Spring 2024, Volume 45, No. 1

Last year was the worst forest fire season in Canada on record, and this year’s season isn’t looking to be much better, so we’re talking about fire this issue with Burning Up/ Burning Down: Words for a World on Fire. We take a look at the literal and metaphorical fires in our lives that have shaped who we are. Guest Edited by Sue Goyette. Featuring new writing by Catherine Hunter, Shannon Quinn, Traci Skuce, Thomas Leduc, Darryl Whetter & many more!

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Prairie Fire news

PF Picks up FOUR nominations at this year’s National Magazine Awards

We are over the moon to announce we have a record FOUR PF writers as finalists in this year's National Magazine Awards! Congratulations to, Jennifer Robinson, Avalon Moore, Zilla Jones & Cooper Skjeie on their nominations! We raise a digital glass of champagne to...

The Spring to Spring Launch has Sprung!

Thank you to everyone who attended (in-person or virtually) our Spring to Spring launch of Burning Up/Burning Down and the four previous issues at McNally Robinson on Friday, April 19th! It was a lovely evening and it was great to see so many familiar faces, and meet...
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Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy World Poetry Day! This year we asked the winners of our 2023 MRB Poetry Contest to read us their prize-winning pieces. We have three videos, which we will be dropping throughout the day. Drop Schedule: 10AM CDT: Y.S. Lee (with guest Otoniya J. Okot Bitek)...

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Fungal: Foraging In the Urban Forest by Ariel Gordon

Fungal: Foraging In the Urban Forest by Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon’s wonderful new book, Fungal; Foraging in the Urban Forest, isn’t about fungi or mushrooms or even foraging per se. It’s really about mushrooms as obsession, as metaphor and as a glorious pathway into the wonders of nature and the foibles of human nature....

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A brief relief from hunger by Spenser Smith

A brief relief from hunger by Spenser Smith

In his debut collection, A brief relief from hunger, Spenser Smith explores the edges of longing, revealing the immense human capacity for cruelty and care. On his journey toward acceptance and fulfillment, Smith’s speaker injects drugs, binges fast food, goes through...

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The Spring to Spring Launch has Sprung!

Thank you to everyone who attended (in-person or virtually) our Spring to Spring launch of Burning Up/Burning Down and the four previous issues at McNally Robinson on Friday, April 19th! It was a lovely evening and it was great to see so many familiar faces, and meet...

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Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy World Poetry Day! This year we asked the winners of our 2023 MRB Poetry Contest to read us their prize-winning pieces. We have three videos, which we will be dropping throughout the day. Drop Schedule: 10AM CDT: Y.S. Lee (with guest Otoniya J. Okot Bitek)...

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