"I read once that to be born Indigenous is to be born an activist – just the state of being and existing is a form of resistance to oppression. It’s unfair pressure to put on people, but as an artist I can transform that injustice into something larger than myself. Being an artist and an activist is basically being an optimist."
"Writing has saved my emotional, spiritual, and intellectual life in a country where I wasn’t supposed to exist, let alone thrive. It allows me to sort out the mess of structural inequity, bureaucratic obfuscation, colonial racism, and sexism. It allows a space for my voice and sense of self." Room's 2016 poetry contest judge, Marilyn Dumont talks with Jónína Kirton about writing, identity, race, and politics, and how they intertwine.
"Be brave and honest. Sure, we’re making things up when we write fiction, but the thing that makes me fall in love with a piece is emotional honesty. Whatever scares you—go there."
In the following interview, d'bi young anitafrika discusses diversity, performance, Sorplusi, and more.
Chelene talks about editing issue 39.4, her new role as Room's Managing Editor, and about her own writing.
Léonicka Valcius literally wrote the hashtag on diverse Canadian literature.
The first Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) includes more than twenty-five unique sessions over three days with over thirty of Canada’s most exciting authors in historic downtown Brampton May 6-8 2016.
Just in time for National Poetry Month, Room chats with Jillian Christmas, about the Verses Festival of Words.
"It’s strange to win things. On the one hand, it feels deeply affirming ... [o]n the other hand, these things are set up within competitive frames that sometimes make me uncomfortable."
As readers, we need to actively seek out and challenge reading habits that have been shaped by the gatekeepers of the publishing industry. We talked to writer Nikki Reimer and librarian Mary Duffy about their resolutions to read.
In the following interview, Annharte discusses her writing practice, safe places, remembering family, good storytelling, and more.
Lakshmi Gill, writer and one of the first women members of the League of Canadian Poets, on her writing practice and her poem "Mental Lucina" published in 38.4 Fieldwork.
A great piece of CNF grabs me by the heart and the gut (is there a difference?) from the start and holds me tight to the end. It makes me laugh or cry or better, both.
An interview with the host of CBC's Writers & Company and former Room Collective member Eleanor Wachtel. Originally published in issue 35.4 "Labours."
All about the queer lit mag's book reviews.
Submissions to Canadian Gothic are open until January 31, 2016.
Our most-visited website post of 2015, by far.
Rachel Thompson spoke with Pamela Mulloy all about TNQ's reading and submissions, and got her advice for writers who want to publish in the magazine.
Trained as a lawyer, Walia also co-founded No One Is Illegal (NOII), a group that supports migrants facing detention, deportation, and other human rights abuses in Canada.
Room's Rose Morris talks to Stephanie McKenzie, winner of our 2015 Poetry Contest.
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Room 41.4, Emergence
Edited by Alissa McArthur
In this issue:
Tharuna Abbu, Farah Ali, Kristin Bjornerud, Michelle Chen, Nomi Chi, Morgan Christie, Kim Fu, Hannah Graff, nancy viva davis halifax, Ceilidh Isadore, Liz Kellebrew, Jo Lee, Kris Ly, Melanie Mah, Sara Mang, Katie McGarry, Estlin McPhee, Triin Paja, Loghan Paylor, Nagmeh Phelan, Oubah Osman, Lisa Rawn, Yvonne Robertson, Erika Thorkelson, Cara Waterfall.