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(parenthetical) issue seventeen contributors

— table of contents — Hana Alharastani hails from Michigan and is currently an MFA candidate studying fiction at the University of Central Florida. When she’s not trying to save the world, she works as the assistant fiction editor and social media coordinator for The Florida Review. Steve Bourdeau teaches English culture and literature at a small college deep in… Read more →

On our impending (parenthetical) hiatus

non-fiction by Nicole Brewer — We started words(on)pages on a whim, essentially—a “fuck it, why not?” kind of naiveté that admittedly got us pretty far. Within seven months of discovering that “micropresses” were a real thing in Toronto, we researched, planned, and lucked our way into creating one. Some of our good luck came from amazingly generous supporters of our… Read more →

New Year News

  Happy new year, dear readers! We hope you had some time off to eat too much and surround yourself with people (or pets) who love you. We come to you this issue with some big, bittersweet news: this summer, we will be putting (parenthetical) on hiatus for at least a few months. Issue 18, coming out in March, will… Read more →


fiction by Nadia K. Brown — It wasn’t so much the bridge that troubled him, but the flowering Weigela that grew alongside it. It was June, and the air was thick with the Weigela’s citrus scent. Overloaded with clusters of white and crimson, its branches dipped toward the swollen river. Delicate petals spilled across the wrought-iron rail. They tumbled, unconcerned,… Read more →


fiction by Emily Kellogg — He checked the time. He was late. He paced the living room. She would be angry. He thought about the pleading look in her eyes, the slump of her spine, the sucking noise she made biting dead skin off of her lips. The room was warm. He shuddered. He scraped well-kept nails over the red… Read more →

Snippets of Benjamin

poetry by Michael Russell — Poem not displaying properly? Read it on Issuu. — MICHAEL RUSSELL is a 26-year-old queer poet who is piecing together his first chapbook. He lives in Toronto. In his spare time he likes to read and write and participate in random nonsense. His work has appeared in cahoodaloodaling, The Quilliad, untethered, and QDA: A Queer Disability… Read more →

Where the Mystery Writes Itself

poetry by Lisa Richter | for Maurice Sendak — Poem not displaying properly? Read it on Issuu. — LISA RICHTER is a Toronto-based poet, writer, and English as a Second Language teacher. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Puritan, The Malahat Review, The Minola Review, Canthius, The Toronto Quarterly, and Crab Creek Review, among other journals, as… Read more →

poetry by Alex Tevlin — Poem not displaying properly? Read it on Issuu. — ALEX TEVLIN is a longtime Torontonian and sometimes chemist. Her writing is a ploy to keep the science at bay. She has previously been published in the Carleton Humanities literary journal, North. Read more →

I. vi* from Medulla (Ill Meat)

poetry by Annick MacAskill — Poem not displaying properly? Read it on Issuu. — ANNICK MACASKILL’s poetry has appeared in Room, The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, Arc, and Lemon Hound, among others. Her work has been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Brotherly Love: Poems of… Read more →