Interviews

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!

As the showrunner of Bravo's Dirty John, Alexandra is literally shaping the true crime genre as we know it in pop culture, and so we chatted about why stories of murder and deception resonate so strongly with women, as well as how Alexandra is making the genre less exploitative.

Marika Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki will be coming to the Vancouver Writers Fest to talk love, do improv, and offer insights on the graphic novel-writing process. In the following interview, Jane Shi asks her about her influences, the importance of intergenerational conversations in the queer community, and tips she would give to new and likeminded creators.

Alison Acheson

In this episode Mica and Alison tackle questions like: is it possible to maintain romance in a relationship where one partner is dying? What's it like to re-fall in love with your spouse? What is a soul? And is there anything to glean from cliches like "live in the moment"?

Chandler Levack

Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Chandler is here to talk about how being a film critic has helped her create better art, what it felt like to be a young female music critic (as in, a novelty) in the 90s, and the pros and cons of Twitter as a platform for cultural criticism.

Excerpt from Sylvia Nickerson's debut comic, Creation

To learn more about her debut publication, Creation (Drawn & Quarterly, 2019), Vancouver-based artist and illustrator, karla monterrosa chats with the Hamilton-based comic artist and writer about her comic, gentrification, the intersection of identity and place, and the roles artists play in a community.

Samra Habib id here to talk about her memoir, "We Have Always Been Here," which follows Samra as she fights to free herself from various oppressive forces in her life, from faith to family to "straight expectations."

Jessica Johns

Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty and member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta and is currently living, working, and learning on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the new Managing Editor at Room and the former poetry editor for PRISM international, and is a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series in Vancouver. Listen to this episode to hear her conversation with Lit Mag Love host Rachel Thompson about working in close relationship with writers, and thinking through all your relationships.

Emily Wojcik

The Massachusetts Review, in its 60th anniversary, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, they publish literature and art that provokes debate, inspires action, and expands our understanding of the world around us.

Mica recently went to the Aritzia Warehouse Sale and it inspired her to think deeply about so-called basic bitches and whether or not this term can be reclaimed in a meaningful way (it can! probably!). Also discussed: sustainable clothing and the move towards radical transparency.

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    Room 42.2, Borderlands
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    Selina Boan, Jenna Butler, Leonarda Carranza, Carolina Corcoran, Šari Dale, Marisol Diaz, Sarah Ens, Paola Ferrante, Katie Fewster-Yan, Hannah Hackney, Lori Hahnel, Natalie Homer, Liz Iversen, Jac Jenkins, Jaslyn Marshall, Laura McGavin, Emily McKibbon, Alessandra Naccarato, Ezi Odozor, Caitlin Prince, Rebecca Salazar, Ellie Sawatzky, Alysia Sawchyn, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Josephine Sloyan, Tanya R. Ward, jiaqing wilson-yang, Elana Wolff

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