“The Mortality of Bees” Sara Wilson

Hello! This week we bring you another snippet of Issue 20–a poem by Sara Wilson!

The Mortality of Bees

Bees bumble through

blooms, the many-hued looms

spring weaves upon,

and with lowered toes

caress corollas to crack

and naked sweet nectars.


Bees reel breezes,

pet petals,

rumble the brambles

dropping berries


and drop themselves

crystallized honey-gold

into silver furred grasses


to flower even the frosts.


“Macroglossum”by Erin Emily Ann Vance

Hello! This week’s Issue 20 feature is a poem by Erin Emily Ann Vance– a Master’s student here at the U of C.



How still–

My lips around a head of garlic

The oil leaks around my teeth

A sludge of dirt and pungency


My knees,

Glue-y, soak,

The white acid.

Into their ridges.


Silent, blistered woman,

The blanket stained with pink.

Her neck-skin loose

Like second-hand carpet


She steps on the stained glass window

with grandmother’s boots,

The laces drag on the kitchen floor

scabbed with mud.

“Crow” by Adeoti Fashokun (Issue 20)

Hello! As you know (or maybe you don’t) our Issue 20 was released December 9th. In case you didn’t get a chance to pick up your copy yet (or if you picked it up but haven’t read through it yet) here’s a chance to read a snippet! We hope you enjoy 🙂

“Crow” Adeoti Fashokun

Far up in the spaces the public keeps a secret, idle witches sit. Stoking the fire and haggling over burnt pieces of copper cut like demented teeth. They are the landlords of the monastery in our abode. Sorcerers are scarce because they lack wit. So, with the witches, we will make do. Ten tenants toe the troubling terrain. Cinched dimples. A file. A mile long. Down the aisle of the Nile, ten tenants saunter. It riles the vilest of the witches-Abigail. She laughs. It sounds like the cranking engine of a car. We refer to it as thunder. Then she smiles. Her skin looks like stretched elastic bands. Then water spills from the sky. We believe it is good fortune and the will of providence. But Abigail directs it to our cages and ten of us drown.

When frogs chuckle and turtles hiccup their disdain, we nod ferociously. Hannah drops down dried dates. She is the most pleasant of them all when she’s unenvious. We inhale and sing her praises as she dances and insects spout from her red cloak scratching the metal. We eat them too. Birds have wings, we have cages. The guards have storehouses. On fortunate days, we listen to the story of the single toothed guard who lives in a boat. He says he can drink as much water as he wants. Can you imagine? He gets two cups a day! I wonder is there’s a devil in the details or an angel in the embroidery. Because in preceding years, silence was far from mind. Our greatest worries were background singers, corrupt winds, and desperate audiences.

Father tells of a time when sorcerers were on their best behavior. When they used to amuse the people. He never tells us the aftermath; he says it’s a blemish. All he says is danger struck at dawn. He says we can leave only if we are reborn. Sister cautions him and tells him she can hear Abigail staring. But I hear her snoring. Hannah is busy spurning the treads of repression. We will get a beating for whispering. I ask father how and he whispers. He’s telling me to scream. I ask for something stronger. He replies whistle. But I don’t. I’m reborn. I crow.

Call for Submissions: Issue 21

NōD is calling for your best poetry, prose and artwork to feature in Issue 21! This issue is unthemed. NōD accepts poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, and visual art from all writers and artists. You do not need to be a part of the University of Calgary community to publish with us, but we especially encourage University of Calgary undergraduate students to submit! Our deadline is Friday, March 17th.

Check out our submission guidelines: https://nodmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/ and send your submissions to nodmagazine@gmail.com

Happy writing!

Issue #20 Contributors

Only five days until our launch party! We had 119 submissions for this issue, which is the most NōD has ever had. Here are the names of the authors and artists with work coming out in issue #20:

  • Sara Wilson
  • Erin Emily Ann Vance
  • Adeoti Fashokun
  • Rory Kennedy
  • Tasnuva Hayden
  • Laura Taylor
  • W. Jack Savage
  • Emily Calder
  • E.V. Bell
  • Michael Klenda
  • Mackenzie Dwyer
  • Fabrice Poussin
  • Paul Meunier
  • Ian Chua
  • A.J. Huffman
  • Megan Merchant
  • Richard King Perkins II
  • Oreoluwa Arowobusoye
  • Connor Rizcu
  • Gordon Brown
  • Christopher Savage

We’ll be sharing some author bios leading up to the launch, so make sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Don’t forget to stop by Red Bush Tea Company Friday December 9th from 6-8pm and celebrate the new issue with us!

Issue 20 Launch Party

Hello Hello! We’d love to invite everyone to our launch party for issue #20 of NōD. We’ll be hosting our party at Red Bush Tea Company in Kensington on December 9th. Come prepared to drink lots of tea and to enjoy readings by local authors.The evening will be featuring a live performance of Katelyn Steinwand’s solo project, Tiger Sister. Check out her lovely music at https://soundcloud.com/tigersistermusic

Hope to see you all there!

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/648994795278493/

Call for Submissions Extended

Good news everyone! We’ve decided to extend our call for submissions for Issue 20 to November 4th. We can’t wait to check out your poetry, prose and artwork. Please send submissions to nodmagazine@gmail.com.

Happy writing!

Call for Submissions

NōD is calling for fiction, poetry and art submissions for Issue #20! The theme of the issue is ‘Rebirth,’ but submissions of all subjects will be considered for publication.

Please send your submissions to nodmagazine@gmail.com by October 28th. You can also drop submissions off in our office (Social Sciences 1021) or mail them to:

NōD Magazine
c/o Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2T 1N4

Detailed submission guidelines can be found at: https://nodmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions/

Our launch for Issue 20 will be in early December at Red Bush Tea Company in Kensington, date TBD.

We can’t wait to read your work!

Volunteer with NōD

NōD is the only creative writing publication on campus and we are gearing up for another incredible year of writing and publishing at the U of C.  Want to get editing and publishing experience while meeting incredible writers on campus? Us too! Membership costs only 5$ and is valid for an entire year with lots of perks (access to executive meetings and discounts for launches and social events, just to name a few). Email us at nodmagazine@gmail.com if you’re interested in volunteering or if you want to become an executive editor for the year. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Call for submissions

We are calling for submissions for our next issue! Issue #19 will be open-themed, so answer our call with your best poetry, prose, or artwork by emailing it to nodmagazine@gmail.com by November 25th. You can also drop off submissions at our office (Room 1025 of the Social Sciences tower) or mail them to:

NōD Magazine
c/o Department of English, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2T 1N4

Our submission guide can be found at https://nodmagazine.wordpress.com/submissions for more detailed instructions. We’re so excited to read your work!

The launch of Issue #19 will take place in mid-January at our tenth anniversary celebration.