“Ebony Teeth” now published in Existere Journal

Existere Journal - Nov. 2013I’m honoured to have a nonfiction piece, Ebony Teeth, included amongst the literary and artistic offerings in the latest issue of Existere Journal.

Ebony Teeth is a brief look at the once widespread Vietnamese practice of dyeing the teeth permanently black. Though I rarely encounter people with black teeth now, I am lucky to know one particular woman, the elderly mother of a friend, whose teeth are “black as custard apple seeds” and who takes the spotlight in my essay. I am grateful to her, to my husband’s grandmother and to my friend Nga, for sharing folklore and poetry about tooth lacquering, as it’s also known.

Existere is York University’s journal of arts and literature, and publishes work by both emerging and established writers from York University and around the world . The journal is carried by Chapters / Indigo and many independent retailers across Canada. For bookstore locations that carry the issue, please visit the retail locations page on Existere’s website. The journal is also available at some locations not yet included on the list, such as campus bookstores and libraries. Single copies can be ordered via their “subscribe” page, which includes the link to the order form below the  subscription details.

About Chris

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer with one foot in Canada and the other in Viet Nam. She writes mostly about food, nature, 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 writing and photographs have 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 wrapping up the final edits on a book of personal and food essays about living in Viet Nam. When not writing, Chris can usually be found in the garden, the kitchen, or the middle of a good book. Sometimes, all three practically at once.
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2 Responses to “Ebony Teeth” now published in Existere Journal

  1. Evelyn says:

    Congratulations! It looks like a lovely publication.

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