June 23, 2024

Japanese Canadian Place & Memory: Call for Submissions

In Terrain of Memory, Kirsten Emiko McAllister addresses the challenges of moving a post-redress, Japanese Canadian community forward and toward a transformative reimagining: “A new purpose as well as affinities and relations of interdependence are needed if a group is going to sustain itself as a collective…a community can reproduce itself over generations.” After the positive impact of writing-based intergenerational gatherings such as Mata Ashita, we hope to support a continued tradition of community storytelling to honour the histories we hold close to and find new ways of co-authoring collective futures.

In addition to the print anthology published by Véhicule Press, contributors’ work will be published online as part of a digital mapping project that will not only serve as a space for contributors to reflect on and further contextualize their work, but also a way to highlight the connections between their poems, stories, and creative nonfiction.

This collection will be co-edited by Michael Prior (poetry), Kerri Sakamoto (fiction), and Leanne Toshiko Simpson (creative non-fiction), with overarching curatorial guidance from Kyle Yakashiro and artist Mia Ohki, who will be providing visuals for the book. The anthology is untitled; its name will take shape alongside the editorial process.

Closes January 1, 2025

For more information: https://www.jcplaceandmemory.com/submit