Quill and Quire


By Amy Spurway

Stacey Fortune, nicknamed “Crow,” neatly encapsulates the trajectory of Nova Scotian author Amy Spurway’s debut novel early on: “Girl gets tumours, girl loses mind, girl dies, the end.” But the novel is actually about a ... Read More »

April 22, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Chantal Gibson

“My silence is a sentence,” Chantal Gibson writes in her subversive new poetry collection, How She Read. Silence is imposed on the subjects of her poems, and enforced by slavery, rigid language, and the everyday ... Read More »

April 15, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry

By Adrienne Gruber

Of all the sexist poses adopted by the male-centric critical establishment, one of the most puzzling is the dismissal of writing about motherhood. The argument is that books dealing with conception, childbirth, and its aftermath ... Read More »

April 15, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry

By Tim Conley

“Avant-garde writing in English Canada has never enjoyed much more than a token degree of prestige among the literati of this country,” write Gregory Betts and Christian Bök in the introduction to their recent critical ... Read More »

April 11, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Short, Reviews

By Dina Del Bucchia

In the prose poem “ADIDAS,” from Domenica Martinello’s debut collection, the speaker asks: “If you are the siren why do you balk at rebranding? A hot iron can turn a sea cow into iconography. Split-tailed, ... Read More »

April 8, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry