1. Beirut, Lebanon, 1983 “They’ve found us a child.” Sharon settled onto our living room couch next to Brad and placed her hand on his thigh. Mascara ran down her face in black, squiggly lines. “Now we’re going to be a real family.” When Brad kissed her, his toupee slid sideways over his ear. He’d […] Read more.
Early each morning, before the sun has risen, he emerges from the soil. On his stomach writhing towards me, mostly camouflaged, his eyes flash white in the dark, his fingers scoop into the earth, letting loose the topsoil to fall through. Each night, when he returns, he wants me to go with him. I’ve told […] Read more.
Today, the first Saturday in February, a slushy rain falls as Cameron Hornby feeds his coin into the locked row of carts. He yanks one free and steers it awkwardly—for there is no other way to maneuver the supersize gurneys— across the parking lot toward the store’s entrance spilling forth Valentine’s decorations and potted hyacinths […] Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
Journeys I’m a picky reader. I read as much for character as for plot. I have a passion for narrative, but I read only literary novels and non-fiction. I love a finely crafted phrase where every word has earned its place. Geraldine Brooks gives me all these things. This fall, I’m reading People of the […]
When I first started working on Garden Man, I was trying hard not to write a story at all. I’d been going through a difficult period with my writing and had disconnected from the pleasure of the act itself. Each time I sat down to write Garden Man, I told myself this was not a […]
Anne Swannell’s poem, “On Not Seeing Rocher Percé,” shared third prize in the 2020 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. The poem recounts three disappointing moments: a trip to the Gaspé peninsula to see the famous rock formation rising from the ocean, had it not been hidden by fog the one day they were there; a […]
The Wild Writers Festival: Poetry and Prose That’s Out There
The New Quarterly is proud to present the eighth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 1-3rd, 2019 in Waterloo, ON. Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.