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By Rebecca Rosenblum

Rebecca Rosenblum opens her commanding, technically impressive debut novel with a note-perfect chapter titled “Marriage.” Assured and captivating, it portrays a deeply melancholic narrator, a slumped English professor in “the middle of a near-silent summer,” ... Read More »

April 17, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Terry Griggs

After earning a 1991 Governor General’s Literary Award nomination for her debut, the short-fiction collection Quickening, Terry Griggs has continued to garner critical praise. Known for her whirlwind storytelling and lush vocabulary, Griggs won the ... Read More »

April 10, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Suzannah Showler

Two new volumes find similar poets at very different stages of their careers: the established Mary di Michele and the emerging Suzannah Showler. The similarities lie in their formal practice: new formalist lyrics with heavily ... Read More »

April 10, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Mary di Michele

Two new volumes find similar poets at very different stages of their careers: the established Mary di Michele and the emerging Suzannah Showler. The similarities lie in their formal practice: new formalist lyrics with heavily ... Read More »

April 10, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Micheline Maylor

The first wave of 2017’s poetry collections include a late-career highlight from Lorna Crozier and books by younger poets engaged in typically Crozerian topics, from the Prairie spirituality of Lisa Martin’s Believing is not the ... Read More »

April 6, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Lorna Crozier

The first wave of 2017’s poetry collections include a late-career highlight from Lorna Crozier and books by younger poets engaged in typically Crozerian topics, from the Prairie spirituality of Lisa Martin’s Believing is not the ... Read More »

April 6, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Alisa Smith

Set in the Pacific Northwest and spanning the years of the Second World War, Speakeasy focuses on Lena Stillman’s connection to Bill Bagley, a notorious criminal. In his heyday, Bill’s risky bank robberies and elaborate ... Read More »

March 27, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Karen Enns

Using observation, technology, and reasoning, scientists can describe every aspect of the horizon, from the angle of light off the water to eras of time indicated by striations in the rocks jutting out of a ... Read More »

March 27, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen’s latest collection is billed as an “extended love letter” to her poetic influences and fascinations. Poignant and honest, Dear Ghost, breathes with a tenderness that is also blunt and frequently melancholy: “I apologize ... Read More »

March 20, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Kevin Connolly

A great deal of poetry – and thus, a great deal of poetry criticism – is taken up, whether explicitly or otherwise, with the notion of tradition. Where a poet is situated within a tradition, ... Read More »

March 20, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry

By Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith’s new poetry collection, Bad Ideas, is comprised of meditations on mourning, longing, sexuality, and gender. Throughout the book are poems about the passing of Smith’s father, poems that question masculinity, and poems ... Read More »

March 20, 2017 | Filed under: Poetry