Meet Hollay Ghadery! Hollay’s poem, “Why Fatima Killed Her Mother,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Hollay describes this poem in 12 words or less: A fresh look at the oldest trick in the book.
Hollay Ghadery is a writer living in small-town Ontario. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in various literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Room, CAROUSEL, The Antigonish Review, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. Fuse, her memoir in mixed-race identity and mental health, was released by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in Spring 2021.
Meet Jennifer Falkner! Jennifer’s short story, “Columbina,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Jennifer describes this story in 12 words or less: When a puppet stops breathing, the audience holds its breath.
Jennifer Falkner (she/her) lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications. In 2021, she placed first in the Little Bird writing contest.
Meet Clay Everest! Clay’s poem, “Fog,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Clay describes this poem in 12 words or less: “Fog” is about adults playing pretend and reflecting on childhood disaster games.
Clay Everest is a poet from Halifax who now lives in St. John’s. His work has previously appeared in untethered, (parenthetical), and Riddle Fence. His manuscript, No Subject for the Inexperienced, was awarded the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award. Clay Everest likes boats.
Meet Conyer Clayton! Conyer’s poem, “Once a Week for Eternity,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Conyer describes this poem in 12 words or less: Reframing the inconvenience of allergy shots as a pathway to the divine.
Conyer Clayton is a writer, musician, editor, and gymnastics coach living on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe, aka Ottawa. Her debut full-length collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Guernica Editions, 2020), was a finalist for the 2021 Relit Award. She won The Capilano Review’s 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize and ARC Poetry Magazine’s 2017 Diana Brebner Prize. She’s released two albums and eight chapbooks, including Sprawl | the time it took us to forget (Collusion Books, 2020) written with Manahil Bandukwala, and Towers (Collusion Books, 2021) by VII, of which she is a member.
Meet KATIE CAMERON! Katie’s poem, “Knotted,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Katie describes this poem in 12 words or less: “Knotted” explores queer identity and anxiety, unravelling in expected ways.
Katie Cameron (she/they) is a writer, activist, and queer white settler living on the stolen and unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq (Truro, Nova Scotia). They participated in the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program through Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia as an apprentice writer, 2019-2020. Her poetry is forthcoming in Plenitude.
Meet CHARMAINE CADEAU! Charmaine’s poem, “Everything’s Alright,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Charmaine describes this poem in 12 words or less: Before grief: hours crouched at the untrailed river soaked with lillies.
Born in Toronto, Charmaine Cadeau now lives and works in Lewisville, NC. She is an English professor at High Point University, where she teaches creative writing and literature, and serves as the advisor for Apogee Magazine. She has published two collections of poetry, What You Used to Wear (Goose Lane Editions) and Placeholder (Brick Books), the most recent of which won the Brockman Campbell Book Award and the ReLit Award. Her newest book, Skytale, was handmade with the support of JackPine Press.
Meet MICHELLE POIRIER BROWN! Michelle’s poem, “The Day the Roses Came Was an Ordinary Day,” will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Michelle describes her poem in 12 words or less: The little things in life speak volumes when there is only silence.
Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published poet and performer, currently living in Lək̓ʷəŋən territory (Victoria, BC). She is nêhiýaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation. Her poem “Wake” won PRISM international’s 2019 Earle Birney Prize. Other poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Arc, CV2, Grain, The Greensboro Review, Emrys Journal, Plenitude, The Puritan, and Vallum; several chapbooks and anthologies; and the 2021 song cycle, “The Length of a Day” (Jeffrey Ryan, composer). Her debut book, You Might Be Sorry You Read This, is forthcoming from the University of Alberta Press in the Robert Kroetsch Series in 2022. www.skyblanket.ca
Meet SACHA ARCHER! Four of Sacha’s concrete poems will be featured in our upcoming issue 6.1.
How Sacha describes these pieces in 12 words or less: Noise of letters reimagining how the ear-eye and the eye-ear hold them.
Sacha Archer lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and two daughters. Most recently, he has published Mother’s Milk (Timglaset), which was chosen by CBC as one of the best books of poetry of 2020—the first book of concrete poetry to ever appear on that list. His work has been included in the anthologies Watch Your Head (Coach House Books, 2020) and Writing Utopia 2020 (Hesterglock, 2020). His work Jung Origami is forthcoming from Enneract Editions. Archer’s concrete poetry has been exhibited internationally. Find him on Facebook and Instagram @sachaarcher, or on twitter @sachaarchermeat
MEET THE 6.1 CONTRIBUTORS: Sacha Archer, Michelle Poirier Brown, Charmaine Cadeau, Katie Cameron, Conyer Clayton, Clay Everest, Jennifer Falkner, Hollay Ghadery, Tolmie Greaves, Natalie Hanna, Elizabeth Harrison, Sarah Hilton, Alyson Hoy, Hana Mason, A.A. Parr, Geoff Pevlin, Anna Ralph, Jessica Anne Robinson, Sinead Mary Ryan, Andrew J. Simpson, Allison Whittenberg, and Sara Wilson!
Thank you to everyone who submitted work for consideration for inclusion in Vol. 6.1. All decisions have now been made and issue production is underway. If you haven’t heard from us your piece hasn’t been chosen for inclusion but please submit to us again in the future when our submissions are open.
We are so looking forward to sharing the amazing work in this issue with you soon!