Editorial Assistant Douglas Walbourne-Gough interviewed April White about her illustrations of garbage that accompany Anna Swanson's poetry in their collaborative project, The Garbage Poems. April White's illustration, "A hum at the edge," will be paired with Anna Swanson’s poem, “Portals,” in the upcoming special 75th anniversary issue of The Fiddlehead that will be published in the spring.
Editorial Assistant Melissa Spohr Weiss interviewed Anna Swanson about swimming and writing, creating “found poetry” out of “garbage words,” and her mode of poetic creation that at once came out of and embodies the lived experience of physical and cognitive constraints following a serious concussion. Anna Swanson’s poem, “Portals,” will appear in the upcoming special 75th anniversary issue of The Fiddlehead that will be published in spring
Editorial Assistant Melissa Spohr interviewed Susan Musgrave about her creative process, the roles of emotion, dreams, unknowing, and the subconscious, and the poet’s relationship to the poem in its becoming and ongoing revision. Three of Susan Musgrave’s poems—"More Than Seeing," "What We Do,“ and "Life in the Uncontainable World"—will appear in the upcoming special 75th anniversary issue of The Fiddlehead that will be published in spring.
Photo credit: Regina Akhankina
Recently I learned a new term, “art-washing.” It means that a real estate developer offers a piece of public art to a city government in exchange for its approving a variance in the building code. That happened in Fredericton a few months ago. The city council approved a many-storied condo building bound to spoil a lovely streetscape in the downtown. This comes on the heels of the destruction in Officers’ Square with the removal of many trees, the historic wall and fence, and the green lawn. Those who opposed this demolition were derisively called “The Against Everything Crowd.”
Editorial Assistant Douglas Walbourne-Gough interviewed Sue Goyette about emergence, vulnerability, and engagement in the practices of writing and reading poetry. An excerpt from Sue Goyette's book-length poem, Anthesis, will appear in the upcoming special 75th anniversary issue of The Fiddlehead that will be published in spring.
Introduction: Sue Sinclair
Creative Nonfiction: Sherry Coffey, paulo da costa
Fiction: Emily Bossé, Shaelin Bishop, Diane Carley, Shashi Bhat, Carmelinda Scian
Poetry: Dani Couture, Marika Prokosh, Curtis LeBlanc, Katie Jordan, Allison LaSorda, Jake Kennedy, John Kinsella, Kevin Spenst, Jennifer LoveGrove, Elena Johnson, John Steffler, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Sophie Crocker, Paul Vermeersch, Ojo Taiye, D.A. Lockhart
Emily Bossé won the 2019 Short Fiction Contest for her story, "The Most Beautiful Woman in New Brunswick: Coming to a Field Near You," that will appear in The Fiddlehead no. 282 (Winter 2020). Editorial Assistant William Bonfiglio conducted the following interview with Emily Bossé about narrative, voice, and omissions.