WELCOME to volume eight! It might look like we've been slacking off, but looks can be deceiving. We've simply decided to take things SLOW this time around. We want to enjoy each piece, savour it. That said, you can expect new content every Friday over the course of the next four weeks. Think of it as a mix-tape in the making. Friday Dance Breaks will never be the same!

 With this issue we announce that Ken Babstock has joined us as contributing editor, Nick Papaxanthos is our assistant poetry editor, Bukem Reitmeyer is now editorial assistant, and Genevieve Robichaud steps up to assistant editor. There are more publications and events under the sun than we can cover: if you're looking to be a corespondent send us some ideas. 


Reviews/Essays/Short Takes

Bukem Reitmayer on Vivek Shraya: God Loves Hair Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy on Indigenous Literatures: The Politics of the Invitation Joey Yearous-Algozin on Trisha Low: The Compleat Purge Eric Schmaltz on John Riddell: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell Elisa Gabbert on Mary Karr, Julia Cohen, and Tori Amos: Against Against Decoration Raymond de Borja on Sincerity Geneviève Robichaud on Lucy Ives: Orange Roses Zachariah Wells: "Nailing Down the Hard Parts" Prathna Lor on Ron Silliman: Revelator Jessica Langston on Joseph Boyden: The Orenda Jason Feure: Two Short Takes on Eckerlin and Laporte J'Lyn Chapman on Wallace Stevens: "Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu" Kate Sterns on Claire Messud: The Woman Upstairs  Adam Sol on David B. Goldstein: "Laws of Rest" Trisha Low on Nathaniel G. Moore: Savage 1986-2001 Eric Schmaltz on Stephen Collis: The Red Album Christine Miscione on John Berryman: The Dream Songs Max Karpinski on Jessica Bozek: The Tales  

In Conversation

Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy in Conversation with Vera Wabegijig Elvia Wilk in Conversation with J. R. Carpenter  Jordan Abel and Renée Saklikar in Conversation  


Christine Walde: Two Poems Alex Porco: Four sections from THE MINUTES Jaime Forsythe: Two Poems George Murray: Three Poems Peter Gizzi: In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011 Michael Casteels: Two Poems and One Frog-Pond Sudoku  

Prose and Narrative

Larry Tremblay: Obese Christ Su Croll: Get it on. Bang a gong

Rae Spoon: Gender Failure