Interviews

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.

The call for submissions for issue 43.2 is now open! Our editorial team for this issue is Jessica Johns, Kayi Wong, and Mica Lemiski. Here is a weird and wonderful Q&A with the team, which delves into the kind of writing we’re looking to include in the issue and our personal remedies for getting through writer’s block. Submit your brilliant and best stuff! The call for submissions is open until October 31st (spooky, right?).

Mica discusses the dilemma of unsolicited attention from men. How do you get out of a conversation you never wanted to be a part of in the first place? A quick exit should be easy (right??) but if you have an internalized people pleaser complex then maybe this complicates matters.

New York Times bestselling author Lori Lansens is here! In this ep, we discuss Lori's new book (This Little Light, out now) in relation to some anti-feminist atrocities such as Purity Balls (GROSS), sexist dress codes, and the pressure to achieve Happiness as a finite state.

Award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is here to discuss her new book, "Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me," an absolutely must-read that chronicles her multiple suicide attempts, subsequent pursuit of treatment, and continuing quest for truth and insight as it pertains to depression.

How do we know when our love of shopping is becoming a problem, either in a personal or a larger, cultural sense? Writer, radio host, and shopping enthusiast Jael Richardson has some answers, which she's gleaned from her recent 360-day shopping detox.

Last year, Rachel went on a mushroom picking escapade to make some sweet cash and she’s here to answer some juicy questions like: why are people so obsessed with morel mushrooms? Why does mushroom picking turn so many people into assholes? And why is peeing in the woods so completely satisfying?

Pamela Mordecai - Room's 2019 Poetry Contest Judge

Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and writing for children. In what follows, Mordecai discusses her writing practice, the role religion plays in her writing, her choice to write in Jamaican Creole, and what she will be looking for as the judge for Room’s 2019 Poetry Contest, which is open until August, 2019.

Red Light Labour is a groundbreaking new collection of bold, engrossing, and timely essays and personal narratives that explore sex work with the nuance, care, and rigour. Lauren Kirshner connected with the three editors of Red Light Labour, Elya M. Durisin, a researcher who holds a PhD in political science from York University, Emily van der Meulen, an associate professor of criminology at Ryerson University, and Chris Bruckert, a professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, to discuss the history and future of sex work policy and resistance in Canada.

Mica and Anne T. Donahue (a writer, pop culture critic, and certified funny person) discuss intersections such as: pop culture and politics, identity and privilege, and twitter and mental health. They also enter VERY REAL AND PERSONAL territory to chat about addiction and its many complicated forms.

In this episode, Sara discusses her own conception story along with the challenges and unique joys of queer motherhood.

Summer is here and it's time to pump up some juicy jams! In this episode, Mica celebrates her love of pop by breaking down some summer bangers (Lizzo! Miley! Tove Lo!) that will lift you up and make you feel good as hell.

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  • Room 42.2, Borderlands
    Edited by Rebecca Russell

    In this issue:

    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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