Midinette: Issue 1

Les Midinettes” were young French-Canadian women [refer to our about page to learn more] who worked 80 hours a week to earn barely five to ten dollars. These women used their voices to fight against injustice, labour inequality, and identity politics. Their voices were met with others who stood by their side: men, Anglophones, Jews, Ukrainians. If it weren’t for these women, the unionization of garment workers in Quebec wouldn’t have been successful.

After being silenced for so long, their voices were heard, and change ensued.

Our inaugural issue here at Midinette is titled after these women who had the courage to go against the Church and all the union skeptics of the 1930s-40s. Our selection of poetry and prose from writers across North America focuses on the body: as factory, as mobile, as privileged, as disadvantaged, as caged. We excerpt writing from writers that inspire us, just as the Midinettes inspire us. We review work that speaks to us and engage in conversation with the writers about their work.

Work that inspires, questions, and electrifies.




Two Poems by Bára Hladíková

Excerpt from The Ritualites by Michael Nardone

Two Poems from Magnetic Equator by Kaie Kellough



a readymade dictionary. by Derek Beaulieu

Excerpt from The Knockoff Eclipse by Melissa Bull

Tits for Cigs from Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Excerpt from Sea Burial Laws According to Country by Kasia Van Schaik



On reviewing with Eileen Myles from Lemon Hound Selections

Interview with Eimear McBride: Language Before Thought—Emma Cohen

Interview with Vivek Shraya: I’m Afraid of Men and Other Things—Julie Matson

Interview with Larissa Lai: Imagining the Critical Utopia of The Tiger Flu—Smriti Bansal



Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier—Michael Tower

Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience at the McCord Museum—Kate Brooks

Among All These Tundras at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery—Hannah Tolman

Barbara Rubin & The Exploding NY UndergroundIsobel McHattie

We Happy Few by Compulsion Games—Iliana Coleman

Difficult People by Catriona WrightMartha Stawska

The Antifa Comic Book by Gord Hill—James Brown

Normal People by Sally Rooney—Smriti Bansal

The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai—Smriti Bansal

17776 by Jon Bois—James Somerville




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