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Bloom & Martyr

Helen Hajnoczky

Winner of the 2015 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award
Grrrrlhood

Flower and flour. Coral and choral. Lashes and luscious. In Bloom & Martyr, Helen Hajnoczky crafts an incantation between the text and the reader, with tendrils reaching from a tendering “me” and an urgent “you.” This broken, rebel grammar invites a desire that is bust, robust, and combustible; it will plant its shards in your neural pathways, and your mind’s feet will thank them. Let this book be your feathered mortar, your wrought iron lace.

 

Helen Hajnoczky

Helen Hajnoczky is the author of Poets and Killers: A Life in Adversiting (Snare Books, 2010) and Magyarázni (Coach House, 2016). Her work has appeared in a variety of chapbooks and magazines, and in the anthologies Why Poetry Sucks (Insomniac Press, 2014) and Ground Rules 2003-2013 (Chaudiere Books, 2013). Other excerpts from Bloom and Martyr have been published by Dreamland, Lemon Hound, NewPoetry, and are forthcoming in Touch the Donkey. Helen blogs and tweets @helenhajnoczky.

 

 

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Watercolours

Daniel Greene

Winner of the 2015 Okanagan College 3 Hour Short Story Contest
The Use in Usefulness

Daniel Greene’s Watercolours, winner of Okanagan College’s sixth annual Three-Hour Short Story Contest is a moving meditation on memory and intergenerational connection. The story powerfully explores a grandson’s exceptional love amplified by his growing understanding of his grandmother’s difficult past..

 

Jesse Frechette

Daniel Greene is a writer, musician, and co-author of MeetClever. He is currently working on a collection of short stories

 

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Wearing Your Pants

Nicholas Papaxanthos

Winner of the 2014 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award
Grrrrlhood

This deceptively gentle collection sneaks up on a reader's brain and infects it with shadows of light, of relationships, of loneliness, and of joy! Don't expect these poems to offer any answers to your question-mark-shaped hearts. Instead, let their soft interrogations move your skin out, away from itself, towards your clothing, and beyond.

 

Nicholas Papaxanthos

Nicholas Papaxanthos grew up in Lefkosia, Cyprus, near a playground with mannequins in the sandpit. He moved to Canada to complete an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, and while there got hooked on poetry—especially the work of the French Surrealists, New York School, and Canadian writers who kick against the mainstream. Nicholas has been lucky enough to have put together the chapbook Teeth, Untucked with Proper Tales Press, contributed to the collaborative chaos of Our Days in Vaudeville with Mansfield Press, and appeared in various magazines, including Illiterature, The New Chief Tongue, This Magazine, and on the literary blog-journal Lemon Hound.

 

 

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Lost Control

Jesse Frechette

Winner of the 2014 Okanagan College 3 Hour Short Story Contest
The Use in Usefulness

In Lost Control, the winner of Okanagan College’s fifth annual Three-Hour Short Story Contest, author Jesse Frechette captures a reckless narrator’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of his father. Frechette artfully develops the action in cadence with the narrator’s grief, which rises to the surface as he drives his father’s old Camaro faster and faster down the highway.

 

Jesse Frechette

Jesse Frechette was born in Edmonton Alberta, and has lived in the Okanagan for four years in Peachland and most recently Summerland, where he lives with his mother and two sisters. He is currently studying at Okanagan College in hopes of transferring to film school where he can learn the skills to become a filmmaker.

 

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Grrrrlhood

Nikki Sheppy

Winner of the 2013 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award
Grrrrlhood

The poems of Nikki Sheppy’s Grrrrlhood politely shove briquettes into the lungs of readers, so that they can breathe purr and radicle. Its Pataphysics of organelles plus disinfectant plus medulla minus stage blood ferociously uncalculates a gendared ado-less-cents… and now, every alpha wishes it was a theta! A simply and completely reminiscularferaleludic experience.

 

Nikki Sheppy

Nikki Sheppy is a poet, editor and arts journalist, with a doctorate in English literature from the University of Calgary. Her book reviews have appeared in Uppercase MagazineAlberta Views, and Lemon Hound, and her poetry in Event. She serves as President of the Board of filling Station, Calgary’s experimental literary and arts magazine. Grrrrlhood is her first collection of poetry.

 

 

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The Use in Usefulness

Mary Bevan

Winner of the 2013 Okanagan College 3 Hour Short Story Contest
The Use in Usefulness

In The Use in Usefulness, winner of Okanagan College’s fourth annual Three-Hour Short Story Contest, Mary Bevan offers a vivid portrayal of a young farm girl who runs away from home after her father decides that he has to kill their family’s sick livestock. Bevan skilfully captures the girl’s sense of horror and confusion as she contemplates the fate of her animal friends and questions her role on the farm.

 

Mary Bevan

Mary Bevan is a student in Okanagan College’s Writing and Publishing Program. She lives in Kelowna, BC.

 

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How to Make a Collage

Ariel Gordon

Winner of the 2012 John Lent Poetry/Prose Award
How to Make a Collage

Ariel Gordon’s How to Make a Collage offers a scrapbook of extraordinary everydayness. Its poems decoupage tender snapshots beside snappy comebacks. Fairy tale moments foment against ailing flesh. Sly instructions for loving fester within slovenly destructions of living. A beautiful, gluey mess of memory, decay, and dreams!

 

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her first book of poetry, Hump (Palimpsest Press, 2010), won the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and her second, How to Pack Without Overpacking, is slated for publication in 2014. Most recently, she won Kalamalka Press' inaugural John Lent Poetry-Prose Award. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

 

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ENGL205 student Caitlin Voth printing the titlepage for How to Make a Collage...
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Cat's Cradle

Samantha Wex

Winner of the 2012 Okanagan College 3 Hour Short Story Contest
Cat's Cradle

At first Shane tries to ignore the talkative little girl he passes on his way home from school every day.  He has no interest in her or the shapes she creates by twisting string around her fingers.  However, after his friends play a cruel trick on her, Shane feels a sudden sense of responsibility for the girl, and the two characters start to weave tentative bonds of friendship.

In her story “Cat’s Cradle,” winner of the 2012 Okanagan College Three-Hour Short Story Contest, Samantha Wex offers a sensitive portrayal of isolation, abandonment, and our need for community.

 

Samantha Wex

Samantha Wex has always had a great love of reading, which instilled in her at a young age a passion for writing. She was born and grew up in South Africa, but later immigrated with her family to Canada. Traveling and languages are also great passions of hers; she speaks English, French and Spanish and would like to live on every continent. She currently resides with her family in Salmon Arm. After high school she plans to attend university and study writing, literature and languages.

 

Cat's Cradle
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Jill Rowe & Chey Boyko (above) & Marissa Fenkhuber, Brendan Tomlinson & Jill (below) sorting type...
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