Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly


Ray Nayler

Fall 2020 - Architecture



Architecture was important to my grandfather. That is to say, he was somewhat obsessed by it.

     What brings this on is looking at the funeral home. It’s so nondescript you would miss it from the street. In fact, I never knew it was there until I had to attend my grandfather’s funeral. Turns out I’d driven past the place maybe a thousand times already …


Ray Nayler’s poetry and short stories have been published in numerous journals. Born in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec and raised in California, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan and then lived and worked in the countries of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union for over a decade. He is a foreign service officer with the Department of State, and is currently Cultural Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.