Canthius is a Canadian literary journal publishing poetry and prose by women and genderqueer writers, including transgender men, nonbinary and Two-Spirit writers. Published bi-annually out of Ottawa and Toronto, Canthius is (for now) a print-only journal, but you can find select work from previous issues, articles about literature and feminism, interviews with contributors, and other banter online.

We believe that we empower others and ourselves when we encourage cis and trans women to engage in public literary space through publication. Recognizing the historical underrepresentation of certain groups in the Canadian literary arts, we are committed to publishing diverse perspectives and experiences and strongly encourage women of colour, including Indigenous and Black women, to submit here. If you’re interested in gender equity and diversity in Canadian literature, we suggest that you check out these amazing projects that have been hugely inspirational to us.

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Meet the Editors of Canthius:


Claire Farley is from Québec's Outaouais region and is a doctoral student at the University of Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in ArcThe PuritanOttawater, (parenthetical), Bywords, among other places. She is the 2016 recipient of Arc's Diana Brebner Prize. Follow her on twitter @mcrfarley

Cira Nickel is from Vancouver, BC and now resides in Toronto. She is a graduate of a Masters of Arts program in English Literature and was formerly an editorial assistant for the White Wall Review. Follow her on Twitter @ciranickel.

Digital content editor


Sarah MacDonell writes, bakes, and scuttles around Ottawa. She is the Social Media Manager for Tree Reading Series. Her debut chapbook The Lithium Body was published by In/Words Press in 2017.



Puneet Dutt holds a MA in English from Ryerson University. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), which was a Finalist for the 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has been published in a number of journals and in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She resides in Toronto with her husband, where she is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Her debut collection of poetry, Better Monsters, was published by Mansfield Press in Fall 2017. Follow her on Twitter @Puneet_Dutt.


Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist. Born and raised in Pakistan, she's nurtured her poetic voice in Ottawa. She is an editor for In/Words Magazine & Press. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Puritan, Room Magazine, Ricepaper,, and ottawater, among other places. She's currently working on her debut chapbook. She won second place in the George Johnston Poetry Prize. Follow her on twitter @manaaaahil.

Chuqiao Yang’s writing has previously been published in The Puritan (Spring 2016 Supplement), Ricepaper, Arc, Prism, Filling Station, Grain, CV2, Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, “Beijing Notes.” Most recently, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She is currently working on her first manuscript. 

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All expenses are shared out-of-pocket between the journal's editorial staff. If you can and would like to contribute, we would be grateful for your support in keeping this little journal afloat. All donations go directly toward the cost of producing the journal.