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 calm lunatic—now that is something to aspire to.”—Mary Ruefle, “On Fear”
I learned to skip this year. I use a heavy, knotted rope that thwacks the ground and burns my shoulders and whips my bare toes raw when I stumble. In the early days I’d walk around with welts on my forearms, too, but the self-flagellation has waned with practice. I’ve learned to tread water, to let my feet track familiar patterns—forward and back, side to side, in and out, one to the other—freeing my mind up to notice things.
Well, “freeing” might be an overstatement.
The long-awaited long list is here! Next week, we will be announcing the shortlisted pieces, as chosen by our judge Stacey May Fowles, so stay tuned!
Congratulations to June Barrage, our 2017 Cover Art Contest Honourable Mention!
The long-awaited Short Forms long list is here! Next week, we will be announcing the shortlist, as chosen by judge Jane Eaton Hamilton. Stay tuned!
We are thrilled to announce the shortlist of our 2017 Cover Art Contest! Judge Zainub Verjee, the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Arts Galleries in Toronto, selected these pieces for special recognition. Please join us in congratulating the artists!
We are thrilled to announce the shortlists of our 2017 Poetry & Fiction Contests! Judges Jónína Kirton and Sigal Samuel selected these pieces from the long lists for special recognition. Please join us in congratulating the authors!
The long-awaited long lists are here! Next week, we will be announcing the shortlists of each category, as chosen by judges Jónína Kirton and Sigal Samuel, so stay tuned!
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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.