soundbite Preview: Stephen Beaumont’s “Notes to a Culinary Artist”

The longest of our soundbite pieces in volume 2, this story blends prose, music, and cooking into a delicious entree!

Stephen Beaumont is from the UK but has spent the last 24 years in North America. A hospitality veteran, he lives on Lake St Clair in Ontario, Canada. www.stephenbeaumont.com

 

New Work from 32 Contributors!

We’re so excited to launch our latest issues of antilang. and soundbite! Check out some amazing short work from established and emerging writers across Canada and beyond.

Read antilang. no. 3 and listen to soundbite vol. 2 and tell us what you think!

soundbite Preview: ryan fitzpatrick’s “Why Whatever It Is Sucks”

ryan fitzpatrick is rounding out our soundbite previews, which means we’re just about ready to launch the collected volume! ryan has a second poem appearing in soundbite as well as two others in antilang., so get ready to hear and read a lot more from him.

ryan fitzpatrick lives and writes in Toronto. He is the author of two books of poetry: Fortified Castles (Talonbooks, 2014) and Fake Math (Snare, 2007).

soundbite Preview: Megan Misztal’s “Smash”

“Smash” is one of Megan’s two pieces in soundbite vol. 2. She also has a short poem, “Salt,” appearing in antilang. no. 3.

Megan Misztal is a writer with an MA degree in English Literature. She was awarded the George Johnston Poetry Prize in 2015 and has previously been published in Bywords magazine.

soundbite Preview: Carol Krause’s “The Unseen World Under my Sweater”

A Toronto-based poet and lover of caves, Carol Krause’s writing explores the gift and wound in mental disruption. Carol supports youth to make meaning of their experiences through discussion and art.

You can read more of her work in antilang. no. 3, coming soon!

soundbite Preview: Paul Meunier’s “Ionize”

Paul is a returning voice to The ALP, check out his poem “Orion” in our inaugural issue. Delight in this robot sex poem! 

Paul Meunier is an English PhD student at the University of Calgary, studying experimental poetry. Paul also has a photography background, and he explores relationships between visual art, poetry, and subject representation.

Introducing our New Art Director!

Hello, we know we’ve been a bit quiet since our launch and opening for submissions, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t hard at work behind the scenes. It’s time to share with you something we’ve had in the works for a little while: we now have an Art Director!

Lissa McFarland has been involved with The ALP since it’s inception–starting with designing our first logo and the cover for antilang. no. 1. But she’s not just a visual artist–you can read her creative non-fiction prose poetry in antilang. no. 2 (pages 64-7) and listen to her read poetry in soundbite vol. 1 (9:02-10:16).

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As Art Director, Lissa will be taking over our Instagram account (and if you follow her personal or artist pages, then you know her comments are amazing). In addition to this, she will be on the hunt for a Canadian artist for the cover of antilang. no. 3 and involved with layouts and designs for both publications as necessary. She might even write us a blog post or two about how she sees visual art fitting into our mandate of good. short. writing.

A proud member of Calgary’s queer community, Lissa will also be involved in helping us become better editors for submissions that deal with subject positions we do not have access to. We have always striven to be inclusive and to help facilitate a safe space for our contributors, but we know that sometimes when we recommend cutting a phrase or switching a word, those edits could have the effect of lessening the voices we want to give space to. In the past, our contributors have been understanding with us and have explained why certain edits are not productive for their pieces. We hope that by working with Lissa, we can become better so that our contributors don’t have to put themselves in positions they might find uncomfortable (we can’t ignore power dynamics, even though we are trying to eliminate them).

soundbite Preview: Zelda Baiano’s “Unchained Melody”

Zelda Baiano was, we’re proud to say, our very first fan–the first person who isn’t a personal friend or family member to really take notice and give us lots of virtual love on social media. So we’re equally proud to publish this emerging Canadian poet with “Unchained Melody” in soundbite (she also has another poem, “Intimacy,” on page 40 of antilang. no. 2).BaianoZelda Baiano is currently studying English Literature and Language at Brock University in Southern Ontario. She has been previously published in two anthologies, The Night’s Voice, and Fresh Ink 2016.