Each year when February rolls around there is a sudden influx of content, online, in libraries and elsewhere, featuring black writers, artists, activists and historical moments and figures. Much of the focus looks to the past and while that’s important, we at Room want to also centre writers in the here and now, and also look to the future. Here is a list of some of our most beloved black Canadian women and non-binary writers to enjoy all... more
Room with a View
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival returns March 1-4, 2018 to Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood (traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples).
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival (March 1-4, 2018) is returning for the second year and once again seeking volunteers! Get involved behind-the-scenes and help us make this literary event a success. We are looking to fill roles including Venue Assistants, Event Assistants, and Active Listeners. All experience and skill levels welcome. The deadline to apply is midnight on Thursday, February 15, 2018, but shifts will be filled on a... more
Whether you’re building a New Year’s resolution reading list or hoping to renew your faith in #CanLit, we at Room are here to help. This list of some of our most beloved fiction, poetry, and non-fiction books by queer Canadian writers, compiled by fourteen members of the Room collective, is a great place to start.
Sooo . . . now what? It's the question on everybody's mind, and here to help us sort through the raging garbage fire of our culture (aka rampant sexism) is Morgan Brayton, a most wonderful actor, comedian and writer. Morgan's contribution to the #MeToo dialogue is essential, in part because the movement has impacted her on a very personal level. Join Mica and Morgan for an emotionally intense, but ultimately morale-boosting, interview that... more
Do we ever really know our parents? Do we even want to? These are just some of the questions author Gurjinder Basran (Everything Was Goodbye, Someone You Love is Gone) tackles with host Mica Lemiski on Part 2 of our Family Secrets episode of Fainting Couch Feminists. Also included in this episode: a dove flies into Mica's window, Gurjinder reveals her past as a nosey child and discusses the importance of grieving on your own terms.
Our yearly round-up of the most popular posts on our website.
When a loved one dies, is “closure” something we really want? Carys Cragg (pictured)—author of Dead Reckoning: How I Came To Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father—doesn’t think so, and says her relationship with her father, who was murdered when she was only eleven, continues to evolve 25 years after the crime. In Part 1 of our “Family Secrets” episode, host Mica Lemiski chats with Carys about why she decided to contact the man who killed her... more
EXTENDED Deadline: December 15, 2017. Enter for a chance to see your artwork on our June 2018 issue (featuring new writing by Katherena Vermette). First Prize: $500 + publication on the cover of issue 41.2. Judged by Zainub Verjee.
Comedian, writer, and actress Evany Rosen joins Mica Lemiski to talk about her new book, What I Think Happened: An Underresearched History of the Western World. (Pictured: Evany Rosen)
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2017 Poetry and Fiction Contests, as selected by our esteemed judges Jónína Kirton (poetry) and Sigal Samuel (fiction). Please join us in congratulating the authors!
We are thrilled to announce the shortlists of our 2017 Poetry & Fiction Contests! Judges Jónína Kirton and Sigal Samuel selected these pieces from the long lists for special recognition. Please join us in congratulating the authors!
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Room 41.1, Family Secrets
Edited by Rachel Thompson
In this issue:
Jennifer Amos, Fenn Archdekin-Leung, Jenn Ashton, Jamelie Bachaalani, Colleen Baran, Jenny Bartoy, Alexandra Chang, Kristina Corre, Maggie de Vries, Shirley Harshenin, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Elizabeth Johnston, Tamara Jong, Manal Kamran, Carrianne Leung, Lily Leung, Mary MacDonald, Alissa McArthur, Cosi Nayovitz, Margaret Nowaczyk, Deanna Partridge-David, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rebekah Rempel.