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“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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    Room 43.1, Hair
    Edited by Chelene Knight

    In this issue:

    Sonja Boon, Kat Cameron, Jhilam Chattaraj, Chelsea Comeau, Nikka Cornelio-Baker, Unnati Desai, Kimberly Edgar, Sherine Elbanhawy, Kim Fahner, Chantal Gibson, Ali Jo, Tamara Jong, Samantha Jones, Angélique Lalonde, Shelby Lisk, Asli Mahdi, Hannah McGregor, Téa Mutonji, stephanie roberts, Zoe Imani Sharpe, Mallory Tater, Délani Valin, Cara Waterfall, Adrianne Williams, Susan Wismer

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Interview Room

This episode is the creation story of the Indigenous Brilliance Collective: a collective partnere

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We need books now, more than ever. Reading, by nature, is a solitary activity, but sharing stories is a shared tradition. Since book delivery was declared an essential service, local bookstores have continued to make sure that the public has access to books. I got a chance to speak with Emily Dundas Oke, the media manager and curator at Massy Books, about the store, community and favourite reads. Massy Books has been offering free local book delivery for orders placed on their online store since mid-March when their storefront closed.

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Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted and raised in a white family in Southern-Ontario, Canada. In 2008, she reunited with her family in Asia.

Jenny has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Seoul. Her debut memoir, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related., published in 2019 with McClelland & Stewart, won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and is shortlisted in three categories for the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards. She teaches at the University of Winnipeg.

She is the commissioned author for the upcoming Room issue 43.4, edited by Geffen Semach.

Reviews

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Tension, a graphic memoir by Afro-Asian artist Pearl Low, is about a woman learning to love and embrace her roots—literally. “I never used to mind my hair. . .

Whatever, Iceberg book cover a mostly-submerged iceberg

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.

Room with a View

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Room Magazine is looking for our next Publisher

Room Magazine is looking to hire our next Publisher! You have a passion to lift emerging voices in the Canadian literary scene and get excited by developing Room into a robust and resilient organization. You are a dedicated self-starter, who feels comfortable keeping everyone on task and executing the organizational strategic plan. You feel comfortable with numbers and can ably manage budgets. You know your way around a spreadsheet. With one eye on the bottom line, you can help Room engage its community through circulation management, membership programs, grants and fundraising.

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Cover Art Contest 2019: The Shortlist

The 2019 Cover Art Contest shortlist is here! Congratulations to the eight artists whose contest submissions have been shortlisted by our esteemed judge, Lindsay Nixon!