Interviews

Picture of Kai Cheng Thom standing next to a window and looking into the camera, next to the cover for I Hope We Choose Love

Kai Cheng Thom’s latest book, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes From the End of the World (Arsenal Pulp, 2019), is an expansive and intimate collection of essays and poetry on transformative justice and radical love, both in and beyond queer activist communities. Read what the multi-genre writer thinks about choosing love, writing in different genres, and the ideal secret society.

This episode is an audio highlight reel, featuring snippets from some of the best convos had on the show—like, ever! We've got insight from: Vivek Shraya, Anne T. Donahue, Lisa Taddeo, Alexandra Bischoff, Soraya Chemaly, Morgan Brayton, Jen Sookfong Lee, Stacey May Fowles, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Anna Mehler Paperny, Megan Jones, and Jocelyn Tennant.

Cover of "Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space" next to a picture of Amanda Leduc, who's smiling and looking into the camera, wearing a green top.

In this interview, Manahil Bandukwala talks to Amanda Leduc ahead of her appearance at Growing Room 2020. Read what Leduc has to say about “Disney-fying” fairy tales, writing non-fiction, and nurturing community.

Head shot of Rebecca Fisseha (looking into the camera and in front of a white background), next to the cover of her book, Daughters of Silence

Our 2020 Fiction Contest judge and Growing Room Festival author, Rebecca Fisseha, is the author of Daughters of Silence (Goose Lane Editions), which was listed among the most anticipated fiction titles of Fall 2019 by CBC Books and 49th Shelf, and one of Quill & Quire’s breakout debut novels of 2019. Room editorial board member, Lue Boileau, took the opportunity to chat with our fiction judge and festival author about why she chose to write Daughter of Silence before any other book, writing difficult truths, and the faith she has developed for her writing process.

Cover of 26 Knots on the left, and the author's on the right with her looking into the camera with her chin resting on her hands

Room editorial board member Tamara Jong spoke to Bindu Suresh about her novel 26 Knots and getting that first line just right, early writing influences, and which actors she'd like to see play her characters if her book became a movie.

Image of Tanya Boteju (looking into the camera) juxtoposed with the cover of her novel.

To celebrate the upcoming Growing Room Festival 2020, we are chatting with a few festival authors to learn more about them and their work until March rolls around. In the following interview, Room reader and Growing Room Festival author, Nafiza Azad, chats with fellow festival author—Tanya Boteju!

Picture of Shut Up You're Pretty next to a black and white image of Tea Mutonji, with the author smiling and looking at the camera

To celebrate the upcoming Growing Room Festival 2020, we are chatting with a few festival authors to learn more about them and their work until March rolls around. Kicking this series off is Chelene Knight's interview with Téa Mutonji!

Cara Nelissen writes and thinks about pining, unrequited wanting, and the kind of bleeding love that makes us all feel kind of...pathetic. In this episode, Cara and Mica talk about queer pining, why Cara likes to discuss death on a first date, what *might* happen when you die, MAGIC, and why crows are kind of spectacular.

Hustling Verse Cover

Hustling Verse is a vital and impressive collection that unites poetry and activism. It makes clear that sex workers, once objects of scrutiny, continue to gain strength as the subjects and creators of powerful art. As poet Milcah Halili puts it, “whores don't let public mockery stop our glow.” Lauren Kirshner connected to co-editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme to discuss the story behind Hustling Verse and the place of poetics in sex worker collective action.

In this seasonally-driven solo episode, Mica lays on the table all her varied feelings about the holidays and attempts to charm you with stories of Christmas magic and mayhem.

In this ep, poet Brandi Bird chats with Mica about what may have triggered their psychotic break, how they sought treatment in the psych ward, and the link between OCD and eating disorders.

Singer-songwriting Saffron A. chats with Mica about why music has proved to be a more effective vehicle for justice than the actual justice system, how she balances faith with feminism, and why a shaved head is a powerful thing!

Jess Taylor's new short story collection, "Just Pervs," explores women's desire and sexual taboo in strange, wonderful, necessary ways. In this ep, Jess and Mica talk about why we rarely think of women when we think of "pervs," and why hyper-sexuality is still viewed as sexual deviance when coming from women.

Lindsay Nixon

Room is currently calling for visual art submissions for our Annual Cover Art Contest as judged by Lindsay Nixon! The first place winner will receive $500 and publication on the cover of an upcoming issue. Contest will close in January 2020.

Mona Awad

Author Mona Awad (Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Bunny) chats with Mica about her new book and the various ways women perform sweetness—and for what reasons. Do we want power? Protection? A way to seduce? Or simply an exit strategy from an uncomfortable conversation? All of the above?

Marjorie Tesser, editor of Mom Egg Review

Mom Egg Review is about being a mother, in its many varieties. It is also about being a daughter, worker, partner, artist, a member of cultures and communities, and explores how these identities can collide and coexist.

Doretta Lau and M. Paramita Lin of The Unpublishables

“Sometimes, we might be crazy. Sometimes, we might be annoying. Sometimes, we might be hypocritical. But one thing that we will always be is honest.”

Kelly Thompson

Kelly S Thompson is writer and former Captain in the Canadian Armed forces, and she's here to discuss how military life intersects with issues of sexism, competition, anxiety, and...finding love!

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    In this issue:

    Manahil Bandukwala, Dessa Bayrock, Megan Beadle, Brandi Bird, lue boileau, Rachel Burlock, Justina Chong, Mollie Cronin, Marilyn Dumont, Edzi'u, Ashleigh Giffen, katia hernandez velasco, erica hiroko, Jessica Johns, Shaelyn Johnston, Yume Kitasei, Mica Lemiski, Jessie Loyer, Annick MacAskill, Callista Markotich, Sonali Menezes, Kai Minosh Pyle, Natasha Ramoutar, Carmina Ravanera, Rohsni Riar, Jessica Rose, Rowan Siah, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, Kelly S. Thompson, Arielle Twist, Phoebe Wang, Yu-Sen Zhou

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