Melinda Jane – The Poet Mj’s “Kit” is a structurally unique piece in antilang., a micro-novel written in verse. Jump to page 25 of the new issue and see the full arc unfold.Melinda Jane – The Poet Mj: writer, spoken word artist with explorations in soundscapes, improv music in the performing arts. Poems in Thirty West Publishing, The Mozzie, Rambutan, and more.
Jessica Mehta’s poem “Savagery” opens antilang. no. 2 and sets the bold, political, and powerful tone that many of our emergent contributors carry on throughout the issue. Read her other poem, “Orygun,” and the rest of the issue by clicking the excerpt below.Jessica Mehta is a multi-award-winning poet, storyteller, and author of 13 books. She’s a member of the Cherokee Nation and has been awarded numerous poet-in-residency positions around the world. Currently, she is a Halcyon Art Labs fellow and working on her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. Her next poetry collection, Savagery, is forthcoming with Airlie Press in 2019.
Our second last preview before we launch antilang. no. 2 is “Borealis,” a flash fic by Steve Passey that instantly locates and characterizes its narrator with a distinct voice. This story is a perfect lead-in to fall, when the auroras become more frequent and visible in the chill evenings.
Steve Passey is originally from Southern Alberta. He is the author of the collection Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock and the chapbook “The Coachella Madrigals,” among many others.
Obviously, we appreciate concise writing, and we think it’s at its best when the imagery and language hone in on one moment. Lonnie Monka’s poem does just that and the fireworks pop off the page.
A freelance writer and poetry enthusiast, Lonnie Monka runs Jerusalism, an initiative to foster local literary community through events such as reading series, author meet-ups, workshops, and more. When not busy reading or writing, she enjoys posting pictures of restrooms on Instagram – @toiletsofjerusalem.
We’re coming at you with another preview with just 2 days until our antilang. launch!
Anastasia Jill (Anna Keeler) is a queer poet and fiction writer living in the southern United States. She is a current editor for the Smaeralit Anthology. Her work has been published or is upcoming with Poets.org, Lunch Ticket, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, apt, Into the Void Magazine, 2River, and more.
Read her poem “Kick it” here and be sure to check out soundbite for more of her work (also launching September 5th)!
Part 2 of our double-feature is a lyric poem by David Martin, which appears in antilang. and is titled “Loess.” David Martin works as a literacy instructor in Calgary and his poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize. If you haven’t already checked out his debut collection, Tar Swan (published earlier this year by NeWest), then go do that now! antilang. will still be featuring his work when you get back! We are thrilled to have this and one other poem by David in our second issue.
We promised you a deluge, a veritable inundation of previews for antilang., and we promised you bird poems to match the cover, so here’s the first one!
K.S.A. is one of a few antilang. two-timers: someone who contributed to our inaugural issue and is back for round two. She was born in northwestern Ontario, but spent much of her youth in New Brunswick and has, for many years now, made her home on the Saskatchewan prairies. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Saskatchewan and has published articles, novels, short stories, and poetry. She claims that brevity is not her strength, but this perfectly pithy poem from antilang. no. 2 proves otherwise! She has two other poems appearing in the forthcoming issue, and you can find more of her work in our inaugural release.