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Winter 1998 / 2.24

The Wittgenstein Letters to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (Skirting her a subject) (or girls girls girls)
Seven Poems
The distance of distinct vision: an interview with Laiwan
Things for the Dead
Excerpts from Discovering Darkness
COVER: “Untitled Slide #36” from the series: “she who had scanned the flower of the world . . .”


LYNNE BELL, associate professor and head of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan, is a historian of visual culture whose recent work has focused on two collaborative research projects funded by SSHRC: the first (with Carol Williams, Rutgers University) investigates the diverse practices of women artists, curatorsand educators in Canada; the second (with Janice Williamson, University of Alberta) investigates interdisciplinary cul-tural practices on the prairies. Interviews conducted in these research projects are appearing in West Coast Line, BC Studies, and Tessera, among other journals. In 1996, she was guest curator of Urban Fic-tions for Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, a group exhibition which focused on the mixed cultures, histories and subjectivities of the contemporary city. She has also given numerous papers on the role of visual culture in the construction of the touristic nation and she is currently preparing this research for publication.

MICHAEL CRUMMEYs first book of poetry. Arguments With Gravity, was published by Quarry Press in 1996. It won the 1996 Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland & Labrador Literary Award for poetry. "Discovering Darkness" is based on the diary of John Froude (1863-1939) of Twillingate, Newfoundland. It will be published in Hard Light, a second collection due out with Brick Books in June, 1998.

LAIWAN was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese origin. She emigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the civil war in Rhodesia. She is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Vancouver, B.C. Since graduating from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Laiwan started the OR Gallery (Vancouver) in 1983 and has initiated various curatorial projects such as the Zimbabwean Women in Contemporary Culture Trust (Harare) in 1991. She has also participated in a variety of group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the US. For the past ten years, Laiwan has been involved in commu-nity-based volunteer activism. Her writing can be found in numerous publications like Mix, Kinesis, WestCoast Line, The Capilano Review, Harbour. Her artist's book distance of distinct vision was published by the Western Front (Vancouver) in 1992, and a new book from Articule Gallery (Montreal), examining her collages and bookwork since 1982, will be available in February of 1998. For the past three years, Laiwan was co-editor of Front Magazine. She is now directing her focus on new research towards a masters degree at Simon Fraser University.

LEA LITTLEWOLFE: During the last two years, since she emerged from the closet, she has been published in numerous literary periodicals and presently is in cahoots with the Winnipeg Art Gallery on a project. Home is the Onion Lake Indian Reserve on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

ERIN MOURE's eighth collection of poems, Search Procedures (Anansi, 1996) was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Poetry. She is currently completing a new collection entitled A Frame of the Book. She works as a freelance translator and is based in Montreal.

TAIEN NG-CHAN has had poetry and fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Moosehead Anthology, Geist, blue buffalo. Contemporary Verse 2, Out of Place from Coteau Books and eye wuz here from Douglas & Mclntyre. To the dismay of her partner, she's decided to learn how to play the violin.

CAROL WILLIAMS is a doctoral candidate in American and Women's History at Rutgers University in New Jersey working on the final stages of her thesis "Framing the West: Race, Gender and the Photographic "Frontier" in the Pacific Northwest 1862-1912. The thesis explores the impact of photographic imagery, produced by professionals and amateurs, on settler perceptions of "Indian life" in British Columbia, Alaska and Northern Washington. In addition to participating in activities associated with her profession as a historian, Williams has published essays and interviews on contemporary women artists and activism in Canada. She is currently a sessional lecturer at Capilano College and Simon Fraser University.