Room's 40th Anniversary Anthology

"In the hashtag and hot-take era, it is a relief to wade through a female world as beautiful and broken and messy as this one."—Rosemary Westwood, The Literary Review of Canada

Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine celebrates the history and evolution of Canadian literature and feminism with some of the most exciting and thought-provoking fiction, poetry, and essays the magazine has published since it was founded in 1975 as Room of One’s Own. This collection includes poems about men not to be fallen in love with, trans womanhood, the morning-after pill, the “mind fuck” of being raped by a romantic partner, and a tribute to the women who were murdered in the Montreal Massacre. In one story, a group of sexual assault survivors meet weekly and come up with a unique way to help police capture their assailant, while in another a dinner party turns to witty talk of racism, sexism, pornography, and time travel. One author recounts how she learned multiple languages in order to connect with her father, another reluctantly walks down the aisle in order to stay in Canada with the man she loves. For forty years, Room has created a space for diverse voices. As Amber Dawn says in her opening essay, “There is Room. We do fit.”

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Carmen Aguirre, Najwa Ali, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Marie Annharte Baker, Juliane Okot Bitek, Monique Bosco, Kate Braid, Nicole Brossard, Cyndia Cole, Ivan Coyote, Lucas Crawford, Su Croll, Lynn Crosbie, Lorna Crozier, Danielle Daniel, Amber Dawn, Junie Désil, Sandy Frances Duncan, Dorothy Elias, Christine Estima, Tanya Evanson, barbara findlay, Cynthia Flood, Chantal Gibson, Leona Gom, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Wasela Hiyate, Nancy Holmes, Anna Humphrey, Mindy Hung, Carole Itter, Amy Jones, Helen Kuk, Matea Kulić, Naoko Kumagai, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Doretta Lau, Evelyn Lau, Jen Sookfong Lee, Tracey Lindberg, Dorothy Livesay, Annabel Lyon, Vera Manuel, Daphne Marlatt, Robin Blackburn McBride, Carmelita McGrath, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Erín Moure, Susan Musgrave, Alessandra Naccarato, Kellee Ngan, Monica Pacheco, M. NourbeSe Philip, Helen Potrebenko, Sina Queyras, Eden Robinson, Constance Rooke, Rebecca Rosenblum, Devyani Saltzman, Sigal Samuel, Nilofar Shidmehr, Carol Shields, Serena Shipp, Carolyn Smart, Susan Stenson, Anna Swanson, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Audrey Thomas, Ayelet Tsabari, Chimwemwe Undi, Eleanor Wachtel, Betsy Warland, jia qing wilson-yang


Thank you to our IndieGoGo Supporters (alphabetical by first name):

A MacDonald, Aviva Martin, Aislinn Hunter, Alicia Ziebart, Aline Lesage, Amanda Earl, Amanda Leduc, Amber Dawn Pullin, Amy Roher, Andrew Dunn, Angela Caravan, Angela Christelis, Annette Robichaud, Annick MacAskill, Arnold Lim, Ashleigh Rajala, Audrey McClellan, Ayelet Tsabari, Barbara Kuhne, Bethmarie Michalska, Brigid MacAulay, Bronwen Keyes-Bevan, C Stephen, Candace Fertile, Canisia Lubrin, Caren watkins, Carleigh Baker, Carlie Blume, Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt, Carol Johnson, Carol Steel, Carys Cragg, Cate Giroux, Catherine Mellinger, Catherine Sheckler, Catriona Wright, Cedar Bowers, Charlotte Cameron, Chelsea Rooney, Chris Masterman, Claire Kelly, Clara Cristofaro, Connie T. Braun, Coryl Addy, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Courtney Belyea, Courtney Poole, Crissy Calhoun, Cullene Bryant, Cynthia Flood, D Osoba, Daniel Zomparelli, Dany Allard, Deborah Vail, Debra, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Denise Morettin, Diana Joy, dilinb, dl clay, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Elizabeth Berlin, Elizabeth Pau, Ellie Grogan, Elvina Sainte-Marie, Emily Morris, Emily Skov-Nielsen, Erika Thorkelson, Erin MacNair, Erin Moure, Erin Pienaar, Erin Steel, Evelyn Battell, Frances Boyle, Franci Louann, Frederique Vallieres, Georgia Wilder, Grace Evans, Heike Lettrari, Hiromi Goto, Ingrid Rose, Ivan Coyote, Jaclyn Law, Jacob McArthur Mooney & Alexis von Konigslow, Jacqueline Omstead, Jakelene Plan, Janet Berkman, Janet Fretter, Janice Williams, Jasmine Chatha, Jan Barkhouse, Jason Brown, Jason Purcell, Jean Van Loon, Jeannie Kamins, Jehn Johnson, Jen Currin, Jennifer Dellner, Jennifer Martin, Jennifer Mix, Joan M. Baril, Joanne E Betzler, John Maxwell, John Swanson, Jonathan Turner, Josette deBrouwer, Josh Cavon, Julie Eliopoulos, Kai Ying Chieh, Karen Bannister, Karen Rockwell, Kate Bird, Kate Black, Kathryn Alexander, Kathryn Stagg, Kathryne Carey, Kelly Langham, Kelly Thompson, Kerry Gilbert, Keshia Palm, Kim Pittaway, Kimberly Samsin, kristin cheung, KT Wagner, Kyla Epstein, Lana Okerlund, Laura Dilley, Lauren Martin McCraw, Leah Ranada, Leslie, Lillian Henry, Linda, Linde Zingaro, Lindsay Kwan, Liz Forbes, Louise Dwyer, Lucy Wittrup, Lynn Easton, Lynn Jacques, M Burton, M Detina, Madelaine Hock, Madeline Barber, Margaret Abela, Margaret Pattison, Margreet Dietz, Marilyn Belak, Marilyn Bell, Marilyn Westfall, Matea Kulic, Matthew Stepanic, Maureen Bradley, Maya McDonald, Meagan Joy Laforce Black, Meghan Bell, Melissa Edwards, Mikaela Asfour, Milena Droumeva, Mollie Coles Tonn, Monica Miller, Nadia Rosa Cescato, Nancy Jo Cullen, Nancy Lee, Natalie Simpson, Nav Nagra, Nerissa Martin, Nicole Brewer, Paige Gorsak, Pam Bustin, Pat Preston, Paula Jane Remlinger, Phyllis Reeve, Rachel Laverdiere, Rebecca Shaw, Rob Patterson, Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli, Rose Jang, rubymydear, Ruth Daniell, Sahar Mustafah, Sara Wilson, Sarah Jansen, Sarah Kabamba, Sean Cranbury, Seonaid Andrews, Sharon Roseman, Shayne Aeichele, Sheelagh Russell-Brown, Shelley Burns, Sonja Boon, Sonja Cvoric, Stephanie Hall, Susan Hofforth, Susan Safyan, Tanya Ward, Taylor Brown-Evans, Terri Brandmueller, Trina Kehoe, Ulrike Narwani, Véronique Béquin, Valerie Chalker Whitfield, Victoria Hemmingson, Victoria Martin, Wendy McPeake, Wiesia Kujawa, Yilin Wang, Yuriy Plisenko, Zoe Grams

And thank you as well to our many anonymous IndieGoGo supporters.


Editorial Team
1st Readers: Meghan Bell, Terri Brandmueller, Candace Fertile, Taryn Hubbard, Lindsay Glauser Kwan, Alissa McArthur, Navneet Nagra, Bonnie Nish, Rachel Thompson, Kayi Wong, and Lisa Xing
2nd Readers: Meghan Bell, Terri Brandmueller, Taryn Hubbard, Chelene Knight, Cara Lang, and Navneet Nagra
Project Coordinator: Meghan Bell
Archives Coordinator: Navneet Nagra


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Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine is being published with the support of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Periodical Fund. 

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