The Unpublished City
Volume II: The Lived City, The Imagined City
Co-edited by Phoebe Wang, Canisia Lubrin & Dionne Brand
Orient yourself in the city with these nineteen works of creative non-fiction that offer a different, more multifarious wayfinding. In this second volume of The Unpublished City, imagination is the means by which these writers find detours, shortcuts and convergences. Even as they are inventing and imagining the city, these emerging Toronto-based writers find themselves marked through tender and violent encounters. For them, the city is more than backdrop, but a witness, an accomplice and a lover.
This anthology’s maps of experience bring us beyond the city’s limits to the cul-de-sacs and vertical dimensions of Mississauga, Vaughan, North York and Scarborough. They follow buried creeks and migratory bird corridors, they chase highs and confront colonial landmarks, they navigate waiting rooms and prop up fallen strangers. Shaped by the city, their visions also shift and plot its architectures of living in an endless symbiosis.
The Unpublished City Volume II features work by Jennifer Tamanique Batler, DM St. Bernard, Lue Boileau, Angela Britto, Fathima Cader, Rachel Chen, Aylan Couchie, Nehal El-Hadi, Ryanne Kap, Emily Macrae, Téa Mutonji, E. Martin Nolan, Oubah Osman, Deepa Rajagopalan, Natasha Ramoutar, Wayne Salmon, Zoe Imani Sharpe, Leanne Toshiko Simpson and Julia Zarankin.
With a foreword by Tracey Lindbe
Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Her latest books are The Blue Clerk, an essay poem, and, Theory, a novel.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, teacher and critic. Her work has been published widely in North America as well as in the U.K., and her poems’ forthcoming translations include into Spanish and Portuguese. She is the author of the award nominated poetry collection Voodoo Hypothesis (Buckrider Books, 2017). Lubrin contributed to The Unpublished City:
Volume I, finalist for the 2018 Toronto Book Award.