Room Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Jen­nifer Amos is a writer based in Kingston, On­tario. Her work has ap­peared in The Feather­tale Re­view, The New Quar­terly, and has been longlisted for the CBC short story prize and short­listed for Room’s an­nual fic­tion con­test. North Van­cou­ver au­thor and artist Jenn Ash­ton is no stranger to cre­ativ­ity. Com­ing from an artis­tic fam­ily, she brings cre­ative flair to her projects; from the non-profit board­room and the chal­lenges of be­ing a young par­ent, to pro­duc­ing mu­sic, she is known for her orig­i­nal­ity, re­source­ful­ness, and vi­sion. Jamelie Bachaalani is an emerg­ing queer writer from Al­berta. Her work deals with iden­tity, trauma, ado­les­cence, life in the prairies, and the oc­ca­sional talk­ing an­i­mal. Jamelie is a re­cent grad­u­ate of MacEwan Univer­sity. Colleen Baran is a Cana­dian artist, writer, and de­signer liv­ing on the un­ceded tra­di­tional lands of the Coast Sal­ish Peo­ples (Sur­rey, Bri­tish Columbia). Baran’s art has ex­hib­ited in gal­leries and mu­se­ums in eleven countries and been pub­lished in a few more. Her writ­ten work has been pub­lished in mag­a­zines in Canada and China. Adèle Barclay’s de­but po­etry col­lec­tion, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Night­wood, 2016), won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Po­etry Prize. She is an ed­i­tor for Rahila’s Ghost Press and the 2017 Critic-in-Res­i­dence for Cana­dian Women in Lit­er­ary Arts. She teaches at UBC. Alexan­dra Chang’s fic­tion has ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in Glim­mer Train and 3:AM Magazine. She lives in Ithaca, N.Y., and is a stu­dent in the Syra­cuse Univer­sity MFA pro­gram. Born in Manila and raised in Toronto, a life­time of imag­in­ing new worlds led Kristina Corre to ar­chi­tec­ture school in Ot­tawa. Be­yond ar­chi­tec­ture, her ed­u­ca­tion in­stilled the im­por­tance of nar­ra­tive in im­age mak­ing, of metic­u­lous­ness in craft, and mak­ing as a means to dis­cov­ery. These lessons cur­rently drive her ex­plo­rations into hand-cut, found-ob­ject col­lage. Mag­gie de Vries is the au­thor of eight books for chil­dren, two books for teens, and an adult mem­oir. Her most re­cent novel is Rab­bit Ears (HarperCollins, 2014). Mag­gie teaches in the Cre­ative Writ­ing Pro­gram at UBC, and has re­cently moved to Lady­smith on Van­cou­ver Is­land. Shirley Harshenin writes po­etry and prose from her home in the Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia. She be­lieves in an­gels, caf­feine, and the hu­man spirit’s ex­tra­or­di­nary re­silience. Her work has been pub­lished in Cana­dian Writer’s Jour­nal and in this is­sue of Room. Jia Hwang is a stu­dent com­plet­ing her ma­jor in po­lit­i­cal science at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. She is cur­rently work­ing on her po­etry man­u­script, Flies on Va­ca­tion. She lives in Co­quit­lam, Bri­tish Columbia.

Sharon Jinkerson-Brass is an award-win­ning multi-me­dia artist from Key First Na­tion in Saskatchewan. Cur­rently, Sharon is work­ing on an ar­ray of cultural and cre­ative projects in DTES. El­iz­a­beth John­ston’s po­etry and prose have been pub­lished in The At­lantic, Fem­i­nist For­ma­tions, New Verse News, and The Boiler. A two-time Push­cart nom­i­nee, she teaches writ­ing and gen­der stud­ies in Western N.Y. straw­matwrit­ers.wee­ Ta­mara Jong is a Mon­treal-born, mixed-race writer liv­ing in Guelph, On­tario. Her work has ap­peared in Ri­cepa­per and The New Quar­terly. She is cur­rently en­rolled in The Writer’s Stu­dio at Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity. Manal Kamran is a fourth-year international stu­dent at UBC in Van­cou­ver, hail­ing from Karachi, Pak­istan. She likes read­ing, row­ing, over­sleep­ing, and overeat­ing. Friends on Face­book wish she’d stop go­ing to so many con­certs. Her friends hate her sar­casm, as do her par­ents. Her brother thinks she’s okay. Lily Leung is Fenn Archdekin-Leung’s grand­mother. They are both artists. These days, Lily’s cre­ative work is ex­pressed through wa­ter­colour and Ike­bana. Fenn prefers il­lus­tra­tion. They live in Toronto and won­der why their daugh­ter/mother lacks their artis­tic tal­ents. Carrianne Leung is a writer and ed­u­ca­tor. Her de­but novel, The Won­drous Woo pub­lished by Inanna Publi­ca­tions, was nom­i­nated for the Toronto Book Awards in 2014. Her new book, That Time I Loved You will be re­leased in March 2018 by HarperCollins Canada. She lives in Toronto. Mary MacDon­ald is a poet and writer and holds a PhD from UBC. Mary thrives on col­lab­o­ra­tion and has writ­ten for bal­let, opera, and pub­lic art. She is a mem­ber of the Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia writ­ing group, The Vi­cious Cir­cle. Alissa McArthur is a mem­ber of the Room ed­i­to­rial board. She writes and edits out of Toronto and holds an MA in English Literature from UBC. Cosi Nayovitz is a writer, massage ther­a­pist, and trauma-sen­si­tive yoga in­struc­tor based in North Carolina. She has a de­gree in literature and serves as Art Ed­i­tor at He­matopoiesis Press. Mar­garet Nowaczyk’s writ­ing has ap­peared in Geist, Ex­am­ined Life Jour­nal, Nu­mero Cinq, In­tima, Bro­ken Pencil, and Prairie Fire. She co-edited Pol­ish(ed), a Cana­dian-Pol­ish di­as­pora short story an­thol­ogy (Guer­nica Edi­tions, 2017). She is a pro­fes­sor of pe­di­atrics and ge­net­ics at McMaster Univer­sity in Hamil­ton, On­tario, where she lives with her hus­band and two sons. Deanna Par­tridge-David is an emerg­ing writer of mixed Euro­pean and Indige­nous an­ces­try. She lives in the sub­urbs of Van­cou­ver with her hus­band and two chil­dren. When she’s not writ­ing or play­ing with her fam­ily, she can be found an­i­mat­ing felted mice be­ing adorable for chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion. You can find her on Twit­ter oc­ca­sion­ally at @dean­napeedee.

Leah Lak­shmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer dis­abled femme writer of Burger/Tamil Sri Lankan and Ir­ish/Roma as­cent. The Lambda Award-win­ning au­thor of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dream­ing Her Way Home (Ar­se­nal Pulp, 2015); Bodymap (Mawenzi House, 2015); Love Cake (Mawenzi House, 2011); and Con­sen­sual Geno­cide (Mawenzi House, 2006) and co-ed­i­tor of The Rev­o­lu­tion Starts at Home (AK Press, 2016), she is a lead artist with the dis­abil­ity jus­tice per­for­mance col­lec­tive Sins In­valid. She lives be­tween Duwamish ter­ri­to­ries and T'karonto. Re­bekah Rem­pel’s po­ems have ap­peared in the an­tholo­gies Refugium: Po­ems for the Pa­cific (Caitlin Press, 2017); Force Field: 77 Women Po­ets of Bri­tish Columbia (Mother Tongue Pub­lish­ing, 2013); and Un­furled: Col­lected Po­etry from North­ern BC Women (Caitlin Press, 2010); as well as a number of jour­nals, in­clud­ing Con­tem­po­rary Verse 2, Prairie Fire, and Room. She lives in Pouce Coupe, Bri­tish Columbia. Nadia Siu Van is a Toronto-based writer and ed­i­tor. She is cur­rently the re­views ed­i­tor at Shame­less magazine. Arielle Spence is a queer, non­bi­nary as­pir­ing writer and arts ad­min­is­tra­tor orig­i­nally from Cold­stream, Bri­tish Columbia. (un­ceded Okana­gan Ter­ri­tory). In 2017, they were the fes­ti­val di­rec­tor of Room’s in­au­gu­ral Grow­ing Room fem­i­nist lit­er­ary fes­ti­val. Rachel Thomp­son’s book of po­etry, Galaxy (Anvil Press, 2011), won the SFU First Book Com­pe­ti­tion. She’s a cur­rent ed­i­to­rial col­lec­tive mem­ber and for­mer man­ag­ing ed­i­tor at Room. Rachel helps writ­ers pol­ish and pub­lish their writ­ing at She lives in Mon­treal. Jean Van Loon, an Ot­tawa-based writer, holds an MFA from UBC. Her short prose, po­etry and re­views have ap­peared in number of Cana­dian lit­er­ary mag­a­zines. Her first book of po­ems, Build­ing on River, will be pub­lished by Cor­morant Press in April 2018. Carly Ros­alie Vandergriendt is a Mon­treal-based writer and trans­la­tor whose work has ap­peared in The Fid­dle­head, The Mala­hat Re­view, Ma­trix, Room, carte blanche, and elsewhere. Her story “Resur­fac­ing” was short­listed for the 2017 Carter V. Cooper short fic­tion prize. Visit her at car­ly­ros­ and fol­low her @car­ly­ros­alie.

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