Tin Lorica

and how to wear a soft armour

Tin Lorica’s debut chapbook, soft armour, makes you want to crawl into bed with your twenty-something memories and stay a while. As Tin’s literary debut,…


Beni Xiao

It's in the small things.

Reading Beni Xiao’s work is a bit like meeting a new friend, and a bit like coming home to an old one.  The uniqueness, vulnerability…

Real Live Action

Best Canadian Poetry 2019 Launch

By the time I reached Massy Books for the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2019, all the chairs had gone. That’s understandable — it’s a…


Julia Cundari

Grounding poetic snapshots in the discordant energy of isolation.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered the practice of social distancing, enforced self-isolation, and quarantining around the world. Consequently, Western capitalist cultures are buckling under…


Kyla Jamieson

To conflate Kyla with the "I" of the poems is to get her wrong again.

I keep being wrong about Kyla Jamieson. I first saw her at a reading, where I was struck by her fierceness. Her poetry was biting…


Samantha Marie Nock

Decolonial love! Radical Reciprocity! Tenderness! Care!

Samantha Marie Nock is a Cree-Métis woman whose family is from Sakitawak (Île-À-La-Crosse), North Saskatchewan. She has been living, working and writing in Vancouver for…


Adèle Barclay

"on a chart that roughly maps / the gender spectrum / I select femme and dirtbag / instead of masc and dapper."

Adèle Barclay clearly has an effect on people. When I go into a bookshop to ask for her latest volume of poetry, Renaissance Normcore, the…


Chelene Knight

Growing Room Literary Festival

CanLit is about to be rewritten, and Room Magazine’s Growing Room Festival curator, Chelene Knight, is ready to shape the new story. But growth isn’t…


Tin Lorica & Savannah Erasmus

A Personal Take on Comedy

If the whole point of comedy is that it is relatable, how does one make a minority experience funny? For Tin Lorica and Savannah Erasmus,…