Checking In: With Laurie Koensgen

Laurie Koensgen has published fifty-odd poems nationally and internationally since that first phafours credit with Where There’s Fire (2013) Laurie Koensgen (KŌNS-gən) is an Ottawa writer and educator. She was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018, received honourable mentions in Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize 2018 and The New Quarterly’s Occasional […]

Checking In: Rhonda Melanson

Rhonda Melanson appeared in the 2011 Air Out/In Air, a chapbook anthology for the Guatamala Stove Project . Since then she and the organization have done a lot on their own trajectories. A graduate of Queen’s University Artist In The Community Education Program, Rhonda Melanson has been published in several print and online magazines, including […]

Mini-interview: Shelley A. Leedahl

Shelley A. Leedahl  has written thirteen books, the most recent of which is the poetry collection, Go (Radiant Press, 2022) which caught my attention with its lively down-to-earth and grounded yet lifting past mundane poems. (See the Go book launch.)  Mine is a very marked up copy of ooh, like that. Such as “What I Left […]

Checking In: phafours poet: Allison Armstrong

Allison Armstrong appeared in Air Out/Air In (phafours, 2011). She ran the Voices of Venus series. More recently her poems appeared in Long Con magazine, L’Éphémère Review and Yes Poetry. PP: What have you read lately that lit you up? Why or how?  AA: TBH, what’s been lighting me up lately is novels. The Locked Tomb series […]