TO A TENSION
short fiction by thirteen writers <25
Tom Abray &
Pain Was My Portion,
A Trestle Chapbook short
paperback with flaps
Anthology Series - book 2
murderous plot is hatched in a family home built of recycled
outhouse wood. A soldier serving in Vietnam dives
into a childhood tragedy after recognizing Gordie
Howe during a prisoner exchange. A teenager is trapped
in his dysfunctional
home with his mother and her girlfriend, his homophobic
father and a brother who thinks he's a tree. A young
rebellious Tamil woman carries a secret
that would scandalize her family and undo her pre-arranged
marriage. An Edwardian mother is horrified to learn
that her daughter visits the local cemetery with a
dying house guest. Often poignant, with occasional
gusts of the absurd, this collection showcases a
baker's dozen of the next great wave of young literary
writers <25: Paul Comrie,
Veronique Dorais , Mark
Freeman, Dashini Ann Jeyathurai, Julia
Kelk, Sophie Levy , Richard
W. Norman, Kara Sievewright, Sarah
Steinberg, Oriana Vaughn , Bess
Winter, Katharine Wrobel, and
Elena Zoniadis .
Tom Abray and Neale
Abray grew up in rural south western Ontario. As
a boy he played hockey (defence) and read The Three Investigators
novels. When he was 19, he moved to Montréal to study English
at McGill University. He went on to study education, also at McGill,
and creative writing, at Concordia University. His short fiction
and poetry has appeared in Canadian and American journals, in print
|A former member of the Canadian
Weightlifting Team, Neale McDevitt
turned to writing after finding it was easier on his knees. His stories
have been published in anthologies and lit mags on both sides of the
border, including Exile, Subterrain, B&A and Another Chicago Magazine.
His first book, a collection of short stories called One Day, Even Trevi Will Crumble was
published in November 2002 by Exile Editions. Neale has won a number
of awards, including the 2002 Greensboro Award for Fiction and the
2001 CBC/QWF Short Story Competition. Better than all that, however,
are the days Neale spends rolling in the grass with
his new daughter, Charlotte.
tendril anthology series places the
apprenticeship of new young writers—24 years and under—on
page one of Cumulus’ publishing program. The anthology series—whose
innovative book design includes a distinct but inseparable trestle
chapbook by award-winning author Elisabeth Harvor—embodies
its raison d’être: to provide a device for the mentorship
of emerging writers. Elisabeth Harvor’s story is set aside
within the French flap of the front cover in a format commonly used
by the novice writer. The series attempts to eliminate the distinction
between emergence and establishment because the latter is not possible
without the former.
A Trestle Chapbook : Pain
Was My Portion by
Harvor has won many awards for her work, among them
The Lampert Award for Fortress of Chairs; the League of Canadian
Poets’ National Poetry Prize, and the Alden Nowlan Award.
Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Prism International,
Our Generation Against Nuclear War, and many other periodicals.
Excessive Joy Injures the Heart, her first novel, was chosen one
of the ten best books of 2000 by The Toronto Star. A new novel,
All Times Have Been Modern, will appear in 2004. Let Me Be the One,
her most recent book of stories, was a finalist for the Governor
General’s Award. In 2004, Elisabeth won the Marian Engel Award
for a female writer in mid-career for a body of work.
Comrie has written for various student newspapers,
including one at the University of Malta, The Gazette at Dalhousie
University and The Watch at the University of King’s College.
He is in his fourth year of a B.A. Honors in English literature and
is fascinated with Russian literature and adventure/travel writing.
He has a finished novel, titled, Halcyon Days.
Dorais is a graduate student in English Literature
at McGill University. She wrote her undergraduate Honours thesis on
George Elliott Clarke’s Whylah Falls. Her poetry has been published
in Montage and Scrivener. In June 2002 she was awarded the Lionel
Shapiro Award for Creative Writing. This story is for her father.
near Scotland and educated as a prep cook at a private girls school
in Japan, Mark Freeman
recently gave up a future in solar car racing to pursue writing self-help
books for disaffected women in the workplace.
|Dashini Ann Jeyathurai is a Malaysian-
Indian writer and ASEAN scholar at Raffles Junior College in Singapore. Currently
battling the A Levels, writing is the one thing that keeps her from
wringing anyone’s neck. Her prose, poetry, commentary and book
reviews have been published in several print and electronic publications such as
Newsweek, Malaysian New Straits Times and Youthquake, among others.
Kelk was born in Toronto, and studied English and
Spanish at McGill University in Montréal. She has lived in Mexico City, Paris, and Dublin,
and is currently teaching English at the Universidad del Norte in
Levy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English and
Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto. Originally from
London, England, Sophie has lived in Canada for three years, and has
published poetry in many Canadian journals, including Queen Street
Quarterly, Filling Station, West Coast Line and echolocation. Her
first book of poetry is Marsh Fear/Fen Tiger (Cambridge UK: Salt,
2002). Her short story Honey Says appears in the Women’s Press
collection, Long Journey Home. Sophie teaches writing for the photojournalism
program of Leave Out Violence (Toronto) and would like to see much
more of Canada before her visa expires.
W. Norman was born in Halifax, and attended Dalhousie University,
Saint Mary’s University, the University of Malta, and the University
of King’s College—all for his undergrad. He has had poetry
published in the Antigonish Review and Fiddlehead. He was a finalist
for the 2002 Malahat Review Novella Prize.
Sievewright is a writer and printmaker who has published her own zines and
illustrated books. She also writes for Broken Pencil magazine.
She lives in the horror, the beauty and the mediocrity of East Vancouver
where she works in organizations that fight for social justice.
was born and raised in Toronto. She is currently studying
creative writing at Concordia University in Montréal. About
her story, she says, “read it. Or don’t. See if I care.”
Vaughn was born and raised in British Columbia. Her
writing, which began at an early age, became more serious at fourteen
as she began to use poetry writing as a method of therapy. In the
near future, Oriana plans on working towards a Fine Arts degree.
grew up in Toronto, where she began writing at the age of eight. She
has held several menial jobs, including shopgirl and film production
assistant. Writing has always been her first love, followed closely
by theatre, film, and the devil’s rock and roll. She is currently
studying English and theatre.
Wrobel is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo’s
English program. She is the recipient of the Albert Shaw Memorial
Award for Poetry (2001) and the Tom York Memorial Award for Prose
(2001). She has been published online at Stiletto Magazine.
Zoniadis has been writing fiction and non-fiction
since she was very young. She lives in Oakland, New Jersey and has
studied journalism at New York University. She has a stealth character
and is occasionally difficult to find.
Launch Nov 29, 2003 @ Zeke's Gallery
Dorais reads from her story, Hearts and Hockey Cards.
Comrie, in from Halifax, reaches for his beer to offer
a cheers of thanks to editors Neale McDevitt
(left) and Tom Abray (not in photo).
McDevitt (left) and Mark Freeman chat
over a beer about the future of the short story.
were lucky that Sarah Steinberg decided, toward
the end of the evening, to give us a taste of her story, We
Could be Like that Couple From that Movie that was Playing Sometime.
Wrobel, Mark Freeman, and Bess
Winter (not in photo) also came to Montréal specifically
to attend the launch.