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Joseph always told me, you belong to Newfoundland. Don’t call yourself a Canadian. You are an islander, despite an Alberta birth certificate. more

FICTION

Jimmy McKay brought our mom seven seagull eggs. To this day I wonder how he could have known they were about to hatch. more

FACT

"My father began his shopping spree in the fashion department. He ordered jackets, sweaters, shirts, trousers and shoes. In his new wardrobe he looks like a mummy that has been dressed up for a big night of trick-or-treating." more

Dispatches

"You know what I think it's worth?" Goldie said. "Fifteen bucks for the frame." more

FICTION

my blood has blessed these sidewalks longer than the waters of Misipawistik have washed my village more

POETRY

Rambunctious children bother Comrade Gas Jockey, Crazy Sea Foam and a man named 3.14 in Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret by Ondjaki. more

FICTION

"My father believes the world is coming to an end, yet he commits his life to curing the sick." Dispatch by Marko Sijan. more

Dispatches

"My daughter has fallen in love with a professional hockey player. He refers to her as his puck bunny, which I have decided to find cute." more

FICTION

A snapshot in the life of Hiroshi Morita: nuclear bomb survivor, Canadian interment camp inhabitant and prolific photographer of Toronto. more

PHOTOGRAPHY

"She insisted that I write into your will that the funeral must not be held in the rain." "Whose funeral?" I asked. "Yours." more

FICTION

"In this poem my father is not drunk. He does not phone me this December night and beg me to invite him for Christmas." more

POETRY

A bricklayer's daughter is banished to Hungary in Patricia Young's First Prize-winning entry to the Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. more

Tobacco Lit Writing Contest

Sucking marrow from his chicken bones, spitting the splinters on the rim of a white china plate. more

POETRY

Jennifer Delisle recounts the tale of Jean Chaulk: servant, mother, grandmother, shipwreck saviour. more

FACT 1 Comments

A young Canadian man visits family in Pakistan to settle a generational feud. more

Dispatches

Does a house that has been home to four generations of one family still hold their electricity? more

Dispatches 3 Comments

Four poems by Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau on love, life and death. more

POETRY 3 Comments

First prize winner of the 3rd Annual Geist Erasure Poetry Contest. more

POETRY 2 Comments

A review of Barnacle Love, a collection of short stories by Anthony De Sa. more

Reviews

Shared family memories of burnt baked goods. more

Dispatches

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WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

What’s the difference between weather and weather conditions? CBC Radio hosts use both, in equally solemn voices, but “weather conditions” sounds somehow more threatening than “weather.” Is it?

—Evelyn, Cyberspace

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