Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong (both with Anvil Press), and over a dozen chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press), and most recently Upend (Frog Hollow Press: Dis/Ability series). Two of Spenst's poem were featured in The Fiddlehead issue 282 (Winter 2020). He lives on unceded Coast Salish territory with the love of his life Shauna Kaendo.
Margo Wheaton is one of the contributors to Brian Bartlett's section of reflective prose in our 75th anniversary issue. Brian selected poets who didn't publish their first collections until the age of fifty or later. Wheaton's debut poetry collection The Unlit Path Behind the House won a Canadian Authors Association award and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Fred Cogswell Award for Literary Excellence, the J. M. Abraham Award, and the Relit Award. She an associate poetry editor at The Dalhousie Review.
Wheaton will be reading her work live during our free online anniversary event on December 9. After reading, click here to register!
Jónína Kirton is one of the authors whose reflective prose is featured in Brian Bartlett's section of our 75th anniversary issue. She is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, and was sixty-one when she received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.
Enjoy Kirton's live reading of I'm in Iceland, darling during our 75th anniversary online celebration on November 25. After reading, click here for more information on how to register for the free events!
We were thrilled to hear that Fiddlehead contributor David Huebert's short fiction story Chemical Valley was selected for this year's Journey Prize longlist! Congratulations David! And congratulations to all of the other longlisted authors. Thank you to the judges, the Writers' Trust, and M&S!
To read more about the 13 longlisted Canadian authors, check out the CBC article here!
Today we are featuring two poems by Ingrid Ruthig. Ruthig is the author of two books of poetry, Slipstream and This Being, the later of which won the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She is also one of the contributors to Brian Bartlett's section in our 75th anniversary issue. This section featured prose reflection from poets who did not publish their first poems until after age of fifty.
Ruthig will be reading these poems live during our November 25 online anniversary event. After reading, click here for more details about the events and to register for free!
E. Alex Pierce is one of the contributors to Brian Bartlett's section of prose reflection from our 75th anniversary issue. The following excerpt is from her poem The Stanzas: Rooms, which can be found in her book To float, to drown, to close up, to open (University of Alberta Press 2020). Pierce will be reading this excerpt live during our free online poetry reading on August 26.
After readng, click here to learn more and register for our free online 75th anniversary events!