Hangama Amiri, one of this year’s cover art contest judges, is an Afghan-Canadian artist. 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. Room’s Geffen Semach spoke with Amiri to learn a little more about her work and her expectations for the contest.

Reading Room

I’d been hoping for a kitchen full of balloons, a bouquet of flowers, all my favourite food. A hand-drawn banner: Welcome Home Tasha. Maybe even a Happy 14th Birthday, though my birthday wasn’t until tomorrow. I’d been away from my family all summer.

I shed my pelt on the shoreline,
leaving the warmth of the
glossy grey coat to shiver
and head for land.

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.

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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


Interview Room

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.

Our Annual Cover Art Contest has officially opened again! We took the opportunity and spoke to our first ever winner, Tiffany Mallery, whose winning piece was published recently on the cover our last issue—Room 39.2, Between Shadows. She told us about her life after art school and books that inspire her work. Aside from Room, she has also been published in American Illustration, and Uppercase magazine.


Cathy Jones, widely known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, offers up a uniquely unapologetic look into her own life and experiences.

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. 

Room with a View

Deep Salt Water: Month Three

Following the success of the first two months, Room is pleased to bring you the third installment of the captivating and thought-provoking Deep Salt Water, an interdisciplinary collaboration among 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.

Congratulations to the winners of our Annual Poetry and Fiction Contest 2016!

The results of our Poetry and Fiction Contest 2016 are finally out! Congratulations to the following authors who shared their work with us and our judges. We are always thankful for the willingness of writers to share their work with us, and the generosity of our esteemed judges―Doretta Lau for fiction and Marilyn Dumont for poetry―with their time and judgement.