Growing Room 2019 Line-Up

The following authors, artists, and activists will appear at Growing Room 2019. 

Adèle Barclay‘s debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, (Nightwood, 2016) was nominated for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her second collection of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in fall 2019.

Adrienne Gruber is the author of two poetry books and five chapbooks. Her third poetry collection, Q & A, is forthcoming with Book*hug in Spring 2019.

Akberet S. Beyene worked as a TV reporter in the Television Broadcast of the Ministry of Information of Eritrea for more than twenty years. She fled Eritrea because for almost a decade it has been ruled by a brutal dictatorship and journalists were the first target. She’s here to speak up for her people and her colleagues who have been denied because they speak truth.

Alex Leslie‘s collection of short stories, We All Need to Eat, was published by Book*hug this Fall. Alex is the author of the story collection, People Who Disappear (Freehand), shortlisted for a Lambda Award for debut fiction, the poetry collection The things I heard about you (Nightwood), shortlisted for a Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry, and a chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World.

Alicia Elliott is an award-winning Tuscarora writer. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, will be available from Doubleday in March 2019.

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Amanda Leduc is the author of The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming The Centaur’s Wife. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity, Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

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Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, Canada). She is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies.

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Andrea Warner is the author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography and We Oughta Know, and co-hosts Pop This! podcast. Pop culture, art, and feminism make her happy.

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Anne Riley is an Indigiqueer multidisciplinary artist living as an uninvited Slavey Dene/Cree/German guest from Fort Nelson First Nation on the unceceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlí̓lwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. She has exhibited both in the United States and Canada. Currently, she is working on a public art project commissioned by the City of Vancouver with her collaborator T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss.

Arielle Spence is an arts administrator and wanna-be writer originally from Coldstream, B.C. (unceded Okanagan Territory). Since moving to Vancouver to attend university in 2010, they have worked at UBC, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and the Vancouver Writers Fest.

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Arielle Twist is an author and community educator from George Gordons First Nation, Saskatchewan. Disintegrate/Dissociate is her first collection of poetry with Arsenal Pulp Press.

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Victoria writer, Arleen Paré, has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize, the American Golden Crown Award for poetry and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

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Arley McNeney is the author of Post and The Time We All Went Marching and writes the Fraser Springs series with a co-author as Laine Ferndale.

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bassam is the current National Director of Spoken Word Canada, a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and have toured Turtle Island performing spoken word.

Betsy Warland has published twelve books of poetry, creative non-fiction and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of personal essays, Breathing the Page— Reading the Act of Writing. In April of 2016, Oscar of Between—A Memoir of Identity and Ideas, was launched by Caitlin Press’ new imprint, Dagger Editions.

Brandi Bird is a Two-Spirit Saulteaux and Cree poet currently living and learning on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory. They study Creative Writing at Douglas College.

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Canisia Lubrin, editor, critic educator and awards-nominated cross-genre writer of Voodoo Hypothesis (2017), has contributed to journals, anthologies, TV, radio, festivals and stages on four continents.

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Carol Rose Daniels is a Saskatchewan Author of award-winning novel Bearskin Diary.  Her first book of poetry – Hiraeth – was released in early 2018 (Inanna Publications). Her second novel – Narrows of Fear – is also set to be released spring 2019 (Nightwood Editions). Carol is also an Aboriginal artist, multi-disciplined in the areas of writing, storytelling, singing/drumming, and visual art.

Caroline Adderson is a Vancouver-based author of numerous books for adults and children. She was the writing mentor for the Vancouver Shoe Project in 2018.

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Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications) was shortlisted for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was published in 2018 by HarperCollins Canada.

T’uy’t’tanat – Cease Wyss is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media and interdisciplinary arts as well as community engaged and public artist. Recent works and shows include: 2019 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence with the VPL, a group show in Brisbane at the IMA entitled “The Commute”, which will be presented at the VAG Vancouver Art Gallery in the fall of 2019. This year, Cease will launch two new public art projects, including “Constellation of Remediation” in collaboration with Dene artist Anne Riley.

Chantal Gibson is an artist-educator interested in the cultural (re)production of knowledge. She teaches writing & design in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at SFU.

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Cicely Belle Blain is an activist, writer, artist and CEO; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, an award-winning co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Vancouver and a member of the Canadian youth delegation to the United Nations.

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Cody Klippenstein’s award-winning short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University.

David Ly is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press, 2018) and the poetry collection Mythical Man (Anstruther Books, 2020).

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A survivor of the child welfare system, adopted and raised in Nêhiyaw culture Denali YoungWolfe is now a UBC graduate student & public scholar focused on asserting and disseminating healthy narratives of Indigeneity for future generations.

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Dina Del Bucchia is podcaster, literary event coordinator, and the author of four collections of poetry and a book of short stories.

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DJ Kookum is a Dene/Cree Filmmaker and DJ. She is a member of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, originally from Cold Lake First Nations and is based out of Vancouver, B.C. DJ Kookum will perform during Growing Room’s opening night at the Fox Cabaret on March 8.

Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions, 2014). She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is writing a comic novel about a dysfunctional workplace called We Are Underlings and a collection of poetry about grief.

Eden Robinson is a Haisla/Heiltsuk author who grew up in Haisla, British Columbia.  Her novel Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for The Giller Prize.  Her latest novel is Trickster Drift.

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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV.

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Elaine Woo is a poet, comics-creator, artist and the author of a second book, Put Your in Hand in Mine,  Signature Editions, March, 2019.  Her visual art is in Otoliths, h&, and S/tick.

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Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s books include Trauma Head, serpentine loop, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living.

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Elizabeth Renzetti is the author of Shrewed, a collection of essays, and the novel Based on a True Story. She is a columnist and feature writer with the Globe and Mail.

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Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging artist and curator. A 2018 graduate of Philosophy and Visual Art (BA) from Thompson Rivers University, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is currently an artist in residence at Nida Art Colony (Lithuania). She is a grateful Cree, Métis, Scottish, and English visitor on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Emily Pohl-Weary is the author of seven books, including Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness and young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl. She teaches at UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

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Emily Riddle is nehiyaw from the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She is a researcher/writer/policy analyst. She has been published in the Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, Canadian Art, and others.

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Erin McQuiston is an English teacher and writer who currently explains science fiction, graphic novels, and feminism to high schoolers in Oklahoma City. She has a PhD in Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and co-authors romance novels under the pen name Laine Ferndale.

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Estíqw is an anti-professional, working as a musician, slam poet and visual artist with a focus on decolonization and indigenous autonomy. they are a defender of the sacred and use their craft as a tool to decolonization and land sovereignty. they and their fire are from the secwepemc nation of the south-central interior.

Fanus came from Eritrea with her family (husband and two children). She has studied Management Information System, and has lived in British Columbia for 16 months.

Fenn Stewart reads and writes in Vancouver, BC. She is an editor at The Capilano Review, a lecturer at UBC, and the author of Better Nature (2017), as well as the chapbooks An OK Organ Man (2012), Vegetable Inventory (2013), and from Waltzing (2014).

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Gaëlle Planchenault writes, works and lives on Burnaby Mountain, unceded ancestral and traditional territories of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm Nations. As an expatriate, she has a strong interest in exploring how people define themselves through history, stories, as well as a transitory attachment to the land.

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, she is also the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women.

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the co-creator of Witch, Please, a feminist podcast on the Harry Potter world, and the creator of the weekly podcast Secret Feminist Agenda. She is also the co-editor of the book Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018).

Hazel Jane Plante is a queer trans librarian and cat photographer. Her novel Little Blue Encyclopedia is forthcoming.

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Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist, and author of Lullabies for Little CriminalsThe Girl Who Was Saturday NightDaydreams of Angels, andWisdom in Nonsense – Invaluable Lessons From My Father.

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Isabella Wang is a young, emerging Chinese-Canadian writer from Vancouver, B.C. Her poetry is published/forthcoming in Looseleaf magazine and Train Journal. At 17, she was the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s 2017 Edna Staebler Essay Contest. She is studying at SFU in the fall of 2018, working with Books on the Radio and interning at Room.

Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music.

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jaye simpson is an oji-cree two spirit trans femme writer, artist and performer. they are the great grandchild of the savages and witches and catholic church couldn’t burn.

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Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Gentlemen of the Shade.

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Jennica Harper’s most recent book of poetry, Wood, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Her newest book, Bounce House, is forthcoming with Anvil Press in 2019.

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Jennifer Zilm is the author of The Missing Field and Waiting Room. She is a librarian, a community mental health worker and a failed biblical scholar.

Jessica Johns is nehiyaw and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She is currently living on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

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Jo Billows is swift waters, secrets and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish (Homalco), they are a queer, trans nonbinary, urban Indigenous, spoken word poet and facilitator.

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Award-winning storyteller, entrepreneur, broadcaster and SFU Writer’s Studio graduate Jo Dworshak produces the monthly show Story Story Lie  at The Rio Theatre.

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Joanna Chiu is deputy bureau chief of StarMetro Vancouver, Toronto Star‘s B.C. bureau. She is a former correspondent in China for international agencies as well as outlets including The Economist and Foreign Policy.

Joanna Lilley has published a novel, Worry Stones, a short story collection, The Birthday Books, and two poetry collections, If There Were Roads and The Fleece Era.

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Joanne Arnott received the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts, 2017. Métis/mixed-blood author of nine books, EVENT Magazine’s poetry editor.

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Jocelyn Tennant is a short fiction and screenwriter living in Vancouver.

Jónína Kirton is a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet. Her second book, An Honest Woman, was a finalist in the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

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Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, and the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. He recently published two books of poetry: I Want by Leaf Press (2015) and Hear and Foretell by BookLand Press (2015).

Jules Arita Koostachin, owner of VisJuelles Productions Inc. is MoshKeKo Cree and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, located in what is now called Northern Ontario. Jules is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia.

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Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. She lives on the unceded, ancestral and the traditional lands of the Musqueam, the Squamish and the Tsleil Waututh people.

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an Anishinaabe writer, poet, editor and the founder and managing editor of Kegedonce Press, an Indigenous publisher based in the territory of her people, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation in Ontario. Kateri’s recent  collection of short stories, The Stone Collection, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for a Sarton Literary Award.

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2013. Her novel, The Break (House of Anansi), was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards. Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman, was published in the fall of 2018.

Kayi Wong has been a member of Room since 2013. After living in Hong Kong and Singapore for many years, she settled on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and is currently writing copy and doing marketing for bookish folks.

Kim Snowden is a Lecturer at UBC and teaches courses on social justice, fairy tales, science fiction & fantasy, YA literature, and monsters of all kinds.

Kim Fu is an award-winning novelist, poet, and critic. Her most recent novel is The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore.

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Kim Trainor‘s second book, Ledi, describes the excavation of an Iron Age horsewoman’s grave in the steppes of Siberia. She lives in Vancouver.

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Kristin Cheung is an arts fundraiser and co-founded “The Future is you and me”, a mentorship program for young women of colour in the arts.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the Lambda Award winning author of Tonguebreaker, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake, and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities.

Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Nixon has previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal, and their writing has appeared in Malahat ReviewRoomGUTSMICEesseInuit Art QuarterlyTeen Vogue, and other publications. nîtisânak is their first book.

Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia and a MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family is her debut memoir.

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LJ Weisberg is a published author and spoken word poet living in Vancouver, BC. They currently attend Kwantlen Polytechnic University for Creative Writing.

Lorimer Shenher is a writer and former police officer currently working in television development. His first book, the acclaimed That Lonely Section of Hell, tells of his previous incarnation as a female police detective working in vain to solve the mystery of Vancouver’s missing women. His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy, will be released March 31st.

Lucas Crawford, genderqueer disabled poet, wrote Sideshow Concessions, The High Line Scavenger Hunt, and Belated Bris of the Brainsick (Fall 2019). Lucas teaches at UNB and is from rural NS.

Lydia Kwa‘s latest novel is a radically revised version of The Walking Boy (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), second in the chuanqi trilogy after Oracle Bone.

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Mallory Tater‘s debut collection of poetry, This Will Be Good, was released with Book*hug press in 2018. Her debut novel, The Birth Yard, is forthcoming in 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.

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Marita Dachsel has written three books of poetry, most recently There Are Not Enough Sad Songs, the play Initiation Trilogy, and creates theatrical installations.

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Maureen Medved’s adaptation of her novel The Tracey Fragments opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlinale, winning the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. Her novel Black Star came out in April 2018. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.

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Meghan Bell is an editor, writer, and cartoonist, and the publisher and graphic designer of Room. Her writing has appeared in literary journals across Canada, including GrainThe New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, The Puritan, and The Minola Review.

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Meharoona Ghani is a graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive, who has published in several anthologies and won writing competitions. She’s happiest when writing.

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Mica Lemiski is Room‘s productions coordinator and hosts the podcast Fainting Couch Feminists. She writes silly jingles and is a regular contributor to VICE.com.

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Molly Cross-Blanchard is a Métis writer, MFA student at UBC, editor at PRISM international, and author of the chapbook I Don’t Want to Tell You.

Co-parenting two elementary-school-aged children in downtown Vancouver, Morgane Oger consults in the tech industry while driving public policy change from the side of her desk for a more inclusive society.

Nabila Huq used to teach English language and literature to post-secondary students in Bangladesh. She graduated in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg, and is in search of a career in Canada where she can utilize her education and experience.

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Nancy Lee is the author of Dead Girls, The Age, and the forthcoming poetry collection, What Hurts Going Down (McClelland & Stewart, 2020).

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.

Award-winning poet and essayist Nicole Breit teaches genre-bending CNF. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her wife and two children.

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Nilofar Shidmehr is the author of seven books in English and Farsi, including Shirin and Salt Man, a BC Book Prize finalist, and Divided Loyalties, a recent fiction collection.

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Onjana Yawnghwe has written two books of poetry, Fragments, Desire (Oolichan, 2017) and The Small Way (Caitlin, 2018). She is currently working on a graphic novel.

Patricia Massy is Cree/English and a member of the As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation. She is the proprietor of Massy Books, a 100% Indigenous owned bookstore operating on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), or sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Rabbit Richards is relentlessly compassionate with fierce integrity. Their francophone cat is named Cat.

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Rawan Nassar was born in Damascus, Syria and is an English literature grad. She has been carrying out activities as a part of many Humanitarian Organizations like Action Against Hunger, International Organization for Migration, Human Rights Watch.

Robyn Maynard is the award-winning and bestselling author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present.

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Ruby Smith-Diaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton- amiskwacîwâskahikan  and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Since graduating, she has found her passion working as a youth facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist, and by using art and popular education as tools for activism, empowerment, and community building.

Ruth Daniell is an award-winning writer and editor who currently lives with her family in Kelowna, BC. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Brightest Thing (Caitlin Press, 2019), explores fairy tales, sexual violence, love, and healing.

Salia Joseph is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nation’s on her father’s side and is British and Jewish on her mothers. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia, where she focused on Indigenous feminisms and new media. She recently graduated from a yearlong full time immersion program in her language, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim at Simon Fraser University. Salia sings in a band called An̓usáyum̓ (Two Berries) as well as a traditional Sḵwx̱wú7mesh dance/singing group called Ta Na Wa Káwstem. Salia manages Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a Sḵwx̱wú7mes language and culture non-prophet.

Samantha Nock is a Cree-Métis poet, writer, and podcast host from Dawson Creek, BC. Her family originally comes from Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.

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Sara Graefe is a playwright, screenwriter and editor of the CNF collection Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories. She teaches at UBC Creative Writing.

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Sarah Leavitt is the author of Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me. Lately she’s been making comics about loving her partner, who has chronic pain and other disabilities.

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Serena Lukas Bhandar is a brown/queer/genderfluid essayist and collaborateur in decolonial transgressive art. Her writing comprises (in unequal parts): faction, mythopoeia, and solarpunk.

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Shanga Karim is a journalist. She worked as a women’s activist to be a voice for women who were killed because of love, who had FGM  because of the inhuman traditions, and all of the girls and women who couldn’t know their rights. Shanga was an editor in chief for a newspaper called “women’s rights”.

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Sharon Bala is the bestselling author of The Boat People. Her short fiction has been widely published and won the Journey Prize in 2017.

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Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

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Siobhan Barker, single parent, community organizer, social justice champion, is a published fiction/non-fiction author, textile-artist, bilingual singer & storyteller, having toured nationally; facilitating and public speaking.

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sonam chozom was born and brought up in India as a Tibetan refugee. She came to Canada on November 24, 2016 through a Tibetan resettlement project. Her dream is to be a nurse beyond the borders. Currently she is enrolled in a health care aide course and completing her high school diploma.

Susan Scott edited Body & Soul, Caitlin Press’s breakthrough book of spiritual memoir, and is the nonfiction editor with The New Quarterly (TNQ).

Tania De Rozario is a writer, visual artist, and the author of  And The Walls Come Crumbling Down and Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press 2016 / 2013).

Taryn Hubbard is a member of Room’s editorial board. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming from Talonbooks in 2020. She lives and writes in Chilliwack.

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Triny Finlay is a queer writer who lives in Fredericton. Her most recent poetry collection is You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction, 2018).

Valeen Jules is a radio producer, youth outreach worker, spoken word artist, community organizer and full-spectrum doula from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw nations.

Founded in May 2016, Virago Nation is on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality from the toxic effects of colonization. Virago Nation is a collective of Indigenous artists creating performance through burlesque, theatre, song and spoken word as well as workshops, and community networks rematriating indigenous sexuality. Through humour, seduction, pop culture and politics they will show that Indigenous women will not be confined to the colonial virgin-whore dichotomy but will design a new dynamic and multi-faceted sexual identity rooted in their own desires. Virago Nation will perform at Growing Room’s opening night party at the Fox Cabaret on March 8.

Whitney French is a writer and arts-educator. Her latest project Black Writing Matters is an anthology of creative nonfiction published through the University of Regina Press.

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Yilin Wang is a writer and a member of the Room editorial collective. Her writing has appeared Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, Abyss & Apex, LooseLeaf, and Clarkesworld, as well as won literary awards.

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Growing Room Alumni (2017 & 2018)

Amber Dawn, Caroline Adderson, Marianne Apostolides, Joanne Arnott, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Carleigh Baker, Marie Annharte Baker, Adèle Barclay, Gurjinder Basran, Meghan Bell, Gwen Benaway, Molly Billows, Juliane Okot Bitek, Ali Blythe, Nicole Breit, Selina Boan, Kat Cameron, Roxanne Charles, Jillian Christmas, Kim Clark, Cyndia Cole, Karla Comanda, Lorna Crozier, Francine Cunningham, Jen Currin, Maggie de Vries, Dina Del Bucchia, Junie Désil, Samantha deVries-Hofman, Farzana Doctor, Dora Dueck, Leanne Dunic, barbara findlay, Cynthia Flood, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Sierra Skye Gemma, Chantal Gibson, Hiromi Goto, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Rachel Hartman, Leah Horlick, Taryn Hubbard, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Aislinn Hunter, June Hutton, Jia Hwang, Kyla Jamieson, Rachel Jansen, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Jessica Johns, Vici Johnstone, Manal Kamran, Anna Ling Kaye, Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight, Lydia Kwa, Sonnet L’Abbé, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Doretta Lau, Evelyn Lau, Jen Sookfong Lee, Mica Lemiski, Alex Leslie, Christine Lowther, Carrie Mac, Mary MacDonald,Tanis MacDonald, Minelle Mahtani, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alessandra Naccarato, Kellee Ngan, Nilofar Shidmehr, Samantha Nock, Ijeoma Oluo, Deanna Partridge-David, Casey Plett, Emily Pohl-Weary, Chelsea Rooney, Clea Roberts, Bev Sellars, Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi (Too Attached), Sylvia Symons, Mallory Tater, Audrey Thomas, Gillian Thomson and Robert Thomson (Sister Says), Betsy Warland, Rita Wong, Elaine Woo, Beni Xiao, Jennifer Zilm, Daniel Zomparelli

Authors and Festival Organizers Featured in the Image Header (left to right)

Image 1: Carleigh Baker
Image 2: Bev Sellars
Image 3: Chelene Knight (2018 – current festival director)
Image 4: Jessica Johns (2018 programming committee member) and Rachel Jansen
Image 5: Kayi Wong (marketing coordinator) and Nav Nagra (2018 programming committee member)
Images 6-7: Festival attendees
Image 8: Arielle Spence (2017 festival director)
Image 9: Leanne Dunic
Image 10: Jónína Kirton
Image 11: Juliane Okot Bitek

Header Photos by Joy Muriel and Alyssa Hirose