Gibson is a Vancouver-based artist and educator whose work plunges into the fraught territory of school texts and history books with a sewing needle and re-works historical Canadian texts with black thread in order to revise our ideas of history, nationhood, and how we read. Through altered book sculptures that ensnare the texts with braids and thread, redacted texts, and reprints of old children’s readers, Gibson’s work asks us to consider... more
Room with a View
In addition to Afua Cooper and Shauntay Grant, two of the writers featured in “20 Black Writers to Read All Year Round”, Nova Scotia has been home to many Black poets and novelists. Here is a list of some of our favourite emerging and established writers from the African Nova Scotian community. (Photo: Abena Beloved Green).
At Room, we don’t just look to the past but we also look to the future and it’s looking very bright. Here are some of our favourite black emerging writers who you should be paying attention to. Image: Chimedum Ohaegbu.
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival returns to Vancouver from March 8 - 17, 2019, and features 100+ authors in 50+ events. Registration is now open at festival.roommagazine.com.
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
Congratulations to the two Short Forms Contest first-place winners and the honourable mention, as chosen by judge Hiromi Goto!
We're excited to announce the shortlist from our 2018 Short Forms Contest! Here are the six shortlisted short forms pieces, as selected by our esteemed judge Hiromi Goto.
The long-listed short forms entries are finally here! Due to the changes to our contest calendar last fall, we held two short forms contests in 2018. We will be announcing the shortlisted pieces as chosen by our esteemed judge, Hiromi Goto, next week.
Join us at Massy Books on Saturday, March 2, 7pm for the launch of Ayelet Tsabari's intimate new memoir in essays, The Art of Leaving. Novelist Gurjinder Basran will lead a conversation with Tsabari about her work.
We're thrilled to announce the 100+ authors, journalists, and activists who will appear in Vancouver from March 8 - 17, 2019 for #GrowingRoom2019. Visit festival.roommagazine.com to learn more!
We are thrilled to finally share the results of our 2018 Poetry & Fiction Contest! Here's our heartiest of congratulations to the following six writers.
After much deliberation, our poetry and fiction judges, Vivek Shraya and Zoe Whittall, have determined the shortlists of our 2018 Poetry and Fiction Contest! Congrats to the following thirteen writers whose work—or works—have been chosen.
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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.