You’re gonna get your ass kicked anyway and one of the ways it's going to get kicked is when you show up to write and think why isn’t this better and how long will it take for me to be good at this?

Reading Room

Doretta Lau is Room’s 2016 fiction contest judge. Who better than the judge herself to inspire you to get working on your contest entry? Read Lau's short story “Best Practices for Time Travel” below, from Room 38.3. Don't forget! The fiction contest closes July 15.

He was the first guy you dated who resembled anything you knew to be familiar. His moustache reminded you of your uncle so you told him to shave it, and he did.

he traces the tattoo
of Africa on my back
tells me how he wants
to go back to Sierra Leone

Mom says she doesn’t know how to twist her tongue in half.

i am the flower that grows out of the cliffside
overhanging the lake on thin soil
birthed by lichen that digested rocks
that i might bloom in her body

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  • Room 39.2, Between Shadows
    Edited by Terri Brandmueller

    In this issue:

    Amy Attas, Dana Ayotte, Terri Brandmueller, Kerissa Marie Dickie, Jacqueline Firkins, Sarah Kabamba, Kate Kennedy, Carrie Phillips Kieser, Matea Kulic, Jen Sookfong Lee, Laura Legge, Mica Lemiski, Muriel Leung, Tiffany Mallery, Rowan Smith-McCandless, Stephanie McKenzie, Kathryn Mockler, Eve O’Neill, Elise Partridge, Kyeren Regehr, Rebecca Salazar, Kaarina Stiff, Mallory Tater

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Interview Room

Joyce Fossella

Joyce Fossella is the Executive Director of the Warriors Against Violence Society (WAVS), where she co-facilitates group sessions, working with men and women addressing family violence. She is a member of the Lil'wat nation in British Columbia. Terri Brandmueller interviewed her for issue 39.2 "Between Shadows."

"I read once that to be born Indigenous is to be born an activist – just the state of being and existing is a form of resistance to oppression. It’s unfair pressure to put on people, but as an artist I can transform that injustice into something larger than myself. Being an artist and an activist is basically being an optimist."

Doretta Lau is our 2016 fiction contest judge! Read this interview about her writing style and what makes a "good short story."

Reviews

“The Japanese part has got to go,” Egg Murakami says to herself as she tries to brush off and survive another day of school bullying.

Yin weaves together images and mythology from both the Eastern and the Western worlds, creating a universe where the extraordinary is ordinary.

Surreal, intense, and intimate.

Room with a View

The Flavour Thesaurus: Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook by Niki Segnit

We are getting so excited and inspired (and hungry) watching your submissions roll in for our upcoming Food issue! In the spirit of the food theme, we put together this collection of Roomies’ favourite cookbooks for writers. These books all feature recipes, but also include fiction, memoir, and other literary elements.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

We are getting so excited and inspired (and hungry) watching your submissions roll in for our upcoming Food issue! In the spirit of the food theme, we put together this collection of Roomies’ favourite cookbooks for writers. These books all feature recipes, but also include fiction, memoir, and other literary elements.