Food is the main ingredient in many poems and stories in this issue of Room of One's Own. Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt's three-part poem "Orchard" conjures up seasonal pagan rituals, when faith in the earth's renewal was expressed in feasts and sexual orgies. The fruit trees, or "Babylonian courtesans," in Allatt's orchard get pregnant and become mothers "dripping with fruit." The woman in Vivian Hansen's poem "Ants on Avocadoes" is the avocado and her married lover the ant. Consumption becomes serious in Amanda Hale's "The Sin Eater," in which we are called to witness the life of a woman who slowly "starved to death with a full belly. On the lighter side, Helen Kitson's short story brings us a day in the life of artist Suzanne Valadon, mother of Maurice Utrillo, and the first woman to be admitted to the Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Valadon was known for painting beautiful nudes, for wearing a "corsage of carrots," and for feeding the paintings she didn't like to her pet goat. There are many other delectable morsels in issue 27.2 of Room. There is a well-blended quality to this issue,and I urge to you read all of the stories and poems and to feast your eyes on the artwork by Marven Donati and Katelan V. Foisey. Bon appétit!
Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt, teaches English at Champlain College, in Lennoxville, Quebec. Her poetry has been published in Crux and in Taproot II: Poetry, Prose and Images from the Eastern Townships (Townshippers' Association) and was short-listed for Event's 2002 creative non-fiction contest. Tanya lives in North Hatley.
Katelan V. Foisey (cover artist for the issue) graduated from Pratt Institute in 2001 with a BA in Illustration. Her work has been shown in several galleries: the Worcester Art Museum, MA; The Society of Illustrators, NY; and The Kelleher Gallery, England. Katelan lives in New York City.
Amanda Hale is a writer and visual artist living on Hornby Island, BC. Her first novel, Sounding the Blood (Raincoast Books), has been optioned for a feature film. Amanda is currently working on a book of poetry and a second novel.
Vivian Hansen's poems have been published in a chapbook titled Never Call It Bird: The Melodies of AIDS, and her first collection, Leylines of My Flesh, was published in 2002 (Touchwood Press). A forthcoming chapbook, "Angel Alley," is about Jack the Ripper. Vivian lives in Calgary.