Our blog is a place for CV2 staff to post about upcoming events and news related to CV2.

ndncountry West Coast Launch

Mar 7, 2019

ndncountry is being launched in Vancouver this Sunday, March 10th! The launch is taking place as part of Growing Room, an annual literary festival put on by Room Magazine.

Please join editor Katherena Vermette and some of our wonderful contributors for the west coast launch of ndncountry!

The launch is happening this Sunday, March 10th at 8:30pm at Café Deux Soleils in Vancouver. It will feature readings by:

This is a free or pay-what-you-can event. Visit this link for further information or to register!

ndncountry is a collaborative issue published by CV2 and Prairie Fire. Edited by Métis writers Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou, ndncountry features over 50 Indigenous writers, as well as work from the Winnipeg Art Gallery's historic INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Past Contributor to CV2

Mar 5, 2019

Shazia Hafiz Ramji—whose first professional publication was in CV2's Summer 2012 issue—recently published her debut book of poetry, Port of Being. She is also Open Book's writer in residence for the month of March!

Take a peek at Open Book's website for an interview with Shazia about her experience as an emerging poet.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was chosen by CBC as one of the best Canadian poetry books of 2018. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The Humber Literary Review and Quill & Quire, respectively. She will be a writer in residence with Open Book in March 2019. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land (Vancouver) where she began the Intersections Reading Group and where she works as a publishing consultant and editor for various presses across Canada.

2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize Winner

Jan 8, 2019

The winner and honourable mentions for the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize have been selected by contest judge Mallory Tater!

The Young Buck poetry prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize.

The winner of the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:

Joseph Kidney for "Garbage Takeout"

Honourable Mentions and $150 go to:

David Janzen for "Mariposa (for Greg Curnoe)"
David Janzen for "One Year Old"

The prize-winning poems will be published in our Summer 2019 Issue. 

Here is what our wonderful contest judge, Mallory Tater, had to say about her experience judging the contest and selecting the winning entry: 

"Judging this year’s young buck contest was challenging in whittling down my favourites when I enjoyed so many. It was heartening to see what other young writers are creating and how each submitted poem contained its own world of emotion, narrative and energy. Like the winning poem, Garbage Takeout, that deals with loss and smoke and autumn as arson shows us, it’s the quiet moments that create momentum in a poem, the small stirrings of a small week when the garbage is removed from a Santa Rosa apartment—the floss spooled, the tea-bags dry, the vase balanced. I read so many submitted poems that lived so well in their quiet. And thrived so tenderly in their conceived space."

Thank you so much to Mallory, and to everyone who submitted their work! Until next time!