Bailey sits in the backseat because there are no airbags in the powder blue Chevy Nova. The ripped vinyl upholstery digs into her thighs and she pulls at the yellow foam disintegrating out of the tear. Joy turns down the driveway into the underground parkade, headlights casting a quick glow over dark corners like the […] Read more.
Dad “You need to learn to swim, now,” he says, resting his warm hand on my tiny shoulder. I’m proud of my cork-chested suit that will buoy me, and its colour just like our green family-tartan. “You need to learn to drive now,” he says, opening the door of the Rocket ‘88 Olds. I’m proud […] Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
The title is in quotation marks because this is what we say to young people who are interested in writing. Here’s the problem: as a young person, my first thought is, “But I don’t know anything yet. I don’t have as much life experience as you.” We feel we don’t have anything valuable to contribute […]
This interview is following John Vardon’s poetry review of Alyda Faber’s Poisonous If Eaten Raw. John Vardon: An online image of your collection is still advertised as Rain, In All the Ways It Falls, your original title for the book before Poisonous If Eaten Raw, which suggests that the change may have been relatively last […]
I started writing “Generation Congee” after my father was diagnosed with stage-3 colon cancer. My father doesn’t speak English. Or he pretends he doesn’t, especially when I’m around to translate. But I’m not fluent in Cantonese either. I’m pretty sure my fluency is equivalent to a three-year-old’s. People often ask how I manage to communicate […]
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.