Volume 28.3

Autumn 2004

Editorial note: Over the years, the biographical note for young writers appearing in EXILE has, time and again, contained the phrase “this is his/her first published work.” In this issue, fronting and backing our section of eight established Danish authors, we have published several more such first-timers, five of them from Canada. As a title for these two groupings we have used the name for an upcoming anthology of “first published” works–to be chosen from 28 Volumes of EXILE–an anthology called, ME, FIRST.

Me, First: I

MATT SHAW – Matchbook for a Mother’s Hair

Matt Shaw of Canada is a young writer and musician working on his debut novel and poetry collection. This is his first publication.

JAMES HART – Six Poems

James Hart of the United States is a poet, teacher and publisher. His poetry has been in Doubletake Magazine, Hand to Hand, and The Beverwyck. This selection is from Milding, his first collection to be published this autumn.

AISHA JOHN – The Shape of Things

Aisha John of Canada is publishing for the first time, and is working toward completing a book of short stories.

Danish Section

HELLE HELLE – Three Stories

Helle Helle made her literary debut in 1993 with a collection of short prose texts and has since published one novel and two volumes of stories, most recently Biler og dyr [Cars and Animals].


Henrik Nordbrandt read Oriental Languages at Copenhagen University and various universities abroad. He has spent most of his adult life outside Denmark, living for a considerable period in Turkey. He has published over twenty volumes of poetry, as well as work in several other genres, and has won numerous literary awards, including the Nordic Council Prize for Literature in 2000. Five selections of his poetry have so far appeared in English.

SIMON FRUELAND – The Short Story of My Life

Simon Fruelund has published two collections of short stories, Mælk [Milk] and Planer for sommeren [Summer Plans]. Some of his stories have appeared in Hungarian.

PIA JUUL – Nine Poems

Pia Juul published her first book, a collection of poems, in 1985. She has since published four more books of poems, most recently Sagde jeg, siger jeg [I said, I say]. She has also published a stage play, three radio plays, a novel, and a collection of stories, as well as translations into Danish from English (Ted Hughes) and Swedish. She lives in Kragevig, Denmark, in the southern part of Sjælland (Zealand). Translations of her poems will appear in a forthcoming anthology of contemporary Nordic poetry, edited by Anni Sumari and Nicolaj Stochholm, to be published in the U.S. by Slope Edi-tions.


Stig Dalager made his literary debut in 1980 with a collection of short stories, The Vandals Association and Other Stories. His forty-seven published works include nine collections of poems, seven novels, several collections of short stories, seventeen plays for stage or radio, a film script, and three television screenplays. His latest novel, Journey in Blue, deals with Hans Christian Andersen and will be published in France, Germany, Brazil, China, etc. His monologue “I Count the Hours,” set in the besieged and devastated city of Sarajevo in the 1990s, has been translated into a dozen languages and performed in both the USA and Bosnia. Dalager’s play The Dream had its world premiere in New York in 1999, has been running in Moscow for four years, and will be staged in Prague, Geneva, and other cities. In 2005, two new plays by Dalager will be staged in New York: Lord and Shadow, and Family Night, which will be produced by The Players.

PIA TAFDRUP – Eight Poems

Pia Tafdrup made her literary debut in 1980. Her eleven volumes of poetry have met critical acclaim and wide popularity, and her work has appeared in English, French, and Swedish translations. In addition to her poetry, Tafdrup has published a volume of poetics and two plays; she has also edited two anthologies of contemporary Danish poetry. A compact disc with her readings in Danish of selected poems (1981-1994) was issued in 1995. In 1989 she was inducted into the Danish Academy; in 1999 she won the Nordic Council Prize for Literature. (www.tafdrup.com)


Jørgen Gustava Brandt, a member of the Danish Academy, made his literary debut in 1948. He has published over one hundred works in several genres, including poetry, novel, short story, essay, and memoir. He has won numerous literary awards, among them the Premio Frescobaldi in 1992, and his work has been published in English, French, Hebrew, and other languages. Over the past seven years he has published a new collection of poems each year – two in 2004, his 75th year.


Christina Hesselholdt made her literary debut in 1991 with the first novel in a trilogy; the second and third volumes appeared in 1993 and 1997. She has published four other novels, the most recent, Du, mit du [You, My You]. She is also the author of four children’s books.

Me, First: II


Lauren Kirshner of Canada has appeared in Now Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Dalhousie Gazette, and the Independent at U of T. She is the recipient of the 2004 Hart House Poetry Award. This is her first published work in a journal.

JAMIE MATECHUK – A Report: The Death of Two Wolves

Jamie Matechuk of Canada won the Judith Eve Gerwurtz Award for Poetry in 2004 from York University and is currently at work on his first novel, 5 Missing Filanges. This is his first published work.


Harold Hoefle of Canada has just completed Taking Shots, a collection of short fiction, of which an earlier version won an Honourable Mention for the 2003 David Adams Richards Award, sponsored by the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.



Michael Callaghan (cover) of Canada has had his paintings, prints and CGIs appear on numerous book covers, has exhibited his work in Canada and Mexico, and is in private collections in Canada, Mexico, and the US.(www.wakingtotheworld.com)

GABRIELA CAMPOS – Four Paintings

Gabriela Campos (paintings) of Mexico lives and paints in both Oaxaca, Mexico, and Holstein, Ontario. She has exhibited in Mexico, Canada, the US and Europe, and is in many private collections.(www.gabrielacampos.com)

JOHN REEVES – Photographs

John Reeves (photographs) of Canada is outstanding among this country’s photographers. Collections of his portrait work include About Face, Exile’s Exiles and Incontro: Where Italy and Canada Meet.

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