The Bull Calf

Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism

The Bull Calf 4.1

Editors' Note

A new year and a new issue of The Bull Calf. We enter 2014 with great optimism about the future of Canadian Literature, especially after hearing about Alice Munro’s well-deserved Nobel Prize in late 2013. Even with such wonderful news, it remains difficult to be a Canadian writer today; still, we’re pleased to know that these are great years to be a reader.  

This issue is evidence of many talents, both creative and academic. As always, here we have some of the best and most professional reviewing in the country: Joel Deshaye reviews Shy, an anthology of shy writers edited by Naomi K. Lewis and Rona Altrows; David Hollingshead reviews The Love Monster by Missy Marston, a book that he situates in the popular contemporary genre of femaleBildungsroman; Laura Cameron discovers two exciting new chapbooks by Jesse Eckerlin and Katie Jordon; and Matthew Redmond uncovers Christine McNair’s study of “the interdependent roles of language and silence in our production of meaning” in her first book, Conflict. This is but a sampling of the eclectic issue with which we’re introducing old and new readers to the fourth year (!) of The Bull Calf.

As we look forward to what 2014 will bring, we also hope to hear more from you! If you are interested in reviewing for us (or having one of our reviewers review your book), please contact as at

Welcome to the The Bull Calf 4.1,

Jeff and Kait

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