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.
Join us at Massy Books on Saturday, March 2, 7pm for the launch of Ayelet Tsabari's intimate new memoir in essays, The Art of Leaving. Novelist Gurjinder Basran will lead a conversation with Tsabari about her work.
Ever since I was a child, my deepest desire has been to discover that, like the protagonists of so many of the stories I enjoyed, I had magic powers. With magic, I could thwart my bullies, right the world’s injustices, and transform my body into a shape that matched how I felt inside. For years, I would lull myself to sleep with fantasies about stepping through a portal into a magic otherworld populated with unicorns and dragons. As I grew up, I struggled with the realization that, as much as I believed, I could not will magic into existence.
We're thrilled to announce the 100+ authors, journalists, and activists who will appear in Vancouver from March 8 - 17, 2019 for #GrowingRoom2019. Visit festival.roommagazine.com to learn more!
Do you think New Years resolutions are cliched and pointless? Maybe they are, but still, what's the harm in trying to be THE BEST YOU? (That might be the cringiest thing I've ever written but let's drop the cynicism for two seconds because self improvement is actually a good thing.) In this episode, you'll hear all the ways I am trying to make myself a better, happier, more successful person in 2019, in addition to some tangents about mouse infestations, funereal singing, and as always, constipation. I also discuss my complicated feelings about going to the Sweat Dungeon (the gym) and regale you with a few musical outbursts you didn't ask for. Happy New Year.
Mica was going to do a fun, light-hearted, holiday-themed episode but that didn't really end up happening. A recent nighttime interaction with a male stranger prompts her to recount times she has trusted strangers ill-advisedly. Anecdotes include: the time she was felt-up in a movie theatre and the time she followed a man into a bathroom naively because he had a "secret" he wanted to "share." The episode concludes with an environmentalist rant and the most depressing Christmas song of all time, The Cat Carol.
The same folks who believe racism
only exists in the past will tell
you patriarchal misogyny
is obsolete and men now suffer
because women hold all of the cards.
I was helping Father____
glue stickers to the school window.
First came the angel
over the stable
watching over everyone
Use lots of glue he said
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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.