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Tharuna Abbu is an emerg­ing writer whose work has been fea­tured in Win­dow, a gallery space in their home­town of Win­nipeg, and CV2. They hold ten­der roots in many cities, but are grate­ful to be ex­plor­ing and build­ing com­mu­nity on un­ceded Coast Sal­ish lands (Van­cou­ver, B.C.).

Farah Ali is from Karachi, Pak­istan. Her more re­cent work can be found in Kenyon Re­view, Eco­tone, the South­ern Re­view, and oth­ers. She re­ceived a spe­cial men­tion from the 2018 Push­cart Prize for a story pub­lished in J, and was the win­ner of the Colorado Re­view’s 2016 Nel­li­gan Prize.

Kristin Bjornerud is a vis­ual artist based in Mon­treal. Her work, which has been ex­hib­ited na­tion­ally, is rep­re­sented in nu­mer­ous pub­lic col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the Canada Coun­cil Art Bank, the City of Ot­tawa Art Col­lec­tion, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Visit her at kristin­

Michelle Chen is a nine­teen-year-old writer at the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Amherst who im­mi­grated to the U.S. at age four. Her work has ap­peared in Prairie Schooner, Bat City Re­view, Rat­tle, and else­where. She at­tended the Iowa Young Writ­ers’ Stu­dio with the sup­port of the Na­tional So­ci­ety of Arts and Let­ters. Visit her blog for am­bi­tious youth at mc-am­bi­tiousy­

Nomi Chi is a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary vis­ual artist cur­rently re­sist­ing in un­ceded Coast Sal­ish Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wau­tuth ter­ri­to­ries, oth­er­wise known as Van­cou­ver, Canada. Their pri­mary prac­tice en­gages with the vis­ual lex­i­con of il­lus­tra­tion and tat­too. They grad­u­ated from Emily Carr Univer­sity in 2015 with a BFA in il­lus­tra­tion.

A Toronto na­tive, Mor­gan Christie’s work has ap­peared in Hip­pocam­pus, Aethlon, Black­berry, and oth­ers; she has also been nom­i­nated for a Push­cart Prize. Her chap­book, Vari­a­tions on a Lob­ster’s Tale (New Plains Press, 2018), won the 2017 Alexan­der Posey Prize, and her sec­ond col­lec­tion, Ster­ling (WordTech Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, 2019), is forth­com­ing.

Anita Dolman’s de­but short fic­tion col­lec­tion is Lost Enough (Morn­ing Rain Pub­lish­ing, 2017). She is a con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor for Arc Po­etry, and co-ed­i­tor of Moth­er­hood in Pre­car­i­ous Times, an an­thol­ogy of non­fic­tion, es­says, and po­etry (Deme­ter Press, 2018). Fol­low her @aj­dol­man or an­i­ta­dol­

Rhonda Dynes is a pro­fes­sor of lib­eral stud­ies at Mo­hawk Col­lege in Hamil­ton, On­tario, and the au­thor of Es­say Es­sen­tials (Nel­son Ed­u­ca­tion, 2014; 2018). Pre­vi­ously a se­nior ed­i­tor and reviewer at the Hamil­ton Re­view of Books, she also has pub­lished in the Temz Re­view and The Hum­ber Lit­er­ary Re­view.

Stacey May Fowles is an award-win­ning nov­el­ist, jour­nal­ist, and es­say­ist liv­ing in Toronto. The au­thor of three nov­els, her by­lines in­clude the Globe and Mail, the Ath­letic, and Jezebel. Her most re­cent book, Base­ball Life Ad­vice (McClel­land & Ste­wart, 2017), was a na­tional best­seller. She coedited an an­thol­ogy on sex­ual as­sault and sur­vival, due in spring 2019.

Kim Fu is the au­thor of the nov­els The Lost Girls of Camp Forever­more (HarperCollins, 2018) and For To­day I Am a Boy (HarperCollins, 2014), as well as the po­etry col­lec­tion How Fes­tive the Am­bu­lance (Night­wood Edi­tions, 2016). Orig­i­nally from Van­cou­ver, she cur­rently lives in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton.

Grow­ing up, Han­nah Graff was trans­fixed by the il­lus­tra­tions she saw in chil­dren’s books. Her favourites were of­ten dark and some­times bru­tal fairy tales—the dark­ness in­ter­twined with the whim­si­cal. She lives in Nor­wood, Ohio, with her fi­ancé and three cats. She is con­stantly in­spired by na­ture, folk­lore, and the ev­ery­day magic that sur­rounds them.

nancy viva davis hal­i­fax is a queer, crip poet and scholar, born on the North Shore of New Bruns­wick on Mi'gma'gi ter­riory. she lives as a guest on stolen tra­di­tional lands. she has pub­lished one col­lec­tion of po­etry (McGill-Queen’s Univer­sity Press, 2015) and is writ­ing her sec­ond.

Jane Ea­ton Hamil­ton is the au­thor of nine books of cre­ative non-fic­tion, fic­tion, and po­etry, in­clud­ing the 2016 novel Week­end. Jane’s books have been shortlisted for many awards, in­clud­ing the BC Book Prize. They are the two-time win­ner of the CBC Lit­er­ary Prize for fic­tion (2003 and 2014). They live near Van­cou­ver.

Ceilidh Isadore is a nine­teen-year-old Mi'kmaw artist from Wag­mat­cook, lo­cated in Cape Bre­ton, Nova Sco­tia. She is a Two-Spirit queer woman cur­rently at­tend­ing Trent Univer­sity for In­dige­nous stud­ies. Rather than us­ing words, she lets the pic­ture speak.

Rachna Raj Kaur has a BA in art his­tory from the Univer­sity of Toronto. She has writ­ten about tele­vi­sion, lit­er­a­ture, art, and pol­i­tics for Cana­dian Art, Now, and Kala and is the re­views ed­i­tor for Plen­i­tude. Rachna (r-uh-ch-nah) is a Third Cul­ture Kid; she lives in Park­dale, Toronto.

Liz Kellebrew writes fic­tion and po­etry from Bain­bridge Is­land, Wash­ing­ton. Her work ap­pears in Writ­ers Re­sist: The An­thol­ogy 2018, the Co­nium Re­view, and Elohi Gadugi, among oth­ers. She was shortlisted for the Calvino Prize and the Black River Chap­book Com­pe­ti­tion, and holds an MFA in cre­ative writ­ing from God­dard Col­lege.

Jo Lee is a full-time free­lance il­lus­tra­tor based in Toronto, Canada. Her process of cre­at­ing im­ages com­bines dif­fer­ent forms of me­dia such as wa­ter­colour, pen and ink, and dig­i­tal. In ad­di­tion to free­lanc­ing, she has an il­lus­trated prod­uct line of sta­tion­ary and home goods, La Jolee, fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful wa­ter­colour pat­terns and fun-lov­ing an­i­mals.

A re­cent grad­u­ate of OCADU, Kris Ly lives in Toronto and pro­duces work that is in­spired by their de­sire to un­cover the un­seen. Through study­ing the phys­i­ol­ogy and his­tory of hu­mans, they of­ten make works that are rich in di­verse mean­ings, such as the way we choose to vis­ually com­mu­ni­cate the anatomy that re­flects on how we see so­ci­ety.

Me­lanie Mah’s de­but novel, The Sweet­est One (Cor­morant Books, 2015), won the 2017 Tril­lium Book Award, and her work’s been pub­lished in PRISM in­ter­na­tional, Ri­cepa­per, and Brick. She’s cur­rently at work on a short story col­lec­tion and an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional mem­oir. Born and raised in Al­berta, she now lives in Toronto.

Sara Mang’s writ­ing has ap­peared or is forth­com­ing in The New Quar­terly, Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture, and Pulp Lit­er­a­ture. She has been a fi­nal­ist for TNQ’s Peter Hinch­cliffe Fic­tion Award and The Mala­hat Re­view’s Far Hori­zons Award for Po­etry. Orig­i­nally from Labrador, she is cur­rently com­plet­ing her MFA in cre­ative writ­ing at UBC.

Alissa McArthur has been a mem­ber of Room’s ed­i­to­rial board since 2015. She was born in Tokyo, grew up in the North Shore of Van­cou­ver, and now writes and ed­its from Toronto. She holds an MA in English lit­er­a­ture from UBC and pre­vi­ously worked at Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture. Her work has ap­peared in Ri­cepa­per and Room 37.3.

Katie McGarry lives in Water­loo and is en­rolled in the Writer’s Stu­dio On­line through Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity. Her writ­ing is forth­com­ing in The Hum­ber Lit­er­ary Re­view, fill­ing Sta­tion, and GUSH: Men­strual Man­i­festos for Our Time (Fron­tenac House, 2018).

Estlin McPhee is a writer, magic-maker, and col­lec­tive or­ga­nizer liv­ing on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wau­tuth land in Van­cou­ver, B.C. They work with youth and live with cats. For five years, Estlin co-or­ga­nized RE­VERB, an anti-op­pres­sive queer read­ing se­ries. Find them on­line at em­

Triin Paja lives in ru­ral Es­to­nia. Her po­etry has ap­peared in Prairie Schooner, Port­land Re­view, Adroit, and En­tropy, among oth­ers. She is the au­thor of a po­etry col­lec­tion in Es­to­nian, Nõges (Värske Raa­mat, 2018).

Loghan Paylor is an MFA cre­ative writ­ing stu­dent at UBC and a for­mer col­umn writer for Beat. Their non-fic­tion work has ap­peared on­line at Al­ter­, Re­belle So­ci­ety, and Tiny Bud­dha. Loghan lives in Ab­bots­ford, B.C. with their part­ner, two cats, and one very fluffy dog.

Nagmeh Phe­lan lives in Toronto with her fam­ily. She’s a poet ad agency Pisces (that’s a thing), and can be found say­ing noth­ing of im­port on Twit­ter @some­som­er­saults.

Oubah Os­man is a So­mali-Cana­dian writer and cre­ative from Toronto, Canada. Her work is forth­com­ing in The Un­pub­lished City Vol­ume II. She holds a BA in English from the Univer­sity of Toronto and is an MFA can­di­date at the Univer­sity of Guelph.

Lisa Rawn lives in the sage west of Kam­loops, British Columbia. Her 2018 chap­book Be­tween Ocean and Land (above/ground press) fol­lows Ahead of Win­ter (Al­fred Gus­tav Press). Her po­ems have been se­lected by Pan­dora’s Col­lec­tive, Spring, sub­Ter­rain, Prairie, and Word. She has been nom­i­nated for a Push­cart Prize.

Af­ter com­plet­ing her Mas­ter of Jour­nal­ism at UBC, Yvonne Robert­son worked as a jour­nal­ist and ed­i­tor in Van­cou­ver. She also cre­ated and fa­cil­i­tated a writ­ing work­shop for home­less and marginal­ized youth. Now in Toronto, she works as a pol­icy an­a­lyst and re­search com­mu­ni­ca­tor.

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.

Gef­fen Semach is a lit­er­ary agent’s as­sis­tant at Aitken Alexan­der As­so­ciates. A for­mer Van­cou­verite, Gef­fen re­lo­cated to Lon­don, Eng­land af­ter com­plet­ing the Columbia Pub­lish­ing Course at Ox­ford Univer­sity in 2017. She has also worked at Pro­file Books and An­drew Nurn­berg As­so­ciates. You can find Gef­fen on Twit­ter @gsemach.

Erika Thorkelson is a writer of fic­tion and cre­ative non-fic­tion liv­ing in Van­cou­ver. She was born in Win­nipeg, grew to adult­hood in Ed­mon­ton, and has lived in Dublin, Ire­land, and Miyagi Pre­fec­ture, Ja­pan. Her work has ap­peared in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Maison­neuve, The New Quar­terly, and Elec­tric Lit­er­a­ture.

Carly Ros­alie Vandergriendt is a Mon­treal-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 Award in 2017. Visit her at car­ly­ros­ or fol­low her @car­ly­ros­alie.

Ot­tawa-born and Costa Rica-based Cara Wa­ter­fall’s work has been fea­tured or is forth­com­ing in Event, The Fid­dle­head, and Ora­to­re­alis. She was shortlisted for FreeFall’s 2016 po­etry con­test, and longlisted for Room’s 2017 po­etry con­test. She has a di­ploma in po­etry and lyric dis­course from the Writer’s Stu­dio at SFU.

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