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NATHANIEL BASEN (Writer, “That’s Out­ra­geous,” page 135)

Home base: Toronto. Pre­vi­ously pub­lished in The Wal­rus and on Peo­ple see their lives as nar­ra­tive, a story they’re writ­ing. We find it thrilling when strange events like th­ese ex­ist as po­ten­tial plot points. Cap­tur­ing the mood of th­ese sto­ries in small bites is the gummi candy of writ­ing: in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion. Track­ing down the sources is a tall shot of wheat grass. SADIYA AN­SARI (Writer, “Find­ing Your Voice,” page 106)

Home base: Toronto. Pre­vi­ously pub­lished in Chate­laine and the Toronto Star. Ad­vo­cacy is about act­ing on a feel­ing that some­one— pos­si­bly even you—is not get­ting what they de­serve. Stand­ing up for your­self or for oth­ers doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to lead to con­flict. It sim­ply means be­ing re­ally clear and vo­cal about the things that you want. JENN LIV

(Il­lus­tra­tor, “Find­ing Your Voice,” page 106)

Home base:

Toronto. Pre­vi­ously pub­lished in The New York Times and Planspon­sor Mag­a­zine.

I speak up for my­self, but I also try to be diplo­matic. It is very im­por­tant to con­sider the tone you use while com­mu­ni­cat­ing. Selfad­vo­cacy is cru­cial, but it’s equally im­por­tant to keep an open mind while lis­ten­ing to the per­spec­tives of oth­ers. THOMAS FRICKE (Pho­tog­ra­pher, “I Want to For­give,” page 120)

Home base:

Win­nipeg. Pre­vi­ously pub­lished in Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic and Forbes. In this por­trait, I wanted to cap­ture a blend of mem­ory, home and peace. Por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy is the act of telling a story through fa­cial ex­pres­sions. It has al­ways fas­ci­nated me how small changes in some­one’s ex­pres­sion can com­pletely al­ter our read of their emo­tional state.

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