What a lovely way to start off this beautiful morning: with a letter from the editor of the Winnipeg Review, saying my memoir piece, Fire, is the feature article on the front page, just published. It’s a short essay; takes five minutes to read. I’d love to know what you think, or if anything similar has ever happened to you. Comments are most welcome, here or under the article.


About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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8 Responses to Fire

  1. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Very vivid, I could almost smell the smoke. Did they ever figure out what caused the fire?

  2. Berit says:

    Congratulations on making the front page with this well-described memoir!

    Left a comment at the site, but it’s up for moderation so it might take a while before it appears.

    • chris says:

      Thanks so much, Berit! I appreciate it very much! Looking forward to reading it. I think they approve all the comments once a day.

  3. Elliot says:

    Well that’s a pretty colorful and scary event to begin with but I’m sure a big part of this being selected was the gracefulness with which you told it.

  4. ‘They are going to my house’
    As if you knew absolutely
    From lifetimes of reading
    A textbook of lives fires
    While seated under the Boddhi Tree

    • chris says:

      Even then I was on my way
      By the riverside awaited my place
      Under the Boddhi Tree
      But first there were textbooks to save–
      A fire’s aftermath

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