Naqvi makes her debut

“Winner of the 2021 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, Zehra Naqvi (left), is set to release her debut collection of poems and prose inspired by personal memory, family history and Quaranic traditions.FULL STORY


Opening a suitcase of birds

March 13th, 2023

Former chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College, Calvin Wharton has published his second collection of poetry, This Here Paradise (Anvil $18), which is balm for a troubled world facing a number of existential crises. There is a recognition that “paradise” has both highs and lows but Wharton ends on a high note. According to publicity the tension in these poems resolves through the book’s five sections “as Wharton opens a suitcase of birds and watches them soar over a landscape alive with radiant, open waters.” Wharton’s first book of poems was The Song Collides (Anvil, 2011), described as a “metaphysical investigation” of the natural world. He has also published two poetry chapbooks, Visualized Chemistry from Tsunami Editions and The Invention of Birds from Alfred Gustav. He also released a collection of short fiction, Three Songs by Hank Williams (Turnstone, 2002) and co-edited East of Main: An Anthology of Poems from East Vancouver (Pulp Press, 1989) with Tom Wayman. 9781772141931

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