kris bertin flexes his creative muscle
By Will Johnson
Illustration by Indiana Joel
The first time PRISM fiction editor Cara Woodruff picked up the short story “Is Alive and Can Move” by kris bertin, she knew she had found something special.
“It drew me in right away with this raw, insane energy and this really unique voice,” she said. “I’m always looking for something that’s different, really distinct.”
bertin is a fledgling writer from Halifax who published his first short story in The Malahat Review last year. He entered “Is Alive and Can Move” in PRISM international’s annual fiction contest this summer and Woodruff, who is currently the fiction editor, was screening through over 250 entries when she came across it.
“We get a lot of these stories that are solid, the writing is good, everything is polished, but they’re kind of boring,” she said. “They’re just safe.”
“Is Alive and Can Move” is the story of an alcoholic janitor who works at a university. As he struggles to maintain his sobriety, he is horrified by what he sees. Or at least, by what he thinks he sees. Continue reading WILL JOHNSON TALKS TO PRISM AUTHOR KRIS BERTIN