Join Room Mag on Zoom to celebrate the launch of issue 46.2 with literary readings on decay, transformation, & crossroads on Thursday, July 13th at 6pm PST.Register Here!
“When you ask people to prod at the cracks, the ley lines of life, they find pieces of hurt that have been hidden, growing pains, loam that has absorbed destruction and fed new creation. But what’s buried remains, to dig up again and again, unfinished in its work.” —Geffen Semach
Come explore decay, transformation, & crossroads with Room editors and contributors at the launch of issue 46.2 Ley Line. Lead Editor Geffen Semach and Publisher Nara Monteiro bring you a night of powerful, raw readings featuring Sydney Hegele, Lisa Bird-Wilson, and more writers from the issue.
This event will be hosted from the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are thankful to be living, creating, and gathering on this land. We encourage you to learn more about the land you are on at native-land.ca.
Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Métis and Cree writer whose work appears in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies across Canada. Her most recent book, Probably Ruby (2021), is published internationally and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, for the Amazon First Novel Award, and won two Saskatchewan Book Awards including Book of the Year. Lisa is the past prose editor for Grain magazine as well as a founding member and chair of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc (SAWCI)/ Ânskohk Indigenous Literature Festival. She lives in Saskatoon.
River 瑩瑩 Dandelion is a keeper of ancestral medicine through writing poetry, teaching, practicing energy healing, and creating ceremony. As a trans, Toisanese poet, he writes to connect with the unseen and unspoken so we can feel and heal. As a healer, he is a certified reiki practitioner who helps clients move through transition and transformation. River also facilitates creative writing workshops, where participants connect with their own inner and collective power. A Tin House Resident, Lambda Literary Fellow, and Kundiman Fellow, River’s work has been nominated for Best of the Net and is published in Best New Poets, Bellevue Literary Review, Asian American Journal of Psychology, and elsewhere. He has a forthcoming chapbook, remembering your light, on ancestral connection, self-remembrance, and honoring matriarchs available for pre-order.
Sydney Hegele is the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), winner of the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2022 Trillium Book Award. Their essays have appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, EVENT, and others. Their novel Bird Suit is forthcoming with Invisible Publishing in Spring 2024, and their essay collection Bad Kids is forthcoming with Invisible in Fall 2025. They live with their husband and French Bulldog on Treaty 13 Land (Toronto, Canada).
Alexandra Nordstrom is an art historian, curator, and writer based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University, with the support of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Recently, she co-curated Miyo Nepin (2022) with Floyd Favel at Fort Battleford National Historic Site, Braiding Our Stories (2019) with Juliet Mackie at the VAV Gallery, and curated Poundmaker: Life, Legacy and Liberation (2019) at Poundmaker Museum and Gallery. Her writing has been featured in RACAR, C Magazine, and Room magazine, as well as the catalogue of the 6th Contemporary Native Art Biennial / Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA). Nordstrom holds an MA in art history from Concordia University (2020) and a BA in art history from the University of British Columbia (2018).
Nara Monteiro (they/she) is a Brazilian-Canadian writer, editor, and nerd who crunches numbers, sends snail mail, and hosts events as Room Magazine‘s Publisher. After hours, find them working on a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University, Tweeting for Strange Horizons, and first reading for Augur Magazine. After-after hours, they spend their time devouring books and running off to the mountains. Keep in touch @notesfromnara on Twitter and Instagram.
Geffen Semach is an editor, tattoo enthusiast, audiobook listener, and crossword puzzler. They currently work at Penguin Random House Canada. Reach them @geffensemach on Instagram and @gsemach on Twitter.
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Registration is sliding scale, open to all, and required for entrance.
This event will be recorded, with the recording made available only to members of the Growing Room Collective and RoomMate supporters.