hericane festival and has been diligently working on editing her first novel.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith

dee Hobsbawn-Smith is a poet, chef, journalist, and educator. Her poetry, fiction, and food writing has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, and literary journals in Canada and the USA. After twenty-seven years in Calgary where for eight years she was the food columnist for the Calgary Herald, dee now lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse on the family land west of Saskatoon with her partner. She joined the MFA program in writing as a student at the U of S in September 2012. Her fifth book, Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, will be published by TouchWood Editions this spring.

Jack Hostrawser

Jack Hostrawser is an award-winning young writer completing concurrent Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Creative Writing at York University. His fiction and poetry have been published in Steel Bananas, Existère Journal, The Quilliad, and others, and his work has been lauded by the York writing faculty. He is currently reading the October 1965 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

David Houston

David Houston is an MFA student at the University of Saskatchewan currently working on a non-fiction thesis. Previous work has been published online and in an anthology, The House at Black Moss (Clitheroe Books Press). He was winner of the Wasafiri New Writers prize in 2012.

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes hangs her heart in Boston and Miami. She thanks Cream City Review, Grain, and Prick of the Spindle, among others, for also publishing her poems. She would like to stay in a lighthouse.

Dallas Hunt

Dallas Hunt (Cree) is a PhD student interested in Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Literature, and Urban Studies. In August of 2012, Dallas graduated from McMaster University with a Master’s Degree in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Currently, he is completing his PhD work at the University of British Columbia. He hails from the Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory, Northern Alberta, Canada.

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David Craig Hutton

David Hutton holds a Double Honours B.A. in English and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Formally the Editor-in-Chief of the Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan student newspaper, his creative non-fiction and journalism has appeared in a number of Canadian newspapers and magazines.

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Leslie Wayne Jones

Leslie Wayne Jones received his B.A. in English Literature at Rutgers University, his M.A. in Journalism and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at The University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1984, Mr. Jones joined the IBM Corporation in Endicott, New York, where he worked as an editor and later as an award-winning scriptwriter and producer of high-end corporate video. After leaving IBM in 1991, Mr. Jones returned to Tucson. There he joined the core faculty of the MBA Program at the Eller School of Business and Public Administration and worked as a consultant to local businesses. Today Mr. Jones is a lecturer in the Department of English, and he has returned to writing fiction, inspired by the people of Tucson, his adopted home town.

Shannon Jose-Riz

I am a fourth-year business student at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. Although I am interested in social media and organizational development in terms of my career, I still pursue writing as it is a huge passion of mine, and I think life is simply too short to put yourself in a box! I think grated cheese and cherry tomatoes are some of the great small pleasures in life. I also love to travel, play guitar, sing, cook, run – anything that helps me live life in colour.

Karen Kachra

Karen Kachra is a published and award-winning author and scholar. Most recently her poetry has appeared in Geist and FreeFall Magazine and her short fiction in Prick of the Spindle. She teaches literature courses at Seneca College, where she is also the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. She nourishes her spirit by hiking in the woods with her two children.

Website: www.karenkachra.com
Holly Keeler

I currently work as a team manager in a long term care facility in Saskatoon. I enjoy living in Saskatoon with my husband and three daughters. I am a member of the Saskatoon Writer's Coop as well as the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild. I am involved in a writing group in Saskatoon that meet every two weeks to write and critique each other's work and arrange yearly workshops with Saskatchewan poets. I recently had a poem published in the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Volume Seven, October 2011 issue of Spring.

Richard Kelly Kemick

Richard Kelly Kemick is originally from Calgary, Alberta. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, he is currently studying at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Richard has been published or has work forthcoming in The Feathertale Review, The Fiddlehead, Foothill Poetry, Prairie Fire, Prairie Journal, QWERTY, and Vallum. He also won first place in Grain’s 2013 Short Grain poetry contest.

Shannon Kernaghan

Shannon Kernaghan has two published books – a collection of short stories and a business reference. Her stories appear in anthologies, journals, and magazines. For six years she wrote a weekly column for the Red Deer Advocate. More at her personal website. Opa!

Website: www.shannonkernaghan.com
Jonas Kiedrowski

Though not quite forty, at times Jonas Kiedrowski is a seventy-year-old crank.

Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar’s work has appeared widely and has received several nominations for the Puschcart Prize and Best of the Net. His latest collections are Speaking to the Field Mice (Sweatshoppe Publications) and Blue Season (with Joseph Lisowski, mgv2>publishing).

D. Krauss

D. Krauss was born in Germany, adopted by a military family, and so became a US citizen in a roundabout way. He lived in Oklahoma and Alabama, somehow ending up in New Jersey where he lived every single Bruce Springsteen song. He joined the USAF and stayed twenty years longer than he expected. He has been: cotton picker, sod buster, a painter of roads, surgical orderly, weatherman (yes, a weatherman), librarian, a special agent, and a counterterrorist analyst. D’s been married over 36 years (yep, same woman) and has a wildman bass guitarist for a son.

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers was born in London, England. She moved to Saskatoon in 2003. She has short stories published in magazines and produced by CBC radio. Her first novel, Life on the Refrigerator Door, is published in 27 countries.

Mercedes Lawry

I've been publishing poetry for about thirty years in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Puerto del Sol, Folio, New Madrid, Seattle Review, Nimrod, and Crab Creek Review. My chapbook There are Crows in My Blood was published by Pudding House in 2007 and my chapbook Happy Darkness was released by Finishing Line Press this past summer. I've received honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Jack Straw Foundation, Artist Trust, and Richard Hugo House. I've also published fiction as well as stories and poems for children. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I've lived in Seattle for over thirty years.

Amanda Leduc

I am a novelist and essayist currently located in Hamilton, Ontario. My essays and stories have appeared in The Rumpus, ELLE Canada, Filling Station, Prairie Fire, and others. My novel, THE MIRACLES OF ORDINARY MEN, was published this past May by Toronto’s ECW Press.

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Deborah Leiter

Events in Deborah's life, together with her lifelong addiction to words, have stimulated in her a great interest in what happens when words, particularly creative words, hit the online environment. And so, after seven years spent, not in Tibet, but working for a division of HarperCollins Publishers, mostly with web content and information architecture, and a year spent studying at the University of Saskatchewan, she was delighted to wake up one day to discover she was managing editor of TFR. Deborah, who received her BA in English and a minor in journalism from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, spends a chunk of her time studying what T. S. Eliot and Henry David Thoreau have written about simplicity and "the good life" for her MA thesis. When she's not hammering away at Walden and Four Quartets (works she finds increasingly relevant in a world of information overload), she can often be found writing fiction or blogging about how technology affects communication and creativity in the English language. In the past few years, she's also served as Book Review Editor of NightsAndWeekends.com and as web editor of the now-defunct WorkingPOET e-zine. She has published poetry, book reviews, journalism, and creative non-fiction both online and in print venues, and is seeking a home for her first novel manuscript.

Susan Lemprière

Originally from Ontario, Susan Lemprière now lives in Quebec where she works professionally as a translator. Her most recent literary translation appeared in carte blanche (fall 2012). She is also a writer, working on a collection of short stories.

Desmond Lindo

Now approaching his 75th birthday, Desmond Lindo has taken to passing himself off as an Author, Playwright, and Raconteur. He was born in Jamaica and somehow managed to sneak into Canada in 1957. Possessed of a modesty commensurate to his talents, he has managed to avoid notice on the Canadian literary scene. He has written or begun works in several genres, with publication coming his way only through the short pieces of humour he gave away or sold for a pittance. The damn fool once aspired to win the Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour but has abandoned that quest for reasons you are advised not to ask him about.

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Holly Luhning

Holly Luhning is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, and has been broadcast on CBC radio. She is the author of Sway (Thistledown, 2003) and a chapbook, Plush (JackPine, 2006).

Leah MacLean-Evans

Leah MacLean-Evans is an Ottawa writer whose prose has appeared in The Globe and Mail and On Spec Magazine. In her undergrad she researched psycholinguistics and, unrelatedly, met a bunch of cool poets. Her MFA thesis at the University of Saskatchewan is a novel set in Ottawa and featuring a talking cat, an urban deer, and a bunch of women.

Cyndi MacMillan

Cyndi MacMillan is a writer who lives in New Hamburg, Ontario, home of North America’s largest working waterwheel. Her stories have appeared in the Kitchener Citizen and the Record. She attempts to give equal attention to her poetry, short fiction, and novel-in-progress with the support of her husband and young daughter.

Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay is a writer living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, most recently in Broken Pencil, The Antigonish Review and Contemporary Verse 2. She can be found on Twitter @plutopsyche.

Website: nicomaramckay.com
Dave Margoshes

Dave Margoshes is a fiction writer and poet who lives in Regina. His poetry and stories are widely published in Canadian literary magazines. His new book of poetry, The Horse Knows the Way, came out last fall. "Mona Lisa 1998" is part of another collection, Dimensions of an Orchard, to be published in 2010. Another book of poetry, Purity of Absence, came out in 2001. A story collection, Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories, won Book of the Year at the 2007 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Derek Mascarenhas

Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the school's Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the 2015 Marina Nemat Award. He has works published or forthcoming in The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, and The Antigonish Review. He is presently working on a linked short story collection, Coconut Dreams, and a novel.

Shannon McConnell

Shannon McConnell is a writer, teacher, and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia. Shannon’s fiction and poetry has appeared in the University of the Fraser Valley’s Literary and Arts Magazine, Louden Singletree. Her writing explores mental illness, relationships, mortality, the Pacific Northwest, and the 1990s punk/grunge scene in Seattle. Shannon is currently living in Saskatoon working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Tyler McCreary

Tyler McCreary is a Master's student in Geography at the University of Saskatchewan. His thesis research explores racial constructions of the Canadian prairies and how they are contested by anti-racist education.

Karen McElrea

Karen McElrea's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Grain, Arc, Event, Wascana Review, The Prairie Journal, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, Vallum and echolocation, in Body Language (Black Moss Press, 2003), and on Winnipeg buses for Poetry in Motion.

Cassidy McFadzean

Cassidy McFadzean is completing an MA in English and creative writing at the University of Regina. She is currently writing a collection of poems inspired by the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book, which infuse the non-human world with life and often speech. Her writing has appeared in CV2.

Fred Meissner

Long ago, Fred Meissner decided to "live life to the fullest" by playing at writing and working as a high school English teacher; having enjoyed some success in both areas, he will eventually retire from teaching, build a papier-mache glider from his rejection slips, and soar peacefully into Oblivion's misty realms. He has a few recent publishing credits, including Ascent Aspirations, Electro-Twaddle, Armada Quarterly, Poetry Canada, and a broadside for Rubicon Press. As well, Cezanne's Carrot, Toward the Light, Horizon Magazine, and Inscribed have each published one of his personal essays.

Christina Mengert

Christina Mengert holds an MFA from Brown University and is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing at Denver University. Her poems have appeared in Salt, American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, and Phoebe, among other journals. Her first manuscript, The Last Night of Polaris, has twice been a National Poetry Series Finalist.

Dianne Miller

Dianne Miller divides her time between Saskatoon, where she teaches at the university, and her farm in Nova Scotia. She has published poems in the Amethyst Review, Grain, and The Antigonish Review. She is a member of the writers' group Sisters' Ink. Her poetry explores, among other things, the slippage between memory and history.

Email: dianne.miller@usask.ca
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Richard Milligan

Richard Milligan does ecological fieldwork in the summer and studies 18th century travel writing the rest of the time in pursuit of a Masters in English at the University of Saskatchewan.

Sonnet Mondal

Sonnet Mondal writes from Kolkata and is the founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has authored eight books of poetry and has read at Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, 2014; Uskudar International Poetry Festival, Istanbul, 2015; and the International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua, 2016.

He has been a featured writer at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa’s Silk Routes Project and his latest works have appeared in The McNeese Review, Sheepshead Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Two Thirds North, and Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine. Most recently his poems in Slovenian translation have been aired at the Literary Nokturno program of the Public Radio and Television of Slovenia. His poetry has been translated into Hindi, Italian, Slovenian, Slovakian, Chinese, Turkish, Macedonian, Bengali, and Arabic.

Website: www.sonnetmondal.com
Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy is a retired educator and an author who splits his time between Tilting, Fogo Island, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. He has co-authored eleven books that include environmental science textbooks and canoe and sea kayak paddling guides. Dan is completing his third volume of poetry and is in the process of seeking publishers. His poetry has appeared in Quills: Canadian Poetry Magazine, Rabbit Tales, Paragon IV & V, Red River Journal, The Tilting Expatriate, and The Scaldy Detail Anthology (Scallta Media, Wexford Ireland), and recently an anthology of his work was published in Humber Mouths 2 released during the 2010 April Rabbit. In 2011 he received a Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters award for poetry.

James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola, winner of three poetry awards and recipient of one Rhysling and two Pushcart nominations, has published 400 poems in Atlanta Review, Tar River, Texas Review, etc. A Yale grad and stage director by profession, his book Playing the Audience won a Choice Award. A first full-length collection, Manhattan Plaza, is scheduled for release in 2014.

Melanie Oberg

Melanie is first year English Master’s student at the University of Victoria. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree, with Honours, at UBCO. She was born and raised in Trail B.C.

Nicole Pakan

Nicole Pakan is an active member of the Edmonton (Canada) literary community, performing and organizing events around the city. She is the Co-Editor for the international online and print literary journal DailyHaiku. Her recent publication credits include poems in Filling Station, The Prairie Journal, Other Voices, Notebook magazine, Misunderstandings Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly and Blue Skies Poetry. She was short-listed for the CV2 2-day poem contest for 2008 and was the winner of the 2009 Edmonton CBC Poetry Faceoff.

Jared Pearce

Jared Pearce teaches writing and literature at William Penn University. Some of his poems will soon be or have recently been shared in DIAGRAM, Asymptote, Harbinger Asylum, Corvus, East Coast Ink, and Dark Matter.

Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters is a writer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is currently completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Saskatchewan. His work has been published in In Medias Res and Windscript (a publication of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild).

Nick Pincumbe

Nick Pincumbe, 25, is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. "Q and A" is his first creative nonfiction publication and despite its exploration of the uncomfortable state of modern male bonding, hopefully it shows he loves his parents very much.

Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo has a new chapbook out from Eastern Point Press called Placemats. His work has appeared in Grain, Windsor Review, Indiana Review, Nimrod, Dalhousie Review, and elsewhere.

Michael Prior

I am a writer living in British Columbia where I work at a bookstore and attend the University of British Columbia. I have just recently started to submit my work. My poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Qwerty, The Antigonish Review and Contemporary Verse 2.

Paula Jane Remlinger

Paula Jane Remlinger graduated from the M.A. program in the U of S English Department; her thesis was on the poetry of Saskatchewan author John V. Hicks. She has been previously published in In Medias Res and Backyard Ashes, and is the author of two teacher guides published by Thistledown Press. She also has work forthcoming in the Hagios Press anthology Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband Trent and her diabolical black cat, Dickens.

Autumn Richardson

Autumn Richardson is from northwestern Ontario. Her writing draws upon landscape, ritual, and memory. She lives in Cumbria, England, and is the co-founder of Corbel Stone Press, publishing texts, music, and art informed by landscape, folklore, ecology, history, and animism. Recent publications can be found in Contemporary Verse 2, Room, Carte Blanche, Reliquiae, and Earthlines Magazine.

Anthony Rintala

Anthony Rintala, nerd, recently returned from a three-decade tour of the American South and is currently hiding out in southern Indiana, where he teaches, grooms his beard, and waits for the signal. He will know the signal. His work has most recently been published in New Plains Review, Kudzu Magazine, Muse: A Quarterly Journal, Ishaan Literary Review, Oklahoma Review, Copperfield Review, A Few Lines Magazine, Mad Hatter’s Review, Foundling Review, Muddy River, Penwood Review, St. Ann’s Review, and Sakura Review.

Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is the author of two books of poems, most recently The Kimnama (Vrzhu Press, 2007). She edits the acclaimed online journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and lives in Washington, DC.

Michael C. Rush

Michael C. Rush currently splits his time between northern Arizona and upstate New York, and has most recently published poems in Blue Fifth Review (forthcoming), The Istanbul Review, Penumbra Magazine, Four and Twenty, Scholars & Rogues Literary Review, and Picayune Magazine.

Jenny Ryan

Originally from Ontario, Jenny Ryan is currently finding her way in Saskatoon as a writer caught up in the career of a Children's Librarian. A longtime fan of Dorothy Parker's, Miss Ryan recently purchased her first cloche hat.

Lorelie Gerwing Sarauer

Lorelie Gerwing Sarauer is a writer and artist living in Saskatoon, SK. She's attracted to narrative, which she expresses through her drawings and paintings, as well as her writing. She's currently enrolled in the new Master's of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of Saskatchewan and hopes to graduate in the fall of 2013.

Richard Scarsbrook

I am the author of the books Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, Destiny's Telescope, and The Monkeyface Chronicles, which have been short-listed for the CLA Book of the Year Award (twice), the Stellar Book Prize, and ReLit Award, and the OLA White Pine Award (twice), which I won in 2011 for The Monkeyface Chronicles. My prize-winning poems and short stories have been published widely. I teach creative writing courses at George Brown College and The Humber School for Writers.

Ole Schenk

Ole Schenk lives in Saskatoon and works on completing his M.A. thesis in English, on historical fiction and hermeneutics. He is passionate about literature in all its genres. Ole enjoys animated dialogue, continental philosophy, jogging by the river, playing guitar with friends who will sing with him, and preaching occasionally in church.

Jeff Schiff

In addition to Mixed Diction (Mammoth books, 2009) Jeff Schiff is author of Anywhere in this Country (Mammoth Press), The Homily of Infinitude (Pennsylvania Review Press), The Rats of Patzcuaro (Poetry Link), Resources for Writing About Literature (HarperCollins), and Burro Heart (Mammoth Books). His work has appeared internationally in more than seventy periodicals, including Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, and The Southwest Review. He has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 1987.

Jonathan Sherman

Jonathan Sherman is a recent graduate of the Master's program at the U of S. His areas of study include hip-hop aesthetics, visual poetry, and internment literature. He currently resides in Saskatoon.

Hilary Sideris

I have an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Arts & Letters, Cimarron Review, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, The Evansville Review, Green Mountains Review, Grey Sparrow, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, The Normal School Magazine, Poet Lore, Tar River Poetry, Willow Review, and Women's Studies Quarterly, among many others. My first and third chapbooks, The Orange Juice is Over and Gold & Other Fish, have been published by Finishing Line Press, and my second chapbook, Baby, was published by Pudding House Press. I live in Brooklyn and work for The City University of New York, where I'm responsible for creating and coordinating programs for English language learners and nontraditional college students.

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin's first novel What the Body Remembers, the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean). English Lessons and Other Stories received the Friends of American Writers prize. Her second novel, The Tiger Claw, was a finalist for Canada's Giller Prize. Shauna's awards include the 1995 Writer's Union of Canada Award for short prose and the 1997 Canadian Literary Award. We Are Not in Pakistan, her second collection of short stories, was a Quill and Quire Book of the Year 2007. She is currently working on a novel.

Website: www.shaunasinghbaldwin.com
Glen Sorestad

Glen Sorestad is a well known Saskatoon poet, a Life Member of The League of Canadian Poets and was Saskatchewan's first Poet Laureate (2000-2004). He is the author of more than 15 books of poetry, the most recent Blood & Bone, Ice & Stone (Thistledown, 2005). His poems have been translated into several languages, including Finnish and Slovene; his poetry has appeared in over 40 anthologies and textbooks, as well as literary magazines and e-zines all over North America and in Europe.

Michael Spring

Michael Spring lives and works in London. He is a director of a design and marketing company and an award-winning copywriter. For some years now, he has been writing short fiction, a gesture of admiration to some of the masters of story-telling. His work has been broadcast on BBC radio, and has appeared in magazines in the US and Canada as well as in the UK.

Greg Stacey

Originally from Edmonton, Greg is a neuroscience grad student living in Montreal. He enjoys losing at chess, trips back to Edmonton, and watching good movies.

Scott T. Starbuck

Thomas Rain Crowe wrote about Scott T. Starbuck’s latest book, forthcoming from Fomite Press, “Industrial Oz may just be the most cogent and sustained collection of quality eco-activist poetry ever written in this culture, this country.” Activist Bill McKibben wrote, “Industrial Oz is . . . rousing, needling, haunting.” Starbuck was a 2014 Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” FOR Seabeck Conference, and will be a 2015 writer-in-residence at Playa near Summer Lake, Oregon. He blogs at riverseek.blogspot.com.

Website: riverseek.blogspot.com
J.J. Steinfeld

Poet, fiction writer, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot's arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me?(Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

Susan Stenson

Susan Stenson is a poet living in Victoria.

Francine Sterle

Francine Sterle lives in northeastern Minnesota and is the author of a chapbook, The White Bridge (Poetry Harbor, 1999), as well as two full-length collections: Every Bird is One Bird (Tupelo Press, 2001) and Nude in Winter (forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2006).

Jennifer Still

Jennifer Still's first book of poetry, Saltations, was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2006. Her poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian literary journals and anthologies including Fast Forward: Saskatchewan's New Poets. Jennifer is the regional winner of the 2008 CBC Poetry Face-Off and is currently writing up a flurry in Eastend, SK, with her family.

Reed Stirling

Reed Stirling lives in Cowichan Bay, BC, and writes when not painting landscapes, or travelling, or taking coffee at Bo's, a local caf where physics and metaphysics clash daily. Recent work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Nashwaak Review, The Valley Voice, Senior Living, Island Writer, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and Out Of The Warm Land II and III, StepAway Magazine, The Eloquent Atheist, PaperPlates, and The Danforth Review.

Fraser Sunderland

I was born in Glasgow in 1975 and raised in Mississauga. I graduated from Sheridan College’s animation program in 1998, which led me to live and work in Salt Lake City, Halifax, Toronto, Sudbury, and Hamilton. I’ve worked in the video-game and television industries for companies both mammoth and minuscule. My favourite way to play hard will always be behind a drum kit.

Margaret Thompson

Margaret Thompson came to Canada in 1967 and taught English at secondary and post-secondary levels until 1998. Her publishing credits include Squaring the Round, a collection of prose and poetry on the early history of Fort St. James; Hide and Seek (Caitlin, 1996); Eyewitness(Ronsdale, 2000), a YA novel that won a BC2000 Book Award; Fox Winter (Hodgepog, 2003); and two essay collections, Knocking on the Moonlit Door (NeWest, 2004), and Adrift on the Ark (Brindle & Glass, 2009) as well as contributions to literary magazines and four anthologies. She is a Past President of the Federation of BC Writers, and lives in Victoria, BC.

Will Tinkham

Will Tinkham has published short fiction most recently in D-Day 68th Anniversary Anthology (mgversion2>datura press), Skive Magazine: Americana, mgv2_69: Fifty Stars and A Maple Leaf, Wilderness House Literary Review, A Small Good Magazine, and Talkin' Blues (2010 B.J. Rolfzen Award). "The Only Good Indian" is an excerpt from an as-yet-unpublished novel.

Website: willtinkham.blogspot.com
Yi-Mei Tsiang

Yi-Mei Tsiang lives in Kingston, Ontario. She has previously published poetry in The New Quarterly, Room of One's Own, Qwerty, and Echolocation.

James Tyner

James Tyner has been writing for only a few years, and still considers himself new to poetry. In that short time, he has won the Andres Montoya Scholarship, the Larry Levis Prize, the Ernesto Trejo Poetry Prize, and the Coal Hill Review Chapbook contest. His thesis, a book of poetry titled Baptized in Dirt, was voted most outstanding thesis of 2009 from California State University, Fresno. His writing takes place in Los Angeles and the California Central Valley, the two places that made him who he is. A struggling pacifist, Tyner writes poetry about the violentgang world he came from and the effects of violence around him in order to help him make sense of the world he lives in.

Jessica Van de Kemp

My work is forthcoming in Vallum Magazine. I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and am currently pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo.

April Vázquez

I am a native of North Carolina and have a B.A. in Literature and Language from UNC-Asheville and an M.A. in the Teaching of English from UNC-Charlotte. I currently live in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, where I dedicate my time to homeschooling my daughters.

Dylan Wagman

My name is Dylan Wagman and I am a fifth year Creative Writing major at York University. "The Skyline Circus" is part of a manuscript in progress that explores life and death in the modern world. I have been published in The Flying Walrus and won second prize in the Robbie Burns Poetry Contest 2011.

Matthew Walsh

Matthew Walsh is currently studying Creative Writing in UBC’S MFA program. His work has been or will be featured in The Found Poetry Review, Carousel, Descant, Existere, and Carte Blanche, and as part of the Halifax Commons Poetry Anthology. His long poem “Cloud Grape” won the York University President’s Prize for poetry. He is currently a member of Prism magazine’s editorial board.

Lesley Washington

Lesley Washington lives and writes in Saskatoon. She is a member of the Saskatoon Writers' Coop and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and her poetry has been published in Room and Spring.

Jennifer Wynne Webber

Jennifer Wynne Webber is a novelist, playwright, former CBC journalist, and sometime actor (Shakespeare on the Sask.; Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver; Centaur Theatre, Montreal). She is the author of two books, a play, Beside Myself (2001), and a novel, Defying Gravity (2000), which was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards including Book of the Year. A graduate in history from the U of S, Jennifer is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia.

Website: www.jenniferwebber.com
Christine Wessel

I am a thirty-something-year-old mother and teacher. My roles, and experiences, inspire me to write. I am an avid reader who believes in the power of words, and in the importance of chasing dreams. I reside in Peterborough with my daughter, husband, and two cats.

Joanna M. Weston

Joanna M. Weston is married with three sons and two cats. She is a full-time writer of poetry, short-stories, and poetry reviews. Her work has been published internationally in journals, print and online, and anthologies. She has two middle-readers, The Willow Tree Girl and Those Blue Shoes, as well as a collection of poetry, A Summer Father, published by Frontenac House of Calgary, all in print.

Linda WhiteI am a retired teacher living in central east Alberta. I enjoy reading, photography, and my dogs. I have published work in Transition Magazine, The Edmonton Journal, Halcyon Magazine, and Twisted Tales.
Anne Whitehouse

Anne Whitehouse is the author of poetry collections: The Surveyor’s Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind, One Sunday Morning, and the forthcoming, The Refrain. Her novel Fall Love is now available free as an ebook from Smashwords and Feedbooks.

Website: www.annewhitehouse.com
Meagan Wohlberg

Meagan Wohlberg is an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, pursuing a Double Honours B.A. in Philosophy and English. She is co-organizer of the Saskatoon Anarchist Bookfair and many other free art and activist events. She loves to give workshops on zine-making and self-publishing. One day, she will complete a graphic novel on metaphysics. This is the first time her poetry has been published anywhere.

Michele Yeager

Michele Yeager lives south of Moose Jaw on the second townsite of an alphabet line. She shares the mayoralty of Buttress with her husband, assuming office in the even years and serving a citizenry that consists of three horses, two dogs, twelve turtles, an undetermined amount of cats and bats and birds, and a welcome but itinerant population of relatives and friends. Michele and Bob enjoy riding, rock-hounding, hunting, fishing, gardening, and watching the Riders and Vikings. Michele also teaches, runs, and is proud to be a small part of organizing the annual Festival of Words in Moose Jaw.

Daniel Yetman

Daniel Yetman is currently an English teacher in South Korea and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2014. His short story “Mascara and Other Pretty Things” was published earlier this year in Straylight magazine, and “Pieces of Beijing” will be published in the spring edition of the Red Rock Review. He is enrolled in the MFA at the University of Saskatchewan for 2016.

Jason Young

Jason Young is an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan, pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. A Vancouver Film School trained screenwriter, his first produced film, the award-winning "How to Disappear Completely", premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2004.

Changming Yuan

Changming Yuan, (co-)author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Three Poets (2011) as well as a four-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to Canada. With a Ph.D. in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Yuan teaches independently in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in 420 literary publications across 18 countries, including Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, CanLit, Grain, London Magazine, LRC, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Kanto, Queen’s Quarterly and Taj Mahal Review.

Nicole A. Yurcaba

Nicole Yurcaba is a Ukrainian-American writer, an internationally recognized poet, and an English instructor at Bridgewater College. She has been published in venues such as The Atlanta Review, The Bluestone Review, the Philomathean Society, Midway Journal, Still: The Journal, The Tishman Review, Vox Poetica, and many others. Yurcaba is also the 2nd place winner of Australia’s Sans Frontieres Hemingway Contest and a finalist for Salem College’s International Poetry Rita Dove Award. Her chapbook Hollow Bottles is forthcoming from Red Dashboard Press in Fall 2016.

Kevin Ziegler

Kevin Ziegler is a recent graduate of Queen's University's Master's Program. Before moving to Kingston he spent four years in Saskatoon completing his undergraduate degree in English at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary areas of interest are graphic narrative, cultural studies, and contemporary Canadian short stories.

Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a poet, choreographer and arts-educator in Toronto. Her work has been recently published in Room of One's Own, Grain and filling Station, among other literary journals. She is the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and also a founding member of Tuesday, a Toronto-based writing collective involved in collaborative and multidisciplinary projects. Zier-Vogel is also the founding editor of Puddle Press, an independent press that focuses on the intimate and invested experience between relationship between reader and book and author/creator. Zier-Vogel is a Master's Student in the University of Toronto's Creative Writing program.