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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

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  • Room 39.3, Canadian Gothic
    Edited by Leah Golob

    In this issue:

    Jen Currin, Amber Dawn, Julie Eliopoulos, Katie Fewster-Yan, Catherine Graham, Lucy Howe, Taryn Hubbard, Aislinn Hunter, Monika Lee, Carylann Loeppky, Erika Luckert, Jeanette Lynes, Annick MacAskill, Anne Maizia, Sadie McCarney, Cassidy McFadzean, Tiffany Morris, Sofi Papamarko, Rhonda Pelley, Marika Prokosh, Paula Jane Remlinger, April Ripley, Amy Roher, Ellie Sawatzky, Jocelyn Tennant, Jean Van Loon, Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt, Catriona Wright

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Interview Room

Hangama Amiri, this year’s cover art contest judge, is an Afghan-Canadian artist who grew up in Kabul and moved to Nova Scotia in 2005. She was a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow at Yale University School of Art and Sciences and has exhibited her painting nationally as well as internationally in such cities as New York, France, Italy, and London (U.K.). Room’s Geffen Semach spoke with Amiri to learn a little more about her work and her expectations for the contest.

Originally published in Room Issue 35.2 "Shaping the Spark" (June 2012). Room would like to congratulate Madeleine on being short-listed for The Man Booker Prize for her latest novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016).

An interview with indie-comics pioneer and Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee Deni Loubert.

Reviews

Welcome to Room magazine's coverage of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival! We will be posting reviews of shows all week, so check back regularly. The Fringe runs until September 18, 2016, and we encourage you to go check out a play (or maybe twenty). Latest reviews: Marrow, Grounded.

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. 

Room with a View

50 Books Written By 50 Canadian Women of Colour

More often than not, when Roomies gather, we talk about books. Books we can't put down, books we couldn't put up with, and books that make us talk. For this reading list, eleven of us got together and discussed novels, short story collections, poetry, memoirs, and comics that we have read and loved which happen to be written by Canadian Women of Colour. A few of these are well-known classics, a few are upcoming releases. There are stories set locally and abroad, and also include one in dystopian Toronto. Writing from the Women of Colour perspective is not a genre, but instead a multitude of voices, stories, and experiences coming together. And even though we are honoured to feature a handful of these writers are in our upcoming anthology, we know that this is just a starting point, and by no means a comprehensive list of books written by Canadian WOCs. At Room, we recognize that there is work to do, and we are already working on a part two.

Room’s Literary Guide to VIFF 2016

With the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) only ten days away, Room Magazine is handpicking the best literary-inspired films to add to your must-see VIFF list this season. All of these films take serious inspiration from either the written word or the lives of the writers themselves. What's better than a movie that inspires you to read? Check these out for an interdisciplinary approach to literature and the arts.