After three-year hiatus, journal of poetry,
short fiction, visual artwork returns
U of G's Carousel journal has come back from
the verge of extinction to deliver to the world its 13th
issue of poetry, short fiction and visual artwork.
After a three-year publishing hiatus, the new volume made
its debut Dec. 2 with a reading at The Bookshelf in downtown
Guelph. The publication features the work of some 40 artists
spread over 150 pages and will be distributed to booksellers
and libraries across Canada in January.
Included in the journal is the short story Reverse Wedding
March by Prof. Stephen Henighan, Languages and Literatures,
and I've Got a Hankering by English MA graduate Michelle
The journal invites submissions of unpublished Canadian
works, with seasoned artists such as Michael Redhill and
Tim Taylor, who were both nominated for the Giller Prize
and Governor General's Award this year, appearing alongside
Carousel 13 was co-edited by Lisa Schincariol, a
sessional lecturer in the School of Literatures and Performance
Studies in English, and Robin Elliott, who completed her
BA in English earlier this year. They and a dedicated group
of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers spent a
year bringing the issue to fruition.
"It's exhilarating and gratifying" to see the
book published, Schincariol says. "It's created a training
ground for students in all facets of the bookmaking process,
and it represents the University well because we can lay
claim to a publication of such quality."
Three of the student volunteers for Carousel 13
- Rachel Freedman, Sarah Simpson and Erin Wallace - have
stepped up to manage the next issue of the journal. Work
is under way on Carousel 14, with the goal of a spring
The student-run Carousel Club published the journal annually
from 1986 (it started as a photocopied, stapled manuscript)
to 1998, when volunteer support temporarily died off. Mark
Stephen, who has since graduated with an MA in English,
resurrected the concept in the fall of 2000 as the Central
Student Association debated what to do with the club's old
files and publications.
After the production of issue 13 began, the club put forward
a successful referendum request for increased student funding,
which will help ensure the journal's continued development.