With its beautiful, mysterious photo by Jeremy Kai, I think this issue has one of the best-looking literary magazines covers I have seen.
Vịnh Mốc: Life Underground is a personal essay about the community of people who lived
in almost three kilometres of tunnels in Quảng Trị province, Việt Nam, during the years of heavy U.S. bombing. It is also my story of bringing people to see this subterranean place.
The pages of Descant 160: The Hidden City are filled with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photos and artwork that explore hidden and unexpected places. Suzana Vukić writes about Montreal’s Griffintown, Yasuko Thanh’s haunting piece takes place in Vancouver, and Jeremy Kai photographs Toronto’s underground. Việt Nam is well represented, appearing not only in my essay, but also in Manny Trinh’s lush, bright paintings of the landscapes of his childhood.
Descant has posted an introduction to this issue along with the table of contents, images and three excerpts. A selection from Vịnh Mốc: Life Underground appears at the bottom of the post.
Six contributors (Ron Charach, Maureen Hynes, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Jim Nason, Sarah Pinder and Kilby Smith-McGregor), will be reading, along with this years’ Winston Collins/Descant Poetry Prize winner, John Lee. It promises to be a great evening.