Humor is an integral part of the Canadian identity, and we have a truly unique way of looking at ourselves and the world. Our greatest joy is found in irreverence, poking fun at our own stereotypes - shorts in the snow, beavers in the bush, love in a canoe - or by tweaking the nose of the grumbling giant to the South. We see the chaotic and the absurd all around us, and through irony, parody, and satire we laugh when facing the truth, or at times to avoid crying. What a nation finds funny, and how it embraces humor, is key to what makes a nation great. And we are a great nation! This collection includes short fiction, illustration, and short graphic fiction from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, persuasions, genders, and visions, uniting regional and cultural expression in a way never done before.
Bruce Meyer of Barrie, Ontario, is the award-winning author of over 50 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, photography books, and textbooks. Among his recent titles are Testing the Elements, The Seasons, The Arrow of Time, The Madness of Planets, To Linares, and Portraits of Canadian Writers. He was winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Prize for Poetry in 2015 and 2016. Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry (Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes, and The Human Cannonball). The Hairwreath and Other Stories is her book of ghost stories with Chizine Publications.