Vivek Shraya is an artist. Fluent in many mediums including music and the written word, Shraya is also the author of even this page is white, She of the Mountains and her upcoming book I’m Afraid of Men. Shraya released her album Part-Time Woman in 2017 and is one half of the music duo Too Attached, who blew the roof off Room Magazine’s Growing Room 2018 Festival Launch Party earlier this year. I had the pleasure of meeting the powerhouse that is Vivek Shraya at that launch party and jumped at the chance to speak with her again.
“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.
Break out your spell books, herbs, top hats, star charts, mystical amulets, talking animals, and arcane wisdom, because Room's Magic issue is coming!
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.
Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her collection of poetry, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her debut novel The Break has won numerous awards and was a Canada Reads 2017 finalist. Most recently, she won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her documentary This River.
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Room 41.2, Changing Language
Edited by Kayi Wong
In this issue:
Manahil Bandukwala, Fang Bu, Allison Graves, Kadijah Guillaume, Ava Homa, Ashley Hynd, Amy LeBlanc, Vanessa Lent, Tasslyn Magnusson, Chloe Yelena Miller, Amy Oldfield, Alycia Pirmohamed, Mia Poirier, Victoria Prevot, Michelle Purchase, Jade Riordan, Ellie Sawatzky, Bren Simmers, Dahae Song, Anne Stone, Susie Taylor, Katherena Vermette, Kayi Wong, Hiba Zafran, Shellie Zhang.