NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #19
edited by Pearl Pirie
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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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)
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 University’s Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry (2020), and was on the shortlist for the John Newlove Poetry Award (2018).
Rae Armantrout’s most recent book, Conjure, published by Wesleyan, is a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker award and was one of 10 “best books” selected 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, Harper’s, 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 Poetry” series 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.
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 Rick’s 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 www.charlottejungwriter.com 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 It” were selected for Poem in Your Pocket, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Anna Yin was (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.
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, Ottawa’s 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. hifsays.blogspot.com 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: Freefall’s 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 We’ve Learned, Which isn’t 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 York’s licensing board for Mental Health Clinicians, and is a recipient of the Chancellor’s 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 Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit. During COVID he designed and constructed a meditation T’aoist 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 www.graceguts.com.
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 Mother’s 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 Brickley’s 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. www.chuckbrickley.com.