August 15, 2017

Sarah Taggart is a meat popsicle

Sarah L. Taggart has published in The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Journey Prize Stories and a Winnipeg zine called 1234V. She has some degrees and has lived a lot of places and has worked many jobs (never as a lumberjack, though) and currently calls Toronto home. She lives with a damn cute dog and an even cuter partner. Sarah Taggart is a meat popsicle.  So says the “Intro” section on your Facebook page. What could this possibly mean? 1. A resistance to providing too much personal information in a public format? Yes. 2. A rejection of overshare culture typical of Facebook? Also yes. 3. Self-deprecatory humour? Never. 4. The hard recognition of the reality of being one of 7.5 billion carbon units on this planet? Hm, maybe? 5. I made the mistake of googling “meat popsicle”, and now I have to factor in the connection to Luc Besson’s Fifth Element and possible references to cryogenics. There’s no limit to how deep that hole goes. So? What gives? It’s number 5. The Fifth Element is one of my all-time favourite movies. I’ve never before considered the cryogenics angle, although I should have considering what’s going on in the movie when that […]
July 25, 2017

Finding Michael Meagher

Bio: I was born and raised in Ontario, then spent most of my twenties roofing, landscaping, and manual labouring in Nova Scotia and British Columbia. In 2015, I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick, where one of my stories won The David H. Walker Prize. My work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, Queen’s Quarterly, The Journey Prize Stories 29, and others. I currently live in Rhode Island, writing in small, regular doses and taking care of my nine-month-old daughter. I had a tough time finding you. The first page of Google results did a poor job of separating you from the other Michael Meaghers. I couldn’t find you on Facebook. You don’t seem to have a writer website, and is still available for the low, low price of $19,395 (or 12 payments of $1617). I had to ask the editor of The Fiddlehead to pass along a message. Are you hesitant to promote your writing online and through social networks? Do you hate social media, or is an expanded online presence a chore that you simply haven’t completed? Seems […]
July 4, 2017

Caroline Adderson and Vancouver Vanishes

Caroline Adderson is the award-winning author of four novels, two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival. Her work has received numerous award nominations including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver. To understand Vancouver Vanishes in context, we have to go back over a decade to a time when Vancouver prices were elevated, but not insane. Boosted by interest rates that were knocked down and never really got off the mat, the latest record-breaking run began after a brief dip in prices in 2008. Realtors were quick to say the things that realtors often say when any large urban market booms. Vancouver is a world-class city. They’re not making any more land. Planeloads of rich Chinese are landing at YVR every day. Everybody […]
June 15, 2017

You’re so vain, you probably thought this award was about you

Recently I submitted an application to the National Magazine Awards at a cost of $107.35, even though that’s not the way it works. Usually the journal that originally published your work thinks you’re so great that they do the application for you, betting that your story will be selected from all those published that year. Journals have done this twice before on my behalf, but I’ve never won. The closest I ever came to a major prize was being included in the Journey Prize Anthology, from which a jury picks the winners—call it a long list. About a hundred years ago (okay, 1997) I had the somewhat diluted pleasure of being one of five horourable mentions in the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. In 1980 I was twelve and pretty thrilled to have my story read on CBC Radio. Besides these very well-spaced, minor victories, my stories don’t seem to be good contest candidates. So why risk being labelled vain and delusional? It felt strange to personally submit my story, bypassing the normal process, but I had a good feeling about “Tickles the Clown”. Feedback from the editor at Grain was very positive, but beyond that I felt the […]
May 23, 2017

Feeling fat with Lucas Crawford

Lucas Crawford, born in Halifax and raised in rural Nova Scotia, is a poet and Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of New Brunswick. Lucas has published two books: Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Press 2015), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and, Transgender Architectonics (a scholarly monograph). In addition, Lucas’ poetry has appeared in magazines and journals such as Lambda Literary, Rattle, Chelsea Station, Lost in Thought, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Literary Review of Canada, PRISM International, Rampike, Room, Dreamland, The New Quarterly, Plenitude, Geist, Atlantis, Other Voices, Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and a variety of books and anthologies. Lucas enjoys food writing and food pop culture, basketball fandom, the giant panda and its politics, perfumery, drawing, the beach, and comedy. After viewing your short video on the UNB website, I can see why your students love you. Your optimism, your positivity, the comments about the student/prof relationship, and your humility make me want to fly over and take that course myself. To say that profs are “still active learners” is not the same kind of top-down authoritarian stance I remember from many of my profs back in the day. I think it […]