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To celebrate the upcoming Growing Room Festival 2020, we are chatting with a few festival authors to learn more about them and their work until March rolls around. Kicking this series off is Chelene Knight's interview with Téa Mutonji!

Reading Room

“Baby Shark” is the honourable mention for Room’s Short Forms Contest 2019.

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“Dead spider frozen in ice are you dead.” is the honourable mention for Room’s Poetry Contest 2019 as selected by judge Pamela Mordecai.

Kim Dhillon

“Dazzle Camouflage” is the honourable mention for Room's Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2019. Here's what the judge, Terese Marie Mailhot, has to say about the essay: “‘Dazzle Camouflage’ was full of beautiful language and the depth of the work was wonderful to sit with. It was personal and cerebral and the voice within the work felt poetic and full. What does it mean to inhabit an identity or be part of a larger community and shared history? It’s a beautiful essay looking closely at the self.”

Jaye Simpson

/let it out/
they tear
through my
rawing throat,
saliva & blood
bubbling out

Melanie Power

Ladies and gentlemen, please.
Thank you, thank you—yes, the magic
tonight was real.

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    In this issue:

    Selina Boan, Jenna Butler, Leonarda Carranza, Carolina Corcoran, Šari Dale, Marisol Diaz, Sarah Ens, Paola Ferrante, Katie Fewster-Yan, Hannah Hackney, Lori Hahnel, Natalie Homer, Liz Iversen, Jac Jenkins, Jaslyn Marshall, Laura McGavin, Emily McKibbon, Alessandra Naccarato, Ezi Odozor, Caitlin Prince, Rebecca Salazar, Ellie Sawatzky, Alysia Sawchyn, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Josephine Sloyan, Tanya R. Ward, jiaqing wilson-yang, Elana Wolff

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Interview Room

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Cassandra Blanchard’s debut poetry collection, Fresh Pack of Smokes, is an immersive, intimate account of drug addiction, love, sex work, and survival on the streets of Vancouver. These are prose poems that shake with urgency, deftly stacking vivid imagery which twists to the emotional core of the book. Her work is unflinching, tender, and fierce. In the following interview, Selina Boan speaks to Cassandra Blanchard about her “love” poems, the biggest challenge in publishing her debut poetry collection, and the community she found because of it.

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Kai Cheng Thom’s latest book, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes From the End of the World (Arsenal Pulp, 2019), is an expansive and intimate collection of essays and poetry on transformative justice and radical love, both in and beyond queer activist communities. Read what the multi-genre writer thinks about choosing love, writing in different genres, and the ideal secret society.

This episode is an audio highlight reel, featuring snippets from some of the best convos had on the show—like, ever! We've got insight from: Vivek Shraya, Anne T. Donahue, Lisa Taddeo, Alexandra Bischoff, Soraya Chemaly, Morgan Brayton, Jen Sookfong Lee, Stacey May Fowles, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Anna Mehler Paperny, Megan Jones, and Jocelyn Tennant.

Reviews

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Whatever, Iceberg chronicles an all-too-familiar queer romance interwoven with polyamory, single parenting, chronic pain, poverty, and aging. Despite the specificity of Ziniuk’s writing, the collection remains relatable for anyone who has ever been in a badly timed romance or burned by a lover.

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While reading GG’s new graphic novel, I’m Not Here, I was reminded of a short story by Delmore Schwartz, in which the narrator goes into a cinema and, much to their amazement and dismay, f

Don't Tell Me What To Do book cover

Each of the fifteen stories, mostly populated by female protagonists at less-than-perfect moments in their lives, show the work of a generous writer committed to creating characters unapologetically being themselves in all their flawed, misguided glory.

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Here are the Short Forms Contest 2019 Winners!

The results are finally here. Our warmest congratulations to the three winners of our 2019 Short Forms Contest!

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Short Forms Contest 2019: The Shortlist

Thank you to all the writers who shared their short form pieces with us and our esteemed fiction judge, Gwen Benaway! Here are the twelve longlisted submissions from this year's contest.