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.

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