We're thrilled to have the multi-genre author judge our Short Forms Contest this year (open now until November 1, 2018!) and took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her award-winning novels, using magic to explore the construct of gender, and the genre-blurring qualities in her work.
When Room [of One’s Own] launched into the Vancouver literary scene in 1975, lesbian members of the collective steered the magazine to create greater visibility of lesbian art, writing, and criticism. Gayla Reid, one of Room’s co-founders, said members challenged themselves to take stock of how their own homophobia, internalized or otherwise, was inadvertently influencing decision-making about the publication.
“The burden of opening up the definition of good writing should be placed on editors.”
—Ijeoma Oluo at Growing Room 2018
As I write this, I’m thinking about Growing Room 2018—the annual feminist literary festival Room started in 2017, which wrapped up last month—and how it has informed my treatment of 41.2. To no one’s surprise, there was discussion among panelists and audiences about the conventions of storytelling—what kind of stories are being told and who has the authority and audacity to tell them at all.
Announcing the Winners of our Winter 2017-18 Short Forms Contest!
The long-awaited Short Forms Shortlist is here! We'll be announcing the winners—as chosen by judge Jane Eaton Hamilton—in the coming week.
I’ve shared my family secrets in journals and dark cafes, in psychoanalysis, and finally in verse. Until I discovered I could write about growing up with narcissists, I didn’t actually know if some of the more ludicrous events of my childhood had really happened. To me, nothing is brighter than the black and white of the printed page. Writing truly saved my life, my sanity, and my sense of self by allowing me to turn off the gaslights and stand in a pool of truth-light.
Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival returns March 1-4, 2018 to Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood (traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples).
EXTENDED Deadline: December 15, 2017. Enter for a chance to see your artwork on our June 2018 issue (featuring new writing by Katherena Vermette). First Prize: $500 + publication on the cover of issue 41.2. Judged by Zainub Verjee.
Everything I’ve written to date—whether poetry, prose, essays, or short stories—I’ve written with the sole purpose to answer questions and fill space, to fill the cracks in the narrative. Editing this issue of Room was no different.
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Room 41.3, Queer
Edited by Leah Golob
In this issue:
Adèle Barclay, Joelle Barron, Nicole Breit, Mary Chen, Lucas Crawford, Jen Currin, Pamela Dodds, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Jess Goldman, hannah harris-sutro, Leah Horlick, Sam Jowett, Ness Lee, Annick MacAskill, Alessandra Naccarato, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Marika Prokosh, Amal Rana, Siobhan Roca Payne, Leah Sandals, Hana Shafi, Arielle Spence, Samantha Sternberg, Sanchari Sur, K.B. Thors, Corey Turner, Jackie Wykes.