Wednesday, June 17, 2020

issue eleven: guest-edited by Elizabeth Robinson


NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #11

edited by Elizabeth Robinson
the eleventh issue features new work by:

Susanne Dyckman
Alice Jones
Mia Ayumi Malhotra
Monica Mody
Ginny Threefoot
Jamie Townsend
Hazel White
Maw Shein Win
Kelleen Zubick

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Contributor Notes

Susanne Dyckman is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, A Dark Ordinary (Furniture Press Books), and equilibrium’s form (Shearsman Books), as well as the chapbooks, Counterweight, Transiting Indigo, Source, Hearing Loss, and, in collaboration with Elizabeth Robinson, Vivian Maier - 11 Photographs in 20 poems. She has co-edited Five Fingers Review and Instance Press, and for a number of years has hosted the Evelyn Avenue reading series. She lives and writes in Albany, California.

Alice Jones’s books of poems include The Knot and Isthmus from Alice James Books, Extreme Directions from Omnidawn, Gorgeous Mourning, which won the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Plunge, which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. Vault is forthcoming. She practices psychoanalysis in Berkeley and is a co-editor of Apogee Press.

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako, finalist for the California Book Award and winner of the 2017 Alice James Award, a Nautilus Gold Award, a National Indie Excellence Award, and a Maine Literary Award. She is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Yale Review, Indiana Review, and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Monica Mody is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press) and two cross-genre chapbooks. Her poetry also appears in Poetry International, The Indian Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Boston Review, Mission at Tenth, and Yes Poetry, among other places. She is the recipient of awards including the Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, the Nicholas Sparks Postgraduate Writer-in-Residence Prize from the University of Notre Dame, Naropa's Zora Neale Hurston Award, and the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing. Monica holds a PhD in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Bachelor of Arts and Law from NLSIU Bangalore. She was born in Ranchi, and currently lives by the ocean without a cat in San Francisco. 

Ginny Threefoot holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo QuarterlyCaliban, and Poet Lore. She has collaborated with artist Anne Lindberg in exhibitions at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, MO. Their next exhibit will open at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA, in September, 2020.

Jamie Townsend is a genderqueer poet and editor living in Oakland. They are half-responsible for Elderly, a publishing experiment and hub of ebullience and disgust. They are the author of Pyramid Song (above/ground press, 2018), and Sex Machines (blush, 2019) as well as the full-length collection Shade (Elis Press, 2015). They are also the editor of Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader (Nightboat, 2019) and Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love:Poets on Punk (Jet Tone, 2019).

Hazel White is the author of Peril as Architectural Enrichment (Kelsey Street Press), and of Vigilance Is No Orchard (Nightboat Books), which was a finalist for the California Book Award, National Poetry Series, and Fence Ottoline Prize. She's an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and recipient of a Creative Work Fund grant.

Maw Shein Win's publications include poetry chapbooks Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. She was the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016 - 2018), and her second full-length collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in fall 2020. mawsheinwin.com

Kelleen Zubick's poetry has appeared in a number of journals including, Agni Online, Barrow Street, Dogwood, Many Mountains Moving, The Seattle Review, Puerto Del Sol, The Massachusetts Review, The Antioch Review, and Willow Springs.  The included poems are sparks from a year-long guided exploration of Emily Dickinson led by Elizabeth Robinson.  Kelleen received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and has been awarded artist residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (MN) and from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE).  She lives with her family in Denver, where she directs Share Our Strength’s Colorado anti-hunger efforts.


Elizabeth Robinson : issue eleven : Introduction




I have always, strongly, believed that poetry is the product of community and community-based inquiries and energies.  The generous differences and inconsistencies that arise among poets as they engage with their work might initially seem to demonstrate disagreements of approach.  But this difference is mutually nourishing.  One of the reasons that I’ve never grown fatigued with making poems is that the medium seems, to me, infinitely elastic; my encounters with poems by other people show me not just what’s possible with language, but also with the human mind.  Poetry (like any artform, I admit) populates language with unexpected anatomies, ideas, inventions.  If poetic practice ultimately reveals what already exists, it does so in a way that estranges that existence into newness.  And then revelation splinters and constellates it into community.

My editorial strategy for this issue of GUEST was to invite those poets with whom I’ve had contact in the past few months to give me some poems.  In a sense, the result reflects a very personal history.  Susanne Dyckman is my close friend and long time collaborator.  Alice Jones has published my work through Apogee Press.  I know Monica Mody and Jamie Townsend through contact at Naropa University and met Hazel White in 2013 when I was doing a residency in the Bay Area.  Ginny Threefoot and Kelleen Zubick came into my life through The Lighthouse in Denver.  Maw Shein Win and I—I swear it!—went to junior high and high school together .  Though I’ve never met Mia Malhotra face to face, Monica suggested her participation in a panel on collaboration we are planning for the New Orleans Poetry Festival.  There are many other wonderful poets in my life whom I happened not to see during the time I was culling poems here.  But this is a celebration of the circumstantial.  Community is a resource that culls from pleasure and strength as much as happenstance and detritus.  It is therefore something we need very badly right now.  I offer this small community of poems with gratitude to the poets who, rather inadvertently, came together to share their work.

Elizabeth Robinson
3/3/2020





Elizabeth Robinson is the author, most recently, of Rumor (from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press).  With Jennifer Phelps, Robinson co-edited Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry, published by University of Akron Press in 2019. Recent work has appeared in Aurochs, Black Sun Lit, Conjunctions, and Denver Quarterly.



Monday, May 11, 2020

issue ten: guest-edited by Jenny Penberthy


NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #10
edited by Jenny Penberthy
the tenth issue features new work by:

Mallory Amirault
Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek
Junie Désil
Mackenzie Ground
Lida Nosrati
Christopher Tubbs
Ian Williams

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Contributor Notes

Born in Mi'kma'ki, Nova Scotia, Mallory Amirault is an artist whose Acadian and Mi'kmaq ancestry belongs to the Gespugwi’tg district of Yarmouth, otherwise known as the lobster’s ass when referring to the shape of the province. Currently living as a guest on unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations, her artistic practice engages with critical poetics and literary performance. “Brine” appears in The Capilano Review 3.36

Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek is an Acholi woman. Her 100 Days (University of Alberta 2016) a book of poetry that reflects on the meaning of memory two decades after the Rwanda genocide, was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Otoniya’s poem “Migration: Salt Stories” was shortlisted for the 2017 National Magazine Awards for Poetry in Canada. Her poem “Gauntlet” was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize and is the title of her most recent work, a chapbook with the same title from Nomados Press (2019). She completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia, in October 2019. “Something” appears in The Capilano Review 3.38.

Junie Désil is a poet who has performed at various literary events and festivals. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, PRISM International, The Capilano Review and CV2Junie's forthcoming debut poetry collection Eat Salt |Gaze At The Ocean will be published in 2020 by Talon Books. Junie currently works in a non-profit, women-serving organization on the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Swx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Unceded & Ancestral Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh territories) and lives on Qayqayt First Nation (New Westminster), juggling writing and life. “How to Write about Zombies” appears in The Capilano Review 3.39.

Mackenzie Ground is a nehiyawiskwew and a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta, Treaty Six. She currently lives, works, and studies on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Swx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and kʷikʷəƛ ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples as a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of English. She is a member of the Writing Revolution in Place research collective, and her writing has appeared in The Glass Buffalo and The Capilano Review. She is thankful for the support of her family, her friends, and her sweethearts: her partner and her cat. “mend in the balsam” and “breaths of love” appear in The Capilano Review 3.32.

Lida Nosrati is a word worker whose writing and translations of contemporary Iranian poetry and short fiction have appeared in Matters of Feminist Practice, The Capilano Review, PRISM International, The Apostles Review, Words Without Border, Anomaly, and elsewhere. She lives in Toronto. “In the interest of time” appears in The Capilano Review 3.32.

Christopher Tubbs, like his mother, is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. He is moved by the hardships that his family has endured on the reserve and in the residential school system. Their experiences inspire nearly all of his work. Some of his works have previously appeared in The Capilano Review, and his work was featured in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018, published by Tightrope Books. He lives on Qayqayt territory in New Westminster, BC. “CUSTOMS DECLARATION TO A WHITE EMPIRE” appears in The Capilano Review 3.31.

Ian Williams is the author of Reproduction, winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize. He is a trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Williams teaches poetry at the University of British Columbia. “Where are you really from” and “Tu me manques” appear in The Capilano Review 3.34.

issue eleven: guest-edited by Elizabeth Robinson

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #11 edited by Elizabeth Robinson see here for Elizabeth’s introduction the eleventh issue features new...