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.
Room magazine invites women and genderqueer folks who identify as part of the LGBTTQIA+ spectrum to submit their best poetry, fiction, CNF, and art to our first queer-themed issue. We especially encourage submissions from writers affected by multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, fatphobia, ageism, and transphobia.
I have never migrated. Not in the traditional sense anyway. My feet have more or less stayed on the same ground. I do, however, come from those who have migrated. From my grandfather who left India to find new life in England. From my mother who left that life in England to come to Canada to meet my father who had migrated from India to see what the other side of the world could offer. These movements inevitably shaped the person I would become. The person I would migrate into.
Revision Love is a course offered by Rachel Thompson, who is also an experienced editor with Room.
I have been thinking a lot about loss lately. I have been a voracious reader since childhood; I have always filled the spaces created by loneliness and loss with words. For me, and, no doubt, for many, many others, it’s just been one of those years.
After being shortlisted for Room's Annual CNF Contest in 2015, Sarah Kabamba won the Fiction Contest in the same year with “They Come Crying.” Subsequently, the writer was published again in Room—this time with her poetry, “Dust”, in the Women of Colour issue. Room's Kayi Wong talked to Sarah about her motivation and diligence when it comes to multiple genres of writing.
As editors, we had to ask ourselves—Did we pick this theme because it was obvious and we were hungry? Food can be gratifying, dull, or arduous, but are there any in-betweens? Are we either followers of the eat-to-live or live-to-eat creed, or can we be agnostic about it? These questions were on our minds as we opened our call, and we were met with so much more.
Room is pleased to feature Month Six of the captivating and thought-provoking Deep Salt Water, an interdisciplinary collaboration among four artists—author Marianne Apostolides, collage artist Catherine Mellinger, photographer Melanie Gordon, and composer Paul Swoger-Ruston—based on the forthcoming book by Apostolides of the same title. Deep Salt Water is an intimate memoir about abortion, expressed through the language and imagery of the ocean.
Stories told through comedy from an all-women perspective … it’s genius and super relevant!
This issue of Room works as a tantalizing play of light and shadow on the rich gamut of female experience. It features writers, artists and poets whose dark subjects—death, domestic abuse, suicide, drug crime—are illuminated by fine observation, well-told stories, images in sharp relief, and polished writing.
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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.