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Zine Review + Excerpt: Where I Am Where I Am Not

Category: Anisa Rawhani, Issue 77, News, Reviews

Where I Am Where I Am Not Rabeea Syed, Zine, 12 pgs, @rabeeasyed, $5 “You know, I support bombing Iraq because of terrorists,” a customer said to Rabeea Syed after she asked if they’d like a bag. Cue the pregnant pause. Written by Syed, a Muslim hijabi, the strength of Where I Am Where I […]

Flamingo Rampant’s Diverse Queer Kids Books Centre Joy, Not Injury

S. Bear Bergman (left) and j wallace skelton with their children, Stanley Bergman (front) and Solomon Bergman (on shoulders). (Photo by Sara Elisabeth)   by Anisa Rawhani One evening, while reading a bedtime story to his three-year-old son, S. Bear Bergman noticed an alarming pattern. It seemed like every LGBTQ-themed picture book he read was riddled with […]

Staff Pick: Protest 101

Protest 101: How to do it and Why you should Zine, Bronwyn Mauldin, 21 pgs,, $7 USD It feels like there’s been a rip in the space-time continuum. White supremacists and neo-Nazis are rearing their collective head and taking the streets like it’s 1925—making it all too easy for feelings of helplessness to set […]

Vivek Shraya gives writers a path through barriers with VS. Books

Toronto’s unstoppable Vivek Shraya — superstar musician, prolific writer, and committed force of community-building — has done it again. In partnership with Arsenal Pulp Books, a press that continually shows itself committed to social justice, Shraya is launching the imprint VS. Books. VS. Books — which, as you can tell by its name, is proudly […]

Staff Pick: Rock and Riot

There’s this moment in the beginning of Grease when Danny Zuko and best friend Kenickie reunite after a summer apart. Stoked to see each other, the two young men hug tightly only to immediately spring apart — in the spirit of “no homo.” They whip out their combs and run them through their hair, reaffirming their manliness.

Jordan Abel wins $65K Griffin Poetry Prize

For Jordan Abel, winning Canada’s most lucrative literary prize isn’t just a personal triumph, but a win for “all the people who continue to fight against appropriation.” The Nisga’a writer added to his accolades the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his third collection, Injun (Talonbooks), on June 8. The winning work is a long poem […]