edited by natalie hanna
the ninth issue features new work by:
Shery Alexander Heinis
Diane Finkle Perazzo
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Shery Alexander Heinis was born and raised on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, and currently lives and works in Ottawa. She self-published and launched her first chapbook, A Greater Whole in 2014, as well as her debut poetry collection, Splinter, in 2017. She has been published by In\Words, Bywords, and the League of Canadian Poets. Shery co-founded In Our Tongues Reading and Art Series which showcases, nurtures and advances Indigenous poets, writers, musicians and other artists from Ottawa and across Canada. Shery is currently working on a new poetry collection. You can find out more about her journey by visiting:
Barâa Arar is a Toronto-based community organizer and writer. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and is currently an MA candidate at the University of Toronto, focusing her research on photography, gender, and colonial resistance. Her poetry and personal essays have appeared in Room, This, Canthius, among other applications. Barâa is the recipient of the Carleton Provost Scholar Award for community engagement and immersive research.
Allison Armstrong is a queer leather femme, a kitchen witch, and a Professional Naked Girl, living on an ancient seabed, and unceded Algonquin territory, in Ottawa where she writes poetry, reads tarot, and makes things with her hands. Her work has appeared in Cauldron Anthology, Bywords.ca, Capsule Stories, CONJURATION, grimoire, and Hustling Verse, among others. Follow her adventures on twitter @amazon_syren.
Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published four collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, Passage, Holy Wild, and day/break. She was the editor for an anthology of fantasy short stories, Maiden Mother and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes. Her writing has been critically acclaimed and widely published in Canada. She was a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ writers from the Writer’s Trust of Canada and her third poetry collection, Holy Wild, was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry, the Trillium Award, the Triangle Publishing Press Trans and Gender Variant Literary Award, and was the winner of the 2019 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her essay, A Body Like A Home, won the Gold Prize from the National Magazine Awards for Personal Journalism. She is also currently editing a book of creative non-fiction, trans girl in love, forthcoming from Strange Light in 2020. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is a Ph.D student at the University of Toronto in the Women and Gender Studies Institute.
Natalee Caple is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. Her work has been nominated for the KM Hunter Award, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the ReLit Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Her latest novel, In Calamity’s Wake, was published in Canada by HarperCollins and in the US by Bloomsbury. The novel in translation was published by Boréal and has been sold separately for publication in France. Her latest book of poetry, Love in the Chthulucene (Cthulhucene) is published by Wolsak and Wynn. Natalee is an associate professor at Brock University.
Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is an emerging poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. Winner of the 2019 Vallum Award for Poetry, ECR's writing has appeared in Ricepaper, Hart House Review, Bywords.ca, and more. She is the author of the chapbook Unlucky Fours (Anstruther Press, 2020) and the founder of Little Birds Poetry - a series of editing workshops for poets and creative writers. Follow her on Twitter @ehjchang.
Ayesha Chatterjee is the author of two poetry collections, The Clarity of Distance, and Bottles and Bones. Her work has appeared in journals across the world and been translated into French and Slovene. Chatterjee is past president of the League of Canadian Poets and chair of the League’s Feminist Caucus. She has recently taken on the role of poetry advisor for Exile magazine.
Poet, editor and writer Anita Dolman is the author of Lost Enough: A collection of short stories (Morning Rain Publishing, 2017), co-editor of Motherhood in Precarious Times (Demeter Press, 2018), and author of two poetry chapbooks. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including Imaginary Safe House, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Canadian Ginger, Arc Poetry Magazine, On Spec, Grain, and PRISM international.
Claire Farley is a doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of Ottawa and the Managing Editor of Canthius. Her poetry has been published in several literary journals and she is the recipient of Arc Poetry Magazine's Diana Brebner Prize (2016).
Diane Finkle Perazzo is a poet and eco-witch who enjoys crafting words that strive to echo the mythic voices of the living land. For many years, Diane has written or edited resources to enhance wellness and improve health equity for at-risk groups. She is an active member of the growing “Around the Goddess” community in Ottawa.
natalie hanna runs battleaxepress press, a small poetry press, since 2016. she is an Ottawa lawyer working with low income populations. Her writing focusses on feminist, political, and personal themes. She was a past Administrative Director of the Sawdust Reading Series and past board member of Arc Poetry Magazine (2016-2018). She is the author of ten chapbooks, including three with above/ground press, with an 11th forthcoming from Baseline Press in the Fall of 2020. Her poetry, interviews and commentary have appeared in print and online in Canada and the U.S. Her poem “light conversation” received Honourable Mention in ARC Magazine’s 2019 – Diana Brebner Prize. For more information, find her at the battleaxepress web site: https://nhannawriting.wordpress.com
Jennifer Pederson is an Ottawa poet, musician, and grandmother. Formerly the director of the Sawdust Reading Series, her poetry has appeared in the anthology the bird philomela (battleaxe press), in in/words magazine, and in a variety of other publications as well as online at newpoetry.com and bywords.ca. Her work as a session vocalist and commercial composer has been featured internationally from Ottawa to Dubai. Her first solo album White Chalk was released in August, 2018.
Karen Schindler is the publisher of Baseline Press, a micro-press making poetry chapbooks since 2011. Her book reviews and poetry have appeared in journals including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Vallum, and most recently, Canthius, and she was short-listed for the 2008 CBC literary awards and Descant's Winston Collins Prize. Her previous careers include chemical engineer, systems analyst, and high-school math teacher. She also served over ten years as the managing director of the Poetry London Reading Series.
Chuqiao Yang is the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for her non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her work has appeared in various magazines.