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Issue #34 December 2019

Thanks for visiting the Spadina Literary Review.

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

  • Gabriella Bedetti ("Perfect Form") teaches "Comedy as an Artistic Approach" at Eastern Kentucky University and blogs poems at
  • Shauna Checkley ("High Strung like a Siamese") lives in Regina with her family and three cats, and is involved in local cat rescue.
  • Robert Currie ("Lipton (Sask.) Ball Tournment") lives in Moose Jaw and is a former Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. Robert's poetry collection, The Days Run Away, is available from Coteau Books.
  • Holly Day ("What Keeps Me") is a Minneapolis-based writer and poet whose recent poetry collections include I'm in a Place Where Reason Went Missing and Into the Cracks.
  • Duru Gungor ("That Jasmine Scent") is a professor of English and Communication at Fanshawe College in London, Ont. Besides writing fiction, Duru dabbles in ink painting and aikido.
  • Tiffany Hsieh ("Lipstick") lives in Stouffville, Ont.
  • Elga Mannik ("Angels of Sarajevo") is the Europe-based associate editor of the Spadina Literary Review.
  • Don McLellan ("The Phenom") has worked as a journalist in Canada, South Korea, & Hong Kong. Learn about Don's story collections, In the Quiet After Slaughter and Brunch with the Jackals, at
  • James Nelson ("The Hard Border" and "Mythical Moments") is a writer and cartoonist in Dublin, Ireland. Visit James's newly-launched website, jimnelsonstudio.
  • Steven Tutino (Cover art) is a poet, artist, and recently-certified personal trainer who is completing an MA in Theological Studies at Concordia in Montreal.
  • Louis Zatzman ("After the Takeover") is a bartender and freelance sports writer in Toronto.