Monday, August 31, 2020

issue twelve: guest-edited by Jim Johnstone


NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #12

edited by Jim Johnstone
the twelfth issue features new work by:

M. Travis Lane
Tess Liem
Matthew Zapruder
bill bissett
Tracy Wai de Boer
Téa Mutonji
Roxanna Bennett
Diane Seuss
Eduardo C. Corral
Triny Finlay
Douglas Walbourne-Gough
Kirby
Sandra Simonds
Conor Mc Donnell

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Contributor notes:

Roxanna Bennett is a disabled poet gratefully living on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations covered by the Upper Canada Treaties (Whitby, Ontario). She is the author of Unmeaningable, (Gordon Hill Press, 2019), the bp Nichol Chapbook Award-nominated unseen garden (knife | fork | book, 2018), and The Uncertainty Principle (Tightrope Books, 2014).  

bill bissett is originalee from lunaria  left  in th first childrns shuttul  th oxygen had gone   it was sew peesful ther whn yu cud breeth  i hope peopul can undrstand  if we dstroy th oxygen heer  we dont have th opsyun uv sumwher els 2 go at ths time aneeway  have livd in halifax vancouvr london on n now toronto  show at th secret handshake  latest book  b r e t h / th treez uv lunaria  selektid rare n nu pomes 1957-2019 talonbooks n latest cd  th ride  w pete dako  at reedings n in sum stores n on bandcamp

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Guillotine, published by Graywolf Press. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Hodder Fellowship and the National Holmes Poetry Prize, both from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University. 

Triny Finlay is a queer writer whose most recent poetry collection, You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction Books), details her experiences living with debilitating mental illnesses, their treatments, and stigma. She is also the author of Splitting Off (Nightwood), Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood), and the chapbook Phobic (Gaspereau). Her writing has appeared in anthologies and journals such as Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, The Fiddlehead, The London Reader, The Malahat Review, and Plenitude. She lives in Fredericton, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at UNB. You can find her at trinyfinlay.com, @TrinyFinlay, and @cast_iron_pan.

Kirby’s chapbooks include Cock & Soul, Bob’s Boy, The World is Fucked and Sometimes Beautiful, She’s Having A Doris Day (K|F|B, 2017) and the upcoming, What Do You Want To Be Called? (Anstruther Press, 2020). Their full-length debut, This Is Where I Get Off is now in its second printing (Permanent Sleep Press, 2019) and is currently being adapted for the stage. Kirby is the owner and publisher of knife | fork | book. www.jeffkirby.ca

Tess Liem’s writing has appeared in the Boston Review, Room Magazine, PRISM, Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and 2019 and elsewhere. Her debut collection Obits. was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award and won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2019. She lives in Montreal, Tiotia:ke—unceded Haudenosaunee and Mohawk territories.

M. Travis Lane has lived in Fredericton New Brunswick since 1960, and has published 19 books of poetry. Her poem “Lameque” is from Keeping Count (Gordon Hill Press, 2020).

Conor Mc Donnell is a physician and poet. He has published two chapbooks in Canada, The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press), and, Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press). He received Honourable Mention for The Fiddlehead’s 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the RawArtReview 2019 Charles Bukowski Prize, and was runner-up in the Vallum 2019 Contemporary poetry prize. His work has featured in The Fiddlehead, Vallum, Grain, Carousel, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and many others. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two dogs and is currently writing/rewriting/completing/shredding his first full poetry manuscript.

Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji is a poet and fiction writer. Her debut collection, Shut Up You’re Pretty, is the first title from Vivek Shraya’s imprint, VS. Books. It was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and the Trillium Book Award. Mutonji lives and writes in Toronto.

Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. frank: sonnets is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2021. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Seuss was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.

Sandra Simonds is an award-winning author of seven books of poetry: Atopia (Wesleyan University Press, 2019), Orlando, (Wave Books, forthcoming in 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, and the American Poetry Review.

Tracy Wai de Boer is a writer from Calgary currently living in Toronto. She is mixed race and explores mixed identity through much of her writing. Her aim is to experience life in all its fullness and express this through writing and making. Her first chapbook, maybe, basically, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press. 

Douglas Walbourne-Gough is a poet and mixed/adopted Mi'kmaw from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His first collection, Crow Gulch, was published with Goose Lane's Icehouse poetry imprint (Sept 2019). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing (UBC Okanagan) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing (UNB Fredericton). 

Matthew Zapruder is the author most recently of Father’s Day, and Why Poetry. He is editor at large at Wave Books, and teaches in the MFA in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. 

G U E S T #12 : Jim Johnstone : Introduction




There’s something compelling about seeing poems in print, particularly at a time when digital publication is becoming the norm. I’ve always loved the feel of paper while reading, the smell of fresh ink; words emblazoned on pages undistracted by a screen. I set out in with this in mind in the mid-2000s, folding and photocopying Misunderstandings Magazine with Ian Williams and Vicki Sloot, a venture that gave me my first chance to vet and edit poetry for publication. I haven’t tired of it since, and in the past decade I’ve come to admire those who continue to keep small press alive.

One name that’s always stood out when it comes to mircropress is rob mclennan, the foremost publisher of all that’s small / zine-like in Canada—so when rob asked me to edit an issue of G U E S T, I jumped at the chance. I knew that I’d need to lean on members of the literary community to gather poems for the magazine, and the overriding principle of this issue of G U E S T is just that: community. I’m grateful to present fourteen writers here, all of who write poems that are close my heart, and many of who have written books that currently sit on my nightstand. These are poets I turn to when I need the emotional resonance / release that only poetry can provide, and I hope they become poets you turn to as well. They’re worth welcoming as guests into your life.






Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, and critic. He’s the author of five books of poetry, including The Chemical Life (Véhicule Press, 2017) and Dog Ear (Véhicule Press, 2014). Currently, he edits the Anstruther Books imprint at Palimpsest Press where he published The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry in 2018.

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.


issue twelve: guest-edited by Jim Johnstone

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #12 edited by Jim Johnstone see here for Jim’s introduction the twelfth issue features new work by: ...