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Interview with Acadia Currah

Intern Brigitte Robichaud's interview with Acadian Currah about her essay "Femme Fatales and The Lavender Menace” from the summer creative nonfiction issue.

Acacadia Currah (she/they) is an essayist and poet residing in Vancouver, BC. Their work explores her relationship with gender, sexuality, and religion. She is a leather-jacket-latte-toting lesbian, her work seeks to reach those who most need to hear it. Their work has appeared in The Spotlong Review and Defunkt Magazine.

Excerpt from "Tabarnacle" by Ellen McGinn

Tabarnacle by Ellen McGinn

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On the day, there is a darkness, raven black, on the far edge of the ocean, a soft settled line breaks the sky from the sea and the sea from the sky. Both summer blue, like twins. 

Do not start with darkness. Consider blackberry picking this afternoon. Consider a pie. The wasps going insane.

Greenland melts.

Australia is on fire.

Excerpt from "Dispatches" by K Ho

Dispatches by K Ho, 2021 Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner

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Every morning before my online creative writing workshop, I take a black handheld device, about four inches long and one inch wide, and line it up next to my laptop. It looks like an old-school cellphone, not unlike an early-aughts Nokia mobile on which many eager hands played Snake. The device has a red button and a mouthpiece of scattered dots for soundwaves to slide through. I press record and wait for class to begin.

Matthew Hooton's Reading Recommendations

Matthew Hooton is the author of the novels Deloume Road and Typhoon Kingdom, and has written fiction and non-fiction for a number of venues internationally. He teaches at the University of Adelaide, where his research ranges from Korean history through Jim Henson's Muppets and the stunts of Evel Knievel. His story Nine Endings was published in the Summer Fiction issue of The Fiddlehead. Order your copy of the issue today!

Emira Tufo's Reading Recommendation

Emira Tufo is a Bosnian Canadian writer based in Montreal. She is the recipient of the 2019 CBC/Quebec Writers’ Federation Writer in Residence award. Her essays have appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette and on CBC. Her storytelling has been featured on the Confabulation and Volume Knob podcasts. Emira's nonfiction essay Heroes was published in issue no. 286 of TheFiddlehead. 

Revisiting our 2019 CNF Contest Winner!

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Dafna Izenberg won the 2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize for “The Promised Language,” published in The Fiddlehead, No. 281 (Autumn 2019). Editorial Assistant Jaeden Langlois conducted the following interview with Dafna Izenberg about her relationship to the Hebrew language.

Remember The Fiddlehead's CNF Contest deadline is June 1st! You could win $2000! Ariel Gordon will judge the submissions.

The State of the Art

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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.”

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