Hangama Amiri, one of this year’s cover art contest judges, is an Afghan-Canadian artist. She was a Canadian Fulbright and Post-Graduate Fellow at Yale University School of Art and Sciences and has exhibited her painting nationally as well as internationally in such cities as New York, France, Italy, and London. Room’s Geffen Semach spoke with Amiri to learn a little more about her work and her expectations for the contest.
Originally published in Room Issue 35.2 "Shaping the Spark" (June 2012). Room would like to congratulate Madeleine on being short-listed for The Man Booker Prize for her latest novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016).
An interview with indie-comics pioneer and Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee Deni Loubert.
Our Annual Cover Art Contest has officially opened again! We took the opportunity and spoke to our first ever winner, Tiffany Mallery, whose winning piece was published recently on the cover our last issue—Room 39.2, Between Shadows. She told us about her life after art school and books that inspire her work. Aside from Room, she has also been published in American Illustration, and Uppercase magazine.
In the lead-up to Room’s food issue we feature an interview with dee Hobsbawn-Smith, award-winning writer, poet, and local food advocate, whose first published poem debuted in Room in 2007.
We’re willing to talk about how snowflakes are unique, and we’re way more complicated than snowflakes.
Joyce Fossella is the Executive Director of the Warriors Against Violence Society (WAVS), where she co-facilitates group sessions, working with men and women addressing family violence. She is a member of the Lil'wat nation in British Columbia. Terri Brandmueller interviewed her for issue 39.2 "Between Shadows."
"I read once that to be born Indigenous is to be born an activist – just the state of being and existing is a form of resistance to oppression. It’s unfair pressure to put on people, but as an artist I can transform that injustice into something larger than myself. Being an artist and an activist is basically being an optimist."
"Writing has saved my emotional, spiritual, and intellectual life in a country where I wasn’t supposed to exist, let alone thrive. It allows me to sort out the mess of structural inequity, bureaucratic obfuscation, colonial racism, and sexism. It allows a space for my voice and sense of self." Room's 2016 poetry contest judge, Marilyn Dumont talks with Jónína Kirton about writing, identity, race, and politics, and how they intertwine.
"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."
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, 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.
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Room 41.3, Queer
Edited by Leah Golob
In this issue:
Adèle Barclay, Joelle Barron, Nicole Breit, Mary Chen, Lucas Crawford, Jen Currin, Pamela Dodds, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Jess Goldman, hannah harris-sutro, Leah Horlick, Sam Jowett, Ness Lee, Annick MacAskill, Alessandra Naccarato, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Marika Prokosh, Amal Rana, Siobhan Roca Payne, Leah Sandals, Hana Shafi, Arielle Spence, Samantha Sternberg, Sanchari Sur, K.B. Thors, Corey Turner, Jackie Wykes.