Writing Spaces: Wayne Yetman

This week in Writing Spaces, we take a look at the working space of Wayne Yetman, author of “Acorns” in Issue #146.   There’s no need to show you my actual desk. I like a stark desk in a stark office. I can write almost anywhere providing I can close the door and no one […]

Writing Spaces: Lisa Martin

This week in Writing Spaces, we take a look at the working space of Lisa Martin, author of “The Good Death” in Issue #146. I’m sending a photo of my writing space from my last stay at The Banff Centre, one of my favourite places to work. This is a photo of a room in […]

TNQ is hiring!

TNQ is looking to welcome a new Managing Editor to join our team. The position description is below – if you love Canadian literature, have a penchant for nurturing new voices and for supporting local talent, this just may be the right fit for you! Managing Editor The New Quarterly Location: Waterloo, ON Job type: […]

Don’t Let Our Writers Cry Over Spilled Ink!

Don’t let our writers cry over spilled ink! A single or monthly donation to The New Quarterly supports not only the work we publish, but all the years of correspondence, encouragement, and growing confidence on the part of both the writer and editor that this work is good, that it’s worth reading, and reading again. […]

In Conversation with 2017 Peter Hinchcliffe Award Winner Shannon Blake

I need a lot of mental space and silence to write. I’d like to get over this, but unfortunately, I’m not over it yet. I don’t write at home. I prefer to write in a space with no windows, no other people visible, no noise, and no internet. I turn off my phone. I actually don’t like to talk to anyone at all before I start writing because that energy interferes with my thought process. I write in the morning; I’m dumber after 11 am.

Pamela Mulloy with Shannon Blake in

That Hair-Flipping Moment of Truth: On my Relationship with The New Quarterly

I remember the precise moment when I decided that I would be a writer when I grew up. I was still in high school, and I was standing outside my bedroom door in my family’s crowded house, waiting in line for the bathroom (in addition to having five children, my parents frequently hosted international students, […]

Evoking Place & Space, or Making Room for Curiosity: An Interview with Susan Olding

With this essay, I longed to move beyond the page. I wanted to map the stories against the buried rivers, to make it web-based and interactive. To create a kind of palimpsest of image and text and walk the reader through the sites, elaborating on some of the political and environmental issues that I could only touch on here.

Susan Scott with Susan Olding in

On Rejection

Rejections were barely whispered in our writing group. A few of us shared details at times in a text, an email, but never to the whole group and rarely face to face. Then in 2017 TNQ editors Pamela Mulloy and Susan Scott asked us to write about rejection collectively. At the time, we—Jagtar, Tamara, and […]

Jagtar Kaur Atwal, Lina Barkas, Leonarda Carranza, Hege Jakobsen Lepri, Tamara Jong, Emily McKibbon, Obim Okongwu, Laura Sky in

Sleeping with the Author

 “When it comes to fighting against white supremacy, it’s not just what you stand for, it’s who you sit with.” –Jamaya Khan, Maclean’s, August 16, 2017   “Now, mind, I recognize no dichotomy between art and protest.” –Ralph Ellison, Paris Review Spring, 1957   Editing the work of friends and family is a common goodwill […]

Susan Scott with Ron Grimes in

Other Happinesses: Magazines Are Good; Magazines Are Very Good

Talk given April 28th, 2017, at the MagNet Conference, in Toronto 1974. Darkness. Fonts. The sheen of glossy grey Xerox paper. I, clad in white samite and sports socks. The arcane allure of a long-armed stapler, the numinous and tactile attraction of cover stock. I was ten years old and my school was having a […]