Room Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist born and raised in Pak­istan and cur­rently mak­ing a home in Ottawa. Her work has ap­peared in or is forth­com­ing with the Pu­ri­tan, Ri­cepa­per, By­words, and Coven Edi­tions. She is an edi­tor for In/Words, and is cur­rently work­ing on her de­but chap­book.

Fang Bu lives in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, and spends her days at a mi­cro­scope and her week­ends spin­ning yarns (or was that knit­ting them?) and pas­try-ing dan­ger­ously. Pets and loved ones some­times un­wit­tingly sneak into the things she writes.

Allison Graves re­ceived her BA in English lit­er­a­ture from Dal­housie Univer­sity and her MA in cre­ative writ­ing from Memo­rial Univer­sity, where she wrote a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries called Soft Serve. Her work has ap­peared in Rid­dle Fence, The Im­press­ment Gang, and The Over­cast. She lives and works in New­found­land.

Kadijah Guil­laume is a photographer based in Toronto. Her art­work brings aware­ness to the re­cur­ring is­sues within the Black com­mu­nity, such as Black wom­an­hood and the neg­a­tive im­pact of Euro­cen­tric con­di­tion­ing. Her in­spi­ra­tion comes from cur­rent events, her per­sonal life, and sto­ries told from other Afro-Cana­dian in­di­vid­u­als.

Dana Hansen is a writer, re­viewer, and pro­fes­sor in the English Depart­ment at Toronto’s Hum­ber Col­lege. Her crit­i­cism has ap­peared in Quill & Quire, Lit­er­ary Re­view of Canada, The Win­nipeg Re­view, the Chicago Re­view of Books, and else­where. As the edi­tor-in-chief of Hamil­ton Re­view of Books, she lives in Wa­ter­down, On­tario.

Ava Homa’s col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, Echoes From the Other Land, was nom­i­nated for the 2011 Frank O’Con­nor award. She is the sec­ond vice-chair of the na­tional coun­cil of the Writ­ers’ Union of Canada, a jour­nal­ist, and a po­lit­i­cal analyst spe­cial­iz­ing in Mid­dle Eastern af­fairs and gen­der is­sues.

Ash­ley Hynd lives on the Haldimand Tract. She was a mem­ber of the 2015 Kitchener Slam team and her work has ap­peared in Arc Po­etry Magazine. Her hob­bies in­clude tram­pling the pa­tri­archy, avoid­ing do­ing the dishes, and be­ing con­sumed by con­ver­sa­tions.

Jes­sica Johns is of Cree an­ces­try and a mem­ber of Sucker Creek First Na­tion. She is the in­com­ing po­etry edi­tor for PRISM in­ter­na­tional and is on the edi­to­rial board for Room, living and work­ing on the tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory of the Musqueam, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Wau­tuth peo­ples.

Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Ice­landic poet, au­thor, and fa­cil­i­ta­tor. As an edi­to­rial board mem­ber of Room, she is one of the co-founders of their new read­ing se­ries, Indige­nous Bril­liance. She has two col­lec­tions of po­etry pub­lished with Talon­books, page as bone ~ ink as blood and An Hon­est Woman.

Lauren Kirshner’s novel, Where We Have to Go, was a fi­nal­ist for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her short sto­ries and non-fic­tion have ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing The Globe and Mail, Ha­zlitt, and Carousel. She leads the Sis­ter Writes pro­gram and is an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of English at Ry­er­son Univer­sity.

Amy LeBlanc holds an hon­ours BA in English lit­er­a­ture and cre­ative writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary, where she is edi­tor-in-chief of NōD Magazine. Her work has ap­peared in Prairie Fire, (par­en­thet­i­cal), un­teth­ered, and Can­thius among oth­ers. Her chap­book, Col­lec­tive Nouns for Birds was pub­lished by Loft on Eighth Press.

Vanessa Lent lives, loves, and works in Dart­mouth, Nova Sco­tia. In her house, you will find one large hu­man man and two small hu­man chil­dren. You can find her work in PRISM in­ter­na­tional, The Dal­housie Re­view, No Press, Acta Vic­to­ri­ana, and Pub­lic Poet­ics: Crit­i­cal Is­sues in Cana­dian Po­etry and Poet­ics (WLU Press, 2015).

Annick MacAskill is the au­thor of Book of Hours (Gaspereau Press, 2018). She has pub­lished widely in North Amer­i­can and Euro­pean lit­er­ary jour­nals, in­clud­ing PRISM in­ter­na­tional, Ver­sal, Room, PANK, and CV2, and has been a fi­nal­ist for prizes in­clud­ing the CBC Po­etry Prize. She cur­rently lives and writes in Hal­i­fax.

Tasslyn Magnusson lives in Prescott, Wis­con­sin with her hus­band and two kids. She re­ceived her MFA in cre­ative writ­ing for chil­dren and young adults at Ham­line Univer­sity in St. Paul, Min­nesota. She writes po­etry for adults, and po­etry and fic­tion for chil­dren. She loves words more than any­thing.

Chloe Yelena Miller lives in Washington, D.C. with her hus­band and their child. Her po­etry chap­book, Un­rest, was pub­lished by Fin­ish­ing Line Press (2013). Miller teaches writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Univer­sity Col­lege and Pol­i­tics & Prose Book­store in Washington, D.C. as well as pri­vately. Fol­low her: chloeye­le­

Nav Na­gra is a writer and reader living in Van­cou­ver. She is cur­rently work­ing on a col­lec­tion of po­etry and what will one day be a novel.

Amy Oldfield was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto. Read more of her work in The Pu­ri­tan, Bad Nudes, and This magazine.

Alycia Pirmohamed is a Cana­dian-born poet living in Scot­land, where she is a PhD stu­dent study­ing po­etry by sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grant writ­ers. Her own writ­ing is an ex­plo­ration of what it means to be the daugh­ter of im­mi­grants, and it grap­ples with lan­guage loss, cul­tural iden­tity, and a sense of dis­place­ment.

Mia Poirier is a poet living in Mon­tréal. Their work has pre­vi­ously been pub­lished in The Void, So­lil­o­quies, and as a chap­book ti­tled De­mon Hick­eys (The Blasted Tree, 2015). Poirier is com­plet­ing their mas­ter’s de­gree in cre­ative writ­ing at Con­cor­dia Univer­sity.

Vic­to­ria Prevot was born and raised in Van­cou­ver. She en­joys work­ing in dig­i­tal, film, and more re­cently pho­tograms. She can of­ten be found work­ing in a dark­room on the week­ends these days. She loves learn­ing, play­ing mu­sic, and her two amaz­ing teenagers.

Michelle Pur­chase lives in Kitchener, On­tario and is a print­maker, land­scape ar­chi­tect, teacher, botany geek, and mother. How­ever, she dreams of living in a tree­house, spend­ing her days draw­ing, swim­ming, and lis­ten­ing to indie mu­sic.

Jade Riordan is from the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Canada; she’s at­tend­ing univer­sity fur­ther south. Her po­etry has ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in the Clare­mont Re­view, CV2, The Dal­housie Re­view, The Mala­hat Re­view, NōD Magazine, and else­where. She is a mem­ber of By­words’ se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

Jes­sica Rose is a writer and edi­tor whose re­views have ap­peared in pub­li­ca­tions across Canada. She is a se­nior edi­tor at the Hamil­ton Re­view of Books and a writer at Hamil­ton magazine. Jes­sica has ten years of ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tional pub­lish­ing and is the re­views edi­tor at This magazine.

El­lie Sawatzky’s writ­ing has ap­peared in Room, The Dal­housie Re­view, Prairie Fire, FreeFall, Arc Po­etry Magazine, and else­where. In 2017, she was awarded first place in CV2’ s Young Buck Po­etry Prize, and run­ner-up in the Thomas Morton Memo­rial Prize in Po­etry. Her first chap­book, Rhinocerotic, was re­leased in spring 2018.

Sigal Samuel is an award-win­ning nov­el­ist, jour­nal­ist, es­say­ist, and is cur­rently the re­li­gion edi­tor at The At­lantic. The Mys­tics of Mile End, her de­but novel, won the Fic­tion Prize at the Cana­dian Jewish Lit­er­ary Awards and the Trade Fic­tion Book of the Year Award at the Al­berta Book Pub­lish­ing Awards in 2016.

Van­cou­ver-born Gef­fen Semach com­pleted her un­der­grad in Hal­i­fax be­fore re­turn­ing home to work in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing. Fol­low­ing what was meant to be a quick trip across the pond to com­plete the Columbia Pub­lish­ing Course at Ox­ford Univer­sity, Gef­fen now lives full-time in Lon­don where she works in pub­lish­ing.

Bren Simmers is the au­thor of two books of po­etry. Her most re­cent book, Hast­ings-Sun­rise (Night­wood Edi­tions, 2015), was a fi­nal­ist for the City of Van­cou­ver Book Award. She is cur­rently work­ing on a po­etry man­u­script about Howe Sound, B.C. from her new home in Sackville, N.B.

Dahae Song is a South Korean, Toronto-based in­ter­dis­ci­plinary artist. A self-de­clared vis­ual philoso­pher, she uses var­i­ous medi­ums to ma­te­ri­al­ize the im­ma­te­rial and to con­tem­plate this very mo­ment that is for­ever fleet­ing. To paint the way a tree grows, Song’s art ob­jects serve as an im­pe­tus to look in­ward.

Anne Stone teaches cre­ative writ­ing and lit­er­a­ture at Capi­lano Univer­sity. She is the au­thor of three nov­els: jacks (Livres DC Books, 1998), Hush (In­som­niac Press, 1999) and, most re­cently, Deli­ble (In­som­niac Press, 2007).

Susie Taylor is a queer writer who lives in Har­bour Grace, New­found­land. Her work has ap­peared in Rid­dle Fence and PULP Lit­er­a­ture. In 2015 she won the NLCU Fresh Fish Award for emerg­ing writ­ers, and in 2016 she won the Rid­dle Fence Lea­side Fic­tion con­test.

Zainub Verjee is an artist, a critic, a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor in the arts and cul­ture sec­tors, and the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Art Gal­leries. Her art­work has been shown in­ter­na­tion­ally, in­clud­ing at the Venice Bi­en­nale, Port­land In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, and MoMA.

Kather­ena Ver­mette is a Métis writer from Treaty One ter­ri­tory, the heart of the Métis na­tion, Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Com­pany, 2012) won the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Lit­er­ary Award for Po­etry in 2013. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi, 2016), was a best­seller and won mul­ti­ple awards, in­clud­ing the 2017 Ama­ First Novel Award. Ver­mette’s sec­ond book of po­etry, river woman, will be pub­lished in the fall of 2018.

jiaqing wilson-yang is a trans­sex­ual writer living in Toronto. Her work has ap­peared in Room, Maison­neuve, Ri­cepa­per, Po­etry Is Dead, carte blanche, and the Toronto Star. Her novel, Small Beauty, won a Lambda Lit­er­ary Award for Best Trans­gen­der Fic­tion.

Kayi Wong has been an edi­to­rial mem­ber at Room since 2013. Af­ter living in Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore for many years, she set­tled on the tra­di­tional ter­ri­tory of the Musqueam, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Wau­tuth peo­ples, and is cur­rently writ­ing copy and do­ing so­cial me­dia for book­ish folks, in­clud­ing Room.

Hiba Zafran is an Arab Cana­dian and mul­ti­ple mi­grant who fi­nally feels that Mon­tréal is one of her homes. She is a ther­a­pist and aca­demic who is drawn to crit­i­cal, queer­ing, and phe­nomeno­log­i­calpo­etic un­der­stand­ings of loss, mean­ing, trans­for­ma­tion, and be­com­ing.­bazafran

Shellie Zhang (b. 1991, Beijing, China) is a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist based in Toronto/Tkaronto, Canada. She is in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing how in­te­gra­tion, di­ver­sity, and as­sim­i­la­tion are im­ple­mented and ne­go­ti­ated, how they re­late to lived ex­pe­ri­ences, and how cul­ture is learned and re­learned.

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