About Room

Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews for forty years. Published quarterly by the West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society, also known as the Growing Room Collective, Room showcases writing and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. We believe in publishing emerging writers alongside established authors, and because of this, approximately 90% of the work we publish comes from unsolicited submissions or contest entries.

Works that originally appeared in Room have been anthologized in The Journey Prize AnthologyBest Canadian PoetryBest Canadian Stories, and Best Canadian Essays, and have been nominated for National Magazine Awards. 

The Growing Room Collective

The Growing Room Collective is based out of Vancouver, and includes all staff and editorial board members of Room. We have a unique editorial model, and each issue of the magazine is edited by a different team from our editorial board. Check out our submissions page for more information.

If you would like to volunteer with Room, please complete our application form. (Note we are not always recruiting, but we do keep applications on file for when we do.) The current collective includes:

Administration

Managing Editor
Chelene Knight
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Publisher
Meghan Bell
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Marketing Coordinator
Kayi Wong
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Productions Coordinator
Mica Lemiski
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Book Reviews Editor
Leah Golob
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Advertising Coordinator
Navneet Nagra
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Indigenous Brilliance Coordinator
Jessica Johns
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Prose Submissions Coordinator
Rose Morris

Poetry Submissions Coordinator
Rachel Thompson

Website Manager
Monica Calderon

Toronto Events Coordinator
Nailah King

Turtle Island Responds Editor
Jónína Kirton

Associate Web Editor
Wendy Barron

Podcast Hosts
Rachel Thompson and Mica Lemiski

Editorial Board

Wendy BarronMeghan BellLynn EastonCandace FertileLeah Golob, Jessica JohnsJónína KirtonChelene KnightBrigid MacAulayAlissa McArthurRose MorrisNavneet NagraRebecca RussellGeffen SemachArielle SpenceRachel ThompsonYilin WangKayi Wong

Readers

Amber DawnSierra Skye GemmaMica LemiskiEzi OdozorYvonne Robertson, Sylvia Symons

Festival Staff (2018)

Programming Director
Chelene Knight
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Programming Committee
Meghan BellTaryn HubbardJessica JohnsNavneet NagraArielle SpenceYilin WangKayi Wong

Marketing and Development Manager
Meghan Bell
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Hospitality Coordinator
Mica Lemiski
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Volunteer Coordinator
Yilin Wang

Distribution Coordinator
Navneet Nagra

Social Media Coordinator
Kayi Wong

Board of Directors

Juliane Okot Bitek, Poet
Jane Hope, Marketing and Communications Manager, Lunapads International
Jessica Somers, Accountant, Cordova Street Consulting
 

Room Collective Members

Wendy Barron
Wendy Barron

Wendy Barron, lifelong Lower Mainlander, is a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio (2014, speculative fiction) and editing certificate program (2016), and will graduate from its plain language certificate in 2018. She made the leap from hospital administrative servitude to owning an editing business in 2015 and has never been happier in her work. She is a generalist editor with a passion for conscious, inclusive, and plain language, feminism, representation, literacy, and helping people tell their stories. She volunteers too much, likes craft beer, and her favourite arrangement is when someone else does the cooking and cleaning. Find her at wendybarron.com and on Twitter @normaloqWendy.

Meghan Bell
Meghan Bell

Meghan Bell's writing has appeared in over a dozen literary magazines and publications across Canada, including Joyland, GrainThe Puritan, The New Quarterly, Carousel, Prairie Fire, and the anthology Tesseracts 21, as well as a small number of film and theatre festivals. Meghan has worked in marketing and fundraising for multiple arts organizations in the Lower Mainland, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Just For Laughs NorthWest. She has two degrees from the University of Victoria, and is currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She (rarely) writes and illustrates a webcomic called Bell Curved. meghanbell.com / @meghanlbell

Monica Calderon
Monica Calderon

Monica was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada in 2008. After graduating from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila with a BFA, she worked in animation, publishing and editing, and as a graphic designer and trainer. Currently she is working for a financial technology company and has a side hustle as a graphic designer and web developer. She also dabbles in photography. Check out her portfolio at http://monicadesigns.ca/ . 

Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn

Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her memoir, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her newest book, Where the words end and my body begins, is a collection of glosa form poems. She currently teaches creative writing at Douglas College and the University of British Columbia and mentors at several community-driven art and healing spaces.

Lynn Easton
Lynn Easton

Lynn Easton is a freelance writer and a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Writer’s Studio. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, the Caitlin Press anthology Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, and the Globe and Mail. Lynn was also the 2016 winner of The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. She lives with her family in a dwindling forest in Maple Ridge, BC, where she’s writing a series of CNF essays on Intergenerational Feminism.

Candace Fertile
Candace Fertile

Candace Fertile has a PhD in English literature from the University of Alberta. She teaches English at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. and writes book reviews for several Canadian publications. She joined the collective in 2004.

Sierra Gemma
Sierra Gemma

Sierra Skye Gemma is a writer and journalist living in Vancouver. She has been published in The Globe and Mail, The New Quarterly, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Observer, WestCoast Families, Plenitude, Rhubarb, and the anthology Best Canadian Essays 2013. Sierra’s work has won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, a National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer, and a National Newspaper Award in Long Feature.

Leah Golob
Leah Golob

Leah Golob is a full-time journalist and freelance book critic. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver Observer, and trade publications. She joined the Room collective in 2013 and now serves as the book reviews editor and on the editorial board. She has an MA in English literature from Brock University. Connect with her on Twitter @LeahGolob.

Jessica Johns
Jessica Johns

Jessica Johns is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation. She is the Executive Editor of Promotions for PRISM international, living and working on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She placed second for the 2017 Glass Buffalo Poetry Contest, and was the winner of Saltern’s 2017 Short Forms contest.

Nailah King
Nailah King

Nailah King is a lover of pop culture, gifs, and literature, of course! She is an alumna from UBC in English Literature and moved to Toronto last year to chase those publishing dreams. She is currently working on a web series, a novel, and retaining her sanity. 

Jónína Kirton

Jónína Kirton is a Métis/Icelandic poet/author and facilitator. Born in Treaty One (Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) she currently lives in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh. Kirton received the 2016 Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. She was sixty when she published her first collection of poetry with Talonbooks in 2015. Much to her delight, page as bone ~ ink as blood, has received some critical acclaim. Two years later she brought us her second collection, again with Talonbooks. An Honest Woman is currently a finalist in the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman: “Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene.” Apparently, all that dreaming about being a Nancy Drew when she grew up did come to fruition. Just not the way she thought it would as a child.

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight lives in Vancouver, B.C. and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio in multiple genres. Chelene is a Library Assistant at the Vancouver Public Library, and Managing Editor at Room. Chelene has worked as a Manuscript Consultant through SFU and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her second book, Dear Current Occupant, a memoir, is forthcoming with BookThug in 2018. Chelene is now working on a novel set in the 1940's in Vancouver's Hogan's Alley. Her first book, Braided Skin, was published by Mother Tongue Publishing in Spring 2015. Find out more about Chelene at cheleneknight.com and @poetchelene.

Mica Lemiski

Mica is an MFA student at UBC and contributor to Room ("Tiny Parts," Issue 39.2). Her thesis project is a combination of comedic personal essays and original music, which is being developed into a podcast series. She is also the host of "Fainting Couch Feminists," a new podcast with Room. She is originally from Vernon, B.C. but is currently based in Vancouver.

Brigid MacAulay
Brigid MacAulay

Brigid MacAulay is a freelance writer, editor and dance artist. Originally from Ottawa, she received her Hon. BA (English and Religion majors; minor in Art History) from the University of Toronto, came to Vancouver the very next day, and has made the city home ever since. As a professional dancer, she has studied and performed in Toronto, New York City, Guelph and Vancouver.

Alissa McArthur
Alissa McArthur

Alissa is a former Vancouverite now based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine, canlit.ca, 24 Hours Vancouver, and Room 37.3. She worked at Canadian Literature, a quarterly academic journal, where she helped research, write, edit, and code HTML for CanLit Guides, an online teaching resource for literature instructors. You can follow her on Twitter at @alissakeiko.

Rose Morris
Rose Morris

Rose Morris graduated in 2013 with a BA in English Literature from Simon Fraser University. She is Room's Fiction submissions coordinator and a writer for Geyser Music, and she writes poetry and short stories in her spare time. Her work has appeared in Western Living Magazine, The Lyre, SCRATCH, The Pinnacle, Geyser, and The Peak. Follow her on Twitter: @rosalie_morris.

Navneet Nagra
Navneet Nagra

Navneet Nagra is a writer, reader and knitter. Currently she is working on two books of poetry and will be featured in Lemon Hound's New Vancouver Poets Folio. You can follow her @stelladalle and penpencilpoison.weebly.com.

Ezi Odozor

Ezi Odozor is a Nigerian-born Canadian writer based in Toronto. Her work focuses on themes of identity, race, and intimacy. More information about her work can be found online at www.eziodozor.com. Ezi was also published by Room in issue 39.4.

Yvonne Robertson
Yvonne Robertson

After completing a Master of Journalism at UBC, Yvonne Robertson worked as a journalist and editor in Vancouver, writing and editing long-form feature pieces as well as short news stories. She’s since switched gears slightly, returning to Toronto and taking a position as a communications coordinator at a non-profit. An avid reader, passionate about arts and culture, arts activism, and social justice, Yvonne looks to find ways to expose and subvert systemic injustices, particularly through writing and artistic expression. She also love dancing and cats.

Rebecca Russell
Rebecca Russell

Rebecca Russell is a freelance editor, teacher, and arts administrator. She has held various positions in publishing, ESL education, and film and theatre and, apart from a year spent abroad, has lived in Toronto for the past several years. She holds a BA in English and women & gender studies from the University of Toronto.

Geffen Semach
Geffen Semach

Geffen graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in English and Creative Writing and a minor in Russian studies. At Dalhousie, she took part in workshops with Carole Langille, Sue Goyette, Jamie Forester, and Alexander MacLeod at Saint Mary’s University. While in university, she joined the editorial board of Dalhousie’s literary magazine, Fathom, and became Dr. Yuri Leving’s editorial assistant for The Nabokov Online Journal. Since graduating, she has worked as an online editor for Momentum magazine. She is currently working as a copy writer and social media specialist at a marketing agency called Y5 Creative.

Arielle Spence
Arielle Spence

Arielle Spence is an arts administrator and wanna-be writer originally from Coldstream, B.C. (unceded Okanagan Territory). Since moving to Vancouver to attend university in 2010, they have worked at UBC, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and the Vancouver Writers Fest. Life goals include consuming every piece of media with a bisexual and/or genderqueer character and petting every cat and dog. You can find them on Twitter at @RELspence 

Sylvia Symons
Sylvia Symons

Sylvia Symons is a graduate of The Writer's Studio 2016 in the poetry genre. Her work appears in EVENT, Geist, emerge 16, Best Canadian Poetry 2016, and Room 40.1. Originally from Prince George, she lives with her family in Vancouver, where she teaches ESL at Langara College.

Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson joined her first feminist collective while attending a small-town elementary school in Manitoba, and joined Room's editorial collective in 2010, where she previously served as Managing Editor. Her debut collection of poems, Galaxy (Anvil Press, 2011), won the SFU Writer's Studio's First Book Competition. She helps writers reveal the brilliance of their words with her project We Write, We Light. She lives in Montréal.

Yilin Wang
Yilin Wang

Yilin Wang is a fiction writer, journalist, and poet who has lived in China, the U.S., Scotland, and Canada. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, LooseLeaf Magazine, Abyss & Apex, Cerebration, Matador Network, The Tyee, and Business Insider, as well as in the anthology The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol.2. Her short story "Drifters" was a finalist in The Malahat Review's Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. A Creative Writing MFA candidate at UBC, Yilin is the assistant editor for Room issues 40.4 (Let's Make Contact) and 42.1 (Magic). You can learn more about her at www.yilinwang.com and find her on Twitter @yilinwriter.  

Kayi Wong
Kayi Wong

Kayi Wong graduated from UBC in 2014 with a BA in English literature. She has worked at a children's library, an independent bookstore, interned at the Vancouver International Film Festival, coordinated a non-profit women's rights campaign, and worked as a writing tutor. After living in Hong Kong and Singapore for many years, she is currently writing, editing, and doing graphic design in Vancouver, B.C. Follow her on twitter @kayitypes.

Currently on Newsstands

  • Room 41.2, Changing Language
    Edited by Kayi Wong

    In this issue:

    Manahil Bandukwala, Fang Bu, Allison Graves, Kadijah Guillaume, Ava Homa, Ashley Hynd, Amy LeBlanc, Vanessa Lent, Tasslyn Magnusson, Chloe Yelena Miller, Amy Oldfield, Alycia Pirmohamed, Mia Poirier, Victoria Prevot, Michelle Purchase, Jade Riordan, Ellie Sawatzky, Bren Simmers, Dahae Song, Anne Stone, Susie Taylor, Katherena Vermette, Kayi Wong, Hiba Zafran, Shellie Zhang

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