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Hangama Amiri grad­u­ated from NSCAD Univer­sity with a BFA (Ma­jor in Fine Arts) in Canada in 2012, and she was a Cana­dian Ful­bright re­searcher at Yale Univer­sity in 2015. She is the winner of the 2013 Portia White Pro­tege Award and an Hon­ourable Men­tion as part of the 2015 RBC Cana­dian Paint­ing Competition.

Car­leigh Baker is a Cree-Métis / Ice­landic writer who lives as a guest on the tra­di­tional, an­ces­tral, un­ceded ter­ri­to­ries of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wau­tuth peo­ples. Her work has ap­peared in Best Cana­dian Es­says and The Jour­ney Prize An­thol­ogy. Her de­but story col­lec­tion, Bad End­ings (Anvil, 2017) is now avail­able.

Les­lie Beckmann is a bi­ol­o­gist working in B.C. and a Master’s stu­dent in Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. She is an un­abashed geek and con­sid­ers her very best gig to be “mother to a teenaged daugh­ter,” fol­lowed closely by “guardian of a Labradoo­dle named Dar­win.”

Meghan Bell is the pub­lisher and graphic de­signer for Room. Her writ­ing has re­cently ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in The New Quar­terly, Joy­land, The Feather­tale Re­view, The Im­press­ment Gang, the Mi­nola Re­view, Room, The May­nard, and Carousel. She lives in Vancouver. meghan­bell.com

Twenty-six-year-old award-win­ning screen­writer, play­wright, film­maker, and mul­ti­me­dia vis­ual artist Isa Benn is cur­rently based out of Toronto, Canada. She is a first gen­er­a­tion, Toronto na­tive of African-Cana­dian and Caribbean-Cana­dian de­scent. With sev­eral highly vis­ual-sen­sory “hand­i­caps,” in­clud­ing synes­the­sia and ideas­t­he­sia, she has par­layed these long-time im­ped­i­ments into an ex­tra­or­di­nary un­der­stand­ing of vis­ceral-vis­ual lan­guage and ex­pres­sion. Her stylis­ti­cally in­tro­spec­tive work deals pre­dom­i­nantly with ex­pe­ri­en­tial cul­tur­al­ism, colour, class, sex­u­al­ity, gen­der, and mag­i­cal re­al­ism.

Ali­son Braid is a poet from Sum­mer­land, B.C., cur­rently teach­ing kin­der­garten in Prague. Her work has been pub­lished or is forth­com­ing in CV2, Po­etry is Dead, and The May­nard, as well as short­listed for the 2012 Des­cant/ Win­ston Collins Po­etry Prize.

Mag­gie Bur­ton, orig­i­nally from Bri­gus, New­found­land, is a St. John’s-based writer, free­lance mu­si­cian, arts ad­min­is­tra­tor, and vi­o­lin teacher. Her po­etry has ap­peared in Rid­dle Fence, un­teth­ered, Pe­tal Jour­nal, and Paragon.

Ava C. Cipri has an MFA from Syra­cuse Univer­sity, and is a po­etry editor for The Deaf Po­ets So­ci­ety: An On­line Jour­nal of Dis­abil­ity Lit­er­a­ture & Art. Ava’s po­etry ap­pears in numer­ous jour­nals and an­tholo­gies; her chap­book Queen of Swords is forth­com­ing (dgp, 2017). She re­sides in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia. avac­cipri.com

Kayla Czaga is the au­thor of For Your Safety Please Hold On (Night­wood Edi­tions, 2014), which won the Ger­ald Lam­pert Me­mo­rial Award and was nom­i­nated for the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for po­etry. Re­cent po­ems of hers can be found in The Pu­ri­tan, Maison­neuve, Eigh­teen Bridges, and Carte Blanche. She lives in East Vancouver and works at “pos­si­bly the nerdi­est bar in Canada,” ac­cord­ing to The Na­tional Post.

Ruth Daniell is a writer and the editor of Boobs: Women Ex­plore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has ap­peared widely in lit­er­ary jour­nals, most re­cently as the first prize winner of the 2016 Nick Blatchford Oc­ca­sional Verse Con­test with The New Quar­terly. She lives with her fam­ily in Kelowna, B.C.

Mar­i­lyn Dumont’s A Re­ally Good Brown Girl won the 1997 Ger­ald Lam­pert Me­mo­rial Award. Her sec­ond col­lec­tion, green girl dreams Moun­tains, won the 2001 Stephan G. Stephans­son Award from the Writ­ers’ Guild of Al­berta. Her third col­lec­tion, that tongued be­long­ing, won the 2007 McNally Robin­son Abo­rig­i­nal Po­etry and Abo­rig­i­nal Book of the Year. The Pem­mi­can Eaters was pub­lished by ECW Press, 2015. Mar­i­lyn has been the Writer-in-Res­i­dence at five Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties and the Ed­mon­ton Pub­lic Li­brary. She has been fac­ulty at the Banff Cen­tre, and ad­vised and men­tored in the Abo­rig­i­nal Emerg­ing Writ­ers’ Pro­gram.

Leanne Dunic is a multi-dis­ci­plinary artist and a writer of po­etry, mu­sic, fic­tion, and cre­ative non-fic­tion. Be­ing of mixed race, much of her work pos­sesses hy­bri­di­den­tity themes. Leanne won the Alice Munro Short Story Prize in 2015 for her piece, “With­out Her.” Her book of poetic-prose will be re­leased by var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional pub­lish­ers in 2017. Leanne is the singer/gui­tarist of the band The Deep Cove.

Tanis Franco is a gen­derqueer writer liv­ing in Mon­tréal. Their writ­ing can be found in Ma­trix, CV2, Des­cant, Event, Vetch, and on­line at new­po­etry.ca, Cos­mo­nauts Av­enue, and Me­ta­tron’s Omega blog, among other places.

Taryn Hub­bard joined the Room ed­i­to­rial board in Novem­ber 2012. Her po­etry, fic­tion, re­views, and in­ter­views have ap­peared in jour­nals such as Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture, Room, The Capi­lano Re­view, Cana­dian Woman Stud­ies, fill­ing Sta­tion, The Rusty Toque, and oth­ers. She lives in B.C.’s Fraser Val­ley with her part­ner and their two tuxedo cats.

Cara Lang is a writer and editor liv­ing in Vancouver, B.C. She grad­u­ated from God­dard Col­lege in Fe­bru­ary with an MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing and is the cur­rent Po­etry Co­or­di­na­tor for Room. You can read her most re­cent pub­lished work, “The­ory of Her” on Sad mag­a­zine’s web­site.

Doretta Lau’s de­but short story col­lec­tion, How Does a Sin­gle Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was short­listed for the City of Vancouver Book Award and was named by The At­lantic as one of the best books of 2014. She is working on a novel and a screen­play.

Andréa Ledding writes from Saska­toon, where she lives with an­i­mals and kids. Her writ­ing is in­cluded in an­tholo­gies, stage plays, and jour­nal­ism, win­ning short and long man­u­script awards in ev­ery genre. She is a Lush Triumphant po­etry winner, and has been short­listed for the 2016 CBC Po­etry Prize.

Tanya Lyons stud­ied glass at Sheri­dan Col­lege, the Univer­sity of Art and De­sign Helsinki, Fin­land, the Toyama In­sti­tute of Glass Art in Ja­pan, and con­cept at The Atlin Art Cen­tre, B.C. She was a res­i­dent at the Har­bourfront Cen­tre and a teacher at Sheri­dan Col­lege and Hal­ibur­ton School of Art & De­sign.

Annick MacAskill’s po­etry has ap­peared in jour­nals in­clud­ing Room, The Fid­dle­head, Arc, and CV2. Other work has been longlisted for the CBC’s Canada Writes Po­etry Prize. She is the au­thor of the chap­book Broth­erly Love: Po­ems of Sap­pho and Charaxos (Frog Hol­low Press, 2016). She cur­rently lives in Kitch­ener.

Kim McCul­lough’s novel, Clear­wa­ter (Coteau Books, 2013), was a High Plains Award re­cip­i­ent. Kim is a Na­tional Mag­a­zine Award fi­nal­ist and a two-time winner of the Jon Whyte Me­mo­rial Es­say award. She lives in Cal­gary, where she jug­gles writ­ing and teach­ing ju­nior high.

Am­ber McMil­lan is the au­thor of The Woods: A Year on Pro­tec­tion Is­land (2016, Night­wood Edi­tions) and the po­etry col­lec­tion We Can’t Ever Do This Again (2015, Wol­sak and Wynn). Her work has ap­peared in Arc, PRISM, Best Cana­dian Po­etry, The Wal­rus, and oth­ers across North Amer­ica. She lives and works on B.C.’s Sun­shine Coast.

Nav Nagra is a writer, reader, and knit­ter. Cur­rently, she is working on a novel that will one day be fin­ished (she hopes).

Sarah Naka­mura is a Toron­to­nian of mixed race ori­gin who loves bak­ing, rock­climb­ing, and, of course, writ­ing. She at­tended the Hum­ber Fall Work­shop in Cre­ative Writ­ing on the pres­ti­gious Wayson Choy schol­ar­ship. She writes about gen­der, race, sex­u­al­ity, and abor­tion.

Zehra Naqvi is a Karachi-born writer and editor re­sid­ing on un­ceded Coast Sal­ish Ter­ri­to­ries (Vancouver). Her work has ap­peared in Schema Mag­a­zine, The Talon, and Jag­gery. She is cur­rently com­plet­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in English Honours and Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia.

Annmarie O’Con­nell’s work has ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in Sixth Finch, Juked, Vinyl Po­etry, Slip­stream Press, and Verse Daily. Her sec­ond chap­book, hello, is forth­com­ing with Yel­low Flag Press. an­n­marieo­con­nell.com

Eva Redamonti is a pen and ink il­lus­tra­tion artist who de­picts draw­ings that blend re­al­is­tic scenes with fan­tasy, through move­ment and pre­ci­sion. She uses mu­sic as a strong source of in­spi­ra­tion for her ideas and re­lies on its ef­fect to­ward her art’s over­all move­ment. She has been play­ing mu­sic since she was ten, and be­gan writ­ing her own mu­sic later on. She grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Mu­sic Com­po­si­tion at Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Spring of 2017.

Amanda Rhodenizer is a Nova Sco­tia-born painter who is cur­rently based in Water­loo, On­tario. She is a re­cent re­cip­i­ent of the El­iz­a­beth Green­shields Foun­da­tion Grant, and from May–June 2017 she will be the artist-in-res­i­dence at the Doris McCarthy Cen­tre. An ex­hi­bi­tion of her new work en­ti­tled Par­al­lel Play will run June–July 2017 at ARTsPLACE Artist-Run Cen­tre in An­napo­lis Royal, Nova Sco­tia.

stephanie roberts has work that ap­pears or will ap­pear, this year, in The Stockholm Re­view of Lit­er­a­ture, Room, Shooter Lit­er­ary Mag­a­zine (U.K.), Re­union: The Dal­las Re­view, Burn­ing House Press, The In­flec­tion­ist Re­view, Af­ter the Pause, Wax­ing and Wan­ing, The Thing It­self, and Nano Text, an an­thol­ogy pub­lished by Me­dusa’s Laugh Press. In 2016, her work was fea­tured in The New Quar­terly, Blue Lyra Re­view, Con­tem­po­rary Verse 2, and Break­wa­ter Re­view. She lives just outside of Mon­tréal and counts her strengths as pas­sion­ate cu­rios­ity and good hu­mour. oceansand­fire.com

Chelsea Rooney’s de­but novel, Pedal (Caitlin Press, 2014), was a fi­nal­ist for the 2015 Ama­zon.ca First Novel Award, and was nom­i­nated for the 2015 ReLit Award for Best In­de­pen­dent Fic­tion. She lives in Vancouver.

Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joy­land Mag­a­zine. Her nov­els in­clude The Blondes (Dou­ble­day Canada, 2012) and Men Walk­ing on Wa­ter (Knopf Canada, 2017). She has more po­ems forth­com­ing in the Mi­nola Re­view and Carousel. She spent a decade in Toronto and now re­sides in Brook­lyn, New York.

Na­dia Siu Van is a Toronto-based writer and editor with an MA in English from Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity. She is cur­rently the re­views editor at Shame­less mag­a­zine, and has writ­ten for pub­li­ca­tions such as Ri­cepa­per, Hyphen, and U of T Mag­a­zine.

Jil­lian Ta­maki is a car­toon­ist and il­lus­tra­tor liv­ing in Toronto, On­tario. She is the co-cre­ator (with Mariko Ta­maki) of SKIM and This One Sum­mer, and the cre­ator of Su­perMu­tant Magic Academy. jil­lianta­maki.com.

Mal­lory Tater is a writer from Ot­tawa. She won CV2’ s 2016 Young Buck Po­etry Prize. Her de­but col­lec­tion, This Will Be Good, is forth­com­ing with BookThug in 2018.

Erika Thorkelson was born on the Prairies, spent time in Ire­land and Ja­pan, and now lives in Vancouver, B.C. Her work has ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions such as the Vancouver Sun, The New Quar­terly, Ha­zlitt, and Ri­cepa­per, and she is a host of The Sto­ry­telling Show on Vancouver Co-op Ra­dio.

Deb­bie Urbanski is a writer liv­ing in Syra­cuse, New York. Her po­ems, es­says, and sto­ries have ap­peared in the Sun, Orion, Verse, the Kenyon Re­view, Na­ture, and Fan­tasy & Sci­ence Fic­tion. Find her at deb­bieur­ban­ski.com or on Twit­ter @Deb­bieUr­ban­ski.

Jean Van Loon, an Ot­tawa writer, holds an MFA from UBC. Her short prose has ap­peared in Queen’s Quar­terly, The New Quar­terly, Room, Prairie Fire, Ot­tawa Mag­a­zine, and Jour­ney Prize Sto­ries 19, her po­etry in Arc, Event, Queen’s Quar­terly, and Nash­waak Re­view. She also re­views for Arc.

Carly Ros­alie Vandergriendt’s fic­tion has re­cently ap­peared in (par­en­thet­i­cal), Ma­trix, Cos­mo­naut’s Av­enue, and Room’s Cana­dian Gothic is­sue (39.3). She lives in Mon­tréal, where she is at work on her first novel. Visit her at car­ly­ros­alie.com or fol­low her on Twit­ter @car­ly­ros­alie.

Su­san E. Wadds writes be­cause she has to. When she’s away from the key­board, she’s ei­ther host­ing writ­ing work­shops and re­treats, or giv­ing Re­bal­anc­ing mas­sages. She is a grad­u­ate of the Hum­ber School for Writ­ers, and won The Writ­ers’ Union of Canada’s 2016 short prose competition. She lives in Se­bright, On­tario, and Vic­to­ria, B.C.

Laurelyn Whitt’s po­ems ap­pear in var­i­ous, pri­mar­ily North Amer­i­can, jour­nals. Her most re­cent book, Tether (Seraphim Edi­tions), won the 2013 Lans­downe Prize for Po­etry. She has a PhD in Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence from Western Univer­sity. She lives in Man­i­toba and in New­found­land.

Irene Wilder is a closet poet and small-time femme hus­tler. You can find her grow­ing medicine and lis­ten­ing closely at the con­flu­ence of the Speed and Eramosa rivers, on tra­di­tional At­tawan­daron Ter­ri­to­ries (Guelph, On­tario). This is her first pub­li­ca­tion.

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