Spring 2013, Issue 29
Cover: “Untitled” by Adrian Williams
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Table of Contents
Martin Ainsley’s fiction, poetry, and non-fiction has appeared in PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Arbutus Review and British Columbia Historical News. He has a BFA from the University of Victoria and is now working toward an MA in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. He lives in Fredericton with his wife and two children.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award–winning photographer and artist who has won first place with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, and more. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News online and on the cover of many books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, and twice exhibited with the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Kayla Czaga lives in Vancouver where she is completing an MFA in poetry at UBC. Her poems have appeared in Arc Poetry Magazine, The Malahat Review, and The Antigonish Review (forthcoming.) Her poems have won The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for poetry and two Editor’s Choice Awards in Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Contest.
Morgan Hart is a writer, reviewer, poet and general good-for-nothing vagabond. Her work has appeared in Bywords Magazine, The Rusty Toque and various anthologies under this and other names. She currently resides in Toronto with a dog named Herman Hesse.
Richard Kelly Kemick is originally from Calgary, Alberta and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. Richard is currently studying at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where the Atlantic winter affords him ample opportunities to not leave the apartment and write.
Shaylen Maxwell emerged from the womb penning novels. Her short fiction has appeared in two dozen publications in North America and overseas. Her first novel is forthcoming through Hark New Era publishing. Part hermit, Shaylen currently resides in exile with her menagerie of wild animals: a dog, two cats, a Beldoe, a Sneaky, and a Meekly. She’s also the creator of OMG Facts Puzzle Game (for the ipad) and sells custom portraits on Etsy.
Melissa McEwan grew up on an egg farm in southern Ontario. She taught high school English and creative writing for a few years before becoming envious of her students and deciding to go back to school. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and has had stories published in Here Be Monsters, The Puritan and in carte blanche.
Peter Norman’s first poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield 2010), was a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award. His second, Water Damage, was published by Mansfield in March 2013. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and two editions of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.
Ansel Oommen is a freelance editor, journalist, and multimedia artist who often divides his time between artistic and literary endeavors. His work has been published in six countries and in a variety of magazines, including The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Atlas, and EcoMalaysia.
Andrea Routley’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as The Malahat Review and Room Magazine. She is the editor of Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women (Caitlin Press 2010), and the editor and founder of Plenitude Magazine, Canada’s queer literary magazine. She lives in Victoria with her partner, and their ferocious cat Travis.
Hendrik Slegtenhorst is a writer, local government executive, and business owner. He is a professional member of the Canadian Authors’ Association. For most of the last seven years, he has served as the chief administrative officer to municipalities in New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Alberta. Falstaff Enterprises provides writing and editing services, management consulting, and workshops in the export marketing of cultural goods and services. His literary work has appeared recently in Nashwaak Review, Descant, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead, and many more. Complete information may be found at culturalrites.com
Kim Trainor’s poems have appeared recently in CV2, Prairie Fire, and Existere. She was longlisted for the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize, and won Second Prize in The Antigonish Review’s 2012 Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest. She lives in Vancouver.
Elena Vardon is a young writer from Ontario, Canada who has devoted much of her life to travelling and studying. In 2011, her short story “La Fin Du Monde” was published by The Antigonish Review, and was awarded second place in their Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize. In 2009, her poem “In Barbados” was short-listed for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Elena completed an Honours BA at the University of Toronto, where she focused on Linguistics, English, and History. She is currently working on her first novel, entitled Between Thunder and Sun.
Stephanie Vriend, originally from Prince Edward Island, now draws, paints and writes in Montreal, where she completed her BFA at Concordia University in 2010 and continues to study part time. She likes listening to documentaries while working on projects, has magnetic appeal for foreign felines, and is consistently amazed by her seemingly invincible cacti (they flourish where all other plants before
them have withered away).
William Kelley Woolfitt teaches creative writing and literature at Lee University. He has worked as a summer camp counselor, bookseller, ballpark peanuts vendor, and teacher of computer literacy to senior citizens. He is the author of The Salvager’s Arts, co-winner of the 2011 Keystone Chapbook Prize. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Threepenny Review, Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, Los Angeles Review, Sycamore Review, and more.
Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English, teaches independently, and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Yuan’s poetry appears in 679 literary publications across 25 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, LiNQ, London Magazine, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto, and QWERTY.
Chasity St. Louis
DESIGN & LAYOUT
The Qwertyverse is furiously snowed in as we wrap up this issue, but we’re sure Q29 will arrive at your doorsteps and bookstores just in time to cast off winter’s burden for a fresh perspective. And no better way to start than with a fine collection of fiction, poetry, and art! We’re proud to showcase pieces that unveil distinctive ways of understanding the world.
Thanks, as always, to our diligent readers, who worked through enough material for two gorgeous issues this year. A special thank-you to our invaluable genre editors, who stayed ruthless in spite of (or perhaps because of) end-of-term madness. And to the rest of you: Keep calm and QWERTY on!
Imagine everyone you love has ascended and you’re left behind to clean up the mess before drinking the Kool-Aid. Imagine you’ve never been to the city before and a beautiful woman promises you free wine. Imagine you have to cut the beaks off baby chickens for an entire summer. The fiction in this issue, remarkably honest in even the most ridiculous situations, will take you to Vegas, and offer consolation. It will introduce you to a man in the woods and it will even braid your hair—a perfect
issue for the oncoming spring, don’t you think?
All the poems of QWERTY 29 are like wild salmon returning to their natal river: fat and rich with milt and roe. They jettison silver bodies. They twist and leap. When they arrive, their pearl necklaces come apart and shower down from the attic.
After I took a few fine art classes, I was so enchanted with the profession I told my mother that I was going to get a B.F.A. instead of an M.A. in English. I’ll never know what would have happened had my mother not talked me out of the idea (bankruptcy at 31? a footnote in a MOMA exhibition?), but sometimes I still feel its pull. In its own small way, being QWERTY’s art editor has allowed me to pursue my interest in visual art, and I am grateful for the experience. A big thank you to those who submitted.