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Issue #32 August 2019

Thanks for visiting the Spadina Literary Review.

Here's a bit of background on some of the contributors to this issue:

  • Naeem Ashraf ("Water") lives in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where he translates Urdu short stories into English. His book Trespass: A Book of Interesting Short Stories is available via his blog naeemfictiontranslator.
  • Ary Asui ("Fired — It's Really Happening") lives in Toronto where he is working on a book of poetry and a screenplay.
  • Charlotte Beck ("13 Steps") is a writer living with her family near Warsaw, Ontario (not Poland).
  • Renée Cohen (art for "The Whole Package") is a freelance writer and artist based in Montréal. Renée's most recent solo show was at Café Expressions in the Plateau.
  • Priscilla Green ("Eternized") is a Toronto writer working on her first novel. Priscilla is a shameless extrovert who loves city life.
  • Joel Robert Ferguson ("Rucksack Elegy") divides his time between Winnipeg and Montréal, where he is working on a Masters at Concordia. You can recognize Joel because he has the words book punk tattooed on his knuckles.
  • Edward Lee (Cover art — "There Are Ghosts Beneath Us") is an artist, writer, poet, and a maker of soundscapes based in County Meath, Ireland. Learn more at
  • Mario Loprete ("Self-portrait") is a painter and sculptor based in Catanzaro, Italy. This self-portrait is from Mario's "Words" series of sculptures in concrete. Mario's website is
  • Elga Mannik ("The Whole Package") is the Europe-based associate editor of the Spadina Literary Review.
  • D.S. Maolalai ("Alzheimer Ward") works maintenance dispatch for a bank in Dublin, Ireland. His most recent poetry collection is Sad Havoc Among the Birds.
  • Abe Margel ("An Old Case in a Locker") is a former rehab and mental health worker, living in Thornhill, GTA.
  • Bruce McRae ("Tragic Beauty") is a musician and poet on Salt Spring Island in B.C. Take a look at Bruce's most recent collection, Hearsay.
  • Mark Mulholland ("Dino Toast") is an Irishman who happens to be writing us from Lévignac-de-Guyenne, France. Mark is author of the novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing.
  • Eduard Tatomir ("A Position Abroad") studies journalism at Ryerson in Toronto.



call for applications

The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency Program offers writers and poets the opportunity to live and work in a place of literary and historic significance, poet Al Purdy's house by Roblin Lake near Ameliasburgh, Ontario.

Purdy House

Writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may apply for a term of from two to twelve weeks. Those awarded residency receive a $750 weekly stipend and are free to spend their time writing. For each month of their stay, residents are asked to participate in one public activity such as a reading, lecture, workshop, or school event.

Go to for details. Applications close October 18.