Flashback Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

by Sandra Ruttan The Sixth World that Rebecca Roanhorse writes about in Trail of Lightning is an amalgamation of what’s left of the United States after the Big Water. Yes, a flood has not only wiped out the coastlines, but most of the country and billions of people world-wide. Welcome to a world where monsters are real, the gods of the Indigenous...

Flashback Reviews: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and There There by Tommy Orange

by Brian Lindenmuth My round-up of top reads of 2018 was published at Toe Six Press originally. Two – my Book of the Year and one of my top reads – were by Indigenous Authors. For Canada’s National Indigenous People’s Day I wanted to share these quick takes here. Book of the year: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese – On the...

Waubgeshig Rice talks about Moon of the Crusted Snow and Crossing Ethnic Lines in Reviews

By Chris La Tray I became aware of the work of Waubgeshig Rice, an Anishinaabe writer and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation in Canada, in January of 2019. His second novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in October of 2018 and had just popped up as an “advanced listening” audio book for free download—a bookseller perk—from libro.fm (the...

Bury The Trope, Not Your Gays

By Laila Winters We’ve all experienced that heart-stopping, gut-wrenching feeling of watching our favorite character be killed off on television. Several weeks following the show’s epic series finale, Game of Thrones fans are still reeling from Daenerys Targaryen’s death after Jon Snow, her lover-turned-nephew, ran her through with his sword. Dany’s death appeared to be the final straw, and fans...

The Poetry of Us: Hughes, Dunbar, DuBois and Peele

by Brian Lindenmuth “This movie is about duality and this idea that for however we define the word ‘us,’ for there to be an ‘us’ there has to be a ‘them,’” said Peele. “It can be your class, your country, your family. The way we think about ‘them’ informs the way we think about ‘us.’” — Jordan Peele What if...

FROM DESPERADO TO LUCHA UNDERGROUND: REPRESENTATION MATTERS TO ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

by Hector Acosta If you grew up as a fan of movies in the early 1990s, chances are you recognize the name Robert Rodriguez. Along with other contemporary filmmakers such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, Rodriguez helped to popularize the idea of independent filmmaking in the nineties. Rodriguez, along with the aforementioned Smith and Tarantino, all brought with them...

Some Places To Be – Indigenous History Month

In honor of Canada’s National Indigenous History Month, let’s look at some artists of note, as well as some pertinent stories affecting Indigenous Persons. Indigenous Authors Picked as Rising Stars Indigenous author Eden Robinson names 5 Indigenous authors to watch, and explains why Waubgeshig Rice, Alicia Elliott, Arielle Twist, Joshua Whitehead and Lindsay Nixon are poised to rise to the top. Arielle...

Pinafore Magic

Short Fiction by Dorianne Emmerton Just like every other morning, I was heading to my favourite carrel in the library to work on my thesis, a never-ending project that consumed all my time and energy. It focuses on what I call “Pinafore Fiction.” Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, that ilk. I was so sick of bonnets...

Feast For Small Pieces

Short Fiction by Hailey Piper Never underestimate the seductive power of a woman who’s minding her own business. “There’s just something about her,” they say. I see myself splashed across a pulp magazine cover, a distraught man in the background. The tagline reads: “He met a woman he Could. Not. Resist.” As if that’s my problem. These writers don’t realize...