Girls Unwanted: Part I

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George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays and has created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced tragicomedies illuminate and satirize the selfishness, greed, and […]

Biafran Man

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By Jonathan Papernick That summer, the boys of Owl Bunk called the new kid who never spoke “Polio Arms,” “Mr. Skin and Bones,” and sometimes, when feeling particularly cruel, they called him “Biafran Man.” Most of the kids at Camp Elk Horn knew each other from their privileged lives back in the city and the elite […]

Runner’s High

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By Lauren Lytle Stepping over the barricade on the mountain trail, I start my nightly run. I already start sliding on the melted snow left over on the dirt trail. Once I finally get my footing and fall into the rhythm of my run. I take in the cold Colorado air that burns my lungs […]

Last Fragments

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By Nathan Perrin Andrew watched the chemo mixture go slowly into his veins. He closed his eyes and let out a deep sigh. Stage four brain cancer, get his affairs in order the doctor told him. The end is most likely near. He had dreamed of retiring to rural Wisconsin for as long as he […]

Camp Chemo

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By Austin Gilmore Stave I Most healthy kids my age don’t want anything to do with a Cancer Girl. They don’t want the constant reminder of death looming over what they’ve been told is the best years of their lives.  I mean, I get it. I wouldn’t want to hang out with me either. Even […]

The Gunman Who Forgot Who to Shoot

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By T.J. Seefeldt The man had a job to do. He just couldn’t remember exactly what it was. He looked up from the bed in the unfamiliar room, then started to get up.  Shake the cobwebs off, he thought. But they wouldn’t shake. He swung his legs off of the bed but crashed into a […]

Rapids

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By CB Anderson Every day at lunchtime Sean paddles upriver, pulling against the current until his mind is sky and white-capped water. The precarity suits him. After a while he lands the canoe and eats a sandwich. Crows comment from the birches. The sandwiches: unmemorable, whatever he made for the twins’ lunches. On the way […]

A Stand-Up Comedian Walks into a Bar

A Stand Up Comedian Walks into a Bar

By Ellis Shuman “Tough crowd tonight.” “You can’t win them all,” Mac said, slumping into a chair at the side of the club. “Some of your jokes are quite funny.” “Nah, no one’s laughing.” Mac picked up a bottle of water and guzzled half of it before coming up for air. Upon hearing the roar […]

Billy Benjamin

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By Emily Weedon, She lived in Laaksolahti and hated it. She hated the suburban, fussy strangled feel to the place. Dirt roads, for Crissakes, and a suffocating amount of greenness. Overly polite but distant neighbours. Nothing to do all day but watch her daughter from the vantage of the carpet. It was too far to […]

Night of the Coywolf

Night of the Coywolf

By Christopher Allen Nonna changed after her kitten was eaten. We all did, more or less. But the little fur ball was her greatest friend. She loved him more than Dad, I think. They lived together for a year after Grandpa passed, sharing the two-bedroom bungalow that he liked to say he built with his […]