June 24: filling Station magazine and Shelf Life Books present RITUAL, a live stream launch and panel discussion. RITUAL features three contributors to filling Station’s newest issue—poet Leslie Joy Ahenda, artist Jessica Bebenek, and author S.K. Ibra—in dialogue with fS editors Amy LeBlanc and Kyle Flemmer. Tune in at 7pm MST for this coast-to-coast discussion on ritual in art and literature, after which you’ll be able to ask the panellists questions of your own in the comments! ORDER fS ISSUE 74: RITUAL ONLINE – SUBSCRIBE TO FILLING STATION – GET fS FROM SHELF LIFE BOOKS –


Leslie Joy Ahenda is a queer black diasporic poet living on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen territory. Her work is published or forthcoming in CV2, Homology Lit and NōD Magazine, among others. Find her on Twitter @leslieahenda.

Jessica Bebenek is a writer & interdisciplinary artist, risograph printer & bookmaker at Concordia University’s Centre for Expanded Poetics, where in 2017 she organized the international Occult Poetics Symposium. Her writing has been translated and published internationally, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently completing her first full collection of poetry, No One Knows Us There, and is at work on a non-fiction collection, Writing for Men. @notyrmuse

S.K. Ibra is a third-year student in the Creative Writing and Publishing Bachelor of honors program at Sheridan College. Ibra lives in Toronto, Canada and has worked at an Indigo bookstore for five years.


filling Station Magazine is a literary and arts magazine publishing innovative poetry, fiction, non-fiction (creative non-fiction, reviews, articles, interviews, live event reviews, photo essays, etc), and visual art in each issue. RITUAL is hosted by Shelf Life Books in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, Calgary’s bookstore for avid readers and the unusually bookish, for browsers and meanderers, for independent minds and spirits.

June 18: If you weren’t able to catch last week’s opening event for the WGA Online Reading Series, the video is now available online! In our first instalment of our 2020 online reading series, Amy LeBlanc reads from her debut poetry collection I know something you don’t know. Ellen Kartz, the WGA’s Communications and Partnerships Coordinator, led a Q&A with Amy following the reading.

This series was made possible with a grant from the Rozsa Foundation.

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Arts Awards individual video
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Awards Show

March 21:

Hi friends! I recently published my debut poetry collection “I know something you don’t know” with Gordon Hill Press. Unfortunately, like many other writers, I had to postpone launches and tours due to COVID-19. I decided to record and share a reading of few poems from the collection. I hope you enjoy!