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Summer  2016 , Volume 37, No.2
Writing Contest 2015 Winners

This issue features winners of the 2015 writing contests and includes a new story by David Bergen.

Cover Image: Tetro Design

Table of Contents

David Bergen April in Snow Lake
Laurelyn Whitt Two Poems
Gillian Harding-Russell Heron
Brent Van Staalduinen Barton Walkup
Garry Thomas Morse Selections from "Orphée through Glass"
Shannon Quinn Two Poems
Sara Salih L'Amour en Cage
Maureen Evans Pre-occupation
Glenn Hayes Ode to a Wooden Buddhist Monk

WINNERS OF THE 2015 FICTION CONTEST
Diane Schoemperlen Judge's Notes
Patricia Young Eden Redux
Elisabeth Harvor An Animal Trainer Urging a Big Cat out of Its Cage
Bill Stenson Apache Junction
Traci Skuce Promontory

WINNERS OF THE 2015 BANFF CENTRE BLISS CARMAN POETRY AWARD CONTEST
Judged by KEN BABSTOCK
Jason Stefanik Letter to Leonard Peltier
David Alexander You taught me a nifty party trick
Sandra Ridley Farther/Father
Corina Gugulus Sour Cherry

WINNERS OF THE 2015 CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST
Fred Stenson Judge's Notes
Benjamin Hertwig The Burn
Shannon Rayne Prairie Girls and Spring Rituals
Jane Edey Wood Starving
Joan M Baril The Art of Housebreaking

Notes on Contributors
A Farewell to Harms

Contributors

NON-FICTION

Joan M Baril
Benjamin Hertwig
Shannon Rayne
Fred Stenson
Jane Edey Wood

FICTION

David Bergen
Elisabeth Harvor
Sarah Salih
Traci Skuce
Bill Stenson
Brent Van Staalduinen
Patricia Young

POETRY

David Alexander
Maureen Evans
Corina Gugulus
Gillian Harding-Russell
Glenn Hayes
Garry Thomas Morse
Shannon Quinn
Sandra Ridley
Jason Stefanik
Laurelyn Whitt


Fiction Excerpt
April in Snow Lake
BY David Bergen

The summer I turned nineteen my girlfriend went to Italy to work as a cook for a crew that was rebuilding houses in the aftermath of the earthquake in Udine Province. She wrote me long letters on thin sheets of paper. The letters arrived two weeks after she wrote them and as I read her words I was aware that what I was reading had already passed, she had moved on to some new experience, and so I felt as if I was following her from some great distance, catching a brief glimpse of her, only to have her disappear into a future that I would hear about fourteen days later.


Poetry Excerpt
Ode to a Wooden Buddhist Monk
BY Glenn Hayes

I bought him on a whim
in a trendy store on Danforth Street
selling silver and the gypsy look—
more for fashion than for fire,
more for the feel of his smooth bald head
than for sermons on compassion.

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