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Summer Issue Delayed

We regret that our summer poetry issue (200 poetry-packed pages!) will be out a little later than usual, due to an unexpected malfunction at the printer. As a result, the issue is still a few weeks away from arriving on the newsstand or in your mailbox, but believe us, it will be worth waiting for! Check out our cover. And here is a list of contributors to whet your appetite:

Exploring Hellscapes and Grotesque Pathos 

By Zachary Alapi 

A Review of J.R. Helton’s Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions

J.R. Helton’s Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions (Liverlight 2018) accomplishes a unique feat: the weaving of social universality and cultural specificity. For Helton, that means a raw exploration of class, the most pressing and relevant issue we face, couched in the sounds and sights of 1980s Austin — the music, the drugs, the hustlers, and the grandiosity and pomp that only a state like Texas, in all its carnivalesque glory, can render both thrilling and morbid. As readers follow Jake Stewart, a burgeoning artist bent as much on self-destruction as producing great writing or visual art, as he navigates the bloated landscape of Ronald Reagan’s America. An undertone of paranoia and stasis infuses this wry and dark book with urgency and energy that even readers disconnected from the setting and era can feel. 

Announcing the Winners of the New Brunswick Book Awards!

The Fiddlehead and the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual New Brunswick Book Awards, which were handed out at an awards presentation at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John on Friday, June 8. A total of 36 total submissions were received. Congratulations to all the nominees, and thanks again to the judges: Angie Abdou, Sheree Fitch, Susan Gillis, and Andrew Westoll!

The winners, who each received $500 prizes, are as follows:

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