Reader Spotlight: Shannon McConnell

Shannon McConnell is a writer, teacher and musician originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2017, she completed her MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines across Canada.


When it’s this cold outside, who doesn’t love complaining about the weather? Come by McNally Robinson Bookseller’s TODAY at 7pm to hear Shannon’s haikus lamenting the winter cold of the prairies.

Reader Spotlight – K.S.A Brazier-Tompkins

K.S.A. Brazier-Tompkins hails from north-western Ontario, but spent much of her youth in New Brunswick. She received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Saskatchewan. Her published work includes articles, novels, short stories, and poetry. Brevity is not her strength, but she approaches it most closely through poetry.

She’s the first of our readers who will be performing at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon on Monday.

Photo by Jade McDougall, 2018

Get-to-Know-the-Readers: Toni

Toni Hiatt writes mostly stories, songs, and pen-pal letters. She has a poem in antilang. and hopes to write more poems “one day” (which will be in September when the MFAs are forced into poetry). She has studied anthropology, classical voice, jazz music, and herbalism, and draws inspiration from forests, folklore, and Jungian psychology among other intriguing things.
Toni’s writing has been published in PRISM Magazine, UVICs XANADU Anthology, and she occasionally covers events for the Canadian music blog RideTheTempo.  (Because she really really likes going to see music!) She has performed and collaborated on two albums with her Victoria, BC band Cathedral Bloom, and crushed the patriarchy as her literary alter-ego ‘Virginia Were-Woolf’ in the 2017 performance by the West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers artist collective.

Photo on 2017-10-27 at 2.47 PM #2.jpgShe is currently finishing her first year of an MFA in writing at the University of Saskatchewan and has at this point given up all hope in ever getting to comfortably walk outside with less than six layers of clothing. 

Get-to-Know-the-Readers: Geoff

Some definitions you need to know before you read Geoff Pevlin’s work in antilang.:

broad: (adj.) of speech, markedly dialectical

cuffer: (noun) a tale or yarn; a friendy chat; an exchange of reminiscences

cramp-hand: (adj.) of a person, difficult to understand, amazing, because of clever or humorous speech

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Geoff Pevlin hails from the mauzy shores of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He has taught in six countries around the world and has travelled to over forty others in an effort to escape the harsh realities of life on a barren, wind-swept island in the middle of the North Atlantic. He is a writer, an editor, a teacher, a visual artist, and an uncle.