Issue 1


 (“Type is Mythic” by Eugene Lvovsky)





EKRAZ SINGH  //  Origins and Elements



DANICA FOGARTY  //  Answer Me, Mechanist


RYAN A. GAIO  //  Sam (She Wanted Me to Come to Portland)

CHRIS GUDGEON  //  Dissertation on the Reproductive Habits of Fruit Flies from the Mango Groves of Eastern Uganda

NICOLE HALDOUPIS  //  Lava Rug River, Wine Mountain




TREVOR ABES  //  Two Poems
________ _ __ __/  Evenings
___________  _ _/  The New Language 

MARIKA BROOKS  //  Dim Lights

_______________ ___  _  ___/  At Gettysburg
_______________ ___  ___  _/  Bellocq Snaps Ophelia

___________________  ____ __/  Crisis
___________________  _____ _/  Seconds

CHRIS GUDGEON  //  The Revelations of Donald Trump


____________________  /  Minor Tweaks to the Heartfelt Speech of a Twenty-Something-Year-Old
______________________  Passenger on the Bus
____________________  /  You See the Fireworks, I Their End

SOPHIE McCREESH  //  It comes during the day, now.

JOHN NYMAN  //  Four Poems
___________ __/  Three Night Buses
___________ __/  Connections
____________ _/  Words for Rain
____________ _/  Exit,

______________ ___ /  Fire Down on the Labrador
______________ ___ /  Cnoc Ailse
______________ ___ /  Himself
______________ ___ /  Private Conversation
_______________ __ /  The Witch i nGrief
_______________ __ /  Fishguts

JOSHUA P’NG  //  Eating Lonely



EUGENE LVOVSKY  //  Selections from Type Is …

RASIQRA REVULVA  //  Selections from this filthy fuckin’ city






Contributors’ Notes


Trevor Abes is a poet and arts writer living in Toronto.  He was part of the winning ensemble at the 2015 SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival, and competed in both the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as part of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. His work has appeared in the Hart House ReviewThe Rusty ToqueTorontoist, and untethered, among others. You can say hello at or follow him on Twitter @TrevorAbes.


Marika Brooks is a Toronto-based writer whose interests are rooted in post-modernity. Identities in crisis, experiences and manifestations of trauma, and figures of abjection are particularly fascinating elements of her writing and research. She is currently completing her M.A. in literatures of modernity at Ryerson University. Check out her blog.


George Elliott Clarke is Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and served as Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2015. He has a clutch of prizes and a trove of books to his name. His newest are the unblushingly erotic Extra Illicit Sonnets (Exile, 2015) and The Motorcyclist (HarperCollins, 2016). The Sewer Lid pieces are from his epic, Canticles, due out from Guernica Editions this year.


Danica Fogarty is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. She now lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her partner Dan and two cats.


Chelsea Forbes is a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s M.F.A. in Writing program. She writes fiction and poetry — while listening to Mulder/Scully fanvid love songs. Her poems can be found in In/Words Magazine, (parenthetical), and SproutZine. She lives in Victoria, BC and can be followed on Twitter @CSiswriting.


Ryan A. Gaio is a twenty-three-year-old writer born and raised in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. He writes about drifters, heartbreak and rock ’n’ roll, and so he mostly writes about himself. He can be found at his website and followed on Twitter @ryanagaio.


Chris Gudgeon is an author, poet and screenwriter. He has written eighteen books, from critically acclaimed fiction including Greetings from the Vodka Sea and Song of Kosovo, to celebrated biographies of Milton Acorn and Stan Rogers, to a range of popular history on subjects as varied as sex, fishing and lotteries. His latest book, Assdeep in Wonder, is a collection of poems about love, sex and dynamite. Gudgeon, who is bisexual, has been in an open relationship with musician/self-help guru Jasper Vander Voorde since 2009. They divide their time between the wilds of British Columbia and Los Angeles.


Nicole Haldoupis is a writer, editor and designer from Toronto. She is currently living in Saskatoon completing an M.F.A. in writing. She co-created untethered, a Toronto-based literary journal. Her work can be found in (parenthetical), The Quilliad, and in the chapbook Food Works: plums in the icebox. Find her on Twitter @nicolehaldoupis.


Jack Hostrawser likes old motorcycles, tornadoes and outer space. And portage trips. And shiny rocks. More of his work can be found in The Dalhousie Review, Existere, The Fieldstone Review and In The Hills.


Miguel Leandro Gamboa is awake when you’re asleep, and vice-versa. If seen, he is likely sleep deprived and should not be disturbed. Find him on Twitter @migyarados.


James Lord Parker is a Toronto-based writer and musician. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Scarborough Fair, This Dark Matter, The Varsity and other journals. James is the bassist and infrequent lyricist of the Toronto metal band, Tether. He is currently completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and working on a book of poetry.


Eugene Lvovsky is an Estonian-born, Russian-Canadian graphic designer from Toronto who completed his first post-secondary art education in Saint Petersburg, Russia as a porcelain and wood artist. Later, Eugene and his family immigrated to Canada, where he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2000. Having worked for a number of companies, he now works freelance so that more time and energy can go towards his own art. Visit his website and connect with him through Bēhance, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.


Strider Marcus Jones is a poet, law graduate and ex civil servant from Salford/Hinckley, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry are modern, traditional, mythical, sometimes erotic, surreal and metaphysical. He is a maverick, moving between forests, mountains and cities, playing his saxophone and clarinet in warm solitude. His work has appeared in Crack the Spine, The Lampeter Review, A New Ulster, Ygdrasil and Don’t Be Afraid: An Anthology to Seamus Heaney. Feel free to learn more about his work.


Sophie McCreesh is pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.


John Nyman’s verse, visual, and conceptual poems and poetics have appeared in a variety of print and online publications including Cordite Poetry ReviewHamilton Arts and Letters, (parenthetical) and Rampike. His first full-length collection, Players, will be released with Palimpsest Press in April 2016. Originally from Toronto, John is currently completing a Ph.D. in theory and criticism at Western University in London, Ontario.


“Can anyone tell me who invented the lightbulb?” One boy raised his hand. “Patrick O’Reilly,” he replied. As the class erupted with laughter, he could feel his face turn bright as one of O’Reilly’s Irradiant Lamps. “But he did,” he cried, “he did!” It was true on his home planet.


Joshua P’ng lives in Toronto and has honourable mentions from the University of Toronto Scarborough writing competition. His work has appeared in Dead Beats, filling stationGreat Lakes Review and untethered. When he is not writing he enjoys sketching people on the TTC, reading graphic novels and bike trips in unfamiliar neighbourhoods. You can find him on Twitter, @JoshuaPng1, or at


Rasiqra Revulva is a Toronto-based writer, multi-media artist, editor, musician and performer. She is a founding member of the synth-punk/electro/glitch/industrial music and visual art collective The Databats. In 2010, she was awarded an honourable mention for the Judith Eve Gewurtz Memorial Award for poetry; in 2014, she was named a runner-up in the First Annual Jane Lumley Prize; and in 2015, she was named a finalist in untethered’s First Poetry Contest; as well as awarded an emerging writers mentorship through Diaspora Dialogues. Her work has most recently been published in the anthology (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead, carte blancheThe Pickled Body and The Puritan. Her debut chapbook, Cephalopography, is pending publication by words(on)pages in autumn.


Ekraz Singh is the Executive Editor and Publisher of Sewer Lid. Her poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Descant, Existere and untethered. Connect with her on Twitter @EkrazSingh.