Close-Up Magic: Launch of Room Issue 42.1

Ladies, gentlemen, and people across the gender galaxy: gather close and listen in as we share tales of magic, mystery, transformation, and resistance from the spring issue of Room Magazine, “Magic.” Prepare to be amazed as these literary alchemists bring their words to life and keep you spell-bound through the evening with their enchanting readings.

Event Type: Reading
Red Gate Revue Stage
Date: Saturday, March 16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


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.

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

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.

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.


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.


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


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.