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Contributors #170



Michelle Barker’s poetry has been published in North America, the UK (children’s poetry) and Australia. One of her poems is included in the 2011 Best Canadian Poetry anthology. She lives in Penticton, B.C.

John Barton lives in Victoria, where he edits The Malahat Review. For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems and Balletomane: The Program Notes of Lincoln Kirstein, a chapbook, are forthcoming from Nightwood and Jack Pine Press respectively in 2012.

Rhonda Batchelor’s books include Bearings (Brick), Interpreting Silence, Weather Report (both from Beach Holme), Roll from me like water, (Leaf Press), and She Loves You (Dundurn). Her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She’s the Assistant Editor of The Malahat Review.

Cindy Clarke lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her partner Brian and their two dogs. Cindy draws her inspiration for her poems from family, friends, and her environment. Her previous publications include poems and short fiction in The Ottawa Arts Review, Periwinkle, The Caper Times, and Poet’s Podium, among others.

Scott Costen is an army officer in the Canadian Forces. He served in Afghanistan from December 2009 to June 2010.

Mary M. Davies was born in New Orleans and grew up in Halifax. Her work has appeared in Fiction, on, and in Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture. She is finishing her first novel, which is set in Halifax. She lives in Massachusetts, and at

Brian Day is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which is Conjuring Jesus. His poetry has been included in various anthologies, including Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets. He teaches in Toronto.

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has most recently been published in Existere and Contemporary Verse 2. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including, in 2008, Catching Dawn’s Breath. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books; in 2010 it was selected for Poetry NOW’s 3rd Annual Battle of the Bards. Rocco lives in Toronto where he writes and participates on the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series.

Eugene Dubnov was born in Tallinn and educated at Moscow and London Universities. He taught English Literature and was Writer-in-Residence at Carmel College, Oxfordshire, and a Wingate Scholar in London. Two collections of poems in Russian came out in London; verse and prose in English translation and written in English has appeared in many periodicals and European and North American anthologies. A collection in English, translated by Anne Stevenson with the author, is to be published by Shoestring Press in 2012.

Deirdre Dwyer is the author of two poetry collections, The Breath that Lightens the Body (Beach Holme, 1999) and Going to the Eyestone (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002.) She lives on the Eastern Shore with her husband Hans and their golden retriever Molly.

Joel Fishbane is an author of non-fiction, fiction and theatre. His work has been or will be seen in issues of Theatre Journal, Witness, New England Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Saranac Review and many other publications. For more information, visit He has a diabetic cat and sometimes plays the clarinet.

Cate Francis is a printmaker and illustrator from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She obtained her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and has since become an active member of the visual arts community in Saskatchewan by showing, teaching workshops and volunteering province wide. This fall she will continue her education by pursuing an MFA in visual arts at NSCAD university.

Len Gasparini has published nine books of poetry, five story collections, and two children’s books. In 1990 he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. A poetry chapbook, Hear That Long Snake Moan, is forthcoming from LyricalMyrical this year.

Susan Gillis is a Montreal-based poet and a member of the poetry collective Yoko’s Dogs. Her recent work includes The Rapids (Brick Books, 2012) and a chapbook,Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids (Gaspereau Press, 2012).

Cecilia Kennedy is the author of the short story collection, The Robbie Burns Revival & Other Stories (Broken Jaw, 2004), essays in The Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail and, most recently, poetry in the winter 2011 Antigonish Review. That issue arrived just as she learned that she was, indeed, in remission.

Jennifer Lee lives with her family on a small farm on Denman Island, BC. She is a past participant in the Writing Studio, Wired Writing and Literary In(ter)ventions at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Joanna Lilley emigrated with her husband from Britain to Whitehorse, Yukon in 2006. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Studio, Room and FreeFall. She helps run the biennial Whitehorse Poetry Festival and is on the editorial board of the online circumpolar magazine, Arctica.

Sandra Lloyd is a registered nurse with a BSc in Psychology. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Windsor Review, Other Voices, and The Globe and Mail. She is currently studying English Literature at the University of Toronto, and is an executive member of the Hamilton Poetry Centre.

Susan MacDonald grew up in Cape Breton and now lives on Vancouver Island, where she teaches high school English. She feels very lucky to call both the East Coast and West Coast home.

Oscar Martens’ collection of short fiction titled The Girl with the Full Figure Is Your Daughter was published by Turnstone Press in September 2002. In 2008, a story previously published in Queen’s Quarterly was chosen for Journey Prize Stories 20. Visit

Ted McCarthy, poet and scriptwriter, lives and teaches in Clones, Ireland. His work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies in Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. His first collection, November Wedding, won the Brendan Behan Award for best debut; his second, Some poems, appeared earlier this year.

Steve Myers’ poems have recently appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Antigonish Review, River Poetry, and the anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem. New poems are forthcoming in Poetry East, Poet Lore, and The Southern Review. He received a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Shane Neilson is a writer from New Brunswick.

Natalie R. Neville lives in Ottawa, Canada. When she is not traveling, she is reading about the world or trying to invent it.

Richard Norman lives in Halifax. He has recently published poetry in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and CV2, among other Canadian journals. His first collection is forthcoming from Biblioasis.

Erin Orsztynowicz is currently finishing her philosophy and English literature degree from Mount Allison University, albeit from a small Ontario town surrounded by hills, forest and wild dogs. She is working on her first book of poetry.

Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is the author of six books — short fiction and poetry. Most recently, she’s been published in Best Canadian Poetry 2010 and in Rattle. In 2009, her poem “Billy Collins Interviewed On Stage at Chautauqua” won Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest.

Brady Rhoades’ work has appeared in Antioch Review, Baltimore Review, Faultline, Karamu, Louisville Review, SLAB, Tulane Review and other publications. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. He lives in Southern California, where he works as a newspaper editor.

Holley Rubinsky lives in the interior of B.C. and runs Holley Rubinsky’s Writing Camps/Kaslo. “The Jar” is a story from her latest book, At Close Range: Stories, to be published by Brindle & Glass in Spring 2013. Her website is

Jay Ruzesky’s books include Blue Himalayan Poppies (Nightwood Editions) and the novel, The Wolsenburg Clock (Thistledown Press) which was recently shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

J.K. Snyder lives in Ketch Harbour, NS. He is retired from Saint Mary’s University, where he taught in the English Department. These Plath poems, worked from the Journals, hope to do justice to the truth of Robert Lowell’s observation that “language never dies in her mouth.”

Anne Stevenson is an Anglo-American poet, born in England of American parents in 1933, educated in the United States, though she has lived in Britain for more than forty years. Her Poems 1955–2005 were published by Bloodaxe Books in 2006 and Stone Milk appeared in 2007. She is a recipient of prizes from the Lannan Foundation in New Mexico and the American Poetry Foundation. Her Selected Poems was published by The Library of America in 2008. She has also written two books on the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and a biography, Bitter Fame, of Sylvia Plath.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain writes and translates in English, French and Chinese. Her book of poetry, Water the Moon, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Translations include Auxeméry (Estepa, 2011), Bai Hua and Yu Xiang (Zephyr, forthcoming), and prose poems of Hai Zi (Tupelo, forthcoming). An editor at Cerise Press and a zheng concertist, she lives in France.

Kim Trainor’s poems have appeared recently in Event and Grain, and are forthcoming in Prairie Fire and CV2. She received honorable mention in the 2009 Ralph Gustafson poetry contest and Room’s 2010 poetry contest. She lives in Vancouver.

Melissa Tuckey is the author of Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Pudding House Press. She has received a Fine Arts Work Center residency, among other awards for her writing. Her poetry has been anthologized in DC Poets Against the War, Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, Poets for Palestine, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: The Teachers of Writers Corps in Poetry and Prose, and is forthcoming in Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology. She teaches at Ithaca College, and lives in Ithaca, New York.

J.M Villaverde’s story collection, Dance of the Suitors, was published by Oberon Press. He has completed a second collection and is at work on a novel.

Rachel Williams-Oakes currently resides in London Ontario. She has done work as a freelance writer and artist over the past few years and aspires to become a published novelist.

Yang Zi (1963- ), proclaimed contemporary Chinese poet, is the author of a dozen books including Border Fast Train (1994), Gray Eyes (2000), and Rouge (2007). After his university studies in Chinese literature, he lived in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for nine years and co-founded the literary journal, Big Bird. In 1990, he was appointed Vice Alderman of Tahaqi Village. Since 1993, he has lived in the southern coastal city, Guangzhou and now works as the Associate Chief Editor of the Nanfang People Weekly. Also known as a poetry translator, he has introduced the writings of Osip Mandelstam, Paul Célan, Fernando Pessoa, Gary Snyder, Charles Simic and other Western poets to Chinese readers.

Ye Chun is the author of two books of poetry, Travel Over Water (Bitter Oleander Press), and Lantern Puzzle, winner of Tupelo Press’ 2011 First/Second Book Award. Her translation of Hai Zi’s poetry is also forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her Chinese novel Peach Tree In The Sea was recently published by People’s Literature Publishing House in China. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri