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Mercedes Eng


Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (Talonbooks), winner of the 2018 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Mercenary English (Talonbooks). Her writing has appeared in Jacket2, The Downtown East, The Volcano, in public art projects and in the collectively produced chapbooks, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), Surveillance, and M’aidez (Press Release). Eng is working on a women’s prison reader and a detective novel set in her grandfather’s Chinatown supper club, circa 1948. 

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

Simon McGavin, Cyberspace

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