Thursday, February 25, 2021

issue sixteen : The FANGIRL issue : guest-edited by Kirby

The FANGIRL issue
edited by Kirby

see here for Kirby’s introduction and biography

featuring new work by:
Norma Cole
Stephen Collis
Karen Mac Cormack
Zoe Imani Sharpe
Dale Martin Smith
A. F. Moritz
Phillip Crymble
Ayaz Pirani
Maureen Scott Harris
Sarah Pinder
Canisia Lubrin
Bardia Sinaee
Mark Truscott
R. Kolewe
Anne Michaels

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Author biographies:

Norma Cole
is a poet, translator and visual artist. Recent works include a book of poetry, FATE NEWS (2018), a film, At the Turning Bridge (2019) and Drawings (Further Other Book Works, 2020). She lives in San Francisco.

Stephen Collis is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Commons (Talonbooks 2008), the BC Book Prize winning On the Material (Talonbooks 2010), Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016) and Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten (Talonbooks 2018). In 2019 he was awarded the Latner Writers’ Trust of Canada Poetry Prize in recognition of his body of work. In 2021 Talonbooks will publish A History of the Theories of Rain. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

Karen Mac Cormack is the author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently RECHELESSE PRATTICQUE (Chax Press, Tucson/Victoria, 2018). Other titles include AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013), TALE LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1984–2009 (BookThug, Toronto, 2010) and Implexures (Chax Press, Tucson/West House Books, Sheffield). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Moving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, and Prismatic Publics. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. The poem in this issue of GUEST is from her new work Quaquaversal, to be published by Dr. Cicero Books in 2021. Of dual Canadian/UK citizenship she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Zoe Imani Sharpe is a poet and essayist, with recent work in The Puritan and MuseMedusa. She was shortlisted for the Writer's Trust 2020 Bronwen Wallace Award.

Dale Martin Smith is the author of Sons (2017), Slow Poetry in America (2014), Black Stone (2007), and American Rambler (2000). A new collection, Flying Red Horse, will be published by Talonbooks in fall 2021.

A. F. Moritz has written more than twenty books of poetry, and has received the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. His collection, The Sentinel, won the 2009 Griffin Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His most recent collections are The Sparrow (2018) and As Far As You Know (2020). He lives in Toronto, where he is serving as the city’s sixth Poet Laureate.

Phillip Crymble is a physically disabled writer and literary scholar living in Fredericton, New Brunswick. A poetry editor at The Fiddlehead and a PhD candidate at UNB, he received his MFA from the University of Michigan and has published poems in The Literary Review of Canada, The Forward Book of Poetry, The Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 he won The Puritan’s annual Thomas Morton Poetry Prize. In 2017 he was voted the Reader’s Choice Award winner in Arc Poetry’s poem of the Year contest.

Ayaz Pirani’s books include Happy You Are Here (The Word Works, 2016), Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets (Mawenzi House, 2019) and Bachelor of Art (Anstruther Press, 2020). His work recently appeared in The Malahat Review, ARC Poetry Magazine and The Antigonish Review. He lives near Monterey, California.

Toronto poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris has published three collections of poetry: A Possible Landscape, Drowning Lessons (awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry), and Slow Curve Out. With the River Poets she leads poetry walks through Toronto parks.

Sarah Pinder is the author of Cutting Room (Coach House Books, 2012) and Common Place (Coach House Books, 2017). Her writing has been shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards, and included in magazines like Geist, Arc and Poetry is Dead. She lives in Toronto.

Canisia Lubrin is the author of Voodoo Hypothesis and The Dyzgraphxst.

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in Toronto. His first book is Intruder (Anansi, 2021).

Mark Truscott’s most recent book, Branches, won the inaugural Nelson Ball Prize. Newer poems appear in Fiddlehead and Posit, and others are forthcoming in Grain, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, New Quarterly, and Oversound.

R. Kolewe lives in Toronto.

He has published two collections of poetry, Afterletters (Book*hug 2014) and Inspecting Nostalgia (TalonBooks 2017) and several chapbooks, most recently The Wild Fox (Knife | Fork | Book 2021) and Like the noises alive people wear (above/ground 2019). A book-length poem, The Absence of Zero, is forthcoming from Book*hug later in 2021.

Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books are translated into more than fifty languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Lannan Award for Fiction. Among many other honours, she has served as Toronto’s Poet Laureate. Her novel FUGITIVE PIECES was adapted as a feature film. Her most recent books include ALL WE SAW and INFINITE GRADATION.

G U E S T #16 : Kirby : The FANGIRL issue : Introduction

When is the last time you’ve been giddy?

An unanticipated well of joy WHOOSH! followed by laughter, glee. A smile meets my forefinger. Your face pictured in front of me.  Relief.  Delight.

It’s not always an easy thing to ask. Simple, yes. Find it helps to be decisive, clear, upfront.

Still, it’s an ask.

Like most of you, I’m a giver. To ask is rarer, a chip I hold close, especially when asking for something you value from someone you cherish.

“I would love to include a piece of yours in this anthology. Do you have?”

Time. Work. No money.

Not a small ask. It helps that I can hear no.

Thankfully, I gave myself full permission to ‘go big.’ Why else do it?

I’m calling this my FANGIRL issue. I could tell a personal story of each of these poets, their work, how/when we first met, mostly through KFB, our ongoing relationships.

One thing I can share, I am forever changed by our having met.

There’s more, many more, much more, and here’s what fit in twenty-four exceedingly abundant pages.   

Did she say thank you?

With special thanks to rob for the ask.

Welcome to GUEST 16

KIRBY’s work includes WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE CALLED? (Anstruther Press, 2020), THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF (Permanent Sleep Press, 2019), SHE’S HAVING A DORIS DAY (KFB, 2017), upcoming POETRY IS QUEER (Palimpsest Press, 2021) and editor NOT YOUR BEST No. 2 (KFB 2021). They are the publisher, book fairy at knife | fork | book [Toronto]

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

issue fifteen : guest-edited by David Bradford & Anahita Jamali Rad

edited by House House Press
: David Bradford & Anahita Jamali Rad

see here for
David Bradford & Anahita Jamali Rad’s introduction and biographies

featuring new work by: 

Lindsay Miles
Emma Brown Sanders
Ali Pinkney

Marcela Huerta
Steffanie Ling

Tara McGowan-Ross
Michaela Bridgemohan

Lauren Brown

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Author Biographies:

Lindsay Miles is among the winners of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Her work has appeared in The Capilano Review, Grain, Frond, Poetry is Dead, Bad Nudes and elsewhere. With a Creative Writing MFA from the University of Guelph, Lindsay is the author of the digital chapbook, A Period of Non-Enforcement (The Operating System, 2019). She lives in Toronto.

Emma Brown Sanders is the author of A Fallow Channel (Gauss PDF, 2020) and co-edits the tiny with Gina Myers. Their work has appeared in Asterion Projects, bedfellows, Bone Bouquet, boneless skinless, Full Stop, Fungiculture, Prolit and Tripwire, among others. Their poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Bettering American Poetry prizes. They live in Philadelphia.

Ali Pinkney is a literary writer and graduate student based on Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. Ali pursues a Master of Arts at Concordia University with a focus on the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her novella Roadkill Croque Monsieur will be released in a limited run with Bad Books Press in the near future.

Marcela Huerta is the author of Tropico, a collection of poetry from Metatron Press. Her work has been featured in Peach Mag, Leste, Bad Nudes, Montreal Review of Books, CV2, and more.

During her time as an Assistant Editor at Drawn & Quarterly, she worked on the award-winning graphic novels Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Rolling Blackouts, Uncomfortably Happily, and others. In 2018 she performed at the Festival Internacional de Poesía Rosario and was chosen to attend the Pink Door Writers Retreat. She is the daughter of refugees from the 1973 Chilean coup, and her writing centers a second generation Latinx experience.

Steffanie Ling is a producer of criticism, pamphlets, stories, essays, exhibitions, reviews, bluntness, anecdotes, shout outs, wrestling storylines, proposals, applications, jokes, readings, minimal poems, poems, dinner, compliments, and diatribes. She is a guest living on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. Her books are NASCAR (Blank Cheque, 2016) and CUTS OF THIN MEAT (Spare Room, 2015).

Tara McGowan-Ross is an urban Mi'kmaw multidisciplinary artist. She lives and works in Montreal, where she is the store manager at the Concordia Co-Op Bookstore, a critic of independent and experimental theatre, and the host of Drawn & Quarterly's Indigenous Literatures Bookclub. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, PRISM International, Maisonneuve Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of Girth and Scorpion Season.

Michaela Bridgemohan is an interdisciplinary artist of Jamaican and Australian descent who grew up in Mohkinstsis, also known as Calgary, located on the traditional territories of Treaty 7 Land. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. After receiving her BFA (with Distinction) from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2017, Bridgemohan continued her artistic research confronting criticism and concepts of Black biracial subjectivity and the visual ambiguity surrounding those kinds of bodies. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and Australia in gallery exhibitions reflecting various intersections of contemporary Blackness and Feminism. She was also a recipient of the Visual Arts and New Media Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and has since been involved in numerous artist panels, publications, and engagements.

Writer and new media producer, Lauren Brown, an American woman of Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean descent, uses her journalism background and media production prowess to smudge the line between events and entertainment, creating custom, yet, immersive experiences driven by social technologies. Lauren takes great pleasure in designing and producing gatherings, online and off, with the ability to bring folks together around policy, action and change.

Her past clients and media credits include Coca-Cola Enterprises, Upscale Magazine, Ebony Magazine, The Weather Channel, Georgia Public Broadcasting, NBC BLK, Blogher, The Democratic National Convention, Planned Parenthood, International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW), MMTC Online, Jack and Jill Politics, The Young Turks, Huffington Post, and Huff Post Live.

Constantly foraging a career that fuses her love of culture, art and media with her passion for activism, Lauren led the Digital Moving Image Salon at Spelman College under the direction of Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, producing two Reel Women Film Festivals, Digital Doyennes: Wisdom from the Women who Lead in Social Media and Digital Innovation and the live social media portions of the National Visionary Leaders Project and the annual ARCUS Foundation Symposium. Continuing her work with Dr. Chenzira, Lauren provided outreach coordination and was Lead Installer for Ayomentary’s new media production, “Ordinary on Any Given Day”, which debuted in Istanbul during the 2011 ISEA Conference.

In 2018 Lauren presented your Lillith is showing as a part of the Feminist Art Collective residency on Toronto Island. Lauren continues to write and muse on afrofuturist themes, neurospeculative feminism and  exploring art as activism, the politics of technology, media, food, agriculture, and their continuous impact on rural and low income women.

G U E S T #15 : David Bradford & Anahita Jamali Rad : Introduction


Sentimentally, part of what we wanted, early in the pandemic, sitting in the park together in last winter’s last bit of cold, was for some poets to meet us before it got too cold again. Just poets with practices—personal, artistic, and critical—that we admire. Now on the edge of a new year, it’s funny what that ask, big and loose, managed to render.

We thought maybe these poems might meet us where we’re at, but maybe they’re having us meet them where they are. The hope was that it would be on the other side of a time we would have begun to put behind us, but it was always a hope troubled by what that shift might change, and what it might not change at all.

“New,” Lindsay Miles writes, “is horizontal with old,” as the historical present becomes more quotidian. We have forgotten how to relate to one another, or to “the you of me,” as Ali Pinkney writes. Instead, we may find our interactions becoming limited to household objects. “Entire days where i frown at the pots,” Emma Sanders reminds us.

We’re told it will be a La Niña year, meaning colder and wetter, and it feels like decades old info. The future has been here a while. Now, an unbelievably lovely September week in November feels disturbing and obvious. Numbers and fires are still on the rise, and “fatigue” colours every other word like it was there all along. “Against the pretense of personal growth,” Steffanie Ling writes, “we throw ourselves into the wear of it.” We try to emerge, somehow, and we think these poems might help with that.

“There are so many hours left in the day,” Marcela Huerta warns, “not to fuck anything up.” So, we are at work with the inevitable. “What I need places me alone in the world,” she continues, “so I try very hard to stop needing.” We read the words over a couple of times, because how could we not. In this ever-renewing disaster, Bridgemohan and Brown insist, “This opportunity is still available,” and we read into it as far as we can.





David Bradford is an interdisciplinary poet and a founding editor of House House Press. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017), Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017), and The Plot (House House Press, 2018). His poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Vallum, Carte Blanche, The Capilano Review, and elsewhere. Bradford’s first book, Dream of No One but Myself, is forthcoming from Brick Books. He lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.

Anahita Jamali Rad was born in Iran and currently based in Tio’tia:ke on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka. Informed by anti-imperialist materialist theory, Jamali Rad’s work explores materiality, history, affect, ideology, violence, class, collectivity, desire, place, and displacement. They have published many chapbooks, and one full-length book of poetry, for love and autonomy (Talonbooks 2016). With Danielle LaFrance, they co-edited the journal About a Bicycle, of which there were 5 issues.

Anahita Jamali Rad is currently designing and co-editing a small press called House House Press with David Bradford.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

issue fourteen : The Entanglement Issue : guest-edited by Michael Sikkema

edited by Michael Sikkema

see here for Michael Sikkema’s introduction and biography

The Entanglement Issue
featuring new work by:

Sue Bracken
Andrew Brenza
Megan Burns

Juliet Cook
Amanda Earl

Robert Martin Evans
Nathan Hauke

Jessie Janeshek
E.J. McAdams

Meredith Quartermain
Claudia Coutu Radmore

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Author biographies:

Sue Bracken lives in Toronto, in a house ruled by artists and animals. Her first collection of poetry When Centipedes Dream was published by Tightrope Books (2018). Other poems and prose have appeared in Hart House Review (forthcoming), WEIMAG, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, The New Quarterly, The Totally Unknown Writer’s Festival: Stories (Life Rattle Press) and elsewhere.

Andrew Brenza’s recent chapbooks include Poems in C (Viktlösheten Press), Bitter Almonds & Mown Grass (Shirt Pocket Press), and Waterlight (Simulacrum Press). He is also the author of four full-length collections of visual poetry, most recently Automatic Souls from Timglaset Editions and Alphabeticon & Other Poems from Redfoxpress.

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press, and is also a poet, performer, essayist, curator, rollerskater, trash talker, and healer.

Juliet Cook is brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. She is drawn to poetry, abstract visual art, and other forms of expression. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at

Amanda Earl (she/her) is a feminist Canadian writer, visual poet, editor and publisher. She's the managing editor of and the fallen angel of AngelHousePress. Chapters from the Vispo Bible have been published as chapbooks and leaflets by publishers in Canada, Sweden and UK.  Excerpts from the Vispo Bible were included in two exhibits: and  Her talk, “The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetry” was presented at the Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age symposium at the  University of Ottawa in 2018, and can be read here: Amanda is grateful for funding received for the Vispo Bible from the Ontario Arts Council in 2018.For more vispo, visit Additional sites and social media:

Robert Martin Evans’ poetry has appeared in Vallum, Topograph, Oratorealis, and Where is the river: a poetry experiment, as well as one of the Wall Poems of Charlotte. In 2012, a selection of poems was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Robert is a reader at

Nathan Hauke is the author of Indian Summer Recycling (The Magnificent Field, 2019), Every Living One (Horse Less Press, 2015), In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes (Publication Studio, 2013), and four chapbooks. His poems have been anthologized in Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press, 2015) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012).

Jessie Janeshek's full-length collections are MADCAP (Stalking Horse Press, 2019), The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017), and Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). Her chapbooks include Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press, 2016), Supernoir (Grey Book Press, 2017), Auto-Harlow (Shirt Pocket Press, 2018), Hardscape (Reality Beach, 2020) and Channel U (Grey Book Press, 2020). Read more at 

E.J. McAdams is a poet and artist, exploring language and mark-making in the urban environment using procedures and improvisation with found and natural materials. He has published five chapbooks: 4x4 from unarmed journal press, TRANSECTs from Sona Books, Out of Paradise, an e-chapbook from Delete Press, Close-range Divinities from Shirt Pocket Press, and most recently, Middle Voice from Dusie Kollectiv.

Meredith Quartermain’s fourth book of poetry, Lullabies in the Real World, just came out from NeWest Press. Her first collection, Vancouver Walking, won a BC Book Award for Poetry, and Nightmarker was a finalist for a Vancouver Book Award. Other books include Recipes from the Red Planet; I, Bartleby: short stories; and U Girl: a novel.

Montreal-born writer Claudia Coutu Radmore has lived, taught and created art in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, China and, as a CUSO volunteer, in Vanuatu. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University. She edited, and wrote the introduction to Arctic Twilight: Leonard Budgell and the Changing North. Now residing west of Ottawa with husband Ted and rainbow lorikeet Desirée, she began editing and publishing selected poets with her catkin press in 2012. Accidentals won the bpNichol Chapbook Award in 2011. Her poem "the breast of sappiness" is included in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2019, and her latest lyric collection rabbit was published in the spring of 2020 with Aeolus House Press. Claudia has collections in Japanese forms as well as lyric, and is the President of Haiku Canada.


Michael Sikkema : issue #14 : Introduction


In 1960 in southern Georgia, a dog chased a smaller animal up a hole in a chestnut oak, became wedged, and died.  Due to dryness and the high tannin count of the tree, the dog’s corpse did not decompose, and was instead mummified, discovered only when loggers lopped off the uppermost 25 feet of the tree, decades later. Also, every single year, nitrogen makes its way from the Pacific ocean into Alaskan trees that are miles and miles inland via the help of birds, bears, and other fish-eating creatures. Even as you’re reading this, a shrew is biting some prey animal and injecting it with venom that will paralyze but not kill it. The shrew will then hoard this prey in an underground stash and return to it when necessary. This practice is known as “live hoarding.”  At the same time, biologists are increasingly tuning in to the Wood Wide Web and its fungal communication system, the underground connections between all the above ground plants. According to mycoligist Merlin Sheldrake, many scientists who study the symbiotic nature of life come to the conclusion that “there have never been individuals,” and “we are all lichens.” Take the work in this issue as proof of that coming from a range of angles.



TL:DR:  Listen carefully for your original voices in the mix and remix of these pieces. 




Michael Sikkema is the author of many chapbooks, and 6 books of poems, including Caw Caw Phony, forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press in 2021. He is also the editor of Shirt Pocket Press, and helps run the Creative Youth Center in Grand Rapids, MI.


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