Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times

ISBN # 9781927823798
Author Rosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, Tanis MacDonald
Subject LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Canadian, LGBT, Women Authors,
Pages 368
Size 6 x 9 inches
Binding type Soft Cover
Release Date June 1, 2018
Price CAD$ $24.95

In GUSH, more than 100 women and nonbinary writers from Canada and around the world take apart the bloody instruction of menstruation: its cultures, its lessons, its equipment, and its lexicon. Co-edited byRosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald, GUSH offers menstrual manifestos for our time that question the cultural value and social language of monthly blood loss, with rage, humour, ferocity, and grief, and propose that the ‘menstrual moment’ is as individualized, subjective, personal, political, and vital as the ‘feminist click’. With work from emerging and established writers in poetry, cartoons, flash fiction, personal essays, lyric confessions, and experimental forms, this anthology features the voices of Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, rural writers and urban writers, representing four generations of menstruators: writers who call down their bloodiest muses. Including work by Yvette Nolan, Mini Aodla Freeman, Sheri-D Wilson, Sonnet L’Abbe, Pamela Mordecai, Susan Holbrook, and many more.

Rosanna Deerchild is an award-winning Cree author and broadcaster. Her family is from the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation located near South Indian Lake, Manitoba; she grew up in Thompson, Manitoba. Her debut poetry collection, this is a small northern town (Muses’ Company), won the 2009 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, and she launched her second book, Calling Down the Sky (Bookland Press) in 2015. She is a co-founder and a member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba. She lives in Winnipeg and works as the host of Unreserved for CBC Radio One.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, Stowaways (Palimpsest Press, 2014), won the 2015 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She is currently writing creative non-fiction about Winnipeg’s urban forest. Recent projects include a Synonym Art Consultation residency, where she sat on the patio of the Tallest Poppy restaurant for a weekend and wrote poems to the boulevard elm.

Tanis MacDonald is the author of three books of poetry including Rue The Day (Turnstone Press, 2008), as well as the non-fiction The Daughter’s Way (WLUP, 2012). Her fourth collection, Mobile, is forthcoming from Book*hug. Her instructional memoir, Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2018. She is associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

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