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Erica Hiroko Isomura's Reading Recommendation 

ERICA HIROKO ISOMURA is a writer, artist, and cultural producer. In 2021, she received Room’s Emerging Writer Award and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize. Isomura is working on a book of essays, a poetry collection, and a series of conversations among multi-generational, racialized artists in Canada. ericahiroko.ca. Her poem "re:birth" will appear in the upcoming BIPOC Solidarities Special Issue of The Fiddlehead.  Pre-order your copy today! 

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.

Sam Cheuk's Reading Recommendations

Sam Cheuk is a Hong Kong-born Canadian poet and author of Love Figures (Insomniac Press, 2011), Deus et Machina (Baseline Press, 2017) and Postscripts from a City Burning (Palimpsest Press, 2021) on the 2019 protests in Hong Kong and its aftermath. #StandWithHongKong #香港人加油 #MilkTeaAlliance. Sam's poems are featured in issue 289 (Autumn 2021) of The Fiddlehead

Karen Hueler's Reading Recommendation:

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has published four novels, four collections, and a novella, and has won an O. Henry award, and been a finalist for many others. Read her nonfiction essay "My Own Special Allergy" in the new Autumn issue of The Fiddlehead!

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