Pre-order our 40th Anniversary Anthology (at a discount!) to help pay for its publication in March 2017! We're raising $15,000 through IndieGoGo and have some amazing perks, including Virginia Woolf tote bags and travel mugs (pictured). You can also purchase the Anthology with a one-year subscription for only $45 (savings of more than $10).

Reading Room

My mother in a rental van
idling in the Phoenix Airport parkade.
She does a word search, finds “tongue” “bitter”
“cochlea” lets a ballpoint pen tell her of her own
body. I tap the van window, see her face
for the first time in months. It’s been too hot,

The first time, you walk into the night and think,
This January wind is like death. Then you laugh at
the idea that wind can kill
in a city where asphalt is streaked with long
stripes of blood or shit or mud.

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

Currently on Newsstands

  • 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

In the lead-up to Room’s food issue we feature an interview with dee Hobsbawn-Smith, award-winning writer, poet, and local food advocate, whose first published poem debuted in Room in 2007.

Eufemia Fantetti

We’re willing to talk about how snowflakes are unique, and we’re way more complicated than snowflakes.

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."

Reviews

Welcome to Room's coverage of the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival! We will be updating this space regularly as we add new reviews of festival films. 

The Wet Spots and The Wise Hall presented Shine: A Burlesque Musical from July 6-16th. 

Stories told through comedy from an all-women perspective … it’s genius and super relevant!

Room with a View

The First Room Rooftop Reading: A Fortieth Anniversary Anthology Celebration

On Friday August 19, Room celebrated several exciting new ventures including a reading to announce our forthcoming fortieth anniversary anthology (to be published March 2017 and launched at the first ever Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival in Vancouver). The rooftop was stellar, the readings were amazing, and the ambiance was one of a kind. As the sun began to set, the warm air carried these beauiful voices across the roof and over the city. This was a spectacular evening.

Deep Salt Water: Month One

Room is pleased to feature the captivating and thought-provoking Deep Salt Water, an interdisciplinary collaboration between four artists—author Marianne Apostolides, collage artist Catherine Mellinger, photographer Melanie Gordon, and composer Paul Swoger-Ruston—based on the forthcoming book by Apostolides of the same title.