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With Earmarks of Memoir: A Review by Susan Haley of Kelley Jo Burke's "Wreck" and Michelle Porter's "Approaching Fire"

Enjoy a sneak peak from the upcoming Summer Creative Nonfiction Issue! Read Susan Haley's review of Approaching Fire by Michelle Porter and Wreck, a very anxious memoir by Kelley Jo Burke. 

Don't forget to pre-order your copy of the Summer Creative Nonfiction Issue today! 

Review of David Folster's "Discovering the Movies in New Brunswick" by Mike Thorn

David Folster was a journalist, social historian, and heritage and conservation activist from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He wrote for a wide assortment of magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Sports Illustrated, Canadian Geographic, and the Christian Science Monitor. He was a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television programs. He is also the author of The Great Trees of New Brunswick and The Chocolate Ganongs of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, a narrative history of the business that was shortlisted for the 1990 Canadian Business Book of the Year Award.

Nothing into Nothing: A Review by Susan Haley of Joseph A. Dandurand's "I Will Be Corrupted"

Nothing into Nothing

I Will Be Corrupted, Joseph A. Dandurand. Guernica Editions, 2020.

In the poem, “Whisper from you,” Joseph Dandurand rants about “one ass of an editor” (this is in the very last poem of this fine collection and presumably there for a reason), who tells him he should “add some imagery to [his] work.” I actually laughed out loud. 

Review of "Best Canadian Stories 2021" by Meghan Kemp-Gee

Remember the incapacitating “brain fog” that troubled so many of us during the COVD-19 lock-downs of 2020 and 2021? 

(Maybe you don’t, because…well, brain fog. Or maybe you do, because we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic and you’re still very much fogged up.) 

In her introduction to Best Canadian Stories 2021, editor Diane Schoemperlen describes her own experience of “brain fog” this way: 

"Although my love of reading had helped me through many crises in my life, now I found it too had mostly deserted me. [...] My concentration and attention span had dwindled to the point where I no longer had the bandwidth to read more than ten or twenty pages at a stretch. [...] I finally realized short stories could be the perfect antidote to this problem."

Review of Dan O'Brien's "Our Cancers" by Megan Kuklis

Dan O’Brien is a poet and playwright. His poetry collections include Our Cancers, War Reporter, New Life, and Scarsdale. O’Brien is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and two PEN America Awards for playwriting. His work has been published in several issue of The Fiddlehead, most recently in issue 283 (Spring 2020). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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