The Fieldstone Review

Our Contributors


Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi born in Toronto, Canada, spent a decade penning an eclectic bibliography of award-winning short and feature-length screenplays, before transitioning into the world of prose. His work oftentimes explores the lives of everyday people who find themselves trapped in the complex labyrinth of physical, mental, and emotional illness and isolation, self-doubt and self-reflection, and must find a way—if any—to confront themselves and the world around them, in real and surreal settings. Currently, several of his short fiction pieces are enjoying stays in multiple publications.

Plastic Breath


Elizabeth Anne Barbaza-Cousineau-I’m an award winning multi-media artist (BFA, AOCA, and Post Grad AOCA), poet, fiction and non-fiction multi-genre writer. I have been writing poetry, short stories and articles for different Canadian publications over the years, am the main writer for the Simcoe County Steampunk Society Annual Zine What in the World is Steampunk, and have recently expanded into the international market with my first submission to be published byFox Hollow.

Reliance on Reliable Plastics

Bertrand Bickersteth writes and researches on Alberta's black history. His poetry has appeared in Kola, Freefall, and the anthology, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. He was born in Sierra Leone, educated in the UK, resident in the US, but raised all over Alberta. He currently teaches Communications at Olds College and is editing an anthology of black literature from Alberta.

Accidental Agriculture

Jessie Brown is the author of two short collections, What We Don't Know We Know (Finishing Line Press) and Lucky (Anabiosis Press). Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous local and national journals, including venues like The Comstock Review, New Madrid, Minerva Rising, Full Bleed, and the American Poetry Review. She lives in Massachusetts, where she leads poetry workshops both independently and in schools and communities throughout the Boston area (

Sit Back, Relax

Michelle Brown is again writing poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction after a detour into law and treaty negotiations. Her work has been heard on CBC Radio1 and she has performed at The Flame in both Vancouver and Victoria. She was long listed for the 2015 PRISM International creative nonfiction competition and received an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Authors Association Victoria 2016 Flash Fiction contest. Her website features photo essays written while she was in South America and Turkey. She is working on a memoir, Coming Out Sane, about living with PTSD. She is Cree from the Métis Nation.

The House on Strathnaver Avenue


Diane Callahan strives to capture her sliver of the universe through writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As a developmental editor and ghostplotter, she spends her days shaping stories. Her YouTube channel, Quotidian Writer, provides practical tips for aspiring authors. You can read her work in Translunar Travelers Lounge, Short Édition, Riddled with Arrows, Rust+Moth, and The Sunlight Press, among others.

Prelude and Fugue

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) &BestNewPoemsOnline, among nearly 1,600 others across 43 countries.

Pondering over Plasticity

Rafael Chidiac is an American Lebanese who lives in Luxembourg. He enjoys poetry over all other forms of expression and has recently gained the courage to start sending poems to an audience beyond himself. He likes to write about big emotions and small things.

Lonely Journey

Hejsa Christensen completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (2016) and was awarded the 2014 Random House/Hazlitt Award in Creative Writing. She has written features for Canoe and Kayak and Outpost magazines.

On Family

Nancy Cook is a U.S. writer and lives 475 kilometers from the Canadian border. She runs the "Witness Project," a series of community writing workshops designed to enable creative work by underrepresented voices. Nancy has just returned from Northern Ireland where she offered arts programs for people affected by the sectarian conflict known as "The Troubles." Her newest work can be found in Existere, The Tangerine, and Litbreak.

Myself and her Majesty's Government

Kym Cunningham received her MFA from San Jose State University with emphases in creative nonfiction and poetry. She acted as the lead Nonfiction Editor of Reed Magazine, the oldest literary magazine West of the Mississippi. She received the Ida Fay Sachs Ludwig Memorial Scholarship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, MARY's Editor's Prize, and two Pushcart Prize nominations for outstanding achievement in her writing. Her writing has been published in more than a dozen literary journals and two anthologies. Her first poetry chapbook was published in February of 2018.

In Sheep's Clothing


Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider's Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.

The Bird

Donald Dewey

Past Prime Time



Nigel Ford is English, lives in Sweden and works as a writer, dramatist, visual artist, journalist, curator and translator. Recent publications include a short story in The Fortnightly Magazine (UK) and poems in Orbis (UK).

It's a Life Like Any Other
Down Mines of Dreams
A Waste of Beauty Chimed

Carol J Forrester published her debut poetry collection, It’s All in the Blood, in 2019. Her work focuses on the Shropshire countryside where the grew up, mythology, feminism, and history. She’s been featured on Ink Sweat & Tears, Ink Pantry, and Eyes & Words, though her parents would say her greatest literary achievement was being shortlisted in a poetry competition by The Farmer’s Weekly. She now lives in Crewe with her husband, and their pond of koi.

Credit Card Gal

Peter Freeman lives on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of Canada. He writes nonfiction and fictional novels, screen and stage plays, short stories, magazine articles, children stories, and poetry. Peter has been shortlisted for the short story, "In the Waiting Room", and a finalist for a poem, both of which were published in the Best of 2018 Adelaide Literary Award Anthology. Peter's nonfiction book, Cape Horn Birthday: Record-Breaking Solo Non-Stop Circumnavigation, is published by Seaworthy Publications Inc. of Florida, and his book of fifty poems, Growth, is published by Adelaide Books, New York.

Hidden Message


M. Brett Gaffney holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University. Her chapbook Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press) was nominated for a 2019 Elgin Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. She works as co-editor of Gingerbread House Literary Magazine and writes about scary stuff on her blog at No Outlet Horror Reviews.


Myrna Garanis is an Edmonton poet/essayist. Her essay "All Tied Up" was recently shortlisted for the Edna Staebler personal essay contest and is published in The New Quarterly, Spring 2017.

Hemingway's Beard

Elder Gideon holds an MFA in poetry, keeps a decades-long iconography practice, teaches high school English to underrepresented students, and learns as a disciple of a Gnostic master Tau Malachi, with whom he co-authored Gnosis of Guadalupe (EPS Press, 2017). His creative concerns orbit divinity in materiality. This selection (in addition to twelve already published) come from his first manuscript Aegis of Waves, for which he's seeking a publisher.

Digital Narcosis

Trudy Grienauer is a writer and translator based in Edmonton, Alberta. Recently, she had a poem published on Edmonton transit buses and another performed by a local choir. She is a regular contributor to readings and anthologies of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets and is currently working on a longer manuscript about the history of her Austrian grandparents.

The Lab Coat


Atar Hadari's Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators' Association Award, and his debut collection, Rembrandt's Bible, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2013. His Pen Translates award winning Lives of the Dead: Collected Poems of Hanoch Levin is out from Arc Publications. He translates a verse bible column for MOSAIC magazine.


gillian harding-russell is a poet, freelance writer, reviewer and editor and has been a mentor and juror. She received an MA in English Literature from McGill and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. She has four poetry collections, most recently IN ANOTHER AIR (Radiant Press, 2018) which was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2015, "PROUD MEN DO NOT LISTEN" was shortlisted for Exile's Gwendolyn MacEwen chapbook award, and in 2016, "MAKING SENSE" was chosen as best suite in the same competition. Poems have recently appeared in Heartwood edited by Lesley Strutt (LCP publication, 2018) and will soon appear in Resistance: an anthology of sexual abuse, edited by Sue Goyette (Coteau). Poems have recently come out in The Nashwaak Review, The Society, and Exile vol. 42, issue 1, and a couple will appear in Transition magazine soon.

Two Skeletons in a Cave in France

Shauna Eveleigh Harris is an emerging writer from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She graduated from the University of Regina in 2007 and has been working as a trauma therapist in northern Indigenous communities. Her poems have appeared in Vintage Gypsy magazine and The Society.

Milk Soup

Randel McCraw Helms was, until his retirement, professor of English at Arizona State University. Making poems is his vocation. His work has recently appeared in such venues as Coe Review, Avis, Sicklit, Pilgrim, and TXTOBJX.

Potion Against Heart-Ache

Pamela Hensley is a Montreal-based writer whose fiction has appeared online and in journals including The Dalhousie Review, EVENT Magazine, Litro, Montreal Writes and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology (vol. 11). She is currently at work on a novel inspired by the life of photographer Fred Herzog.

Not from Here

Debbie Okun Hill was born/raised on the prairies but now gardens words full-time in rural southwestern Ontario. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets with over 380 of her poems published in over 135 publications/e-zines including Descant, Existere, The Windsor Review, Vallum, and Other Voices. Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press, 2014) is her first trade publication. Follow her blog: Kites Without Strings.

Her Resistance
Hidden Series of Lies


I.B. (Bunny) Iskov is the Founder of The Ontario Poetry Society, In 2009, Bunny was the recipient of the R.A.V.E. Award (Recognizing Arts Vaughan Excellence) in recognition of outstanding contribution to the cultural landscape of the City of Vaughan as Art Educator / Mentor in the Literary Arts discipline. In 2017, Bunny received the Absolutely Fabulous Woman Award for women over 40, for her contribution to the literary arts in the Golden Horseshoe. Her poetry has been published in several literary journals and anthologies and she has won a few poetry contest prizes. Most recently, Bunny had one of her poems published in TAMARACKS, Canadian Poetry For The 21st Century, Lummox Press, James Deahl Editor.

Plastic Passions


Nolan Janssens was born in Santiago, Chile; took his first steps in Antwerp, Belgium, and grew up in British Columbia, Canada. He was born without borders; thinking outside the box is part of his make-up.

Painting on Waves

Sarah Jensen is a writer and PhD candidate living in Toronto. She also teaches a creative writing class at York University, where she and approximately 3000 other union members were on strike. As an exercise she hopes to share with her students when the strike ends, she has been making strike-related art every day of the labour disruption. This is the university's second strike in three years.

a strike, a show of hands

Zak Jones is an American expatriate poet living and writing in Canada. His poems have appeared in Hart House Review, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, Milkweed Zine, and Palimpsest: Yale's Graduate and Literary Arts Magazine, among others. Zak is a graduate student at the University of Toronto where his creative work intertwines with his research to explore the particular traumas abound within the Southern United States.

Kiremit Caddesi, Balat, Istanbul: June 2015


Samidha Kalia is a literature student. Most of her stories deal with time and memory. Her interests lie in analyzing Neil Gaiman's work, writing reviews for publishing houses, re-writing the myth of women in folklore and fairy tales, along with eating good food and being a chai addict.

Conversations in Rhetoric

Zach Klebaner is a filmmaker, poet, and comedian who holds a B.A. in Film from Hofstra University. While he was a student, he co-founded the theater troupe Ambiguity, hosted an open mic frequented by various artists, and wrote for the student-run comedy program Thursday Nite Live. His poetry has appeared in Crossways Literary Magazine, Wax Poetry and Art, and Verse-Virtual, and he was the third-prize recipient of the 2019 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest.

American Ways

Miles Knecht was born and raised in New York City. He is a recent graduate of Haverford College, where he studied English literature with a focus on contemporary fantasy. As a life-long lover of the mysterious and unexplained, flowers, and overthinking things, he writes plenty of poetry about all three.

The Devil's Rope


Naomi LaKritz lives in Calgary and is a former columnist and editorial writer at the Calgary Herald. Her work has also been published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, and other Canadian papers.

Mildred Mendelson

Rachel Laverdiere writes and teaches in Saskatoon. She has worked as a language teacher in South Korea, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Read Rachel's short fiction and creative nonfiction in the most recent issues of Filling Station, FreeFall, Dime Show Review, and Soliloquies Anthology. You can follow her on Twitter @r_laverdiere or learn more about her at

Orange Soda Paradise


Kyra MacFarlane is a young poet and fiction writer originally from Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. Two of her poems are to be published in Saskatoon publications -isms zine, and the Tonight It's Poetry anthology,Poetry All Over the Floor, vol. 1. She is currently pursuing an English degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Her interests include music (both playing and listening to it), reading, writing, and cuddling with her dogs. MacFarlane is a feminist, volunteering at the University of Saskatchewan's USSU Women's Centre. You can find her at music venues, feminist rallies, and the library. MacFarlane also operates "Timely Tinnitus," a blog where she posts music reviews.

Anxious Moon

Lesley Machon is a junior high language arts teacher. She devotes herself the lifelong task of question-asking, querying assumptions, and empowering young minds to engage courageously with curiosity. A lover of colourful skies, fusion food, and contradictory adverb/adjective arrangements like "comically serious," and "audaciously afraid," she is known to many as an avid learner and teacher alike.

A Eulogy to Honour the Death of Original Thinking, Laid to Rest by the Educational System

Tanasha Martin was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Published works include The Pine Hills Review’s: Unicorns Special (“Hope for Flint”), The Writing Journey's, Reasons for Hope (“Peer”, “Digital Footprint”, and “Once More, With Feeling”), Human: An Exploration of What it Means (online: “Touched”, “Personal Bubble”, and “All Smiles”), and Near Myths (“A Tale with No Fairies”, “The Scant Structure Slayers”, and “Everglow”). Additional works can be found at

Paper or Plastic

Allison McFarland writes novel(la)s. She pursues an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work has appeared in filling station Magazine, Boston Accent Lit, Hooligan Magazine, Nōd Magazine, In Medias Res, and FOUND, the second chapbook by Malform Press. Loft on 8th published her chapbook, Marianne's Daughters, in March 2018. She holds a BA (hons) in Law and Society and a BA (hons) in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, both from the University of Calgary. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the magazine antilang.


Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently the collection Cream River and the forthcoming pocket-sized edition One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, and have been published in Slice, The Collagist, and The Believer, among others. His website is

Lonesome Jubilee

Valerie Mills-Milde lives, works and writes in London, Ontario. She is the author of the novel After Drowning, (Inanna Publications and Education) which won the 2017 Silver Ippy (Independent Publisher Books Award) for Contemporary Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals across the country. A collection of these pieces was short-listed for the Black Lawrence Book Award. The Land's Long Reach (Inanna Publications, 2018), is her second novel.

Triptych of Crayon Man on Tight Rope


Dorothy Neagle is a Kentuckian who lives and writes in New York. She has studied writing most recently at the Unterberg Poetry Center, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Dialogist, Painted Bride Quarterly, Glass Mountain, and more. Her nonfiction has appeared in Memoirist, The Nasiona, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. You can find her on instagram @sentencesaremyfave.

Girl Call


Mikkilynn Olmsted writes nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her writing explores women and their complex relationships with self, family, and women. When not writing, she snow sports. Mikkilynn teaches writing and folklore at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado, USA. Her writing has appeared in not enough night, High Grade, Zephyrus, HazMat Review, and other journals.

Skiing in Jeans

Nicholas Olson is the author of The Adirondack Haystack Still Floats, a collection of short stories studying the North American working-class, released in 2014. Olson curates his own series of essays at He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Land.

Happy 40th Jen




Kate Rogers was shortlisted for the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. She has work forthcoming in Catherines, the Great (Oolichan). Her poems have appeared in Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore); Juniper; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; The Guardian; Asia Literary Review, The Goose: a Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture and other publications. Out of Place, Kate's latest poetry collection, is reviewed here.

That Cunning Woman, Cutty Sark



Nathan TeBokkel is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where he studies poet-farmers and the intersections of agriculture and aesthetics, drawing on his background in genetics, melon farming, and food safety audits. He has published articles in Word Hoard, PostScriptum, and The Apollonian, has a book chapter and a review in press, and has disseminated poems in Propaganda and a chapbook held together by dental floss.

Ray's Rocket

D.J. Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, was placed second in the 2015 Data Dump Award for Genre Poetry, and has been published in issues of Amulet, California Quarterly, Carillon, The Dawntreader, Haiku Journal, The Pen, and Tigershark, and online at Atlas Poetica, Bindweed, Poetry Pacific, and Scarlet Leaf Review, as well as releasing several chapbooks, including the critically acclaimed Our Story. D.J. Tyrer's website is at The Atlantean Publishing website is at

New Nomads



Carter Vance Carter Vance is a writer and poet originally from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, currently residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His work has appeared in such publications as The Smart Set, Contemporary Verse 2 and A Midwestern Review, amongst others. He was previously a Harrison Middleton University Ideas Fellow. His latest collection of poems, Places to Be, is currently available from Moonstone Arts Press.

Blood Loss


Benn Ward is a journalist, a writer, and an Associate Editor of the London Reader. He curated the issues "Words from Within" on mental health stories and "Wish You Were Here" on travel writing. Among other publications, his writing has appeared in Southwinds, the Global Intelligence, and occasionally the London Reader. He is working on his second degree in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick and lives part-time between Fredericton, NB and London, England. You can find him on twitter @BennWardWrites.

New Nomads

James W. Wood's recent work has appeared in Vallum, PRISM International, The Vancouver Sun, Stand (USA), The North (UK) and The Interpreter's House (US/UK). He is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Emigrant's Farewell (The High Window Press, Leeds, UK, 2016) and grew up in Canada, becoming a citizen in 1981. He now lives in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia with his wife, son and dog.


Amos Jasper Wright IV is native to the dirt of Birmingham, Alabama, but has called Alabama, Massachusetts and Louisiana home. He holds a master's degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a master's degree in urban planning from Tufts University. He lives and works in New Orleans. His fiction and poems have appeared in Arcadia, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clarion, Folio, Grain Magazine, Gravel, The Hollins Critic, Interim, New Ohio Review, New Orleans Review, Off the Coast, Pale Horse Review, Roanoke Review, Salamander, Tacenda Literary Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Yes, Poetry, and Zouch. His debut short story collection, Nobody Knows How It Got This Good, was the recipient of the Tartt First Fiction Award from Livingston Press. His author website is available at

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