With summer on its last sweaty leg and the nights already getting cold, we lay before you our 38th issue just in time for some serious Labour Day Weekend reading!
We were fortunate enough this issue to be able to hand over the editorial reins of our fiction and poetry sections to guest summer editors, Amy Jones and Vivek Shraya, and it came as no surprise at all that they wowed us with a select, judicious, and tasty set of pieces from across Canada and beyond.
This season’s short stories, hand-selected by Amy Jones, features everything from Kirsti Salmi’s hotel palm readings in “Coat the Blade” to Michael Melgaard’s heartbreaking candy machines in “Low Risk,” from the slow burn of Eréndira Ramírez-Ortega’s “Fledgling” to the hot flash of Derrick Martin-Campbell’s “Lights of Townless Homes.”
Vivek Shraya’s poetry selections bring a range a voices new and old, including first-timer Isabelle Zhu’s “The Pianist,” Jenna Lyn Albert’s “Date Night,” Spenser Smith’s “Awareness Achievement Denied,” Renée Jackson-Harper’s “re: council,” Nancy Jo Cullen’s “TBH,” Emily Skov-Nielsen’s “Anxiety,” Nolan Natasha Pike’s “Women’s Studies,” Eli Tareq Lynch’s “After Samiya Bashir’s Field Theories,” and Amy LeBlanc’s “@Hereafter.”
In this season’s essays, Annabel Howard falls in love with a nerd and his culture in “Seriousness and the Sublime: An Outsider’s Guide to Nerd Culture,” and Atar Hadari gives us a reconsideration of John Preston’s working class queer identity in “Father John, Moral Pornographer.”
In the interviews, Kris Bone stage-manages a roundtable conversation between poets and comedians, Myra Bloom and Heather White sit down with Molly Peacock to talk about therapy and poetry, and Nicholas Herring grills Chris Gilmore on the problem of other minds, while over in reviews Neil Surkan casts an appraising eye on Laura Broadbent’s In On The Great Joke, and Gavin Tomson opens an umbrella and steps into Carellin Brooks’ 100 Days of Rain.
We hope you will take some time this week[end] to pour yourself a final lemonade of the season and enjoy the issue—if you feel moved to tweet about it while doing so, all the better!
Until next time,