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Interview With John Barton

Editorial Assistant Joel St. Peters recently connected with poet John Barton to discuss his poetry, the AIDS crisis, and the victimization of the queer community. 

John Barton is the current Poet Laureate of Victoria. He has published eleven books of poetry and nine chapbooks. His most recent collection of poetry—a book of sonnets entitled Lost Family: A Memoir—has just been published, his first in six years. Three pieces from this new collection, “Bathhouse Raids, Toronto, 1981,” “HIV: A History,” and “Coda for the Victims,” were featured in The Fiddlehead’s Summer 2020 issue

Interview With Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner Morgan Charles

Morgan Charles' story Plagued was the winner of our 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest. Recently, editorial board member William Bonfiglio spoke to Morgan about compassion, helplessness and writing during a pandemic. 

Plagued is featured in our upcoming Fall Issue 285. Click Read more for the full interview! 

Lazar Trubman's Reading Recommendation

Lazarus Trubman is a college professor from the former USSR, who immigrated to the United States in 1990. In 2017, he retired from teaching to devote his time to writing. He’s been published in The Threepenny Review, Vestal Review, Lit Mag, Digging Press, Forge, Black Mountain Press and other publications. Keep an eye out for Lazar's story Toxic Susan in our upcoming Fall issue No. 285!

No. 284 (Summer Poetry 2020)

Introduction: Sue Sinclair

Poetry: Ian Williams, Conor Kerr, Patricia Young, Marianne Boruch, Sharon McCartney, Scott Lemoine, Rayanne Haines, Alyda Faber, Billeh Nickerson, Lindsay Bird, Adam Sol, Tammy Armstrong, Eleonore Schönmaier, Jaswinder Bolina, Émile Nelligan trans. Ben Ladouceur, John Reibetanz, Gary Barwin, Kirby, Simon Brown, Isabella Wang, Heather Bartlett, Stephen Dunn, Shane Neilson, Kevin Heslop, Geneviève Paiement, Jessica Johns, Domenica Martinello, RM Vaughan, M.L. Martin, Jordan Abel, John Barton, James Langer, Neil Surkan, Ellie Sawatzky, Terese Mason Pierre, Helen Robertson, Perry Reimer, Cynthia Hogue, Rhea Tregebov, Kevin Shaw, Alice Burdick

Reviews: Travis Lane, Lynn Davies, Clarissa Hurley, Emily Skov-Nielson, Susan Haley

Artwork: Derek Beaulieu and Rhys Farrell

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