It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Stephen Potts, one of our reviewers.  Stephen was an outstanding poet, writer, scholar, and a cherished friend of many of us at Maple Tree Literary Supplement.  MTLS, his friends and family fondly remember him.

April 8 to 20, 2011

The Toronto International Film Festival is celebrating the work of Gregg Araki at TIFF Bell Lightbox. His oeuvre intertwines themes of tragic romantic love and alienated youth with razor-sharp editing, music, and art direction. Araki’s tenth feature, Kaboom, one of the unquestionable hits of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, will have its theatrical release at TIFF Bell Lightbox on April 8.  Other films scheduled include Three Bewildered People in the Night (1987), Totally F***ed Up (1993), Nowhere (1997), Splendor (1999), Mysterious Skin (2004), and Smiley Face (2007)Araki will also join TIFF Bell Lightbox Artistic Director Noah Cowan on April 9, 2011 for an in-depth survey of his career.

September, 2010

Pius Adesanmi, who is on the Editorial Board of MTLS, wins the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the Non-Fiction Category.

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November, 2010

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

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New Calendar

From issue 8 onwards, MTLS will follow a regular calendar year from January to December. As such the first issue for the year 2011 goes live on January 25th; the second issue will be live on May 25th and the last issue for this year on September 25th. Submissions deadlines remain, as usual, at one month before the publication month, and date. Submissions deadlines remain, as usual, at one month before the publication month, and date.


Salim Gold

    Nostalgia is vicious; at least, it’s vice.
Its hours come contaminated with Loss,
And liquor—a killer (like Rilke)—kicks
The mind into coma—perverse preserve.

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A Song For Tomorrow

Christina Wong


MAY, wife, speaks Cantonese (big city – Sang Wai) and English with a Chinese accent, originally from Hong Kong

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Dawn Promislow

I was soon to start work on my thesis. I had a job meanwhile, in a small hotel. It was summer. We had five empty rooms, it was a slow season. I suppose that's why the owner gave her the room for forty euros a night. The German couple was paying sixty, they'd also just walked in off the street.

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What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.

– Constantin Brancusi
Featured Artist

The Sirens

–John Greer

Volunteers for Issue 8

For copy-editing this issue of MTLS thanks:

- Amanda Tripp
- Carmel Purkis
- Rosel Kim
- Julia Cooper
- Lequanne Collins-Bacchus


MTLS is grateful to Jean-Pierre Houde for his hard work on web management.