On Why You Hear “Yes” Before You Hear “No”

We all know how lit mags work: you send something in, and the longer you go without hearing anything, the longer they are taking to decide if they want your work (so, if you hear "no" just before the issue comes out, well, then at least you can take comfort knowing that your piece made… Continue reading On Why You Hear “Yes” Before You Hear “No”

antilang. Preview: Kevin Stebner’s “Oilspill”

While our mandate says we like: good. short. writing., we're also interested in genre-defying/blurring work that avoids easy categorisation. This constraint-based-visual poem is one of the most different pieces in our second issue and the closest we have come to printing visual art. Now that you've read his project description, head over to antilang. no.… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Kevin Stebner’s “Oilspill”

antilang. Preview: Melinda Jane – The Poet Mj’s “Kit”

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… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Melinda Jane – The Poet Mj’s “Kit”

antilang. Preview: Jessica Mehta’s “Savagery”

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… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Jessica Mehta’s “Savagery”

antilang. Preview: Steve Passey’s “Borealis”

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… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Steve Passey’s “Borealis”

antilang. Preview: Lonnie Monka’s “over Awarta”

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… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Lonnie Monka’s “over Awarta”

soundbite Preview: Chris Kelly’s “Excerpt from A Kid Called Chatter”

While an audio collection of short readings does lend itself quite well to poetry, we also have some fiction appearing in our first volume of soundbite. Clocking in at a whopping three minutes and eighteen seconds, Chris Kelly's excerpt from his novel A Kid Called Chatter is the longest piece forthcoming in soundbite. And in… Continue reading soundbite Preview: Chris Kelly’s “Excerpt from A Kid Called Chatter”

antilang. Preview: David Martin’s “Loess”

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… Continue reading antilang. Preview: David Martin’s “Loess”

antilang. Preview: Lip Manegio’s “survival of the tomboy”

The first of our long weekend double-feature previews! Lip Manegio's "survival of the tomboy," after Canadian performer Ivan Coyote's 2016 Tomboy Survival Guide, is a spoken word piece that walks the hinterlands of flash fic and prose poetry. Lip Manegio is a queer, trans nonbinary poet from Boston working towards a BFA in creative writing… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Lip Manegio’s “survival of the tomboy”