Thursday, November 25, 2021

issue twenty : guest-edited by Edric Mesmer

produced also as Yellow Field #12
edited by Edric Mesmer

see here for Edric Mesmer’s introduction and biography

featuring new work by: 

Anne-Adele Wight
Celes Tisdale
Hue Nguyen

Dave Drayton
Irakli Qolbaia

James Wilkes
Wendy Morrow

Kathleen Reichelt
Samuel Brzeski

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Author biographies:

Anne-Adele Wight’s most recent book, An Internet of Containment, was published by BlazeVOX at the end of 2018. Her previous books, all from BlazeVOX, include The Age of Greenhouses (2016), Opera House Arterial (2013), and Sidestep Catapult (2011). Her work has been published internationally in print and online and includes appearances in Luna Luna, Apiary, Bedfellows, Oz Burp, Have Your Chill, and Read On 2. She lives and writes in Philadelphia.

Celes Tisdale is a Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York, having received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His book, When the Smoke Cleared: Attica Prison Poems and Journal, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Hue Nguyen is a horse (they/them). They are an interdisciplinary artist and activist currently situated on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Through an interdisciplinary practice, their work considers hyphenated identities and the commonalities that intertwine topics of racialization, queerness, and institutions of mental health. They are currently pursuing a BFA at the University of British Colombia. More info at:

Dave Drayton was an amateur banjo player, founding member of the Atterton Academy, and the author of E, UIO, A: a feghoot (Container), A pet per ably-faced kid (Stale Objects dePress), P(oe)Ms (Rabbit), Haiturograms (Stale Objects dePress), and Poetic Pentagons (Spacecraft Press).

Irakli Qolbaia lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has published two books of poetry in Georgian; in English, his single publication is a pamphlet, Disarraignment I: Benandanti. He currently works as a school librarian outside Tbilisi and is writing a poetic anatomy on the cosmology/cosmogony of twindom.

James Wilkes writes poetry, short fiction, and texts for performance, and collaborates across disciplines and art-forms. One current project is writing through and with secular chansons by the Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez, using translatory strategies to create new works of poetry. A chapbook, Mille Regretz: Chansons After Josquin des Prez, is forthcoming with Pamenar Press in 2022.

Wendy Morrow grew up within a family of dancers, trained at the Australian Ballet School in the early ’70s then pursued a career as a professional dancer in Australia and overseas performing with the Monte Carlo Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, The Sydney Dance Company, and Danceworks in Melbourne. As a choreographer and improviser, she has been at the vanguard of integrating dance with other forms for most of her career. Her arts practice is centred in a deep understanding and interest in the body as material. Her language is felt through the body, bringing us to feeling across time. Most recently, Wendy is interested in the "small acts" of living, stillness, and attending to others. In 2019 Wendy’s fictionella FOSSIL was published as part of Lost Rocks (2017-2021), a slow publishing artwork by A Published Event [APE]. FOSSIL exposes a dance practice of embodied experiential ideas and relationships. Structured as a dance, it is written as a loose compendium of stories, triggers, and instructions. Wendy is a member of Tender, an experimental hybrid publishing collective of eight international women artists.       

Kathleen Florence Reichelt (she/her) is a performance poet, writer, musician and director for the Thousand Islands Film & Stage Artist Residency in Canada. She has performed poetry at events with great weather for MEDIA, NYC, Words & Music, Montreal, Secret Handshake Gallery, Toronto, Ottawa’s Versefest and at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge with Three Rooms press. Kathleen’s poems have been published in Suitcase of Chrysanthemums (great weather for MEDIA, NYC), Otoliths (Australia), Arteidolia (NYC), and are forthcoming in Cultural Weekly (Los Angeles). Her interviews, reviews, and articles have been published by Sensitive Skin Magazine, Bone Bouquet, and Arteidolia, NYC. Kathleen is currently writing and directing the series “Poet’s Ink,” in production.

Samuel Brzeski’s current work deals with the situation of language within the digital context, particularly in relation to articulations of affect. His predominantly text-based projects search for the place and presence of the emotive body within the post-digital swirl of language. This involves exploring the inherent malleability of language to create and/or question meaning, narrative and experience. Working primarily with acts of reading and vocal semantics, the works investigate how the emotional impacts of digital culture are manifested through textual and vocal mediums. Reconfigurations of existing texts from a variety of sources feature prominently, with texts selected for their poetic or political vibrations. Samuel is based in Bergen, Norway. More info at

G U E S T #20 : Edric Mesmer : Introduction


With Yellow Field, there was never any school of writing. Though a friend kept reminding me: there’s still a program!—what was it?

The magazine called itself a venue for “the established, the emergent, the undersung,” collating together works of lyric (including anti-lyric), the musical, and the visual. Most often, the contributors were writers I hadn’t met, or knew just barely; furthermore, as a reviewer generously noted, Yellow Field was “NEVER a survey of the usual suspects” [Michael Cross].

Maybe it’s my stance as a Buffalonian—some common trait of working along with a “low current” of readership. That seems to fit. An old friend of mine from Syracuse, enamored with the Buffalo arts scene, once said of it: when all the State money dried up, and all the grants went away, most of the arts in other cities across New York gave up and died; but in Buffalo, they just kept going!

I’m always interested in artists who just keep going, maybe even without any notice… those undersung. This draws me—how, without venue, or with little readerships, some are just driven to. Certainly no prizes come into play! And I loved finding an old mag in a used bookshop, opening upon some poem that entranced, then reaching out to say hello & “what are you working on now?”

Each issue brought together a gallery of people mostly unknown to one another, often from different counties, and no clannishness seems to’ve emerged or pervaded. And that seems good to me. Sure, the presences start to spool; a certain list of works gets reviewed; a contributor is repeated… As luck would have it, the collator might even keep in touch with someone they’ve never spoken with face-to-face, in far-off Vancouver, who’s now the dearest friend.

I’m also most grateful here to rob mclennan for the chance to reach out again to people whose work I admire, ask if they’ve been alright this last year, see what they’ve been working on.

Edric Mesmer

Buffalo, 2021




Edric Mesmer was collator of Yellow Field from Fall 2010 until right now. Recent poems and reviews have appeared in AMP, Blazing Stadium, No Materialism, and periodicities, and his book POEMS: now & then was published in 2020 by BlazeVOX. He now edits Among the Neighbors, a pamphlet series on little magazines published by the University at Buffalo’s Poetry Collection where he works as a cataloging librarian—To subscribe to the series, just send along an email!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

issue nineteen : guest-edited by Pearl Pirie


edited by Pearl Pirie

see here for Pearl Pirie’s introduction and biography


featuring new work by:

Cameron Anstee                 Claudia Radmore

Lana Crossman                  Rae Armantrout

Maxianne Berger                Rick Black

Charlotte Jung                    Louisa Howerow

Anna Yin                             Philomene Kocher

David Groulx                      Monty Reid

Rob Taylor                          Hifsa Ashraf

Geof Huth                           Allison Chisholm

Michael Fraser                    Phil Hall

Michael e. Casteels             Rich Schnell

Michael Dylan Welch         Janick Belleau

Sacha Archer                       Chuck Brickley


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Author biographies:

Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and holds a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of one collection of poetry, Book of Annotations (Invisible Publishing, 2018) and the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015)

Claudia Coutu Radmores latest lyric collections are rabbit (2020, Aeolus House Press, Toronto) and Park Ex Girl: Life with Gasometer (2020, Shoreline Press, Montreal).

Lana Crossman grew up in rural New Brunswick, and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario  Her poetry has been published in FEED, FERAL, The Light Ekphrastic, Bywords, and Apt613. She won Carleton Universitys Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry (2020), and was on the shortlist for the John Newlove Poetry Award (2018).

Rae Armantrouts most recent book, Conjure, published by Wesleyan, is a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker award and was one of 10 best booksselected by Library Journal in 2020.  Her 2018 book, Wobble, was a finalist for the National Book Award that year. Her other books with Wesleyan include Partly: New and Selected Poems, Just Saying, Money Shot and Versed. In 2010 Versed won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2007 Armantrout received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker,  the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, Bomb, Harpers, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, several volumes of The Best American Poetry, etc. Her Paris Review interview in The Art of Poetryseries appeared in December, 2019.  She is retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She now lives in the Seattle area.

Montrealer Maxianne Berger co-edited Cirrus: tankas de nos jours for six years with Mike Montreuil. She writes book reviews for Tanka Canada's Gusts, and coordinates them for Haiku Canada Review.

Rick Black is a book artist and poet who has a fondness for haiku. Some of these poems came in one breath, others took years to write until everything fell into place. You can find more of Ricks work at his small press,

Charlotte Jung is a concrete minimalist poet and abstract experimental playwright. Charlotte is originally from Stockholm, Sweden and today she divides her time between the Stockholm countryside and Chicago. In her poetry Charlotte explores, what she finds to be, the very intriguing and exciting landscape of language where content meets form. Charlotte has had three chapbooks published so far; MBRYO (Puddles of Sky Press, 2019), (SEED) (Timglaset Editions, 2020), and HOLE BEING (NoPress, 2021). Please see for more information about Charlotte and her writing.

Louisa Howerow's poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, among them: Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times (Frontenac House), Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press) and Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #MeToo (University of Regina Press.) Her poems, Why Scrabble,and the The Why of Itwere selected for Poem in Your Pocket, 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Anna Yin was Mississaugas Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry. Her six book Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions) will be out in 2021. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. Anna won several poetry awards and teaches Poetry Alive.

Philomene Kocher lives in Kingston, Ontario where she explores poetry and photography. Her fascination with nature began as a child growing up on a farm near Hepworth, Ontario. She has an abiding faith in the healing power of beauty.

David Groulxs poetry has appeared in over 200 magazines in 16 countries.

Monty Reid is an Ottawa poet.  His many books include Crawlspace (Anansi), The Luskville Reductions (Brick) and Garden (Chaudiere).  Poems from The Lockdown Elegies have appeared in Train, Dusie, The Quarantine Review and elsewhere. He is currently the Director of Versefest, Ottawas international poetry festival.

Rob Taylor is the author of Strangers (Biblioasis, 2021) and three other poetry collections. He is also the editor of What the Poets are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018), and the guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis, 2019).

Hifsa Ashraf lives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She is an award-winning poet, author, editor, and social activist. Please visit her blog to view her published work. or follow her on twitter at @hifsays

Geof Huth is a writer and artist who works at the intersection of text and anything else. His most recent books are The Anarchivist (essays on and photographs of archives), In Chancery (photographs of ancient records of the New York Court of Chancery), and lines of thought (a collection of handwritten and drawn visual poems).

Allison Chisholm lives and writes in Kingston.  Her poetry has appeared in The Northern Testicle Review, the chap-poem The Dollhouse, The Week Shall Inherit The Verse, and the chapbook On the Count of One. On the Count of None is her first full-length book of poetry.

Michael Fraser has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals. He is published in the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013, & 2018. He has won numerous awards including: Freefalls 2014 and 2015 Poetry Contests, the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize, and the 2018 Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition.

Phil Hall’s latest is Toward a Blacker Ardour by Phil Hall (Beautiful Outlaw, 2021).

Michael e. Casteels' most recent collection is a book-length surreal meta-western, The Man with the Spider Scar (Puddles of Sky Press, 2021). Other recent publications include Flotsam (Timglaset, 2020), & Jetsam (Simulacrum Press, 2019), and (with Nicholas Papaxanthos) All Weve Learned, Which isnt Much (above/ground press, 2020). He lives in Kingston with his wife and dog and baby on the way.

Rich Schnell lives in an old historic inn on Lake Champlain. An avid home gardener, he writes haiku, haibun and haiga; he also loves cycling in Quebec and sailing on Lake Champlain. Rich is a State University of New York Distinguished  Service Professor, sits on New Yorks licensing board for Mental Health Clinicians, and is a recipient of the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rich and his wife, Zoanne, have volunteered as mental health clinicians and worked  for several years in the Himalayas, in Bhutan, at the National Hospitals Psychiatric Unit. During COVID he designed and constructed a meditation Taoist Stone Garden for poets and their friends.  

Michael Dylan Welch has been investigating haiku since 1976. Since then he has published his haiku, longer poetry, essays, and reviews, in hundreds of journals in at least 20 languages, and has been integral to numerous haiku institutions, including Haiku North America, the Haiku Society of America, the American Haiku Archives, and National Haiku Writing Month. His website, devoted mostly to haiku, is

Janick Belleau is a Greater-Montreal poet and literary freelance contributor. She writes mainly about the contribution of women insofar as the advancement of haiku and tanka. For more info, please visit her bilingual web site :

Sacha Archer lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and two daughters. Most recently he has published Mothers Milk (Timglaset) and UMO (The Blasted Tree). Forthcoming publications include Jung Origami (Enneract Editions) and Hydes (nOIR:Z). Find him on Facebook and Instagram @sachaarcher

Chuck Brickleys collection of haiku, earthshine (in its 4th printing), won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award (2017), and Honorable Mentions in the inaugural Marianne Bluger Book Award (2020) and the HSA Merit Book Award (2017). One of his haibun was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2018), another for a Sonders Best Small Fiction Award (2019). Brickley is currently the contest coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, a panelist for the Touchstone Award for Individual Poems and a judge for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational.


issue twenty : guest-edited by Edric Mesmer

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #20 produced also as Yellow Field #12 edited by Edric Mesmer   see here for Edric Mesmer’s introduction and biogra...