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for the strong juxtaposition of images, and the challenge to identity,
stereotypes, the limitations of language and form. The voices are
sure, the work at once broad in scope and achingly personal. As
the title suggests, Running With Scissors promotes youth,
wild abandon, and risk."
Montreal Review of Books, mRb, Spring 2001
19 young writers: Larissa Andrusyshyn, Oana
Avalichioaei, Paula Belina, Liana
Bellon, Nicolas Billon, Andrea
del Moral, Melissa Griffin, Nathan
Griffiths, Mirella Ionta, Zakiah
Kassam, Matt MacLennan, Joni
Murphy, Luca Palladino, Kilah
Rolle, Anna Sikorski, Donimique
Simoneau-Ritchie, Ravi Singh, Lindsay
Soberano and Brian Tuck.
Meg Sircom and Andy Brown
from Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Meg Sircom
(right) graduated from the Creative Writing Masters program at Concordia
University. She taught in Japan and Korea, and spent time in India
with Canada World Youth. She was an editor of the third Headlight
Anthology and has produced a mini-comic about sumo wrestlers.
She currently teaches at McGill University.
Brown (left) has a Masters degree in English from Concordia
University. He was an editor of the influential Montréal literary
calendar index and now contributes regularly to Matrix,
Broken Pencil, and the Montreal Review of Books. He
is the founder of conundrum press.
Tendril Anthology Series includes a distinct but inseparable
chapbook of early unpublished work by established and respected
authors, providing a device for the mentorship of emerging writers
from all cultures across Canada. But where to put the chapbook?
To avoid sublimation of the emerging writers’ works, the work of
the senior writer needed to be separate from, but still integrated
into, each book. The chapbook—set aside within the French flaps
of the front cover— seemed an ideal medium to isolate the mentoring
work in a format commonly embraced by the novice.
A Trestle Chapbook :
playwright, lyricist and essayist, George
Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia,
in 1960. Clarke is best known for his poetry, which has received international
recognition. His many awards include the Archibald Lampman Award,
the prestigious Portia White Prize for Excellence in the Arts, and
a Bellagio (Italy) Center Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Clarke’s collections of poetry include Saltwater Spirituals and
Deeper Blues; Lush Dreams, Blue Exile: Fugitive Poems;
Gold Indigoes; his recently published, Execution Poems
and Blue; and his celebrated Whylah Falls. He is the
editor of several anthologies, including Odysseys Home: Mapping
African-Canadian Literature, and the author of an opera libretto,
Beatrice Chancy; a screenplay, One Heart Broken Into Song;
and a verse-play, Whylah Falls: The Play. After receiving his
Ph.D (Queens University), Clarke accepted a teaching position at Duke
University (1994-99), then served as visiting Seagram’s Chair in Canadian
Studies At McGill University (1998-99). He is currently a professor
in English at the University of Toronto. George was awarded the 2001
Governor General's Award for poetry for his book Execution Poems.
Andrusyshyn was born in Reno, Nevada to a Canadian father and
American mother. She moved to Montreal in 1989, where she has been
writing and performing for about 6 years. With publications in many
local zines, and five of her own chapbooks, Larissa is assuming her
place in the literary community.
Avasilichioaei is finishing her MA in English at Concordia University.
She was born in Romania but grew up from the age of ten on the west
coast of BC. Oana draws inspiration from both of these landscapes.
Some of Oana’s work has appeared in The Antigonish Review,
The Vancouver Sun and Matrix. A collection of translations
was published by ITP.
Belina is a spoken word entrepreneur, performing in and around
Montréal since 1998. She is editor and creator of arts/poetry zine
Streeteaters and hosts a monthly spoken word/music benefit
show. To date, she has put together five of her own chapbooks. Paula
also designs t-shirts for the Montreal rave production group kirk6.
Amanda Bellon studies English literature and art history at McGill
University in Montreal. She credits her family for encouraging her,
at a young age, to be curious and observant, and for instilling in
her a love of knowledge and a passion for traveling. She has been
published in student-based journals such as Dawson College’s Arcady
and Black Sun Press.
years of working in the computer industry, Nicolas Marc Billon
discovered he was a closet tree-hugger and bid adieu to his
capitalist yearnings. He is completing a degree in Environmental Studies
and hopes to work abroad in sustainable development. In the meantime,
he lives in an apartment on Sainte-Famille street with four plants
and Tölva, his laptop.
del Moral currently lives in Oakland, California, where she is
establishing politically and socially empowering urban agriculture
projects, dancing, and writing. She is originally from Seattle, Washington
and considers Montreal her home in some other reality.
Griffin is studying traditional Celtic harp, as well as working
on a novel and continuing to study the world in all kinds of interesting
and unconventional ways. She has always been interested in what a
word really means, and how it evolves from what it once meant. Melissa
lives in Montreal.
Griffiths moved to Montreal more than five years ago only to leave
at every opportunity. He particularly enjoys writing because he can
do it on the fly: on a boat, in a plane, or on a bus; basically, on
the road. Nathan has been published in anthologies and literary magazines,
whose names and copies have been lost in the move.
Ionta attended Dawson College where she studied Liberal Arts.
She is presently studying English Literature at McGill University
and plans to travel the world after obtaining her B.A. She was born
and continues to live in Montreal.
Aliya Kassam’s attraction to poetry developed at a young age when
she began writing satires of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Her poetry
has been published in the quarterly Canadian Woman Studies.
Zakiah studied chemical engineering at McGill University. She was
born in Toronto and now lives in Montreal.
MacLennan studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia
University in Montreal, where he currently resides and writes. His
most recent publications include poetry in Slingshot and Yen
magazines. Currently, his play Paths to Forgetting is in production
with Alumnae Theatre in Toronto as part of their New Ideas Festival.
Murphy is a sweater-type writer from a tanktop-type location.
She was born in Canitillo, Texas and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
This winter she co-coordinated overdue: living with books for
the VAV Gallery at Concordia University. Weak in the Knees—her
first chapbook—was published by ITP. Joni now lives in Montreal.
Palladino enjoys dancing, writing and the colour blue. He also
enjoys denouncing large international anti-democratic structures.
He is obsessed with rhythm, liquids and the kafkaesque, and is a great
eater of cheese. You might have missed his spoken word radio documentaries
on CBC’s Outfront and on CKUT.
Rolle was born in Vancouver, BC, grew up in both Nova Scotia and
the Bahamas, where she now lives with her son Darien. She studied
English literature at St. Mary’s University. Kilah was a member of
the Canada Games in track and field, but she also enjoys playing volleyball,
soccer and softball.
Sikorski was born and raised in Montreal. She attended FACE High
School and completed a DEC in Creative Arts at Dawson College. She
is currently studying film at Concordia University and hopes to make
short independent films.
Simoneau-Ritchie still lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, where she
grew up. She was on the honour roll at John Abbott College where she
studied computer science. Dominique is a lover of all forms of art,
her favourite being painting, with writing a close second.
Singh stays fit by working out and playing various sports. He
likes beer, but no longer enjoys going out; probably because he hates
smoky areas and despises addictions. He can’t stand people who think
death and killing are funny, nor people who destroy nature. He fears
large bodies of water and the new president of the U.S. Ravi lives
Soberano holds a joint honours degree in English Literature and
Creative Writing from Concordia University. Her poem, The Western
Wall appeared in the Canadian Jewish Newspaper. She presently
resides in Toronto, where she was born and raised.
Tuck has resided in Montreal all of his life, publishing his first
chapbook, As Did Methina, in December 1999. His work has appeared
in numerous literary zines such as Rider’s Alley, Streeteaters,
and Blue Moon. In January 1999, he began facilitating a poetry
workshop course at Dawson College’s New School.