Tuesday, January 17, 2023

issue twenty-five : guest-edited by Laurie Anne Fuhr

edited by Laurie Anne Fuhr


published as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anniversary

see here for Laurie Anne Fuhr’s introduction and biography

the new issue features new work by:

Emily Cargan

s.j. Shalgaire

Bob J. Canuel

Linda Hatfield

Moni Brar

Lillian Nećakov

allison calvern

Kerrie Penney

Kimberlee Jones

Allan B. Rosales

Sharon Christie

T.d. Santos

June Read

Laurie Anne Fuhr


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author biographies:

s.j. Shalgaire (she/her) writes from Calgary, Treaty 7 territory. Poems published in chapbooks inward (bluemoonbooks, June 2015), and Erotic Mania (100 Tetes Press, Nov 2014). Sage Hill Writing alumna (2020). Active member of Canty Collective of Writerly Women & Alexandra Writers Centre Society. She navigates life with whimsy, post-concussion disabling impairments. Currently wound up in Tornadoes.

Linda Hatfield is a retired teacher for whom writing has always been a passion. She has been writing poetry since she was a teen and has begun penning a memoir. Her poems have been published in the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association magazine, the YYC POP online exhibit, and the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Anthology in 2021. She is a member of the Espresso Poetry Collective, who self-published an anthology called Uncommon Grounds in the midst of the pandemic.

bob rj canuel has been writing poetry for a lifetime gaining inspiration from all sources. The past 3-4 years, he has been dormant due to illness and is now beginning to recover and is happy to still be here to share. Noted for his word play, he is pleased to introduce what he calls Rifflets (forthcoming from Prairie Soul Press), small poems inspired by music and artists. Bob moved to Calgary about 5 years ago and has enjoyed the active writing communities that thrive here.

Moni Brar was born in India and lives on the unceded territories of Treaty 7 and Metis Nation Region 3 (Calgary) and Syilx Okanagan Nation (Oliver). She has multiple nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, was the winner of the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, and a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize.  She has received writing awards and honours from PRISM, RoomArc, Blood Orange Review, and Subnivean. Her work appears in Best Canadian PoetryThe Literary Review of Canada, Passages North, and Hobart.

Lillian Nećakov is the author of The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press; shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award) and the full-length collections il virus (Anvil Press; shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award), Hooligan (Mansfield Press), The Bone Broker (Mansfield Press), Hat Trick (Exile Editions), Polaroids (Coach House Books) and The Sickbed of Dogs (Wolsak and Wynn). Her new book, duck eats yeast, quacks, explodes; man loses eye, a collaborative poem with Gary Barwin is forthcoming in 2023 from Guernica Editions. She has also published in many print and online journals in Canada and the U.S. Lillian lives in Toronto.

allison calvern was born in Bermuda, grew up in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Québec, British Columbia, Paris, and the Black Forest of Germany. She lives in Ottawa, where she is still growing up. She writes letters, poems, memoir, and unpublishable short stories. Though she has a vague affection for paragraphs, she feels the best writing hinges on beautiful sentences.

Kerrie Penney is a writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Funny Pearls UK, the YYC Poet Laureate Project and Short Edition.

Kimberlee Jones is a writer and PR pro living in Calgary, Alberta, happily serving her grumpy grey cat yet another flavour of food. Her work appears in Uncommon Grounds: Anthology of the Espresso Poetry Collective (2021) and the Alexandra Writers Centre Society 40th Anniversary Anthology WONDERSHIFT (AWCS Press 2021). She is also author of the chapbook The Night Sky Cries.

Allan B Rosales is a second generation Filipinx-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Born and raised in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Allan’s artist practice includes drawing, photography, illustration, murals, Art Therapy and poetry.  

Sharon Christie wrote her first poem at 16 and was hooked. She is coming to the end of her first career in mental health and writing about health; joyfully able to spend more time with her first love. She has eclectic interests and believes that all knowledge has value.

Telmo dos Santos lives in Calgary with his partner and daughter. He is very slowly learning guitar.                  

June Read’s pastimes include writing poetry (haiku), travel, creating Ikebana and volunteering for the THIRD ACTion film festival. She has enjoyed an eclectic career path within transportation, engineering, publishing, recruitment services & educational foundations.   

Laurie Anne Fuhr @multimodal_poet, Calgary-based base brat, is author of night flying (Frontenac House 2018), shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poems also appear in Uncommon Grounds (epcpress 2021) available at www.espressopoetrycollective.ca. In 2022, a poem was shortlisted for the Magpie Award for Poetry. Book her for school visits with Poetry In Voice and take her poetry classes at www.alexandrawriters.org.

G U E S T #25 : Laurie Anne Fuhr : LIST OF INTROS


These people had nothing material to promise and offer one another. So they offered one another descriptions of the moon and pirates at sea. They offered one another jokes and snippets of poetry.

                                                                  Heather O’Neill, from When We Lost Our Heads


a. This is not a Covid chapbook; this is not not a Covid chapbook. It may be enjoyed with homemade bread, but skip the sourdough already.

b. When the first pandemic lockdown was announced, I was initially skeptical. Without cable, I lacked the flat screen frame of reference others had. I thought: how can authorities, mainly privileged and rich themselves, decide for everyone that no one should work for an indefinite amount of time? Fear of starvation from Carleton days came back, when my air force family was posted (again) and I stayed behind. Deep gut fear. Won’t those who live paycheque to paycheque perish? Can poems feed us?

c. Shown Italy’s suffering, I knew due shame for doubting. Bodies piled higher than debt. I was officially laid off from two jobs. Stayed home, masked up, read poetry. Singing and dancing were outlawed; music, my other income, was illegal. But poetry teaching went online. In my prompts class, I asked for list poems. Poets wrote stacks of words they hadn’t known were inside them. Their abundance felt comforting against the fear of scarcity. I wanted to share it.

d. This chapbook was conceived for bluemoonbooks, my sporadic micropress since Ottawa ’97 that had started with blue moon cut n’ paste poetry journal; most recently, a broadside by Moni Brar was published. This list of lists was gathered. But work came back, then music; the world revved back into action as suddenly as it stopped. I felt dizzy. My calendar, perpetually overbooked as I combatted fear of homelessness with scheduling. I approached rob. He kindly followed up. Now, be our guest.  

e. It’s the end of 2022. The government clawed back CERB, asked for payback. The price of gas, up. The cost of food, up and up. Rents raised higher than rooves. Credit cards maxed, and in Alberta, Enmaxed. Dear ones died alone in hospital. Poets write elegies. Many await hip replacements and other procedures, delayed by pandemic. Womb emptiness spreads throughout my body. I count blessings in lieu of toes. Count poems. Here are fourteen.

f. I read, again, this selection of poems as I prepare it for publication, and feel comforted by their abundance: of images, senses, ideas, emotions, words words words. Each poem invents its idea of a list poem form with one thing in common: affluent bounty. Delight in muchness.

g. Feel the true weight of this book: paper is light, but everything evoked in these lists fills them. We have the ability to give ourselves, and each other, so much, even in lean times. We should have known all along.

h. Receive it.

Laurie Anne Fuhr, GUEST guest editor





Laurie Anne Fuhr @multimodal_poet, Calgary-based base brat, former Ottawa poet and Peter F. Yacht Clubber, is author of night flying (Frontenac House 2018), shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her poems also appear in Uncommon Grounds (epcpress 2021) available at www.espressopoetrycollective.ca. In 2022, a poem was shortlisted for the Magpie Award for Poetry (judged by Renee Sarojini Saklikar). In 2021, a poem was shortlisted for the Freefall Magazine annual contest (judged by Gary Barwin). Her micropress bluemoonbooks, produced blue moon cut n' paste poetry journal from 1997-2001, and has since produced random ephemera by Fuhr and other poets, with two student chapbooks (and most recently an embellished broadside scroll by Moni Brar). When publishing postmodern works, the press goes by bloom oon. Book her for school visits with Poetry In Voice and take her poetry classes at www.alexandrawriters.org.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

issue twenty-four : guest-edited by Sara Lefsyk

edited by Sara Lefsyk

see here for Sara Lefsyk’s introduction and biography

the new issue features new work by: 

Danika Stegeman LeMay
Issam Zineh
Tamara J. Madison

Douglas Piccinnini
Joanna Penn Cooper

Alexandre Ferrere
Archana Sridhar

Isaac Harris
[sarah] Cavar

David Agyei-Yeboah
Todd Colby

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Author biographies: 

David Agyei–Yeboah is a young creative from Accra, Ghana that loves to create. His prose-poems, hybrids and verse poems are published/forthcoming on Ta Adesa, Tampered Press, Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS), The Kalahari Review, African Writer magazine, Journal of the Writers Project of Ghana (JWPG), Icefloe Press, Ethel Journal of Writing and Art, Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature & elsewhere. An alumnus of the Tampered Press poetry workshop facilitated by Ladan Osman and Koleka Putuma, he was longlisted for the Totally Free Best of the Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2021. His work explores the trauma and angst of marginalized characters as he believes empathy is a lost art. Through presenting authentic narratives that readers can engage with, he projects a world of communion, hope and positivity. Also a singer and songwriter, he croons about the complexities of romantic love and the nuances of trauma. He tweets @david_shaddai and posts mini covers on Instagram @davidshaddai.

[ɥɐɹɐs] Cavar is a PhD student, writer, and transgender-about-town, and serves as managing editor at Stone of Madness Press and founding editor at swallow::tale press. Author of two chapbooks, A HOLE WALKED IN (Sword & Kettle Press) and THE DREAM JOURNALS (giallo lit), they have also had work in Electric Literature, The Offing, Bitch Magazine, and elsewhere. Cavar navel-gazes at cavar.club and tweets @cavarsarah.

Todd Colby is an artist and poet. His writing and art have recently appeared in Iterant Magazine, The Believer, Bomb Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Dizzy Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Poetry Magazine. He is the author of six books of poetry, his most recent book, Splash State, was published by The Song Cave.

Joanna Penn Cooper is the author of The Itinerant Girl's Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press), What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press), and Crown (Ravenna Press), as well as several chapbooks. Joanna’s recent chapbooks are When We Were Fearsome and Wild Apples: A Flash Memoir Collection with Writing Prompts, both from Ethel. She is currently working on a full-length collection of flash memoir pieces dealing with motherhood, origins, and power, tentatively titled A Wilderness of Her Own. She lives in Durham, NC. She teaches writing classes and provides editorial and coaching support to writers through her business Muse Writing & Creative Support.

Alexandre Ferrere is 32 and lives in Cherbourg, France. After a Master’s degree in Library Sciences and a Master’s degree in Anglophone Literature, he is now working on a Ph.D. on American poetry and little magazines. His fictions, interviews, essays and poems appeared in dozens of journals online and in print. He is editor at Trio House Press and for The Banyan Review, and has published two poetry chapbooks: mono / stitches, designed and handmade by artist Sara Lefsyk (Ethel, 2020) and Mechanical Ode to a Snake (Between the Highway Press, 2022).

Isaac Harris issa Black queer currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Occasionally attractive n always dysphoric dey make stories bout Negro livin!! Previous work can be found in the fantastic and ever lovely @daughterhoodziner in Instagram.

Danika Stegeman LeMay’s work has appeared in 32 Poems, Afternoon Visitor, APARTMENT, Blue Arrangements, CLOAK, Concision, Leavings, The Woodward Review and Word for/ Word, among other places, and is forthcoming in Ethel Zine. Her video poem, “Then Betelgeuse Reappears” was an official selection for the 2021 Midwest Video Poetry Festival. Danika’s debut collection of poems, Pilot (2020), was published by Spork Press. Her website is danikastegemanlemay.com.

Poet, writer, editor, Tamara J. Madison, is the author of Threed, This Road Not Damascus (Trio House Press); Kentucky Curdled and Sistuh’s Sermon on the Mount (all poetry), and Collard County (fiction). Her writing is inspired by her ancestry and relations. She is the creator and host of BREAKDOWN: The Poet & The Poems, a YouTube poetry conversation series, promoting poets and their poetry as inspiration for everyday life. She is an MFA graduate of New England College and an Anaphora Arts Fellow (2021). She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Valencia College in Central Florida.

Douglas Piccinnini’s work has appeared or will soon appear with American Poetry Review, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Dream Pop, Dreginald, Fence, Hot Pink, Lana Turner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prelude, and Volt.

Recently, he is the author of the chapbooks, The Grave Itself (Ethel, 2021), A Western Sky (Greying Ghost, 2022) and previously, two full-length collections: Blood Oboe (Omnidawn, 2015) and Story Book: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015).

Archana Sridhar is a South Asian poet and university administrator living in Toronto, Canada. Archana focuses on themes of meditation, race, motherhood, and diaspora in her poetry and flash writing. Her work has been featured in The Puritan, The Hellebore, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Renderings is available through 845 Press, and her chapbook Our Initials Were U.S.A. is available through Ethel micro-press. Archana’s writing can be found at www.archanasridhar.com.

Issam Zineh is the author of the poetry collection Unceded Land (Trio House Press, 2022) and the chapbook The Moment of Greatest Alienation (Ethel, 2021). His work appears in AGNI, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Tahoma Literary Review, The Rumpus and elsewhere. Find him at www.issamzineh.com.


issue twenty-five : guest-edited by Laurie Anne Fuhr

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #25 edited by Laurie Anne Fuhr LIST POEMS TOWARDS ABUNDANCE published as part of above/ground press’ thirtieth anni...