Interviews

There's a common misconception that being a "real feminist" means prioritizing your career over your romantic life, but Mica is here to discuss why that's a load of bunk! Part of being a feminist is doing what makes you feel happy and empowered, and sometimes that means following your heart. In this episode, Mica examines the tension between feminism and romance, and recounts a particularly formative experience in which she "took a chance on love."

Soraya Chemaly is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger, and that’s exactly what we’re talking about today: women’s anger, its power, and why this anger is often misunderstood and mistreated. We also chat about the tropes associate with angry women (eg. the “angry black woman,” the “crazy white lady,” and “the fiery Latina,”) and dive into how dangerous it can be—both personally and politically—for women to suppress their anger.

Alix Ohlin completed her BA at Harvard, her MFA at the Michener's Center for Writers in Texas, and she's currently the Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Department. But beneath and beyond these accomplishments is someone who used to speak in antiquated pirate language, binge on Potato Smiles, and teach alongside Benedictine Monks (one of whom often had pockets full of bacon). This episode is about how Alix built her life as a writer, and why it's important to recognize our identities as multifaceted and ineffable.

20-year-old Katie Douglas has starred in several films that navigate difficult topics like sexual abuse and the captivity of girls and women, which begs the question: how do actors inhabit a traumatic narrative without becoming traumatized themselves? In this interview, Katie and Mica chat about the popularity (and power) of womens' dystopia, how the film and TV industry has changed since the #MeToo movement, and the pressure actors feel to "do stories justice."

Award-winning writer and novelist Sharon Bala is here! In this episode, we chat about how Sharon makes a living as a full-time writer and break down which sources of income are actually the most profitable and enjoyable. We also discuss Sharon's stint of housewifery in England, whether or not there's a difference between settlers and immigrants, and why writers should not give up on literary journals!

Ayana Mathis

Earlier this year, Room editor Yvonne Robertson spoke with Ayana Mathis about her novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. With a poetic hand, and the Great Migration and promise of a new America as a theme, Mathis writes a captivating story about motherhood, visibility, and the resilience of the human spirit. The following is an engaging and inspiring conversation about creative writing, identity and representation, family and religion, and the transformative power of fiction.

Born female, Lorimer knew he was a boy from the time he was only four or five years old. But Lorimer did not fully come to terms with his transness until he was 50 years old, at which point he chose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. In this episode, Lorimer discusses why his choice to transition was so difficult, why he became disillusioned with police work during the Robert Pickton case, and what it was like to be pregnant as someone who never identified as a woman.

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

Whitney French

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

Join Mica as she recounts her history of catastrophizing about illness and spontaneously dropping dead. Mica also discusses her rather dizzying experience of being falsely diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and she lets everyone know what recreational activities are most likely to get you killed. (Spoiler: base jumping is a very bad idea!)

Catherine Hernandez looking sideways into the camera.

Room’s Annual Fiction Contest is now open until March! First place winner will receive $1,000 and be published in an upcoming issue of Room. This year, short stories will be judged by Catherine Hernandez. Catherine Hernandez is the artistic director of b current performing arts and the award-winning author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017). Room's Tamara Jong asks her a few questions about her work, her advice for emerging writers, and what she looks for when judging a contest.

Emily Riddle

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

Canisia Lubrin

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in. Learn more about the 2019 Growing Room festival by visiting our website, festival.roommagazine.com.

Jessica Johns is perhaps the ultimate Kombucha mother, and she's here to explain exactly what Kombucha is, how her brewing practice creates community, and what it really means to live symbiotically. She also compares certain aspects of her booch-making practice to treaty-making in Canada and how treaties were (and are) meant to facilitate symbiotic relationships between Indigenous people and the Canadian government. Has that symbiosis been lost? Find out in the most recent episode of the FCF podcast!

Acclaimed actor and comedian Naomi Snieckus is here to give all the dreamers and doers out there a big hit of "don't give up." In this morale-boosting conversation, Naomi chats with Mica about how vital a positive attitude can be for those seeking success in entertainment, and how it's possible to "network" without being cringey or schmoozy or hollow.

Jen Sookfong Lee

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

Chantal Gibson

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

Eden Robinson

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at Growing Room 2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work, and what events they are most excited to take part in.

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