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Meet the Editors of the BIPOC Solidarities Issue - Saleema Nawaz

As we receieve submissions for the upcoming BIPOC Solidarities special issue, we'll be featuring our wonderful team of editors who are working to bring the issue together. 

This special issue is meant as an opening, extending the invitation to BIPOC writers to transform the content and spirit of The Fiddlehead far beyond a single issue; this issue is a commitment to transformation and accountability.

BIPOC Solidarities Special Issue - Call For Submissions!

Submissions are now open for our BIPOC Solidarities Special Issue! What conversations would you have in a room filled with fellow BIPOC writers? What stories would you write for one another that you have held back from publishing in a pervasively white literary industry? The Fiddlehead invites submissions of poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction, and cross-genre innovations by racialized writers residing in the area known as Canada (citizenship not required). This includes writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and racialized writers who wish to push back against the BIPOC acronym.

Rose Maloukis' Reading Recommedation:

Rose Maloukis is a poet and visual artist, with a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Her poetry was short-listed for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize. She won 2nd place in Geist’s erasure poem competition. Her chapbook, Cloud Game with Plums was published in July 2020 by above/ground press. Her poem These Weeds was featured in issue 286 of The Fiddlehead

Emily Hockaday's Reading Recommendation

Emily Hockaday is the author of five chapbooks including Space on Earth and What We Love & Will Not Give Up. Her poems have appeared most recently in Parks & Points, The Fresh Water Review, and Gone Lawn. Her poem Memorial was published in issue 287 of The Fiddlehead, which can be ordered here. She can be found on the web at www.emilyhockaday.com and @E_Hockaday. 

Peter Norman's Reading Recommendations

Peter Norman’s novel, Emberton (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014), was longlisted for the Sunburst Award. His fiction has appeared in The Walrus, Joyland, Grain, PULP Literature, Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada, and elsewhere. His story Pumphouse Marsh can be found in the latest issue of The Fiddlehead, order your copy today!

See more at peternorman.ca

Excerpt from "Mouth Full" by Paige Lindsay

Mouth Full by Paige Lindsay

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How many mouths have been wrapped around your forks, your spoons, and, on rare and daring occasions, your knives? Whose lips have decorated your glasses with foggy, occasionally scarlet, kisses? We have all eaten from this bowl, this simple wooden vessel. A mother, her daughter, her son and his wife, her granddaughter. It has been across the country twice and it is older than you.

What is your Emergency? : A Review by Susan Haley of Shandi Mitchell's "The Waiting Hours"

What is your Emergency?

The Waiting Hours, Shandi Mitchell. Viking, 2019. 

This very accomplished novel is by a Maritime writer I had never run into before, although she has written another, Under This Unbroken Sky, which I intend to read now.

The Waiting Hours is about emergency workers, and the “waiting hours” of the title, is the period during the depths of the night when, if anything happens, it is usually terrible.

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