Volume 32.3

Autumn 2008


Kunal Basu – The Japanese Wife

Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta, lived in Montreal for many years where he was a professor at McGill, and now teaches at Oxford University. Author of three acclaimed novels – The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturists, and Racists – he has acted on stage and in film and written poetry and screenplays. “The Japanese Wife” has been made into a film by India’s celebrated director Aparna Sen.

Paul Vermeersch – Seven Poems

Paul Vermeersch of Canada is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Between the Walls. His next collection, The Reinvention of the Human Hand, is due for release in 2010. He lives in Toronto, where he is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail books section, a teacher at Sheridan College, and a poetry editor for Insomniac Press.

Seán Virgo – The Grey Panama

Seán Virgo was born in Malta and grew up in South Africa, Malaya, Ireland and the UK. He has lived on Canada’s east and west coasts, in southern Ontario and, for the last 10 years, in southwest Saskatchewan. He has published a dozen books of poetry and fiction, most recently a collection of short stories, Begging Questions (Exile Editions, 2006). The Grey Panama is an excerpt from a novel-in-progress. (see  page 164 for more on his books with Exile Editions)

Carlos Castro Saavedra – Four Poems

Carlos Castro Saavedra of Colombia (1924-1989) led a life totally dedicated to poetry. Although echoes of Pablo Neruda can be heard in his poems, he was far from being an imitator. His books include 33 Poemas and La Voz del Viento.

Jon Brooks – Moth nor Rust

Jon Brooks of Canada declares “The folk singer’s mandate is to politicize love: to lobby for compassion to be our principal representative in government office.” His 2007 CD, Ours and the Shepherds, was a collection of Canadian war stories from past and present. He is the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee “Best Songwriter”, 2007 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Winner “Songs From The Heart Award” and the 2006 Green Man Review’s “Songwriter Of The Year.” The songs appearing in this edition of Exile are from his forthcoming CD, Moth Nor Rust – an investigation into all the living things that neither “moth nor rust” can touch.

Jesus Hardwell – Easy Living

Jesus Hardwell of Canada has recently published in The Dalhousie Review and The Windsor Review.

S.D. Chrostowska – Six Microfictions

S.D. Chrowstowska of Canada holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is working on a book on nostalgia and philosophy. Her work is forthcoming in JanusHead.

Gale Zoë Garnett – Savage Adoration

Gale Zoë Garnett of Canada is the author of Visible Amazement, Transient Dancing and Room Tone. She is currently writing a book of essays and a first poetry collection, and is also a working actor and book reviewer. Her new novel, Savage Adoration, will be published by Exile Editions in 2009.

Paul Vangelisti – Days Shadows Pass

Paul Vangelisti of the United States is the author of some 20 books of poetry, as well as being a noted translator from the Italian. In 1981 he was awarded a Translation Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts (US), and in 1988 a Poetry Fellowship from the same Endowment. In 2006, his and Lucia Re’s translation of Amelia Rosselli’s War Variations received both Italy’s Flaiano Prize and the PEN USA award. From 1971-1982 he was co-editor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City and, from 1993-2002, edited Ribot, the annual publication of the College of Neglected Science. His new collection of poems is Days Shadows Pass.

Amy White – Skin of Water

Amy White of Canada is Turtle Clan from Walpole Island, Ontario. She is an Honours graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre’s Full-time Acting Program. Her dramas-in-progress, Keweyani and Skin of Water, were produced in the Native Earth’s Weesageechuk Begins to Dance Festival 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Kenneth J. Harvey – Blackstrap Hawco

Kenneth J. Harvey of Newfoundland, Canada, has been published in over a dozen countries, and has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Winterset Award, Italy’s Libro Del Mare, and has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His new family saga is Blackstrap Hawco. (see page 164 for more on his books with Exile Editions)


Ann Beam (Interior and front cover) of Canada is an Ojibwe who has exhibited nationally and internationally since the mid seventies.  She lives and works on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Anongonse Migwans Beam (Interior and back cover) of Canada is an Ojibwe artist from Manitoulin Island. She has exhibited her paintings and ceramics locally, nationally and internationally.

Claire Weissman Wilks (for Jon Brooks) of Canada is in many private and public collections, nationally and internationally. Most recently she had a one-woman exhibition at the Querini Stampalia museum in Venice. Her image for the songs will appear in colour as the cover art for Moth Nor Rust.

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