We’ll be in danger this October if we can’t meet our fundraising goal. Room is one of the most integrally diverse spaces in Canadian literary publishing today, and we need your help to keep it that way.
Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary magazine, running since 1975. For over 48 years, our small nonprofit has carved out a space in Canadian literary publishing where underrepresented voices can thrive. Four times a year, we publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews by people of all marginalized genders, including cis and trans women, trans men, nonbinary, and two-spirit people. Room also makes a special effort to centre BIPOC, queer, and disabled voices, with recent issues such as Around the Table: Asian Voices, Indigenous Brilliance, Neurodivergence, and Queer.
The writing and art we publish reflects the diversity of perspectives on our team. Room contributors have been bold, vulnerable, tender, scathing, comedic, mysterious, profound, and more. Our writers, artists, and editors push boundaries of form, genre, tone, subject, and acceptability in their work. We make CanLit a more vibrant place.
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Why are we fundraising?
We’re having trouble keeping up with our current costs, and those costs just keep going up. The cost of paying our contributors, editors, and staff equitably is rising steadily. Our Editorial honoraria don’t reflect the immense amount of hard work that our Editorial teams put in for every issue. We need to raise our contributor honoraria to match the industry standard for magazines with our reach and reputation, and do better than just matching basic requirements. Room has also set a goal to be a certified Living Wage employer, but we still haven’t recovered from raising wages in 2021, when our community (rightfully) pointed out that we had been underpaying our staff. Printing and shipping costs have also gone up drastically; printing costs rose 40% in 2022 alone, and we’re expecting more increases this year.
We’ve been an all-volunteer team before, but that has its own cost. When Room transitioned from an all-volunteer team to one that paid staff, editors, and contributors, everything changed. Suddenly, so many more people could join our collective! People who didn’t have the means to volunteer their time—often BIPOC people, queer people, parents, and people from low-income backgrounds—were now able to bring their creative vision and expertise to Room. What followed was a dramatic flourishing of BIPOC-led and 2SLGBTQ+ led publications, events, and outreach initiatives emerging from Room. Our pages have never been so diverse, and our programming has never been so vibrant. It’s our highest priority to keep nourishing this space.
Room is reaching out to the community for support. We need your help.
What can you do?
On our fundraising campaign you can purchase one of dozens of themed book bundles, signed copies of award-winning books, subscription deals, cool merch, poetry and manuscript consultations with experienced editors, workshops and classes, and more, all donated by generous partners in the industry like Arsenal Pulp Press, Massy Books, The Capilano Review, and Queer Arts Fest, among many others. You can also sponsor a contributor by donating the cost of one or two pages of writing, or the full cost of a multi-page contributor’s work.
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We’re incredibly grateful for the community partners who have donated to our fundraising campaign! Scroll down to read more about the fantastic work these organizations and individuals are doing.
While we are fundraising, we’re still doing business as usual, too. If you don’t feel called by our perks, you can support Room Magazine by joining our Patreon for a continuous print (and soon digital!) subscription with extra perks; or by becoming a subscriber, getting your very own copy of the Making Room Anthology: Forty Years of Room Magazine, and browsing 48 years of independent feminist literature with our back issues and bundles.
You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and keep up with everything we do on our monthly newsletter. Sharing our campaign on your platforms goes a long way!
Who is this campaign supporting?
We’ve talked a lot about supporting our writers, artists, and editors, but who even are they? What does Room mean to them?
“ROOM has supported me beyond what I ever could have imagined since I was first accepted into the Mentor-in-Residence program with Téa Mutonji in 2021. Every person I’ve come into contact with has been closely in tune with their personal values, which has made every project I’ve worked on—from reading submissions to shadow assisting issues to working on collaborative efforts with Hush Harbor Press and Indigenous Brilliance/the Art Ecosystem—all great joys.
My ideas, ambitions, and even my future outside of ROOM have all been heartily supported every step of the way, and it’s rare to find such a well-established institution that remains so personable.”
Adesina Brown is a former mentee from our Mentor-in-Residence program and current member of the editorial collective. Adesina is a biracial Black Trinidadian and white queer, non-binary, 22-year-old person. They were raised on unceded Tongva territory (“Los Angeles, CA”) and currently resides on unceded Chinook territority (“Portland, OR”).
Their work has been featured in Minola Review, Rigorous Magazine, Exposition Review, and more. Where the Rain Cannot Reach, Book One of Doman’s Despair, is their debut fantasy novel, published by Atmosphere Press in December 2021.
“ROOM is an exceptional magazine and literary community. It fosters new voices, regularly, and you can see the commitment that it has to bringing these new voices to the forefront of the literary landscape. Growing ROOM festival and Indigenous Brilliance are just a few examples of the places where I was able to have my voice be heard and recognized in the literary world. I cannot thank ROOM Magazine enough for allowing all voices to live and thrive on the page and on the stage.”
Francine Cunningham is an award-winning writer, artist and educator who spends her summer days writing on the prairie’s and her winter months teaching in the north. Francine is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta but grew up in Calgary, Edmonton, and 100 Mile House, BC. Francine is also Metis, and has settler family roots stretching from as far away as Ireland and Belgium. She currently resides in Alberta but previously spent over a decade calling Vancouver her home.
Her debut book of poems On/Me (Caitlin Press) was nominated for The BC and Yukon Book Prize, The Indigenous Voices Award, and The Vancouver Book Award. Her debut book of short stories God Isn’t Here Today (Invisible Publishing) is out now and is a book of speculative fiction and horror and was longlisted for The inaugural Carol Shield’s Prize for Fiction. Her first children’s book What if bedtime didn’t exist (Annick Press) will be out in 2024. Francine also writes for television with credits including the teen reality show THAT’S AWSM! among others and was a recipient of a Telus StoryHive grant. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have also appeared in The Best Canadian Short Stories, The Best Canadian Non-Fiction, in Grain Magazine as the 2018 Short Prose Award winner, on The Malahat Review’s Far Horizon’s Prose shortlist, and on the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize longlist among others. You can find out more about her at www.francinecunningham.ca.
Francine was a contributor to the 44.1 Growing Room and 44.3 Indigenous Brilliance issues at Room.
“As an emerging Asian writer, I deeply respect ROOM’s commitment to uplift and amplify under-represented voices. The ROOM team has been thoughtful, kind and inclusive throughout the entire process from submission to reading at the issue launch ⎯ I felt that our words matter. This time, I hope that we can show our support to ROOM that they matter, so they can continue creating spaces for marginalized writers!”
Jaeyun Yoo was a contributor to issue 46.1 Around the Table and a reader at Around the Table: Literary Readings Celebrating Asian Voices. Jaeyun is a Korean-Canadian poet and psychiatrist living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, also known as Vancouver. Her work has appeared in The /tƐmz/ Review, Prairie Fire, Grain, CV2, EVENT, and others. She recently graduated from The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of Harbour Centre 5, a collective of emerging poets. Their collaborative chapbook Brine was published in 2022.
Who is supporting this project?
Room extends a sincere, warm thank you to all of the community partners who are supporting our fundraiser. We could not do this alone. These people and organization are doing wonderful work in the Canadian literary community and beyond. Find out more about them and their projects below, or check out their offerings in the perks on the right!
Annick MacAskill is a poet and the author of three full-length collections, including Murmurations (Gaspereau Press, 2020) and No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018), which was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and shortlisted for the J. M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards). Her most recent collection is Shadow Blight (Gaspereau Press, 2022), a book that explores miscarriage, disenfranchised grief, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In 2022, this collection won the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Poetry. In 2023, it was shortlisted for both the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the J.M. Abraham Award (Atlantic Book Awards). www.annickmacaskill.com / Twitter @thisisannick
Arsenal Pulp Press is a book publisher in Vancouver, Canada with over 400 titles currently in print, which include literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry; books on social issues; gender studies; LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC literature; graphic novels and non-fiction; children’s and young adult literature; regional history; cookbooks; alternative crafts; and books in translation. We are interested in literature that engages and challenges readers, and which asks probing questions about the world around us. www.arsenalpulp.com / Twitter @Arsenalpulp / Instagram @arsenalpulp
Breathing Space Creative is an online studio for writers, authors, and creative entrepreneurs. Our focus? Creative balance. Breathing Space Creative Literary Studio works with you to transform your creative practice. We help you discover what is important to you as a creator so that you can experience creative balance. Mindset is everything. www.breathingspacecreative.com / Twitter @BSC_AuthorCare / Instagram @BSC_Literary_Studio
Caitlin Press was established in 1977 by Carolyn Zonailo as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press. Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books, including fiction, non-fiction (both historical and creative), and poetry. Occasionally we will produce a children’s or young adult title. www.caitlinpress.com / Twitter @caitlinpress / Instagram @caitlinpress.daggereditions
For fifty years, The Capilano Review (TCR) has supported and been sustained by a vibrant community of readers, writers, and artists interested in experimentation in writing and art. An independent publication since 2015, TCR was founded in 1972 by Pierre Coupey at Capilano College in North Vancouver. Each issue features full-colour art sections, poetry, short essays, reviews, and interviews. Apart from publishing three print and digital issues of the magazine each year, we also host an annual Writer-in-Residence, thematic writing contests, and numerous workshops, readings, and other events. We also offer editorial internships several times a year. www.thecapilanoreview.com / Twitter @TheCapReview / Instagram @TheCapilanoReview
Coach House Books is an independent book publishing company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Coach House publishes experimental poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction. The press is particularly interested in writing that pushes at the boundaries of convention. www.chbooks.com / Twitter @coachhousebooks / Instagram @coachhousebooks
Based in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Collusion Books publishes print & digital chapbooks of collaborative poetry & cross-art collaborations with poetic elements. Of Collusion’s first ten titles, four were shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—a testament, we think, to the dynamism and wonderment of collaborative art. Collusion’s revenue & donations defray print costs, support poet & artist compensation, and assist the long con Contributor Fund. www.longconmag.com/collusionbooks / Twitter @CollusionBooks / Instagram @collusionbooks
Publishers Weekly recognizes ECW Press as one of the most diversified independent publishers in North America. ECW Press has published close to 1,000 books that are distributed throughout the English-speaking world and translated into dozens of languages. In the next year, we’ll release 50+ new titles and will continue to support and promote a vibrant backlist that includes poetry and fiction, pop-culture and political analysis, sports books, biography, and travel guides. Books by writers whose names you know and love — and by those who we’re very pleased to introduce for the first time. www.ecwpress.com / Twitter @ecwpress / Instagram @ecwpress
Started in 2018, Ethel is a twice-yearly limited-edition, hand-made journal of writing and art and a micro-press specializing in handmade and hand-bound chapbooks and mini-books. www.ethelzine.com / Twitter @the_ethelzine / Instagram @the_ethelzine
For 50 years, EVENT Magazine has published the very best in contemporary new poetry and prose. We are one of Western Canada’s longest-running literary magazines, and welcome submissions written in English from around the world. Each issue of EVENT includes high quality fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews, and we feature emerging and established writers side-by-side in our pages. We also print commissioned illustrations alongside the writing, and each cover features the work of a BC photographer. www.eventmagazine.ca / Twitter @EVENTmags
Farzana Doctor is the Tkaronto-based author of four critically acclaimed novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement, All Inclusive, and Seven. You Still Look The Same is her debut poetry collection. Farzana is also the Maasi behind Dear Maasi, a new sex and relationships column for FGM/C survivors. She is also an activist and part-time psychotherapist. www.farzanadoctor.com
Femme Art Review (FAR) is a publication that provides space for both women and LGBTQ2S+ voices. This platform aims to reflect on art and culture in a dynamic, accessible way that aligns with everyday life. The acronym FAR seems quite fitting, since there’s still a far way to go to reach equality, especially in the art and culture realm. By embracing diversity, Femme Art Review seeks to highlight emerging voices across Canada and internationally. www.femmeartreview.com / Twitter @FemmeReview / Instagram @femmeartreview
The Fiddlehead is published four times a year at the University of New Brunswick, with the generous assistance of the university, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of New Brunswick. First published in 1945, The Fiddlehead is known as a WHO’S WHO in Can. Lit. Many — now well-known — writers have found their first home in our pages. www.thefiddlehead.ca / Twitter @TheFiddlehd
Freehand Books has a very simple mandate: to publish excellent Canadian literature. Our list is an aesthetically diverse, award-winning collection of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by both established authors and exciting new voices. www.freehand-books.com / Twitter @fhbooks / Instagram @freehandbooks
Gaby D’Alessandro is a Dominican illustrator based in NYC. She attended Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York to complete her studies at Parsons School of Design. Gaby’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators, 3×3, American Illustration, and Latin American Ilustración. Her clients include The New York Times, The Botanical Garden of Padua, The Library of Congress, Target, NPR, MTA Arts & Design, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, The National Audubon Society, and The American Museum of Natural History. Gaby illustrated the books The Cot in the Living Room and Stolen Science. www.gabydalessandro.com / Instagram @gabydalessandro
Founded in 1997 by Gary Dunfield & Andrew Steeves, Gaspereau Press is one of Canada’s most innovative and tenacious literary publishers. The award-winning press is known for the originality of its authors, the beauty of its books and the quality of its productions. Its books—Smyth-sewn trade paperbacks, cloth-bound hardcovers and letterpress-printed limited edition—are produced in Gaspereau’s own printing works, located in the sleepy shiretown of Kentville, Nova Scotia. www.gaspereau.com / Twitter @GaspereauPress / Instagram @GaspereauPress
Glad Day Bookshop is the oldest queer bookstore in the world. Serving the LGBTQ community since 1970, we offer the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, and queer literature. www.gladdaybookshop.com / Twitter @GDBooks / Instagram @gladdaybookshop
House of Anansi Press is Canada’s leading independent publisher. We continue to break new ground with award-winning and bestselling books that reflect the changing nature of the country and the world, and we help shape the national conversation with the publication of the annual CBC Massey Lectures (in conjunction with University of Toronto’s Massey College and CBC Ideas) with contributors like Martin Luther King, Jr., Tanya Talaga, Esi Edugyan, and Tomson Highway. Anansi continues to publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, French-Canadian writers in translation, lifestyle, and authors from around the world. We take pride in finding and developing talent, publishing Indigenous, Black, and other deserving writers, and firing up the imagination with Very Good Books. www.houseofanansi.com / Twitter @HouseofAnansi / Instagram @houseofanansi
Invisible Publishing is a small, scrappy, and seriously good producer of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with an emphasis on Canadian authors. As a not-for-profit publisher, we are committed to publishing diverse voices and stories in beautifully designed and affordable editions. At heart, we are makers: we work hard on every book we publish to ensure the author’s vision is fully realized, and to help them reach as many readers as possible. www.invisiblepublishing.com / Twitter @invisibooks / Instagram @invisibooks
We are Cliff and Hilary Atleo, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Tsimsian academic and an Anishinaabe/Settler bookseller and the owners of Iron Dog Books. We founded Iron Dog Books in 2017 as Vancouver’s first modern-day mobile bookstore. Our truck was truly a labour of love, with custom built shelving, dark stained wood, and a lot of creative problem solving to deal with the challenges of selling books year-round in a bookshop on wheels. In the fall of 2019 we found the storefront we had been looking for in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood of Vancouver. Our brick and mortar store became home to the experience we had always wanted; a place we could find ourselves amongst the shelves. www.irondogbooks.com / Twitter @IronDogBooks / Instagram @irondogbooks
Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Jillian has been a professional artist since 2003, when she graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She does lots of different stuff: comics, picture books, editorial illustration, teaching (SVA and Parsons in NYC), even storyboarding for the TV show Adventure Time. With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, she is the co-creator of the YA graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honor. She’s the author of SuperMutant Magic Academy, a book which collects her webcomic about weird mutant emo kids, and Boundless, a collection of short comic stories for adults. Her next book is Roaming, co-created with Mariko, out in Fall 2023. www.jilliantamaki.com / Instagram @jilliantamaki
Lena Wolff is an interdisciplinary visual artist, craftswoman and activist for democracy who has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1990’s. Wolff’s work extends out of American folk-art traditions while at the same time being rooted in minimalism, geometric abstraction, Op art, social practice, feminist and political art. Her broad interconnected artistic output includes drawing, collage, sculpture, text-based works, music and public projects. In recent years, she generated several projects that contribute to civic engagement, including a widespread anti-hate poster campaign and a public art initiative to boost voter participation that has gained national reach in the past three election cycles in the US. Her work has been exhibited nationally and collected by ONE National Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco History Collection at San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Arts Commission, Alameda County Arts Commission, Cleveland Clinic, University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others. She lives with her wife, artist, teacher and illustrator, Miriam Klein Stahl and their daughter in Berkeley, California. www.lenawolff.com / Instagram @lenawolffstudio
The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG) is a not-for-profit association of Canadian literary book publishers. With a current membership of about sixty Canadian-owned and -operated publishing houses, the LPG’s mandate is to support the growth of Canadian literary culture. The LPG helps member publishers sell, distribute, and market their books to booksellers, libraries, institutions, as well as directly to readers.
The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as well as reviews of recently published Canadian poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. www.malahatreview.ca / Twitter @malahatreview / Instagram @malahatreview
At Massy Books we see every book as treasure waiting to be discovered. From rare, off-beat and out-of-print books to familiar titles and current-day best sellers, we scour the internet and places near and far knowing that the books we source have a perfect match in a reader or collector who is as passionate about books as we are! Massy Books is 100% Indigenous owned and operated and a member of the Stó:lō Business Association. We acknowledge we operate on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. www.massybooks.com / Twitter @MassyBooks / Instagram @MassyBooks
Metatron Press is an award-winning literary publisher based in Montréal, Quebec that specializes in publishing weird, beautiful, and experimental books of poetry, fiction, and hybrid texts by debut authors. Since 2014, Metatron has acquired manuscripts, published, and publicized beautifully-designed books from a new generation of writers. We publish 3-6 books per year in paperback and e-book formats. We are primarily known for our innovative and intoxicating books of poetry, but also publish award-winning novellas, hybrid works, short story collections, as well as curate various digital publishing projects and palpable events. Metatron-Press is 100% woman-owned and operated. www.metatron.press / Twitter @metatronpress / Instagram @metatronpress
Metonymy Press is based in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), unceded Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory. We publish literary fiction and nonfiction by emerging writers. We try to reduce barriers to publishing for authors whose perspectives are underrepresented in order to produce quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities. We really want to keep gay book lovers satisfied. Metonymy Press is the project of Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler. They met on their first day of high school and have been writing together and editing for each other ever since. They are neighbours, too. metonymypress.com / Twitter @MetonymyPress / Instagram @metonymypress
Palimpsest Press publishes poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction titles that deal with poetics, cultural criticism, and literary biography. We look for poetry that displays technical mastery, precise language, and an authentic voice, and fiction that is rich in imagery, well crafted, and focused on character development. Our non-fiction titles are essays or memoirs written by poets, and books that examine Canadian poetry and the Canadian cultural landscape. Palimpsest Press’ mission is to publish high quality work in beautifully designed and collectible volumes. www.palimpsestpress.ca / Twitter @PalimpsestPress
Founded in 2016, Peripheral Review is an independent platform for documenting and expanding the emerging and under-represented Canadian art scene, as well as enabling access for emerging writers by encouraging accessible critical dialogue. www.peripheralreview.com / Instagram @peripheralreview
Prairie Fire is an award-winning Canadian journal of innovative writing that is published quarterly by Prairie Fire Press, Inc. Each issue is a fresh, vibrant mix of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by our most celebrated writers and the hottest new voices of our emerging writers. It consistently features solid writing that will engage your mind and delight your spirit. www.prairiefire.ca / Twitter @PrairieFireMag / Instagram @prairiefiremag
The Pride in Art Society (PiA) produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking contemporary art that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue, including through the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), an annual artist-run, transdisciplinary festival, and SUM Gallery, one of the only permanent spaces dedicated to the presentation of queer art worldwide. PiA brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art. We harness the visceral power of the arts to inspire recognition, respect and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms. www.queerartsfestival.com / Twitter @QAFVancouver / Instagram @queerarts
PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose office is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people. Our mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications. www.prismmagazine.ca / Twitter @PrismLitMag
Welcome to Pulpfiction Books, Vancouver’s legendary independent bookstore. Established in June 2000, we’re one of Western Canada’s largest and busiest bookstores, with more than 80,000 new and used titles in three neighborhood locations. While our corporate competitors “diversify” away from print into bath towels, bottled water, chocolates & electronics, we’re sticking with what we do best: an unrivalled selection of new, used, & out-of-print books chosen by readers, not algorithms. www.pulpfictionbooksvancouver.com / Twitter @pfbvan
Rachel Thompson is a poet and memoirist, former Managing Editor at Room, and current editorial collective member. She is a settler-Canadian, born on Treaty 1 territory and raised on Treaty 2 territory in Manitoba. She has also lived on the traditional territories of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and the Anishinabeg peoples in Montreal, Quebec, and on the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands in Vancouver, B.C. She teaches writing courses at rachelthompson.co. / Twitter @rachelthompson / Instagram @rachelthompsonauthor
Serena Lukas Bhandar is a Punjabi/Welsh/Irish transfemme writer, water witch, and workshop facilitator living as a settler on Lekwungen and WSANEC lands. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated writing has appeared in Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color and Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture, among other places. She currently splits her time between providing inclusive sexuality education to middle-schoolers, supporting survivors of sexualized violence with the Anti-Violence Project, and mentoring trans, two-spirit, and non-binary youth through the Trans Tipping Point project. www.serenabhandar.com / Twitter @shewhoserenades / Instagram @shewhoserenades
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a writer and academic from the Greater Toronto Area. She is the author of the chapbooks Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature Press, 2020) and Every Elegy Is A Love Poem (Variant Lit, forthcoming). She is the recipient of a 2022 Digital Residency from The Seventh Wave, and the 2021 Robert Hayden scholarship at Stockton University. She is the recipient of the inaugural Vijay Nambisan Fellowship 2019. She is the Charles Wallace Fellow writer in residence (2019-20) at The University of Stirling. She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal. www.snehasubramaniankanta.com / Twitter @SnehaKantaS