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The results are in. Our warmest congratulations to the three winners of our 2020 Creative Non Fiction Contest!

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Traditional Iranian dishes take hours to make. Each family has their own recipes and preferences passed down from previous generations experimenting in the kitchen, but I did not grow up in a culture that allowed for time to be spent making food, unless you were working in the food industry. Western routines are built around the structure of one’s work day, and after a long day you grow into the habit of reaching for something that is quick and easily consumed. Food becomes fuel instead of a source for memories and experience, though I try to remain in touch with my Iranian roots.

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“Memories and Where to Keep Them” is the honourable mention for Room’s Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2020.

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Someone has cut the brakes on modern life. Car doors slam and trolleys scramble. The lips and nose of strangers are covered by a blue screen.

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Galaxies
After Plath’s “Lady Lazarus”

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

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The first emotion I remember feeling was anger. Then anxiety. Then determination. I was in Toronto, attending a concert with a friend I had met online years earlier.

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From October 19-25, the Vancouver Writers Fest inspires 40+ events with local and internation

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The thirteenth chapbook published as part of Frog Hollow Press’s Dis/Ability Series, Steffi Tad-y’s I didn’t want to be read / I wanted / to be believed in / is a luminous debut that playfully medi

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Packed with action and intrigue, and impeccably paced, Hannah Brown’s debut novel Look After Her is a gripping, accomplished piece of feminist historical fiction that provides insight into

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Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2020: The Longlist

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The longlist is here! Here are the thirteen longlisted essays from our 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest, which closed back in June.

Room's 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest: The Longlist

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Fifteen Forthcoming Titles in the Time of Social Distancing

Thank you so much to Room magazine for inviting me to put together a list of new books I'm excited about this spring and summer. These wonderful authors put so much into their work, so let's give them some love and celebration.

 

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Manifest by Terese Mason Pierre (Gap Riot Press)