Spring 2019

Featured Readers


ELISE LEVINE is the author of the novels Blue Field and Request and Dedications, and the story collections Driving Men Mad and This Wicked Tongue. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Collagist, Blackbird, Best Canadian Stories, and the Journey Prize Anthology, among other publications, and has been named a finalist for Best Small Fictions 2018. She is the recipient of a Canadian National Magazine Award for fiction; awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council; and residency fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. She lives in Baltimore, MD

In the dark and eerie style of Joy Williams and Karen Russell, this character-driven collection from Elise Levine is tough and tender, filled with complicated people longing for independence from the scripts of the past. From a sniping road-tripping couple in the desert to a cantankerous divinity-school candidate on the prairies to a frustrated cop in a cave in the south of France, This Wicked Tongue showcases the gritty and the sublime

NATALIE SOUTHWORTH (https://nataliesouthworth.ca/) is a Montreal-based writer. Her short stories have won the Brighton Short Story Prize (2018) and have been shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe short fiction award, the BC Federation of Writer’s Short Fiction Contest, and Prairie Fire’s short fiction prize. Her stories have appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire and the Dalhousie Review.

She is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, where she is a member of the editorial board of Prism International.

Natalie has worked as a freelance writer, documentary film producer and full-time reporter for the Globe and Mail. Today, she works as a communications strategist for organizations tackling climate change.


ADAM MEISNER lives in Ottawa, where he writes poetry, plays, and fiction. His play For Both Resting and
Breeding premiered at Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Ontario in April 2018. Adam’s other plays include
Blue Fluted Plain, which appeared in the New Theatre of Ottawa’s Extremely Short New Play Festival,
and Dagmar Avenue/House of Dreams, which placed second in Third Street Theatre’s New Queer
Playwriting Competition. His poetry has been published in literary journals across Canada and the United
States, including The Iron Horse Literary Review, Matrix Magazine, Poetry is Dead, and Plenitude
Magazine. Adam studied theatre at both the University of Toronto and the University of Manchester,
and he is an MFA student in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. You can discover
more of his writing at adammeisner.com

DEBORAH-ANNE's book of linked short stories, The View from the Lane, was published by Great Plains Publications in 2014, Enfield and Wizenty imprint. Her stories have appeared in Missouri Review, Fiddlehead, Event, Descant, South Carolina Review, Narrative among other literary journals.

Her poetry has appeared in Canadian, U.S. and U.K. journals and she was the recipient of the 2018 Diana Brebner award. Her novel, Winter Willow, is forthcoming from Great Plains Publications.

She has called Ottawa her home all her life.


ANITA DOLMAN is the author of Lost Enough: A collection of short stories, and co-editor of Motherhood in Precarious Times, an anthology of poetry and non-fiction. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies throughout North America, including Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Canadian GingerHamilton Arts & Letters, Arc Poetry Magazine, On SpecGrainPRISM international, The Antigonish Review, and Triangulation: Lost Voices.

She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and was a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Award for fiction.

Originally from Labrador, SARA MANG's prose and poetry have appeared in The New Quarterly, Canadian Literature, Room, Carve, CV2, Arc, and other journals. Her work has been a finalist for numerous awards including The New Quarterly's Award for Fiction, The Malahat Review's Award for Poetry, and the Bristol Short Story Prize.

An alumni of the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, Sara is an editorial board member with Prism International and an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. She was recently selected to attend the Writer Studio Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Sara lives in Cornwall, Ontario with her husband, three children and rabbit.

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