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Winter 2013 / 3.19


"Delirious Coherence": an Interview with Nicole Brossard
A Noise of Universe
from Notes for a novel never written: Ban
how it is (January 2012)
from Bad Arts
from Lo mismo: The same
from Vancouver For Beginners
from The Library
Imagine the Library
from Orientalisme
from Mortify
Before Midnight
from The Robber
Thank you
from The Obituary
Three Chapters from Mixtape
Crime Scene on Ice
Bildungsroman: a life in line items
Constantly Arriving
Five Poems
Five Poems
Of the Hollow
Argiope lycosidae
Cover image: Kyla Mallett, from The Library: The Universe, 2009, lightjet print, 20" x 16". Courtesy of the artist.


JORDAN ABEL is a First Nations writer from Vancouver. His writing has been published in CV2, Grain, and Canadian Literature. His first collection of poetry, The Place of Scraps, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Fall 2013. Visit him at jordanabel.ca.

DEREK BEAULIEU is the author of five books of poetry, three volumes of conceptual fiction, over 150 chapbooks and one volume of criticism, Seen of the Crime, which was published by Snare Books in 2011. He is the youngest writer in Canada to have his papers collected in extensio by Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Literature Collection and is the publisher of the acclaimed smallpresses housepress (1997–2004) and no press (2005–present). Beaulieu is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb and teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Mount Royal University. In 2013 Wilfrid Laurier University Press is publishing his Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell (co-edited with Lori Emerson) and No more poetry, please: the selected poetry of Derek beaulieu as edited by Kit Dobson. 2013 also brings a new volume of visual poetry entitled Kern (Les Figues).

LARISSA BERINGER has been an art librarian at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 2006. She holds an MLIS from McGill University, Montreal and an BFA/Major in Textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has lectured on experimental libraries, alternative archives, and artists’ publications. This year she established the Emily Carr Library’s inaugural Artists’ Books Research Residency program. Montreal poet, novelist, and essayist

NICOLE BROSSARD has influenced a generation of writers in Canada and abroad. Among her 30 books, many exist in English translation: Mauve Desert, The Aerial Letter, Picture Theory, Lovhers, Baroque at Dawn, The Blue Books, Installations, Museum of Bone and Water, and more recently Intimate Journal, Fluid Arguments, Yesterday at the Hotel Clarendon, and Notebook of Roses and Civilization (trans. by Erín Moure and Robert Majzels, Griffin Prize finalist). She co-founded and co-directed the avant-garde journal La Barre du Jour (1965-1975), co-directed the film Some American Feminists (1976), and co-edited the acclaimed Anthologie de la poesie des femmes au Quebec. Her work has been attributed the Governor General’s Award (twice), the Prix Athanase-David, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Grand Prix de Poésie du Festival international de Trois-Rivières (twice), and the Molson Prize. It is widely translated into English and Spanish, and also into German, Italian, Japanese, Slovenian, Romanian, Catalan. She is a member of l’Académie des lettres du Québec and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent books in English are Fences in Breathing and Selections: The Poetry of Nicole Brossard. White Piano (translated by Moure and Majzels) will appear in 2013.

CLINT BURNHAM teaches at Simon Fraser University. In the fall of 2012 he read at Capilano University, North Vancouver; the Western Front, Vancouver; and Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson. His criticism has recently appeared in Canadian Art (online), and in projects co-edited with Lorna Brown, Paul Budra, and Christine Stewart.

JEN CURRIN has published three books of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities (2005), Hagiography (2008), and The Inquisition Yours (2010), which was a finalist for four awards and won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award. She teaches writing at Kwantlen University, Vancouver Community College, and for The Writer’s Studio at SFU.

MARK DAHL is an autodidactic artist, writer, and musician from Vancouver, BC. He currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Dahl’s work has shown many times in Vancouver over the years, including in the pages of Front Magazine, and a number of times in Sydney, Australia. He never went to high school. More of his work can be seen here: markdahl.blogspot.com.

MERCEDES ENG is a teacher and writer in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. Mercenary English (CUE), her first book of poetry, is forthcoming in 2013. Her current project considers implementation of Canadian multicultural policy within the federal prison system.

JON R. FLIEGER’S work has appeared or is forthcoming in CV2, The Malahat Review, Descant, Matrix, Kiss Machine, Rampike, The Danforth Review, The Windsor Review, filling Station, and Momaya Press Fiction Annual 2011. He won the 2011 Norma Epstein national award for fiction and was a finalist for the Howard O’ Hagan Short Fiction award. He is afraid of bees. His piece “Thank you,” in this issue, is the winner of TCR’s winter narrative contest.

FAYE HARNEST is the author of Girl Fight (James Lorimer & Co. 2011). She is currently writing her second novel, and a poetry collection written in English, French, and Braille.

SUSAN HOLBROOK’s poetry books are the Trillium-nominated Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009), Good Egg Bad Seed (Nomados 2004), and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She lives in Leamington, Ontario and teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. She recently co-edited The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford UP 2010).

REG JOHANSON is the author of Courage, My Love (Line Books 2006), and the editor of AKA Waandizimo, a selection of Marie Annharte’s critical writing forthcoming from CUE Books. He teaches writing and literature at Capilano University on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.

BHANU KAPIL lives in Colorado where she teaches writing and thinking at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. Kapil has written four full-length, crossgenre works: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press 2009), and Schizophrene (Nightboat Books 2011). Currently, she is writing a novel of the race riot, BAN.

MICHAEL LAKE is a writer from Nova Scotia currently living in Montreal. He is a coordinator of Hidden Gems, an intergenerational storytelling project, and his poetry and reviews have appeared in Rover, Matrix, and The Puritan, among others.

ALEX LESLIE has published a collection of short stories People Who Disappear (Freehand 2012) and a chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects For The New World (Nomados 2011). This year she edited the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead and the Companion Animals issue of The Incongruous Quarterly. Her work has won a CBC Literary Award, a Gold National Magazine Award, and awards from Matrix and Prairie Fire. She writes online at: alexleslie.wordpress.com.

Novelist, poet, playwright, and translator ROBERT MAJZELS is the author of the full length play This Night the Kapo and four novels, most recently The Humbugs Diet (2007). His translations have won a Governor General’s Award and been shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. His most recent translation, with Erín Moure, is White Piano by Nicole Brossard (Coach House 2013).

KYLA MALLETT completed her MFA at UBC in 2004, and her BFA at Emily Carr in 2000. Working primarily in photography, text and print media, her practice engages with the intersection of culture and language, using archival and statistical research to examine transgressive activities in such cultural arenas such as adolescence, feminism, academia and art. Mallett’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Modern Fuel (Kingston), Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), and The Power Plant (Toronto), with solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Catriona Jeffries (Vancouver), Access (Vancouver), ThreeWalls (Chicago), Mount St. Vincent University Gallery (Halifax), and Mercer Union (Toronto). Mallett is Assistant Professor in Visual Art (Photography) and Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University.

NICOLE MARKOTIC has published two novels (Yellow Pages and Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot) and three books of poetry (Connect the Dots, Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, and Bent at the Spine). She teaches at the University of Windsor, specializing in Creative Writing, CanLit, Poetry, KidsLit, and Disability Studies. She is on the NeWest literary board, and currently publishes a poetry chapbook series, Wrinkle Press.

ASHOK MATHUR is a writer, cultural organizer, and artist-researcher. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. His novels include Once Upon an Elephant, and The Short, Happy Life of Harry Kumar, and A Little Distillery in Nowgong.

Poet ERÍN MOURE translates from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese. Her most recent poetry is The Unmemntioable (2012) and most recent translation, with Robert Majzels, is White Piano by Nicole Brossard (Coach House 2013). Their translation of Nicole Brossard’s Notebook of Roses and Civilization was a Griffin Prize finalist.

AARON PECK is the author of The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis and Letters to the Pacific. He frequently writes about art.

VANESSA PLACE: À la question êtes vous un auteur de fiction ou un poète? elle répond «oui.» http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_Place

MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN is a writer of urban spaces and an innovator of poetic and narrative form. Vancouver Walking won the 2006 BC Book Award for poetry and Recipes from the Red Planet was a finalist for the 2011 BC Book Award for fiction. Rupert’s Land: a novel is forthcoming from NeWest Press.

SINA QUEYRAS is the author most recently of Autobiography of Childhood (Coach House 2011). Her collection of poetry, Expressway (Coach House 2009), was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. Her poetry, fiction and non fiction has appeared in journals internationally including The London Review, Poetry, Fence, Geist, and Siecle 21. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford, and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

GEORGE RAMMELL has been an active sculptor and art instructor since 1976. In addition to his education at the Vancouver School of Art (EDCUAD) he worked with Haida Artist Bill Reid for over 10 years. Rammell has participated in sculpture symposia in Sweden, Brittany, and Austria; he has participated in twenty exhibitions and is collected internationally. He is currently on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver. With the support of the Canada Council Rammell has recently completed a large mixedmedia work entitled Ursus Arctos, The Persistence of Instinct. For more information on this and other works go to: http://www3.telus.net/4/rammell.

Montréal novelist GAIL SCOTT’S fourth novel, The Obituary, was a finalist for the 2011 Montréal Book of the Year (Grand prix du livre de Montréal). Scott’s other ground-breaking novels include My Paris (Dalkey Archive), Heroine, and Main Brides. She has published collections, essays, stories, manifestoes, and collaborations with Nicole Brossard et al (La theorie, un dimanche), and with Robert Glück et al (Biting the Error). She lives, mostly, in Montréal and teaches Creative Writing at Université de Montréal. An excerpt from The Obituary appears in this issue of TCR with thanks to Coach House Books.

MICHAEL TURNER is a Vancouver-based writer of fiction, criticism, and song. His most recent book, 8x10 (Doubleday Canada), was nominated for the 2010 Ethel Wilson B.C. Book Prize for Fiction. Poems from his current manuscript, 9x11, appear in West Coast Line (46:1) and here, in this issue.

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