June, 2010

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard MTLS Spokenword Editor wins a Dora Award in the category ‘Outstanding New Play’ under the Independent Theatre Production Division for her play, Gas Girls.


July, 2010

Pius Adesanmi, who is on the Editorial Board of MTLS, is nominated for the inaugural Penguin South Africa Prize for African Literature in the Non-Fiction Category. Detail on the penguin


July, 2010

Christian Campbell, MTLS poet, short-listed for the prestigious Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book in the UK with Running the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press, 2010). Often referred to as the “Bardic Booker”, this is the UK’s most valuable annual poetry competition as well as the only major awards that honour both established and emerging poets.


September 2010

Dawn Promislow, MTLS author, publishes her first short story collection, Jewels and other Stories (Toronto, Tsar Publications, 2010). Below are details of the book launch. See

Book Launch
Date: Tuesday, September 28
Time: from 7-9 pm
Venue: Type Books on Queen St. West

October 2010

PEN Canada Presents: TAXI Stand Jam! A collaboration between writers in exile and Ottawa artists  7 artists along with 7 writers paired up for 7 hours to create a 7-minute performance  come see what happens

Thursday, October 14th @ 8pm
Art Court Theatre
2 Daly Avenue
doors open at 7:30pm
for tickets please call 613-564-7240

Amatoritsero Ede
Goran Simic
Sheng Xue
Alvaro Gomez
Nooshin Salari
Petronila Cleto
Emily Pearlman
Sheila James
Mel M’rabet
Oni the Haitian Sensation
And more!

Co-sponsored by:
Ottawa Writer’s Festival
Generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council

New Calendar

From issue 8, MTLS publication will follow a regular production year of January to December. The first issue for the year 2011 will then appear in January 01, 2011; the second issue in May 01 and the last issue for that year in August 01. Submissions deadlines remain as usual at one month previous to the publication month. As such submissions deadline for January 2011 is December 01.

At the Center of the Universe

Ankur Betageri

The center of the universe is where my consciousness begins to throb; or where my stomach swallows desire and sated like the sky, exudes sunlight.

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Euripides’s Iphigenia at Aulis

Nicolas Billon

Old Man

I do not sleep much anymore. At my age, the body understands the value of every waking moment. Sleep is the luxury of youth and kings. I am neither, though I serve one—King Agamemnon, who leads the Greek army against Troy.

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The Oak Tree

Claudia Del Balso

As he does every afternoon at three, Randall sits looking out from one of the library windows of his house, a Queen Anne Victorian mansion in his family since before the American Civil War. A massive oak, as old as the house, stands robust and defiant in the middle of the lawn. Its lower limbs sweep down towards the ground before curving up again, leaving little possibility for any sprouts under its enveloping shade.

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Let’s talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included [..;] Something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It’s a Gigantic project.

– Joseph Beuys
Featured Artist


–Brendan Fernandes

Volunteers for Issue 7

For sub-editing this issue MTLS thanks:

- Lequanne Collins-Bacchus
- Amanda Tripp
- Bianca Spence
- Rosel Kim


MTLS is grateful to Ian Loiselle for his hard work on web management.