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March 15th, 2022 – April 15th, 2022
Jade Wallace (they/them) is a writer of poetry, fiction, and essays, which have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals across Canada, the USA, England, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, and India, including in This Magazine, Canadian Literature, and The Stockholm Review. Wallace is the author of several solo and collaborative chapbooks and their debut full-length poetry collection, Love Is A Place But You Cannot Live There, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2023. Wallace’s work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Windsor, has won the Muriel’s Journey Poetry Prize, Coastal Shelf‘s Funny & Poignant Poetry Contest, and the Anita and Alistair MacLeod Prize, has been a finalist for the Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest and the Writers of the Future Contest, and has been nominated for The Journey Prize. Wallace is currently the reviews editor for CAROUSEL, an organizing member of Draft Reading Series, and a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets. Wallace is also the co-founder of the collaborative writing entity MA|DE, whose most recent work, A Trip to the ZZOO (Collusion Books 2020), was shortlisted for the 2021 bpNichol Chapbook Award
Hello, Traveller provides a radical counterpoint to the typical function of a billboard. Ordinarily,
a billboard treats its viewer as a consumer —of products, of information, etc. The creator of
the billboard wants to persuade the viewer to engage in way that the billboard’s creator can
benefit from. By contrast, the message of Hello, Traveller is an offering to the viewer without
any expectation of return. It brings tenderness and intimacy into a typically professionalized
and formulaic public space.
Like most billboards, the text of Hello, Traveller is dynamic, changing according to a weekly
schedule. Normally, billboards use this variability to advertise limited-time offers and other
ephemera. Hello, Traveller, instead, builds a narrative week by week. It offers dynamic
continuity, creating an ongoing relationship between the viewer and the text.
March 15 - April 15