Friday, April 22, 2022

issue twenty-three : guest-edited by David Dowker

edited by David Dowker

see here for David Dowker’s introduction

featuring new work by:
Nicole Raziya Fong
Lisa Robertson

ryan fitzpatrick
Catriona Strang

Allegra Sloman
Nikki Sheppy

Fenn Stewart
Pete Smith

Christine Stewart

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Author biographies:

Nicole Raziya Fong is a poet and painter living in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Canada. Her work seeks to delimit and reconstruct immaterial ampules of psychic experience, coaxing the incorporeal into inhabiting a more muscular physique. 

She is the author of OЯACULE (Talonbooks, 2021), PEЯFACT (Talonbooks, 2019), the chapbooks 7 Series, Iterated by Colour (Hiding Press, 2021) and Fargone (Poetry Will Be Made By All, 2014), and has composed visual work for the collaborative chapbook Leguminosae Delusion Athletics with text by Andy Martrich (The Blasted Tree, 2022).

Her writing has appeared in various publications including Social Text, the Capilano Review, filling Station, the Volta and carte blanche, and has been translated into Swedish and French.


The components of Lisa Robertson's long poem Boat have gone through several publication lives; first as the single poem "Face/", commissioned in 2002 by Rod Smith for Aerial 10, a journal of critical texts on and responses to the work of Lyn Hejinian, then as the chapbook Rousseau’s Boat, from Nomados (2004), next as the book R’s Boat, from University of California Press (2010) and now as Boat, from Coach House (Spring 2022). Each publication extends and further explores the initial compositional idea — to make a text that indexes a lifetime of accumulated notebooks through systematic re-reading and selection. Each poem in the series approaches the indexical process differently, reusing earlier archival material as well as accommodating newer gatherings. The eventual result will be a life-long autobiographical poem, built on the accumulating detritus of her life.


ryan fitzpatrick is the author of four books and over fifteen chapbooks of poetry, including Sunny Ways (Invisible, 2023) and Coast Mountain Foot (Talonbooks, 2021). He has been involved in the poetry communities of Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto. In Calgary, he was an editor of filling Station magazine and one of the organizers of the Flywheel Reading Series. In Vancouver, he earned his doctorate at Simon Fraser University, where he worked on contemporary Canadian poetry and space. In Toronto, he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto Scarborough and started the online poetry micropress Model Press.


A founding member of the Institute for Domestic Research, Catriona Strang is the author of Low FancyCorked, and Reveries of a Solitary Biker, and co-author of BustedCold Trip, and Light Sweet Crude with the late Nancy Shaw, whose selected works, The Gorge, she edited. She frequently collaborates with composer Jacqueline Leggatt, and lives with her two grown kids on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Swx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Lands. Unfuckable Lardass, which includes "Fuck Variations," will be published by Talonbooks in the spring of 2022. 


Born in western Mi'kma'ki in 1958, settled in S'ólh Téméxw since 1996, Allegra Sloman works across a broad range of word forms, including written correspondence with friends and family, homilies, ranting, poems, a conlang called ‘bih-bah’ based on the sounds basketballs make going through hoops, twenty tweets a day, open letters, teaching a cat to speak, songwriting, stand-up comedy, essays, daily blogging, fanfic, parody, and short stories. She is also self-publishing SF novels which are available at Much of her material is available at under creative commons 2.5.


Nikki Sheppy is a poet, editor, and educator with a background in literary scholarship. She was Managing Editor of filling Station magazine, and an organizer for the short-lived, pandemic-curtailed East Loft Reading Series. Her book, Fail Safe (University of Calgary Press), won the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry Book of the Year, and her chapbook, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka Press), won the 2013 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award.


Fenn Stewart teaches literature & writing at Douglas College and UBC. She's the author of three chapbooks plus Better Nature (2017). In 2021 she was thinking about settler apocalypticism, and the history of Paldi, BC, with Jastej Luddu. She lives on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories.


Pete Smith, immigrant from 1970s England, lives in Kamloops BC on land belonging to the Secwépemc people. Publications include Bindings with Discords (Shearsman 2015), Strum of Unseen, A New Love/An Aching Stone and Sing . . . Despite, all with above/ground press. Poems, translations, essays, reviews in journals and presses in England, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia and an expository chapter in The Salt Companion to John James (Salt Publishing 2010). On-line works at the Alterran Poetry Assemblage, Jacket (1st series), Great Works, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, Fortnightly Review, among others. Short-listed for Malahat Review Long Poem Prize & Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2015. Most recent translations are of Osip Mandelstam’s Petrarch sonnets & the poems for Andrei Bely from the winter of 1933-34, in Anthony Barnett & Ian Brinton’s annual, Snow #9 & #10.


Christine Stewart teaches experimental poetics and creative research in the English and Film Department at the University of Alberta, on Treaty Six Territory/ Métis Region No. 4, and is the founding member of the Writing Revolution in Place Creative Research Collective. Selected publications: Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal with David Dowker, Book*hug. “Propositions from Under Mill Creek Bridge,” in Sustaining the West, Wilfred Laurier Press. “On Treaty Six from Under Mill Creek Bridge” in Toward. Some. Air, Banff Centre Press. The Odes, Nomados Press and Treaty 6 Deixis, Talonbooks.  

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