Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Fran Westwood

Meet Fran Westwood! Fran’s poems, “Pacing,” “What I think and think of, drawing me to the edge,” and “On Forgiveness,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12. 

How Fran describes “Pacing” in 12 words or less:
“I speak the language / but have not arrived at healing. I no longer think that we arrive”

How Fran describes “What I think and think of, drawing me to the edge” in 12 words or less:
“That we will never find a house. A plot to fill the edges in. To root in. Real ground.”

How Fran describes “On Forgiveness” in 12 words or less:
“the endless muscle of water holding worlds / of hurt—I’ve always wanted to be held like this”

Fran Westwood is an emerging Canadian poet whose work was shortlisted for the Room 2020 poetry prize, nominated for a 2021 Best of the Net award, and has been published or is forthcoming in various journals. Fran writes, grows vegetables and works in mental health and addictions in Guelph, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. You can find her on Instagram at @fran.westwood.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Matthew Walsh

Meet Matthew Walsh! Matthew’s poem, “Sobriety For Me is Like San Francisco,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12!

How Matthew describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“I lost my Weldon Kees”

Matthew Walsh is a poet from Nova Scotia. Their first poetry book, These are not the potatoes of my youth, came out in 2019, followed by a chapbook from Anstruther Press in 2021. They are @croonjuice on Twitter.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Dawn Steiner

Meet Dawn Steiner! Dawn’s poem, “The Hanging of Wilbert Coffin,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How Dawn describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“Picking raspberries under the hangman’s noose”

Dawn Steiner began writing poetry under the guidance of Stephanie Bolster. She has collaborated on five chapbooks as well as a collection in book form called Oblique Strokes. She was the winner of Arc’s Diane Brebner Prize in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Bywords, In/Words, Feral, Prairie Fire and in the anthology Heartbeat.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Michael Russell

Meet Michael Russell! Michael’s poem, “Hellfire,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12!

How Michael describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“The body, overwritten with flashbacks, set to fire and rage”

Michael Russell (he/they) is the author of chapbook Grindr Opera (Frog Hollow Press). He’s queer, has BPD, Bipolar Disorder, and way too much anxiety. His work has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Heavy Feather Review and SICK Magazine among other places. He lives in Toronto and thinks you’re fantabulous. Instagram: @michael.russell.poet.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Lauren Prousky

Meet Lauren Prousky! Lauren’s poem, “‘See those three stars over there?'”, will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue. 

How Lauren describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“Intersection: wanting to be told what to do and realizing nobody can”

Lauren Prousky is a Kitchener-based play and research-based artist, writer and curator working primarily in sculpture, fibres and zines. Lauren’s work spans a variety of topics and generally consists of a fluctuating rotation of three to five projects. These currently include the aesthetics and linguistics of cultural Judaism, sudoku puzzles as a type of generative art, and slime as a cultural phenomenon.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Pauline Peters

Meet Pauline Peters! Pauline’s poem, “All the Small Magics,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How Pauline describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“’The earth is my witness.’ Spoken by the Buddha upon enlightenment”

Pauline Peters is an African-Canadian writer living in Toronto, the territory of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She has been published in Canadian Literature, The Antigonish Review, Room, The Fiddlehead, The Windsor Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Literary Review of Canada and Blank Spaces. She was short-listed for the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition sponsored by Exile Quarterly and her chapbook The Salted Woman was published last year by the British publisher Hedgespoken Press.

 

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Jill Michelle

Meet Jill Michelle! Jill’s poem, “The Marriage Question,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How Jill describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“Can 1 + 1 = 1 without some kind of subtraction?”

Jill Michelle teaches at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Her latest poems appear, or are forthcoming, in DMQ Review, Please See Me, Delmarva Review, Coffee People and Drunk Monkeys. Recent anthology credits include The Book of Bad Betties (Bad Betty Press, United Kingdom) and Words from the Brink (Arachne Press Limited, United Kingdom). To check out more of her work, visit byjillmichelle.com.

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Andrea Margaret Martineau

Meet Andrea Margaret Martineau! Andrea’s poem, “(step) Mother’s Day,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How Andrea describes this poem in 12 words or less:
“A parental alliance is forged between woman and ant”

Andrea Margaret Martineau is a poet, bibliophile and phytomaniac with a penchant for heritage buildings and their paranormal tenants. She left her hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to complete her BA in English at the University of Regina. She now resides in the Queen City with her family, rescue cats, Horsfield tortoise and collection of houseplants. Her poetry has previously been published in Blank Spaces, [SPACE], Figroot Press and Freshwater Literary Journal.

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: S. Mahamud

Meet S. Mahamud! S.’s poems, “If Another Man Dares Tell me” and “My Mother Once Told Me Our House Was An Embassy,” will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How S. describes “If Another Man Dares Tell Me” in 12 words or less:
“An Uno reverse card of rage”

How S. describes “My Mother Once Told Me Our House Was An Embassy” in 12 words or less:
“Understanding the immigrant child and the politician as one”

S. Mahamud is a poet and essayist studying at the University of Toronto.

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Vol. 12 Contributor Spotlight: Taidgh Lynch

Meet Taidgh Lynch! Taidgh’s poems, “Brother in Wetsuit,” “Robin,” and “What’s Your Garden Like, Brother?”, will be featured in our upcoming poetry special issue, vol. 12.

How Taidgh describes these poems in 12 words or less:
“I see you, brother, between ocean and sky – swimmer, gardener, robin”

Taidgh Lynch is a poet from Killarney, Ireland who lives in Saskatoon with his partner and child. His poetry has appeared in The Waxed Lemon, Drawn to the Light Press, Prairie Fire and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, First Lift Here, was published with JackPine Press in 2019. Find him on Twitter: @taidghlynch.

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