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Marco Melfi’s Reading Recommendation

Marco Melfi is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. His poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, The Arc Award of Awesomeness, Funicular, and FreeFall. His chapbook, In between trains, was published in 2014 and his poem "The Faulty Porch Light" won The Fiddlehead's 2021 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest. He lives in Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. 

John Barton's Reading Recommendation

John Barton’s books include Polari, We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos, and The Essential Douglas LePan, which won a 2020 eLit Award. Lost Family, his twelfth book of poetry, was nominated for the 2021 Derek Walcott Prize. His poetry was most recently featured in The Fiddlehead in the Spring 2022 issue. He lives in Victoria, where he is the city’s fifth poet laureate. 

Sandra Nicholls' Reading Recommendations

Sandra Nicholls is the author of two books of poetry, The Untidy Bride and Woman of Sticks, Woman of Stones, and a novel, And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade. She also wrote the libretto for a chamber opera about a homeless man, with her husband, guitarist Roddy Ellias. Sleeping Rough was performed at Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival, and is available as a DVD. New projects include a second novel, The Ornamental Man, and a suite of songs about the pandemic, Not This Room. Her story, "From A Distance", is featured in the new Spring issue of The Fiddlehead

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. 

T. Liem's Music Recommendation

T. Liem is the author of OBITS. (2018). Her writing has been published in Apogee, Plenitude, Room, The Boston Review, Grain, Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and 2019, and elsewhere. She lives in Tio’Tia:ke / Montreal, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territories. T. Liem's poetry, including “The Middle of No Where is Somewhere”, is featured in the BIPOC Solidarities issue of The Fiddlehead. Order your copy today!

Shortlist Announced for 2021 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest!

The Fiddlehead is pleased to announce the finalists of our 2021 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest, judged by Selina Boan, Matthew Gwathmey and Susan Musgrave! The winner of the $2000 contest prize will be announced on April 6 2022 and the winning poem will appear in the Spring 2022 issue (291). Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the following finalists!

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