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 the critic-in-residence for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts and an editor at Rahila’s Ghost Press. She lives on Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver.
Joelle Barron is a poet and writer. They recently published their first full-length poetry collection, Ritual Lights (Icehouse Press, 2018). Joelle works as a co-ordinator for an LGBT2S+ youth group and is an organizer for their local Pride. They live in Kenora, Ontario, with their wife and daughter.
Nicole Breit is an award-winning writer and online creative writing instructor who lives in Gibsons, B.C., the traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh people. Her prose poem, “Summer 1989: Rocky –– Point Park,” was written for Curt Matthew Logan—shine on, you bright crazy diamond.
Mary Chen is a writer/illustrator living on unceded Coast Salish territories. She holds a BFA in creative writing from UBC, and her work has appeared in LooseLeaf, Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology, Room, and elsewhere. Lately she’s been learning to look up at night. Orion is her favourite constellation. cymary.com.
Lucas Crawford wrote Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing, 2015), Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space (Routledge, 2016), and The High Line Scavenger Hunt (University of Calgary Press, 2018). Lucas is from rural Nova Scotia and is currently assistant professor of English at the University of New Brunswick.
Jen Currin’s publications include Hider/Seeker: Stories (Anvil Press, 2018) and four poetry collections, most recently The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010) and School (Coach House, 2014). Jen lives on the unceded territories of the Qayqayt Nation (New Westminster, B.C.) and teaches creative writing and English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Pamela Dodds’s practice explores human relationships through a lesbian, feminist lens. Her artwork is exhibited in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including Lesbian ARTivisms (University of Ottawa, 2016) and FiLiA Feminist Conference (London, U.K., 2017), and resides in collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Carleton University, and many private collections. pameladodds.net.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of nine books and is the two-time winner of the CBC Literary Award. Their work has been published in the New York Times and The Sun and has been noted in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. They live near Vancouver. janeeatonhamilton.org.
A student of Concordia’s creative writing program, Jess Goldman can be found wandering the streets of Montréal, talking to herself aloud, and eating Portuguese chicken straight outta the bag. “Thumb” will be appearing in her forthcoming collection of the same name, to be published by Lit Riot Press in 2019.
Leah Golob is a Toronto-based journalist. She's the reviews editor for Room and previously edited the Canadian Gothic issue. Connect with her on Twitter @leahgolob.
hannah harris-sutro is a queer leatherfemme writer who centres the inherent power and wisdom of the body. Her work travels constellations of lineage, transformation, madness, and wholeness. She lives and makes family as a white settler in Tio’tia:ke, on unceded land whose caretakers are the Kanien’kehá:ka people, past, present, and future.
Leah Horlick is the author of Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012) and For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2016), which was named a 2016 Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. Winner of the 2016 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Writers, Leah lives on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver.
Sam Jowett is a queer writer living in Toronto. They enjoy stellar magic tricks, playing the electric violin, and neon blue lipstick. Some of their work can be found in Moonchild, Crab Fat, Memoir Mixtapes, and formercactus. Follow them on Twitter @samuel_jowett.
Ness Lee is an illustrator/artist based in Toronto. Her illustrations have been chosen for award publications such as American Illustration (35) and The Society of Illustrators (57), and her work is exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York, Boston, and Tokyo.
Annick MacAskill is the author of No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018). Her poetry and reviews have recently appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Grain, The Puritan, Room, Versal, PRISM, and other journals. Originally from Ontario, she currently lives and writes in Halifax.
Alessandra Naccarato is a writer living on the traditional territory of the Saanich, Cowichan, and Chemainus First Nations (Salt Spring Island, B.C.). She received the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, and her poetry has been published in Room, CV2, Arc, The New Quarterly, EVENT, and elsewhere.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer of Burger/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. Leah is also the Lambda Award-winning author of Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, and Consensual Genocide, as well as co-editor (alongside Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani) of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. A lead artist with disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, she performs across North America. Her new books, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice and Tonguebreaker, are forthcoming.
Marika Prokosh is a Winnipeg-based writer. Her work has appeared in CV2, Prairie Fire, Lemon Hound, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and online at The Toast.
Rachna Raj Kaur has a BA in art history from the University of Toronto. She has written about television, literature, art, and politics for Now, Kala, and Xtra, and is reviews editor for Plenitude. Rachna (r-uh-ch-nah) is a Third Culture Kid. She lives in Parkdale, Toronto.
Amal Rana is a queer, Pakistani poet and educator living on unceded Musqueam territories (Vancouver, B.C.). In these times when even exhaling while being Muslim is considered a crime, she conjures poetry as a pathway to new futures. Amal’s work has appeared in several journals and anthologies.
Siobhan Roca Payne is an Indigenous writer living in Chicago. Currently, she’s finishing up her MFA in writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. You can reach her on Twitter @vonnpyre.
Rebecca Russell is a Toronto-based freelance editor, former teacher and arts administrator, and enthusiast of all things queer. She holds a BA in English and gender studies from the University of Toronto.
Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto.
Hana Shafi, a.k.a Frizz Kid, is a freelance illustrator and writer in Toronto. Her illustrative and written works touch on themes of mental health, body politics, feminism, and healing from trauma. Shafi’s debut book, It Begins with the Body, hits stores this September.
Arielle Spence is a queer, non-binary feminist, literary enthusiast, and arts administrator originally from Coldstream, B.C. (unceded Okanagan Territory). They are currently editing issue 42.1 of Room.
Samantha Sternberg lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, The Mackinac, City Series #5 - Halifax (Frog Hollow Press, 2016), and elsewhere. She has a chapbook forthcoming from Greenboathouse Press.
Sanchari Sur is a feminist/anti-racist/sex-positive/genderqueer Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. A Lambda Literary Fellow, a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series, her work has been published in The Feminist Wire, Matrix, The Unpublished City (Book*hug, 2017), Arc Poetry, and The Rusty Toque.
K.B. Thors is a poet and performance artist from rural Alberta. Her debut collection, Vulgar Mechanics, is forthcoming from Coach House Books (2019). Her translation of Stormwarning by Icelandic poet Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir is out April 2018 (Phoneme). She recently moved to Toronto after six years in Brooklyn.
Corey Turner is a poet, coffee professional, and essayist. Her main subjects of study are politics, sociology, and religious studies. She holds an MFA in poetry from Mills College, and currently lives in San Francisco, where she works in the coffee industry by day and writes poems by early morning.
Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt is a Montréal-based writer, translator, and English teacher. She recently won The Humber Literary Review’s Emerging Writers Fiction contest, and was shortlisted for the Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Prize in 2017. Visit her at carlyrosalie.com or follow her @carlyrosalie.
jiaqing wilson-yang is a writer and transsexual living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Room, Poetry Is Dead, Ricepaper, and Carte Blanche. Her first novel, Small Beauty (Metonymy, 2016), won a Lambda Literary Award. She writes about trans women of colour, talking to dead people, and colonization.
Jackie Wykes is a writer, editor, scholar, and artist. In 2015, she left Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) to immigrate to Canada, where she now lives in Tkaronto. Her work has appeared in literary and scholarly journals in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.