Interviews

"Be brave and honest. Sure, we’re making things up when we write fiction, but the thing that makes me fall in love with a piece is emotional honesty. Whatever scares you—go there."

In the following interview, d'bi young anitafrika discusses diversity, performance, Sorplusi, and more.

Chelene talks about editing issue 39.4, her new role as Room's Managing Editor, and about her own writing.

Léonicka Valcius literally wrote the hashtag on diverse Canadian literature.

The first Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) includes more than twenty-five unique sessions over three days with over thirty of Canada’s most exciting authors in historic downtown Brampton May 6-8 2016.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Room chats with Jillian Christmas, about the Verses Festival of Words.

"It’s strange to win things. On the one hand, it feels deeply affirming ... [o]n the other hand, these things are set up within competitive frames that sometimes make me uncomfortable."

Nikki Reimer

As readers, we need to actively seek out and challenge reading habits that have been shaped by the gatekeepers of the publishing industry. We talked to writer Nikki Reimer and librarian Mary Duffy about their resolutions to read.

In the following interview, Annharte discusses her writing practice, safe places, remembering family, good storytelling, and more.

Lakshmi Gill

Lakshmi Gill, writer and one of the first women members of the League of Canadian Poets, on her writing practice and her poem "Mental Lucina" published in 38.4 Fieldwork.

A great piece of CNF grabs me by the heart and the gut (is there a difference?) from the start and holds me tight to the end. It makes me laugh or cry or better, both.

An interview with the host of CBC's Writers & Company and former Room Collective member Eleanor Wachtel. Originally published in issue 35.4 "Labours."

Canadian Gothic

Submissions to Canadian Gothic are open until January 31, 2016.

Pamela Mulloy

Rachel Thompson spoke with Pamela Mulloy all about TNQ's reading and submissions, and got her advice for writers who want to publish in the magazine.

Harsha Walia

Trained as a lawyer, Walia also co-founded No One Is Illegal (NOII), a group that supports migrants facing detention, deportation, and other human rights abuses in Canada.

Room's Rose Morris talks to Stephanie McKenzie, winner of our 2015 Poetry Contest.

andrea bennett spoke with Room's Rachel Thompson about pitching non-fiction to Maisonneuve, the evolution of her writing career, what she likes to read, and the benefits of literary gender counts.

Our 2015 Fiction Contest Winner, Sarah Kabamba, talks about her writing process and motivation and her winning-story, “They Come Crying.”

Pages

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  • Room 39.4, This Body's Map
    Edited by Chelene Knight

    In this issue:

    Marianne Apostolides, Kate Balfour, andrea bennett, June Beshea, Tatiana Bobko, Nicole Breit, Logan Broeckaert, Claire Caldwell, Lizzie Carr, Nicole Chin, Deirdre Daly, Samantha deVries-Hofman, Chantal Gibson, Jane Flett, Jónína Kirton, Jen Sookfong Lee, Cyndi MacMillan, Catherine Mellinger, Sylvia McFadden, SheLa E. Nefertiti Morrison, Lindsay Nixon, Ezi Odozor, Melanie Pierluigi, Natalie Wee, Kobina Wright, Beni Xiao

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