Literary critic and novelist Jeff Bursey is joining the Numéro Cinq masthead as a Special Correspondent. You may remember his debut review for us — Sam Savage’s It Will End with Us — in the November issue. Jeff is a prolific and eloquent reviewer. We actually crossed paths, without actually meeting, years ago when he wrote a expansive and erudite essay on Blaise Cendrars that appeared in Review of Contemporary Fiction alongside Bruce Stone’s essay on me (Vol. XXIV, #1 Douglas Glover / Blaise Cendrars / Severo Sarduy). I always thought this was especially serendipitous because of my own interest in Cendrars, who influenced several of my stories at a certain point. Now that he is writing for the magazine, we are in contact (at least ethereally over the internet) and this seems fated, fitting and symmetrical. It’s terrific to have Jeff join the NC community.
Jeff Bursey is a Canadian literary critic and author of the political satire Verbatim: A Novel (2010). He is a Contributing Editor at The Winnipeg Review and an Associate Editor at Lee Thompson’s Galleon. His reviews have appeared in, among others, American Book Review, Books in Canada, The Quarterly Conversation, Music & Literature, Rain Taxi, The Winnipeg Review and Review of Contemporary Fiction. He hails from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada’s Far East, and makes his home on Prince Edward Island (Canada’s Not Quite So Far East).