Fiction + Poetry
Amanda Merritt has been awarded the Sungayka/Cadboro Bay prize for poetry among many others. Most recently, she was presented with the 2015 Anstruther Poetry Award.
In Canada, she has been published in Descant, Grain, Prairie Fire, Hart House Review, Qwerty, and Untethered. In the UK she has been published in Stand and Aesthetica’s 2017 Creative Writing Annual Anthology.
Merritt is based in Victoria, Canada. The Divining Pool is her debut collection.
‘‘The Divining Pool unites restless and edgy inventiveness with a sense of the classical that seems to me rare in a first collection. This is the rich, tender, carefully crafted work of a poet who dares to soar, in the sure confidence that, should she fall, she has the imaginative gifts to document the enterprise in poignant detail."
"Lyrical yet laced with more than a hint of menace, these subtly cadenced poems register with intense precision moments of parting and recognition. Amanda Merritt's first collection establishes her as deftly alert to hurt and beauty, and as a compelling new voice in Canadian poetry."
Himmer is a Senior Lecturer of Writing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the author of three novels: The Bee-Loud Glade, Fram and Scratch. These works, along with short stories and essays, have earned him comparisons to writers as diverse as David Foster Wallace and Jules Verne. Steve also runs the highly-regarded web journal, Necessary Fiction. Wundor Editions is proud to be publishing Scratch...
After an aimless life, Martin Blaskett is ready to settle down, unaware of the rising tension between the wild and the domestic in his new home town in New England. When he draws the attention of a shape-shifter from local legend, his world is shaken, and he is led across the slippery border of the feral wilderness which has a history all its own.
“Scratch is not only a ripping tale—of dreams and darkness, humans and houses, and the creatures those houses are meant to keep out—but a contemplation of the beautiful dark mysteries of nature. Like a strange old story you overheard when you thought you were alone in the woods, Scratch is beguiling, haunting, and wild.”
Kate Racculia, author of Bellweather Rhapsody
"Steve Himmer has written a story of such incomparable originality, both in content and style, that you might find yourself a bit awestruck by the time you read the last page…"
This Is Horror
Sam Bully-Thomas is an exciting new Caribbean-American poet. Born in upstate New York and mentored by Sir Derek Walcott, she is now based in the creative’s haven of Athens, Georgia in the United States.
This book traces the journey of sugar through the world and through history, making many imaginative stops along the way, via her original, restless poetic style. Sam Bully-Thomas’ work has been published in a wide range of US journals, including the legendary Threepenny Review.
She works as a writer of screenplays and an author of microfiction. Cane is her debut collection of poetry. Read her Wundor Author Essay here.
"Her work is strong, rhythmic and confident, and continues the discourse of multicultural identity in the past and newly evolving".
Sir Derek Walcott
"Sam Bully-Thomas has the rare gift of turning history into lyric – these are poems that make the past present and the present vibrant, sinewy and stark".
Matthew Smith is a novelist, poet and photographer who is also publisher at
His poetry has been published in Acumen and Envoi and shortlisted for numerous contests. He is the editor of, and contributor to, the Wundor City Guides series.
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“Smith is a poet... not a single word is wasted – his prose is direct, intimate and immediate.”
The Book Bag
"No slouch at suspense, Smith is adept at pulling the rug from under his reader’s feet… It’s a gripping narrative, a smart and pacy literary thriller which explores the indelible scars of loss."
A Life In Books
DONALD MACE WILLIAMS
Donald Mace Williams was born on Black Thursday, 1929, in Abilene, Texas. The former academic and newspaper editor now resides close to the Palo Duro Canyon.
Wolfe is a modern retelling of the story of Beowulf, which relocates the action to Texas in the late 19th Century.
When a strange, beguiling creature is found to have slaughtered first the cattle of a lonely ranch, then one of its labourers, the fate of the locals is placed in the hands of an out-of-towner, a calm and confident young man by the name of Billy Wolfe.
Rattle originally published the work as a limited chapbook in the US, and it has come to be seen by many as a modern classic. It has been studied in schools in Texas. It is a captivating adventure tale and it reads as a compelling examination of the shadow side of the United States, in the past and in the present.
Wolfe is published here alongside a collection of Williams’ short poems in book form for the first time.
Read Donald's Wundor Author Essay here.
“Donald Mace Williams’ ‘Wolfe’ is a flawless epic, and in turning the legend of Beowulf into a critique of man’s encroachment on nature, it has a chance at ringing the bell of the current zeitgeist.”
Timothy Green, Editor of Rattle
"A book that set my imagination on fire… we can rejoice at the appearance of Wolfe’s epic as the centrepiece of a collection of his work, beautifully designed, all of it as keenly connected to the workings of the human heart and the observation of the natural world as the title poem."
Barbara Brannon, Lone Star Literary Life
Photo by James Barrington
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