Interviews

Alicia Elliott

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at #GrowingRoom2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work and what events they are most excited to take part in.

LJ Weisberg

A series in which Isabella is excited about everything that is happening at #GrowingRoom2019, so she sat down with some festival authors to hear about their work and what events they are most excited to take part in.

One of Mica's all-time favourite people (Stacey Lambert, a videographer, dog fanatic, and feminist superhero) is here to share what advice she'd give her teenaged self, which basically boils down to "STOP PRETENDING YOU ARE STRAIGHT." Mica and Stacey also gab about the worst/best high school play of all time (in which Mica was forced to mime a sex scene), what it's like to come out as gay while playing a board game, and why they are unimpressed with the neoliberal capitalist patriarchy that is leading us to our certain doom.

Triny Finlay

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.

Onjana Yawnghwe

A series in which Room's intern, Isabella Wang, 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.

David Ly

A series in which Room's intern, Isabella Wang, 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.

Alex Leslie

A series in which Room's intern, Isabella Wang, 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.

Joyce McFadden is a psychoanalyst and the author of Modern Mothering, a book that explains how our relationships with our mothers affect our sexuality. Joyce also discusses how our feelings about masturbation and menstruation intersect with our feelings about our mothers (eeps!) and why knowing the difference between a vulva and a vagina is more important than most people think. Take advantage of some free psychotherapy in our latest ep!

Alicia Elliott

Room’s mentor-in-residence program is a brand new program designed to pair established mentors with emerging writers. This year’s mentor, Alicia Elliott, will select between eight and twelve students to mentor (free of charge to the student) over the year of the residency, including manuscript feedback and career advice and support.

Manahil Bandukwala

The Emerging Writer Award is open to anyone published in a given year in Room, who has not already had a book published. The award comes with a cash prize of $500. Room’s Tamara Jong spoke with our 2019 winner, Manahil Bandukwala, about inspiration for her poems “White marble atop hill” and “Maps”, her earliest writing memory and why she finds writing in notebooks so freeing.

Estlin Mcphee is a writer who grew up in the Bible Belt of B.C. in an Evangelical Christian household, and whose first queer role model was the fabulous and culturally disruptive George Michael. In this episode, Estlin discusses why George was so important to them growing up and why they will never get over their obsession with the Backstreet Boys. Estlin also discusses their genderqueer identity and why adolescence can be such a profound time for queer teens. This episode is a little pop culture, a little gay, a little spiritual, and a lot sweet!

Black and white picture of Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, educator, and the judge for Room’s Annual Cover Art Contest (which closes January 15, 2019). To learn more about Ware's diversity of works, we invited Toronto-based artist Ojo Agi to chat with Ware about the different hats he wears, his contribution as a Toronto documentarist, and how makes his work accessible to communities that don’t always have access to mainstream institutions.

Mica Lemiski drinking

Do you think New Years resolutions are cliched and pointless? Maybe they are, but still, what's the harm in trying to be THE BEST YOU? (That might be the cringiest thing I've ever written but let's drop the cynicism for two seconds because self improvement is actually a good thing.) In this episode, you'll hear all the ways I am trying to make myself a better, happier, more successful person in 2019, in addition to some tangents about mouse infestations, funereal singing, and as always, constipation. I also discuss my complicated feelings about going to the Sweat Dungeon (the gym) and regale you with a few musical outbursts you didn't ask for. Happy New Year.

Mica was going to do a fun, light-hearted, holiday-themed episode but that didn't really end up happening. A recent nighttime interaction with a male stranger prompts her to recount times she has trusted strangers ill-advisedly. Anecdotes include: the time she was felt-up in a movie theatre and the time she followed a man into a bathroom naively because he had a "secret" he wanted to "share." The episode concludes with an environmentalist rant and the most depressing Christmas song of all time, The Cat Carol.

Excerpt taken from Aminder Dhaliwal's Woman Word. Grandma: “The last generation was artificially born and all-female. They will never know men.” Granddaughter: “Grandma I found an artifact! Is this what men were like?” Asked the granddaughter while holding a picture of Paul Blart.

In celebration of all things art, Room collective member Rose Morris spoke with illustrator, writer, and animator, Aminder Dhaliwal. Originally from Brampton, Ontario, she currently lives in Los Angeles where she works as director of Disney TV Animation.

Sophie Buddle has been a performing stand-up comedy since she was only fifteen, and after nine years of grinding it out at open mics and comedy shows, she's now a writer for CBC's sketch comedy series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Sophie and Mica discuss how she landed the gig, what it's like to be in a writer's room in 2018, and why the Louis CK drama has affected her very personally. Also covered: are comedians REALLY the worst people to date? And what escapist TV shows does Sophie recommend we indulge in? All this and more in this sweet treat of an audio program!

We all want our brains to feel good, but sometimes they are stubborn and silly and uncooperative and BLEGH WHY. Writer and wonder-woman Rachel Jansen knows all about this, and she's hear to give us the scoop on OCD, anxiety, and why getting medicated was the right choice for her.

Mica discusses the recent passing of one of her all-time favourite patriarchs, Donald, aka her grandfather, aka "the charismatic misogynist," who is proof that you can love some wholeheartedly while still being somewhat critical of their behaviour. Mica also chats about the concept of grief, cliches in the face of death, drunken emotional outbursts, and looking for signs in the wake of devastation. Tangents include a teaser for Netflix's The Princess Swap (the perfect bereavement film!) and pretentious quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow, who should not be a role model to anyone ever. Also, love you, Gramps.

Kim Fu

Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer, living in Seattle, Washington. Her most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was published in February 2018, and her previous novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Fu’s debut poetry collection, How Festive the Ambulance, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and includes a 2017 National Magazine Awards Silver Medal winner and a Best Canadian Poetry 2016 selection. Fu, our commissioned author in the winter 2018 issue, spoke to us about writing, her featured story, “Liddy, First to Fly,” and her advice for emerging writers.

Molly Cross-Blanchard

Molly and Mica chat about the innate humour of farts, how Molly came to earn a rep as the "masturbation girl" in her poetry circle, and why pussy is probably the best word for vagina, so long as it's not weaponized against you.

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  • Room 42.1, Magic
    Edited by Arielle Spence

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    Amy Louise Baker, Jenny Boychuk, Jessica Bromley Bartram, Monica Joy Claesson, Kess Costales, Sophie Crocker, Ruth Daniell, Alex Hall, Cody Klippenstein, Suzanne Langlois, Teresa E Lobos, Lynne M MacLean, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Isabelle Nguyen, Gaëlle Planchenault, Melanie Power, Natasha Ramoutar, Nilofar Shidmehr, jaye simpson, Cristalle Smith, Emily Urquhart, Yilin Wang, Hannah V Warren, Christine Wei, Lan Yao

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