A selection of reviews from the 30th Vancouver Queer Film Festival (image from "Talk the Ting" by Shelby Zoe Coley).
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Mica blazes through the (literally) nuclear history of bikinis, what they have come to mean culturally, and why tiny bathing suits can be simultaneously liberating and oppressive. Mica also delves into her personal history with bathing suits and church camp, her hatred of the bikini-and-high-heels combination, CGI asses on Instagram, and what a vain little product of the patriarchy she used to be.
Mallory Tater's debut novel, The Birth Yard, has just been contracted by HarperCollins and she's here to answer the question of HOW DO YOU DO THAT? She's also here to remind us that just because The Handmaid's Tale was a big deal, doesn't mean that feminist dystopia (and other genres related to #MeToo) have "had their moment." Also included: why you shouldn't listen to publishers who tell you to "put your novel in a drawer" because ahem THEY... more
While the erasure of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour’s (BIPOC) lives on Turtle Island continues, there is an increasing need for literary work that interrupts this process. One genre doing this type of work is speculative fiction. BIPOC spec fiction not only centres BIPOC characters but boldly places them within alternative realities and futures, subverting the dominant narrative and inventing new ways for BIPOC folks to face down... more
For better or for worse, it's wedding season! This love fest features Dina Del Bucchia, a writer, rom com expert, and self-identified small town bitch. Dina chats with Mica about how romance is represented on screen (and all the problems with that), how romance is represented in real life (and all the problems with that) and why marriage just isn't for her. Also included: jokes about penises, why "whimsy" is such a misunderstood concept, and... more
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This episode features Alea Rae Clark, a singer, lyricist, and guitarist in the band Douse. Alea chats with Mica about why they transitioned away from their image as "front-woman" and how identifying as non-binary has helped Douse become more unified as a band. Alea and Mica also discuss whether sadness is necessary to create art, whether lyric-writing robots are a useful tool or a disgrace to humanity and the songwriting process, and what,... more
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2018 Creative Non-Fiction Contest, as selected by our esteemed judge Stacey May Fowles—novelist, sportswriter, and the author of essay collection, Baseball Life Advice. Please join us in congratulating the writers!
We're excited to announce the shortlisted pieces from our 2018 Creative Non-Fiction Contest! Here is the shortlist of essays, as determined by our esteemed judge Stacey May Fowles.
The long-awaited long list is here! Next week, we will be announcing the shortlisted pieces, as chosen by our judge Stacey May Fowles, so stay tuned!
This episode features an interview with Spanish filmmaker and documentarian Alba Sotorra. Alba's latest film, Commander Arian, follows the title character and her journey alongside the Women's Protection Unit in Syria (the YPJ)—an all-female militia fighting to liberate the city of Kobane from ISIS. Alba chats with Mica about how these women are fighting for their right to exist, how they earn freedom on the frontlines, and why it's so... more
“I’ve just become better at noticing those little mechanical things,” says the guest for this episode, Donna Talarico, the founder and publisher of Hippocampus Magazine. Hippocampus makes memorable creative nonfiction. It is an online journal, a conference, and most recently a publishing house.
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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.