Artists & Contributors
is a Nisga’a writer from British Columbia and the winner of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize for his poetry collection Injun. His creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry, The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century. Abel is the author of Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps.
Durrah Alsaif is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited at galleries such as the Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, and the Surrey Art Gallery. Alsaif believes that addressing and critiquing certain topics, especially through art, is a step toward making change.
Manhur Anand is poetry editor of Canadian Notes & Queries. She co-edited Regreen: New Canadian Ecological Poetry, and her debut book of poems, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award in 2015.
Tara Atluri has a PhD in Sociology. She has written two books. The most recent, Uncommitted Crimes: The Defiance of the Artistic Imagi/nation discusses subaltern artists in and from Turtle Island (Canada) whose inspiring artwork serves as political critique.
Himani Bannerji is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, York University. Her research and writing life extend between Canada and India. Her interests encompass anti-racist feminism, Marxism, critical cultural theories and historical sociology.
Kiran Bhumber is a media artist, composer, musician and educator based in Vancouver, Canada. Kiran constructs interactive installations and performance systems that allow performers and audiences to engage with themes relating to cultural memory, embodiment and nostalgia.
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Her curatorial projects include When Form Becomes Attitude (Calgary) bust/boom (Calgary), With an instinct for justice (Toronto) and Aleesa Cohene's solo exhibition I Don't Get It (Toronto, St. John's, and Vancouver).
Charles Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator. He currently lives and works in Victoria BC.
Rohit Chokhani is an award-winning arts curator, director and cultural leader. He is the Artistic Director for Diwali in B.C., co-creator of the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, and is an Artistic Associate at Bard on the Beach. Rohit is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable.
Soheila Esfahani grew up in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada in 1992. She is an award-winning visual artist. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and collected by various public and private institutions, including the Canada Council’s Art Bank.
Tawhida Tanya Evanson
Kathleen Flaherty is the Dramaturg at PTC, and a former producer of radio drama and Ideas documentaries for CBC Radio. She collaborates with theatre makers to manifest a piece of theatre live in space with the capacity to engage an audience.
Helena Martin Franco
Veena Gokhale is a freelance writer living in Montreal. She started her career as a journalist in Bombay, which inspired Bombay Wali and other stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2013. Her novel, Land for Fatimah (Guernica Editions, 2018), is partly inspired by the two years she spent working in Tanzania.
Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist and activist based in London, Ontario. Since the 1970's, she has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She is also active as a lecturer, writer and independent curator and has travelled and worked within Canada and internationally.
Roald Hoffman is a writer of poetry, essays, non-fiction, and plays. An accomplished chemist, he has carved out his own territory between poetry, philosophy, and science.
Sherazad Jamal was born in London, England to two proud Kenyan Khoja Ismaili Muslim parents. She immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1973. She has a BA (English Literature) and a Masters of Architecture. She is an interdisciplinary artist with over 25 years experience in the visual arts, architecture, creative writing, graphic design/magazine publishing, arts policy-making and artisan entrepreneurship.
Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. He is the author of 'Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene' and co-author of "Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale."
Hanif Karim lives in Vancouver and once, many years ago, played soccer with Rawi Hage on a gorgeous summer day in Montreal.
Stephanie Wong Ken
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Ausma Zehanat Khan is a community activist and writer living in Colorado. She is the author of The Unquiet Dead and The Bloodprint, her fantasy debut.
Erum Khan is a film and theatre maker. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She is currently the Youth Coordinator for the Rendezvous With Madness Festival.
Nancy Lee is an interdisciplinary media artist, filmmaker and electronic music curator. Her work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings.
Derek Mascarenhas's fiction has been published in
Seema Mehta is a dancer, choreographer, and fine artist. Seema's style establishes an admirable balance between the subtle and graceful yet powerful, especially in her footwork. Beyond the traditional perception of dance, Seema’s vision is to touch lives through her art.
Farrah Marie Miranda
Farrah Miranda is an Abu Dhabi born, Toronto-based artist of Goan and Mangalorean descent. She has exhibited at the Santa Fe Arts Institute, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Onsite Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, Artcite Inc., Surrey Art Gallery, Astérides, and Whippersnapper Gallery.
Shani Mootoo writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist and video maker. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Arts Award, 2017 Chalmers Fellowship Award, and the James Duggins Outstanding Midcareer Novelist Award. Her forthcoming novel Polar Vortex will be published early 2020 by Book*Hug Press.
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin's practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide.
Tijiki Morris is a creator, puppetry artist, performer and director who was raised in Pakistan and came to Canada after secondary school. Tijiki is currently a playwright-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille.
Dr. Anne Murphy
Dr. Anne Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and co-Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research in the Institute of Asian Research.
Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary artist that works with various materials including beadwork, quillwork, textiles, repurposed objects, drawing, performance, and video.
Zinnia Naqvi is a visual artist based in Toronto and Montreal.
Cecily Nicholson is the administrator for Gallery Gachet, an artist-run centre and mental health resource in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. She is the author of Triage and From the Poplars.
Jivesh Parasram is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist, and a fine maker of dhal. His work has been performed internationally including Canada, Italy, and the West Indies. He is Artistic Director at Rumble Theatre in Vancouver, and is a co-founder of Pandemic Theatre.
Dawit L. Petros
Zahida Rahemtulla is an emerging writer of fiction and theatre. Her play-in-progress, The Wrong Bashir, was recently selected as a national finalist for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre's MSG program and is in development at the Playwrights Theatre Centre.
Jagdeep Singh Raina
Jagdeep Singh Raina is an artist who has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine.
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a writer, poet and editor. She is the founder of Intersections, a series dedicated to featuring BIPOC and women to discuss the craft of writing and the writing life from an intersectional lens.
Raghavendra Rao K.V.
Raghavendra Rao K.V. is a multidisciplinary, practicing visual artist originally from Bangalore, India, and currently living and working in Vancouver, Canada. His practice integrates public art, multi-media work, painting and graphic design.
Ian Iqbal Rashid
Ian Iqbal Rashid is a London-based poet, screenwriter and filmmaker. His films have screened at festivals from Sundance to Toronto and been distributed theatrically. He is the author of three award-winning volumes of poetry.
Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen novels, a book of stories, and four works of non-fiction. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, and his books have been translated into over forty languages.
Hassan Ghedi Santur
Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC radio and his print journalism work has appeared in the New York Times, Yahoo News, and The Walrus, among others.
Rajarshi Sengupta is a practitioner and a PhD candidate in art history at the Dept. of Art History, Visual Arts, and Theory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His work focuses on artisanal histories and practice-theory interface.
(Nep) Nirbhai Singh Sidhu
Madiha Sikander graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, specializing in miniature painting. She works around issues of historical erasure and memory.
Jason Samuels Smith
Jason Samuel Smith is a dancer, choreographer and performer He is a dedicated champion of the Art form of Tap Dance. Jason promotes respect for the art form and creates opportunities for upcoming generations as he continues to travel as an ambassador for tap around the world.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Sanchari Sur is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work can be found in Daily Xtra, Room, Toronto Book Award shortlisted The Unpublished City (Book*hug, 2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Humber Literary Review, Prism International, and elsewhere.
Sarah Tolmie is the author of the speculative fictions Two Travelers, NoFood, The Stone Boatman, and The Little Animals.
Aritha van Herk
Rahul Varma is a playwright, essayist, and community activist. He is a co-founder and artistic director of Teesri Duniya Theatre. His works include Land Where The Trees Talk, No Man's Land, Trading Injuries, Counter Offence, and Bhopal. Rahul lives in Montreal with his wife and his daughter.
Conner Singh VanderBeek
Hal Wake has been engaged with the literary community in Canada for more than 30 years. He has interviewed many well-known authors, and has hosted or moderated hundreds of literary events. He is an Honorary Member of the Writers Union of Canada, and is the former Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.
Isabella Wang is a poet and editor.