Room Magazine’s Youth Reading

Come hear what the latest up and coming writers are doing with their creative work. How are these young writers drawing inspiration and responding to a world that is progressively changing? What occupies their minds? What futures do they envision? With featured readings from eight diverse and distinctive voices, that of Maya Ramakrishnan, Simone Chnarakis, Angelina Li, Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow, Chimedum Ohaegbu, Harman Kaur, Stephanie Chang, and Evelyn Danis. Hosted by Room magazine’s intern, Isabella Wang.

Event Type: Reading
Massy Books
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can / Free
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Maya Ramakrishnan is an American-Canadian writer. She is in grade seven and is currently working on her first novel. She rides horses frequently, and, when not riding or writing, likes to dabble in Medieval archery from time to time. 

Simone Chnarakis is a 15-year old student who is currently attending Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School. She enjoys socializing, expressing her creativity through writing, and sharing it with her friends. Her favourite genre of poetry that she enjoys to write is lyric poems. She is involved in the local literary scene, and has performed her poetry at reading events held across Vancouver, including Chelene Knight’s book launch.

Angelina Li is a young, emerging Chinese-Canadian writer from Vancouver, B.C. She is currently in her last year of high school and enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction about gender, technology, and the storytelling experience. Her short story has been anthologized in The Emotional Embodiment of Stars.

Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow is a slam poet and an honours graduate from Reynolds Secondary School. As the daughter of a Somali refugee and a seventh-generation Canadian, Sealey-Qaylow is deeply connected to her culture and writes about the adventures of being in a mixed family, as well as to help negotiate the joy and clashes found in the daily mix of cultures, ethnicities, religions, languages and nationalities. An active volunteer within various parts of the community, Aziza has travelled to many European and African countries, and likes to view the world with an open mind. Aziza is also currently serving as the 2019 City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate.

Chimedum Ohaegbu, aka Chimie, attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She is Uncanny Magazine’s assistant editor and the recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. A piece of hers was a finalist in Outlook Springs’ 2017 creative nonfiction competition, and otherwise her work is published or forthcoming in Strange HorizonsThis MagazineThe UbysseyHoney & Lime, and The Capilano Review.  

Harman Kaur is a writer and spoken word artist from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. Her work delves into the complexities that come with being a Panjabi Sikh woman. She has travelled across Canada and the US to perform her work and to facilitate poetry workshops. Phulkari is her debut book. Visit to learn more and to keep up with her work!

Evelyn Danis spends most of their time in the clouds, and the remainder among the stars. The shiny ones, not the wealthy ones. Ev’s self-published first novel, Fire in the Dark, is a time-bending science fiction adventure and a meditation on utopia, inspiration, and the wrong sort of people doing the wrong sort of things. Fire in the Dark has just been released and is taking the world by light drizzle as we speak. In the “real world,” Ev teaches writing at SFU and organizes local LGBTQ+ functions.

Stephanie Chang is a grade 11 student from Richmond. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Kenyon Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Penn ReviewBerkeley Poetry Review, and more. She has been recognized by the League of Canadian Poets’ Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize, National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize, and nominated for Best New Poets 2018. Currently, she writes for Her Culture Magazine and interned at Half Mystic Press. When not writing, she competes at debate tournaments and staffs Model United Nations conferences. Her favourite poet is Ocean Vuong.


Isabella Wang’s debut chapbook is forthcoming with Baseline Press (2019). Her poetry and prose have a appeared in over a dozen literary journals across Canada. She holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry and at 18, is a two-finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for the New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU, and interning at Room