Interviews

Image of Tanya Boteju (looking into the camera) juxtoposed with the cover of her novel.

To celebrate the upcoming Growing Room Festival 2020, we are chatting with a few festival authors to learn more about them and their work until March rolls around. In the following interview, Room reader and Growing Room Festival author, Nafiza Azad, chats with fellow festival author—Tanya Boteju!

To celebrate the upcoming Growing Room Festival 2020, we are chatting with a few festival authors to learn more about them and their work until March rolls around. Kicking this series off is Chelene Knight's interview with Téa Mutonji!

Cara Nelissen writes and thinks about pining, unrequited wanting, and the kind of bleeding love that makes us all feel kind of...pathetic. In this episode, Cara and Mica talk about queer pining, why Cara likes to discuss death on a first date, what *might* happen when you die, MAGIC, and why crows are kind of spectacular.

Hustling Verse Cover

Hustling Verse is a vital and impressive collection that unites poetry and activism. It makes clear that sex workers, once objects of scrutiny, continue to gain strength as the subjects and creators of powerful art. As poet Milcah Halili puts it, “whores don't let public mockery stop our glow.” Lauren Kirshner connected to co-editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme to discuss the story behind Hustling Verse and the place of poetics in sex worker collective action.

In this seasonally-driven solo episode, Mica lays on the table all her varied feelings about the holidays and attempts to charm you with stories of Christmas magic and mayhem.

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.

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