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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.

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