As a reader of Room you probably have long known there is a bias against women publishing in Canada. It's part of our very raison d'être here at Room. If any of us had started to imagine gender gaps in the literary world were closing, a new accounting of reviews in Canadian journals makes for a sobering read.
The poem I am not going to write excuses herself
daily, needs to wash her hair, roust the dust bunnies
from under the bed, empty the worn-out clothes
that malinger in her closet.
Amy places the whisker back into the mug of steamed milk and glances over at Kat next to a pile of empty teacups. She sits on the tall kitchen chopping block, sketchbook balanced on her lap. She snaps the book closed and hops off the block.
Our summer issue has been printed and will be arriving on newsstands and in mailboxes very soon! Go behind the scenes with artist Rachael Ashe, whose altered books grace some of the issue's interior pages.
You’re invited! Help us celebrate the launch of 35.2 Shaping the Spark on June 12th at 7pm at the W2 Media Cafe! Our readers include Genni Gunn, Linda King, Solveig Mardon, and Crystal Sikma, all contributors to Shaping the Spark.
Issue 36.1 editor, Rachel Thompson, discusses the theme for the issue, Mythologies of Loss. "If loss is anything, it is lonely. But perhaps the intimacy of the page shared by writer and reader can make it less so." See the full article for an inside look into what we are looking for in submissions to the issue.
I thought we were dead
when Dave spread his maps
across the wheel and took off
his glasses to consult them while his semi
careened unchecked down the interstate.
I watch Ava peel down her panties. Her ass a kicked apple: Brown. Purple. Blue. She tucks wads of newspaper inside her jeans, zips up, and smiles. “Ready.”
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Room 40.4, Let's Make Contact
Edited by Chelene Knight
In this issue:
Kate Balfour, Selina Boan, Chelsea Comeau, elaine corden, Nancy Jo Cullen, Ariel Dawn, Harjit Dosanjh, Jann Everard, Jiyoon Ha, Gili Haimovich, benjamin lee hicks, Edythe Anstey Hanen , Claire Miller-Harder, Kyla Jamieson, Amanda Kelly, Cara Lang, Ashley Little, Andrea MacPherson, Rowan McCandless, Hajer Mirwali, Barbara Rosini, Sheila Sanderson, Taylor Stewart, Anny Tang, Susanne von Rennenkampff, Aisha Walker, jia qing wilson-yang.