Interviews

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.

sarah kabamba fiction contest winner

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

Room's Taryn Hubbard talks to M. NourbeSe Philip (featured author in Issue 38.4 "Fieldwork") about the range of her writing genres, her writing performances, and gets her advice for new writers.

Room's Rachel Thompson spoke with Shashi Bhat, Editor of EVENT, for our series on literary and cultural magazines (#LitMagLove).

Room's Rachel Thompson spoke with Eleni Zisimatos, Editor-in-Chief of Vallum Magazine, all about submitting to the Montreal-based bi-annual poetry journal.

Room editorial board member Jónína Kirton talks to our Cover Art Contest judge Amy Friend about her beautiful and haunting art.

Chelene Knight talks to Terri Brandmueller about what’s coming up in 39.2 and what makes a good Room submission. Deadline for poetry, fiction, CNF and art is October 31, 2015.

Pages

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  • Room vol 40.2: Our Rubble, Our Loss
    Room 40.2, Our Rubble, Our Loss
    Edited by Meghan Bell

    In this issue:

    Carleigh Baker, Leslie Beckmann, Isa Benn, Alison Braid, Maggie Burton, Ava C. Cipri, Kayla Czaga, Ruth Daniell, Leanne Dunic, Tanis Franco, Andréa Ledding, Tanya Lyons, Kim McCullough, Amber McMillan, Nav Nagra, Sarah Nakamura, Zehra Naqvi, Annmarie O’Connell, Eva Redamonti, Amanda Rhodenizer, stephanie roberts, Emily Schultz, Idrissa Simmonds, Mallory Tater, Erika Thorkelson, Debbie Urbanski, Susan E. Wadds, Laurelyn Whitt, Irene Wilder

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