Table of Contents
Edward Anki began submitting his work for publicationa few years ago. Thus far, his poetry has appeared in The Chaffin Journal, Plain Spoke, Left Behind: A Journal of Shock Literature, and Mad Poets Review. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News online and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art is also globally exhibited.
Kathleen Brown is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto and Calgary. Recently she performed “Recursive Proofs” at the 2012 Edmonton Poetry Festival with Greg Debicki and Erin Robinsong. Her writing is forthcoming in 2012 in Prairie Fire, Carousel and Filling Station. In April and May 2012 she was in a creation residency at the Banff Centre and Gibraltar Point Centre with Erin Robinsong for “Osculations on a Theory of Islands”. She used to edit QWERTY with matt leslie and Carson Butts, and misses Freddy and the Ice House tremendously.
Ben Clarkson is an artist who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His work often involves text, drawing, and found images. His images deal with absurdism, cults, ecology, narrative, epistemology, and the worship of youth. His work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as The Globe and Mail and The Walrus. He is currently shortlisted for the 2012 Lumen Prize for digital art. thebenclarkson.com.
T. Fox Dunham resides outside of Philadelphia PA—author and historian. He’s published in over 150 international journals and anthologies. He’s a cancer survivor. When he’s not scribbling words, he’s out catching bass on a rooster-tail lure, thinking about writing as he fishes. His friends call him Fox, being his totem animal, and his motto is: Wrecking civilization one story at a time.
Kayla Geitzler is a bibliophile unapologetically attached to her eBook and a chronic writer since the age of 6. She is a recent graduate of UNB Fredericton’s English Creative Writing MA. Previous to this, Kayla spent a good chunk of her youth working and travelling onboard cruise ships. Here she observed that journeys, like writing, are often labyrinthine, quixotic, and serendipitous. A native of colourful Moncton NB, Kayla Geitzler spends her time with her fiancé and two quirky cats while cultivating vivid storylines and her first poetry collection.
Jimmy Grist is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to writing stories, he also draws comics and sometimes writes about videogames. If you want, you can see more of his stuff at jimmygrist.net.
David B. Huebert is from Halifax. His work has appeared in journals such as Event, Matrix, Existere, Vallum, and The Antigonish Review. More work is forthcoming. davidbhuebert.blogspot.ca.
Julie Paul’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals across the country, including The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, and Event. Her book of short fiction, The Jealousy Bone, was published in 2008. She has recently completed a novel and is working on a collection of poems and another book of stories. She is also a member of the fiction board at The Malahat Review.
S S Prasad is an artist working in India. His first book of poems was published in July 2008. It is a book of visual poetry with text integrated on silicon chips giving them ‘nano’ dimensions. The nanopoems were created to surprise an engineer in the laboratory while examining chips under a microscope. The book is a consolidation of this effort sponsored by Cypress Semiconductor Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd. It is called 100 Poems and is published by STD Pathasala, Chennai.
Robin Richardson is the author of Grunt of the Minotaur (2011, Insomniac Press) and the forthcoming Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis (2013, ECW Press). She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence in New York, and has published her work in many Canadian and international journals. She is the recipient of the John B. Santoianni Award and the Joan T. Baldwin Award, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. She would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.
Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. He’s an artist mainly doing collages and graphic work in a surrealist and satirical vein, as well as a short story writer. His first story appeared in 1975. By now he has a few hundred short story publications (including a few short novels and story collections) to his credit in more than 35 languages. His collages and graphic work have appeared in various magazines and books. Find out more at www.frankroger.be.
David Romanda was born in Kelowna, BC. He currently lives in Kawasaki City, Japan. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Antigonish Review, Gargoyle Magazine, GRAIN, Hart House Review, The New York Quarterly, PANK and PN Review (UK).
Marvin Shackelford’s poems and stories appear in such journals as Cimarron Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Confrontation, Armchair/Shotgun, and Southern Poetry Review. He lives in the flyover portion of the United States with his lovely wife, Shea, and their three children, and earns a living in agriculture.
Jenna Spearing studied writing at the University of Victoria. “We Hope This Explanation Reaches Someone” won a runner-up prize in Riddle Fence’s fiction contest, and another of her stories has appeared in This Side of West. Her nonfiction has been shortlisted for awards by The Malahat Review and PRISM.
Kevin Spenst’s poetry has appeared in several literary journals, including: Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Rhubarb Magazine, and Capilano Review. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry for a suite of poems from Ignite. After an inspiring summer at the Sage Hill Writing Retreat in 2012, he published his first chapbook of poetry: Happy Hollows and the Surrey Suite.
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DESIGN & LAYOUT
What a perfect time for a new issue of QWERTY—back to school, pumpkin lattes, and some new, crisp literature! Q28 features the work of 20 international authors and artists, including two recent UNB grads. We’re very grateful to all our contributors and especially to our hardworking editors and staff. Special thanks to Ben Clarkson for a cover as quirky and talented as the content it holds. Now that our board has sifted through this year’s crop, it’s up to you to reap your own harvest from these words. We hope you enjoy the issue as much as we do.
The fiction in this issue will make you suspicious of your children, and yet asks you to bear just one more. It introduces you to the Dalai Lama like you’ve never seen him before (with Twizzlers behind his ears), and has you come face to face with who you are, or were, even in the midst of a power failure. Read on for an issue of bizarre and interesting pieces that had us laughing out loud, had us seriously impressed, and had us craving a handful of red licorice.
Suppose you wake tomorrow from uneasy dreams to find that you’ve been transformed into a monstrous vermin. If this happens, you’ll be happy to have this copy of QWERTY to reverse it. Please know that the curative is especially true of the poetry in this volume. Listen: there is a time and a place for everything, and the time for new poetry is . . . Oh astute readers, I tell you the Classics can wait. They can wait a little longer. And trust me, they’ll be easy to find once you’ve finished your trip. Besides, there’s a little bit of the Classics in all of these new voices, as you will discover. This is evolution—or influence—or survival. Take your pick.
The images I chose for this issue were included because they express themselves in unexpected and unconventional ways. Like a good story, these pictures, drawings, and collages took me to imaginative spaces anchored in the everyday, and whether dark in theme or filled with the exuberance of possibility, I was thankful for the journey. I hope you are as taken with them as I was.