Issue 4


 (“Untitled” by Jim Zola)




YUSUF SAADI   //   Deep Breath



RYAN GAIO  //  Andy



YUAN CHANGMING  //  Three Poems
_________________/ Brush Made from Baby Wolf Hair
_________________/ If the Name is Not Right
_________________/ We, They

DEGAN DAVIS  //  Two Poems
_____________/  Edward Snowden watches the corner of his monitor
_____________/  Monkeys

MITCHELL KROCKMALNIK GRABOIS  //  My Mexican Girlfriend Asks Me to Tell Her Something I’ve Never Told Anyone

JANE IORDAKIEVA  //  The Better Way

COLIN JAMES  //  Mystery of My Listless Pearl

D.S. MAOLALAI  //  Just City

ADRIAN SMITH  //  Procrastinating in the Law Library

JADE WALLACE  //  We Are For You



W. JACK SAVAGE  //  Untitled

JIM ZOLA  //  Untitled






Contributors’ Notes


YUAN CHANGMING, nine-time Pushcart and author of seven chapbooks, started to learn English at age nineteen and published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include Best of Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review, and 1349 others worldwide.

DEGAN DAVIS‘ poetry and non-fiction have appeared in The Globe And Mail, The Malahat Review, Riddle Fence, and The New Quarterly. What Kind Of Man Are You, his first book, is forthcoming from BRICK in 2018. He is currently working on a collection of essays about masculinity, femininity, and how to be a good man in this era.

RYAN A. GAIO loves listening to oldies on AM radio while wearing a jean jacket and will one day be the winner of Survivor: Canada. A recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing program at the University of New Brunswick, he can be reached on Twitter and Instagram at @ryanagaio.

MTCHELL KROCKMALNIK GRABOIS has had over thirteen-hundred of his poems and fiction pieces appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google “Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois”. He lives in Denver.

JANE IORDAKIEVA lives and writes in Toronto. Her poetry has appeared in Room Magazine, Dalhousie Review, Hart House Review and other publications.

COLIN JAMES was born in the north of England near Chester. He has chapbooks of poems Dreams of the Really Annoying from Writers Knights Press, Resisting Probability from Sagging Meniscus Press, and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity from Pskis Porch Press.

D.S. MAOLALAI recently returned to Ireland after four years away, and now spends his days working for a medical supply company and spends his nights drinking wine. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can follow him on Twitter @diarmo1990

YUSUF SAADI‘s writing has appeared in magazines including Brick, The Malahat Review, Vallum, Grain, CV2, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, Hamilton Arts & Letters, and untethered. His debut chapbook won the 2016 Vallum Chapbook Award.

W. JACK SAVAGE is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage ( To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over nine-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

ADRIAN SMITH is a writer and recent Queen’s University English graduate. He wrote for The Plaid Zebra magazine before going back to school this fall to begin a postgraduate certificate in copywriting at Humber College, and is working on a short story collection he hopes to complete sometime next year.

JADE WALLACE is a legal worker and member of Toronto’s Draft Reading Series whose short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published internationally in The Dalhousie Review, A New Ulster, Acumen, The Chaffey Review, The Town Crier, and seven chapbooks from Grey Borders. Jade also resides online at

JIM ZOLA has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include his chapbook The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) and a full length poetry collection, What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC.