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Young Buck Judge Announced

May 3, 2016

That's right, we just announced the judge of our 2016 Young Buck contest.

Say Hello to George Murray!

George Murray is the author of six books of poetry, including Diversion (ECW, 2015),

Whiteout (2012), The Rush to Here (Nightwood, 2007) and The Hunter (McClelland &

Stewart, 2003), as well as one best-selling book of aphorisms, Glimpse (ECW 2010), and the

children’s book Wow Wow and Haw Haw (Breakwater, 2014).


His work has appeared in magazines and journals across Canada and around the world,

including, Brick, CV2, Fiddlehead, Geist, Granta (UK), Iowa Review (USA), London Magazine

(UK), Mid-American Review (USA), New American Writing (USA), New Quarterly, New

Welsh Review (UK), Pasture (NZ), The Walrus, and has appeared in over 20 anthologies.


George has taught poetry at several institutions, most recently in UBC’s MFA program and

at the University of Toronto. He is the former poetry editor at the Literary Review of

Canada, and from 2003 to 2011 was the owner and operator of the popular literary website He is currently the editor of He lives in St. John’s where he is

the city’s poet laureate.





The Young Buck contest runs annually with an entry deadline in October so you've got plenty of time to work on your entry poem. Any subject, any style. It's OK to get a little weird if you're into that.

Check out the full contest details and happy writing!

Congratulations to the 2015 Young Buck Winners

Feb 23, 2016

Meet the 2015 Young Buck winners, selected by Sara Peters! The winning poems will appear in our summer 2016 issue.

 DOYALI ISLAM, grand prize winner.

Doyali Islam’s poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online, Grain, and Arc, among other places. Currently, she is undertaking a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to teach herself the basics of parkour and to investigate how this movement practice will change her poetics. For two years, she curated and hosted Conspiracy of 3 Literary Reading Series out of North Bay. She is 31 and lives in Toronto. Find her at


 DOMINIQUE BERNIER-CORMIER, honourable mention.

Dominique Bernier-Cormier is a poet and non-fiction writer from Montreal. His work has recently appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, and is forthcoming in The Malahat Review and BookThug's BafterC. He is currently the poetry editor at PRISM international.


 MALLORY TATER, honourable mention.

Mallory Tater is a poet and fiction writer from Ottawa pursuing her MFA at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been published in PRISM international, CV2, The Malahat Review, Poetry is Dead, and others.


 JOEL VAUGHAN, honourable mention.

Joel W. Vaughan works as a printer’s apprentice in Massey College, Toronto. His work has appeared in such publications as Geist, Vox, and Broken Pencil, among others.


Thank you to everyone who submitted and a huge thanks to our Judge Sara Peters!

We can't wait to see what poetry next year's Young Buck contest will bring.

Out of Line issue launch

Nov 17, 2015

This Fall 2015 issue of CV2 is a collaborative project with The Winnipeg Review celebrating 40 years of poetry and critical writing in Canada.

CV2 celebrated our 40th anniversary with an issue launch at McNally Robinson Thursday, Nov 12, 2015. Photos by Janine Tschuncky.

Katherena Vermette, Michelle Elrick, Ray Hsu, Jonathan Ball, Chimwemwe Undi, and Jennifer Still, readers for the celebratory launch.


After the readings out of town guests, readers and audience members mingled, talked and exchanged stories about CV2.

Here's to 40 more!