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is amazingly beautiful, stunningly edited, and will make you feel glad
to be human." -
"Descant provides an
overview of the best, and certainly the most interesting contemporary
writing around. If you are not reading Descant, you're missing out."
- Barbara Gowdy
remains one of the most provocative, unpredictable and, imaginative
literary journals in North America." -
in its fifth decade, Descant is a quarterly journal
publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual
artists from Canada and around the world. Begun in 1970 as a mimeograph,
Descant has evolved into an exquisitely produced
journal of international acclaim. Over the years many ground-breaking
special editions of Descant have been published,
including issues focusing on single artists such as Dennis
Ondaatje and R.
Murray Schafer, theme issues such as Male Desire,
Romantic Love, Anatomy and Music, and
issues exploring the culture of countries such as India, Australia/New
Zealand, China, the former Yugoslavia and Japan.
Descant is devoted to the discovery and development
of new writers, and to placing their work in the company of celebrated
writers. The standards are high – all of the many submissions
received are carefully read, but only a few are accepted. Many
emerging writers have launched their careers at Descant,
some have gone on to become prominent players in the literary
community. Renowned authors such as Anne Michaels, Timothy
Allende, Tom McGuane and Jane
Urquhart have all published new work on the pages of Descant.
Share in the discovery of great writers such as these. Be stimulated
by the ideas, moved by the visuals: read Descant
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