2017 Journey Prize Finalist

Journey Prize Stories 29

Richard Kelly Kemick
“The Most Human Part of You” 
Published in Maisonneuve 

Richard Kelly Kemick Maisonneuve, 2017 Journey Prize

About the Story

Deceptive in its brevity, Richard Kelly Kemick’s “The Most Human Part of You” upends our expectations from the start. The level of craft in the story stood out immediately, and commanded growing admiration with every subsequent read. The details are spare but crucial, augmenting a central idea that is as moving as it is unusual: a man adrift and called upon to perform his strange job, a symbiotic arrangement with his dog to chase birds from an airport’s grounds. Human nature, animal nature, and the role of the natural world in general are questioned between the lines in this story. There is a feeling that chaos and uncertainty is always at play in the lives of these characters, as they gently ponder their lot and try to make sense of it all.

-2017 Journey Prize jury Kevin Hardcastle, Grace O’Connell, and Ayelet Tsabari

About the Author 

Richard Kelly Kemick’s poetry and prose have been published in magazines and journals across Canada and the United States. His debut collection of poetry, Caribou Run, was published in 2016 and selected by CBC Books as one of the season’s “Must Read” collections. He won a National Magazine Award in both 2016 and 2017, and he is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a collection of nonfiction essays.

About the Magazine

Maisonneuve, 2017 Journey PrizeMaisonneuve was established in 2002 as a nonprofit association by founding editor Derek Webster, and has since won numerous awards, most notably Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in both 2012 and 2004. Its purpose is to keep its readers informed, alert, and entertained, and to dissolve artistic borders between regions, countries, languages and genres. Maisonneuve literally means "new house" and suggests the spirit of collective enterprise the magazine gathers under one roof. The magazine takes its name from Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the man who founded Montreal in 1642.





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