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OUR CURRENT ISSUE: Blank Spaces Volume 2, Issue 4, June 2018

Featuring the work of 
Ilham Alam, Joy DeVito, Caitlin Jans, Matthew Eliot, Mitchell Toews, Patricia Manale, Gail M. Murray, Nate Nettleton, Cindy Matthews, Julia Nathanson, Sara Niroobakhsh, Katerina Eleftheriou, Stephanie Karakochuk Hardy

Blank Spaces June 2018
48 pages, published 5/21/2018
Volume 2, Issue 4 - a celebration of Canadian talent, featuring the work of artists—writers, painters, photographers, poets, etc.


from the editor - Look How Far We’ve Come

shameless - Our Soft Underbellies by Katerina Eleftheriou explores the ways we can lose pieces of ourselves to new relationships.  
- A Practice for Sharing by Stephanie Karakochuk Hardy takes us into Baba’s Kitchen where we become participants in the timeless Ukrainian art of making pyrohy.

flash fiction - Sweet Caporal at Dawn by Mitchell Toews puts us on the dock with our fishing gear, as we learn how to bait a hook and roll tobacco from a master.
- Words for a Friend’s Headstone by Cindy Matthews shows that, even in death, friendship is a bond that remains unbreakable.

different strokes - Falling into a New World by Sara Niroobakhsh explores the fear and pain of immigration, through a collection of paintings inspired by personal experience.

red solo cup - Personhood by Joy DeVito was inspired by a moment when the author stepped outside her black and white upbringing to discover she found more comfort living in the places of “in between”.
- In her poems, Remember How, and Orchid Petals, Gail M. Murray reflects on love gained and love lost
- In her poems, Interior Person, No Lingering Light, and Form, Caitlin Jans explores themes of femininity, motherhood, and spirituality.

fiction feature - Had I Known by Ilham Alam takes an emotional look at the one left behind following an attack by a suicide bomber.

more than words - In Kid’s of Summer, photographer, Julia Nathanson invites us to the lake, where summer reigns and children play from dawn to sunset.  

make art not war - By creating three-dimensional representations of things that normally possess no physicality, artist Nate Nettleton, hopes to engage onlookers in thought, conversations, and consideration. 

between the lines - Gail M. Murray takes a close look at the memoir of Canadian author, Mandy Len Catron, in   How To Fall in Love With Anyone. 

write prompt challenge winner - The Man on 24th Street by Matthew Eliot takes the provided write prompt image into deep questions of mortality.

final word - An Open Letter to My Children, In Case They Have Forgotten by Patricia Manale is a tender reminder to be true to oneself and never stop reaching for your dreams.


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