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Special Feature: Michel Chikwanine discusses Graphic Novel Memoir Child Soldier

Michel Chikwanine is creating positives from some of the darkest, most negative experiences imaginable. Abducted to serve as a child soldier at just five years old, Michel survived unthinkable conditions before miraculously making his way back to his family.

In order to tell his remarkable story, Michel has partnered with illustrator Claudia Dávila and writer Jessica Dee Humphreys to create the graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (KidsCan Press).

Special Feature! Stuart Ross on Judging the Aspiring Canadian Writers contest

The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contest launched during National Poetry Month in April of 2012 with their inaugural and recurring poetry contest celebrating emerging and unpublished writers. Now in its fourth year, the award is given annually to three developing writers, one winner and two runners-up, whose works has yet to be published. The winning poems are published on the contest website and the winners' names are announced each year in an issue of Quill & Quire.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Marc Di Saverio

Marc Di Saverio's debut collection of poetry, Sanatorium Songs (Palimpsest Press), tackles tough subject matter with confidence and dynamic lyricism, digging into the experience of mental illness and the language that surrounds it. With titles like "Psych Ward Queen" and "Weekend Pass", this gritty collection shies away from none of its complex material while maintaining both empathy for its characters' suffering and an electric energy.

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