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On the Cover: “Easy Way, Hard Way” by Mark Mushet, 2012.


(Notes on this issue’s contributors can be found here.)

Creative Non-Fiction

Zsuzsi Gartner

“2012 Non-Fiction Contest: Alive and Kickin’”

Mary B. Valencia

“The Decision”

Libby Zeleke

“We Were Punk Rockers”


Rodney DeCroo

“A Box of Light”
“An Odd Gift”
“An Angel with Bad Teeth and Small Hands”

Adam Dickinson

“Coefficients of Non-Stick”

Spencer Gordon

“Outside the Legion”

Laurie D. Graham


Brecken Hancock

“Symptoms Include Disinhibition”
“I’m on a Gibbet, Fondling My Fine Workmanship”

dee Hobsbawn-Smith

“Learning to Play Snooker at Emerald Lake”

Danny Jacobs


Aisha Sasha John

From “The Book of You”

Dan O’Brien

“The War Reporter Paul Watson Remembers a Flight”
“The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Secret of War”

Medrie Purdham

“Rowan, We are Ordinary—”
L’Inconnue de la Seine/Resusci Annie”
“Night in the Communal Garden, Our Friends”

Sina Queyras

“The Dead Ones”

Shane Rhodes

“An Act Respecting Indians”

Laisha Rosnau

“Music Box Dancer”

Broc Rossell

“Putting Out the Conscience like an Infinitesimal Cigarette”
“Green Corners Today”
Lac Virginis or La Nuit Faite de Briques

Souvankham Thammavongsa



Robert Kostuck


Mark Jordan Manner

“God’s Bones”

Andrew F. Sullivan

“Kingston Road”

jb warren

“The Bio-Geometry of Socialization”

Jessica Westhead

“Gazebo Times”



Daniel Cameron reviews:

Riel Nason, The Town That Drowned, Goose Lane Editions, 2011
Michelle Butler Hallett, Deluded Your Sailors, Killick Press, 2011

Marian Botsford Fraser reviews:

Kim Thúy, Trans. Sheila Fischman, Ru, Random House Canada, 2012
Yasuko Thanh, Floating like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart, 2012


Elizabeth McCausland reviews:

John Mikhail Asfour and Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Eds., V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012
Ed Starkins, Who Killed Janet Smith?, Anvil Press, 2011


Meredith Quartermain reviews:

Susan Steudel, New Theatre, Coach House Books, 2012
Helen Guri, Match, Coach House Books, 2011

Stuart Ross, You Exist. Details Follow., Anvil Press, 2012

Nikki Reimer reviews:

Colin Browne, The Properties, Talonbooks, 2012
Steven Price, Omens in the Year of the Ox, Brick Books, 2012
Madeline Sonik, The Book of Changes, Inanna, 2012