December Recap: “Playing the Man” in Plenitude & Violet Hour Reading

Early last month, a story of mine titled “Playing the Man” was published online in Plenitude. This queer lit mag is publishing some of the most exciting writing in Canada—from authors like Kai Cheng Tom, Adèle Barclay, Kayla Czaga, and Sierra Skye Gemma, to name a few. All of the content is accessible for free online.

If you haven’t read “Playing the Man” yet, it’s available online here.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Fuck,” says Mike, backing off me. He yanks his pants up with one hand. “It’s one of my roommates. My girlfriend is here.”

“What?”

“I need you to hide,” he says. “She’s crazy, trust me—just get in the closet. I’ll let you know when you can come out.”

He slaps his own cheek five times in quick succession. Then he disappears, closing the door behind him. I go to the window and lift it open, squeezing my torso through the small opening until I’m out on the fire escape, clutching the cold, wrought-iron railing, the sight of the ground through the steps dizzying as I descend.

When the doctor decided it wasn’t worth doing another round of chemo, my dad asked me to get him some pills. Your mum’s too much of a sissy, but you…

I jump from the last staircase, tripping over the hem of my cover-up onto my knees, my palms meeting hard snow. I stand up. The gate of the fence leading out to the street is locked, so I scale it. My phone vibrates in my left boot as I walk downtown, and I smile picturing Mike’s face when he looks for me in the closet. Asswipe.

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Finally, on December 22, I  had the pleasure of reading alongside Nick Comilla, Mark Ambrose Harris, Maggie Panko, and VassyLyne Towers at The Violet Hour, a queer reading series run by Montrealer Christopher DiRaddio.

Check out this photo from the event:

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“I Never Talk About It” Out Next Year With QC Fiction

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QC Fiction is a new imprint that’s put out three fantastic titles this year, one of which I recently reviewed for PRISM international.

I like what they’re up to, which is why I’m happy to be a part of their most recent translation project. Chaque automne j’ai envie to mourir, a short story collection by Véronique Côté and Steve Gagnon, features 37 short stories translated by 37 different translators, including me. The collection will be published in English in September 2017 under the title I Never Talk About It. 

From the publisher:

“The local and the universal come together in these 37 short stories, brought into English by different translators from all over the world.

The result gives readers a flavour of the fresh new writing coming out of Quebec—and a reminder that there are at least 37 different ways to translate an author’s voice.”

Exciting! You can pre-order the book here.

New Experimental Fiction in (parenthetical)

15258666_1688541824789550_4929039665870143488_n1Thanks to Nicole Brewer and William Kemp of words(on)pages press for publishing Houseboatan experimental fiction piece that I wrote this past spring (during the final, procrastination-fuelled months of my thesis) in issue 16 of (parenthetical)

This zine has been a platform for emerging writers since 2014.

Read the piece here, or check out the entire issue for free here.

Or, support what Nicole and William do by buying a handmade copy here for only $15 + shipping. 

Review: Life in the Court of Matane

lifeinthecourtofmataneI recently had the pleasure of reviewing Eric Dupont’s Life in the Court of Matane, translated by Peter McCambridge. About which I had to say this:

“Spanning 1976 to 1983, this novel, which was originally published in French in 2008 under the title Bestiaire, is chock full of […] Quebec “zeitgeist” moments, accompanied by the narrator’s eccentric and often scathing reflections on them. A cast of cultural figures lend authenticity, with Jacques Brel, Elvis Presley, Tintin, Margaret Thatcher, Laika the Soviet space dog, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and Réné Levesque among the fray. There are memories of long, seemingly unbearable winters, greasy dinners at casse-croûtes, and an education proffered by nuns. And naturally, there are dreams of sovereignty, and the divisive question of separation.” Continue Reading.

Visit QC Fiction’s website to order this book. 

New Short Fiction in Room’s Canadian Gothic Issue!

Room Canadian GothicOne of my short fiction pieces, titled “Night Collection,” appears alongside fiction from award-winning Canadian author Aislinn Hunter and an interview with Eden Robinson in Room magazine’s “Canadian Gothic” issue, on newsstands now!

From the Room website:

In Room’s call for submissions for this issue, we asked writers and artists how they imagine the gothic literary tradition manifests itself within Canada’s own unique cultural, political, and environmental climate. We soon discovered that “Canadian Gothic” is anything but classic portrayals of haunted castles, grotesque villains, and damsels in distress. Instead, the poetry and fiction herein propose a fresh, modern, and distinctly Canadian update on the gothic genre. 

Click here to purchase this issue! 

New Short Fiction…Coming Soon!

This summer, I’ve been hard at work trying to wrap up my thesis project. In the meantime, after sending out A LOT of short fiction (and racking up my rejection count), I’m beyond thrilled to say I’ve found homes for some of my pieces in a handful of great Canadian lit mags.

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“Night Collection” is a short story which asks why we fear what’s outside of our homes as opposed to what’s in them. It will appear in Issue 39.3, a special Canadian Gothic-themed issue of Room. (Best of all, I get to see my writing alongside fiction and poetry by a ton of Canadian authors I respect and admire—Aislinn Hunter, Amber Dawn, and Catherine Graham, to name a few.) Contact me before August 25th to get a friends and family discount on this issue or a discounted annual subscription to this award-winning magazine.

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“Golden Birthday,” which I wrote way back in 2014, will appear in Matrix Magazine‘s Mad Pride-themed issue sometime in the fall or winter of this year. It’s a dark exploration of the grieving process for a young woman following the death of her fiancé. More information coming soon!

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Procrastinating writing and revising my thesis has meant some level of productivity in other areas—i.e. I’m writing short fiction when I’m supposed to be drudging through my novel. It’s no surprise that  “Houseboat,” an experimental prose poetry/short fiction piece, explores some of the very same themes as my novel, namely feminism and environmentalism. It’s slated to be published in Issue 17 of (parenthetical), an independent zine out of Toronto. Thanks to editors Nicole Brewer and William Kemp!

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Last but not least, I’ve found a home for a longer story I wrote a bit more than a year ago. “The Host” is a darkly—dark is becoming a common theme here—humorous coming-of-age story narrated by a young woman who witnesses a suicide in Montréal. It will appear online in a forthcoming issue of Cosmonaut’s Avenue