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Lit Mag Love Episode 5: Listen to the Writing: Chelene Knight (Room)

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About Room

Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews for forty years. Published quarterly by the West Coast Feminist Literary Magazine Society, also known as the Growing Room Collective, Room showcases writing and art by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. Room believes in publishing emerging writers alongside established authors, and because of this, approximately 90% of the work the magazine publishes comes from unsolicited submissions or contest entries. Work that originally appeared in Room has been anthologized in The Journey Prize AnthologyBest Canadian PoetryBest Canadian Stories, and Best Canadian Essays, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. 

About Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight lives in Vancouver, BC and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio in multiple genres. Chelene is a Library Assistant at the Vancouver Public Library, and Managing Editor at Room. Chelene has worked as a Manuscript Consultant through SFU and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her second book, Dear Current Occupant, a memoir, is forthcoming with BookThug in 2018. Chelene is now working on a novel set in the 1940's in Vancouver's Hogan's Alley. Her first book, Braided Skin, was published by Mother Tongue Publishing in Spring 2015. Find out more about Chelene at cheleneknight.com and @poetchelene.

Episode Credits

Host: Rachel Thompson
Audio Editor: Meghan Bell
Music: https://musicformakers.com/songs/the-return/
Production & Research Assistant: Gulnaz Saiyed
Produced by Room magazine and We Are Lit Writers (Rachel Thompson)

Season One of Lit Mag Love is sponsored by Lit Mag Love, an online course by Rachel Thompson

Lit Mag Love Episode 4: How Writing is like Running and Cycling: Andrea Bennett (Maisonneuve)

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About Maisonneuve

Maisonneuve literally means "new house" and suggests the spirit of collective enterprise the magazine gathers under one roof. The magazine takes its name from Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the man who founded Montreal in 1642. A teenage soldier who experienced something of a religious conversion in his twenties, de Maisonneuve came from Champagne, where his last remains can be found today.


About Andrea Bennett

andrea bennett's writing has been published by the Atlantic, the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, Maisonneuve, Hazlitt, Vice, Geist, Reader's Digest and others. Her essay, "Water Upon the Earth," received gold in the essays category at the 2015 National Magazine Awards; in 2013, her piece "Unmasked: Searching for lessons in Toronto's 2010 G20 debacle" received an NMA honourable mention in the politics and public interest category. andrea's first book of poetry, Canoodlers, came out with Nightwood Editions in 2014. She is currently working on travel guides to Montreal and Quebec City for Moon Travel.

andrea is the Editor-in-Chief of Maisonneuve, a researcher for Reader's Digest, a columnist at This magazine and the designer for PRISM. Originally from Hamilton, she currently lives in Montreal. She holds a BA in English and French from the University of Guelph, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic.

Quotes from the Episode

“As an editor, it’s really important to cultivate a couple of things. One is an awareness of what’s been published elsewhere.”

“So poetry and prose are a little bit like running and cycling, in that there are some things that cross over and other things that don’t.”

“General interest magazines are looking for scenes, like action unfolding in time as opposed to anything too-too exposition heavy.”

Story Discussed

Andrea discussed Adam Elliott Segal's "Black Market Babies," non-fiction (longform magazine journalism).
Read it here: https://maisonneuve.org/article/2017/07/18/black-market-babies.

Episode Credits

Host: Rachel Thompson
Audio Editor: Meghan Bell
Music: https://musicformakers.com/songs/the-return/
Production & Research Assistant: Gulnaz Saiyed
Produced by Room magazine and We Are Lit Writers (Rachel Thompson)

Season One of Lit Mag Love is sponsored by Lit Mag Love, an online course by Rachel Thompson

Lit Mag Love Episode 2.2 (Reading): Nahid Rachlin's "Three Sharp-Edged Memories"

Check out this interview with Nahid Rachlin on The Forge lit mag website.

Episode Credits:

Work by: Nahid Rachlin
Read by: Rachel Thompson
Audio Editor: Meghan Bell
Music: https://musicformakers.com/songs/the-return/

Production Assistant: Gulnaz Saiyed
Produced by Room magazine and We Are Lit Writers (Rachel Thompson)

Season One of Lit Mag Love is sponsored by Lit Mag Love, an online course by Rachel Thompson

Episode 1: No Subject is Off Limits featuring Shashi Bhat from Event Magazine

Shashi Bhat: EVENT

Shashi Bhat: EVENT

EVENT Magazine

EVENT Magazine

About EVENT Magazine

For 45 years, EVENT has published the very best in contemporary new poetry and prose. They are one of Western Canada’s longest-running literary magazines, and welcome submissions written in English from around the world. Each issue of EVENT includes high-quality fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews, and they feature emerging and established writers side-by-side in their pages.

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About Shashi Bhat

Shashi Bhat received an MFA in Fiction from The Johns Hopkins University and a BA in English from Cornell University. Her novel, The Family Took Shape, was released from Cormorant Books in 2013, and was one of three books shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, Journey Prize Stories 24, PRISM international, EVENT, The New Quarterly, The Threepenny ReviewThe Missouri Review and other journals. She was a finalist for the 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. She teaches creative writing at Douglas College and is the Editor of EVENT magazine.

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Read "Bacchanalia" by Marcia Walker in EVENT 45/2

This is the piece Shashi Bhat discusses in the episode.

Quotes from the Episode:

3:59 “While I was working on my personal essay for medical school, I realized that I was way more into working on the essay then I was into actually any of the stuff I would actually be doing at medical school.”

5:15 “When I was in school I always loved my extracurriculars… and that’s kinda what working on a literary magazine feels like.”

22:16 “We’re looking for quality and we’re looking to be surprised.”

43:36 “No subjects are off-limits, but to try for an original take for some of the more tired subjects.”

 

Episode Credits:

Host: Rachel Thompson
Audio Editor: Meghan Bell
Music: https://musicformakers.com/songs/the-return/

Production & Research Assistant: Gulnaz Saiyed
Produced by Room magazine and We Are Lit Writers (Rachel Thompson)

Season One of Lit Mag Love is sponsored by Lit Mag Love, an online course by Rachel Thompson