Ama Scriver is freelance journalist best known for being fat, loud and shouty on the Internet. As a proud body image advocate, her activism work has been profiled in Now Magazine, Mashable, CBC Metro Morning, and The Toronto Star. Currently, Ama is a regular contributor to The National Post's Growth Op, FLARE Magazine and Brit + Co writing about everything from body politics, cannabis, and feminism. When she's not writing, she's usually watching trashy reality television, applying a bright lipstick or eating chips.
Anita Dolman’s debut short fiction collection is Lost Enough (Morning Rain Publishing, 2017). She is a contributing editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and co-edited Motherhood in Precarious Times, an anthology of non-fiction, essays and poetry (Demeter Press, 2018). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals and anthologies throughout North America, including Canadian Ginger, Hamilton Arts & Letters, Matrix Magazine, On Spec, Grain, PRISM international and Triangulation: Lost Voices. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, and was a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Award for fiction.
Eric Folsom is a 66 year old bisexual poet from Kingston, Ontario. He has published four books, including What Kind of Love Did You Have In Mind? and Icon Driven from Wolsak & Wynn, and more recently Le Loutre: a Poetry Narrative from Woodpecker Lane Press. A native of New England, he is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S., the father of two sons and the son of two mothers. He served as Kingston's first poet Laureate from 2010-2014 and came out publicly during that time.
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Jennifer Aja Fernandes is an accomplished writer and pianist. She is a VONA alum, and an attendee of Pink Door for women of colour. She has been a creator and member of writer of colour and LGBTQ communities, and she is currently exploring opportunities for a new and exciting project.
Khafre Kujichagulia Abif - We regret to announce that Khafre has cancelled his trip to Toronto.
Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her poetry and short fiction is published or forthcoming in Room, Freefall and Three.
Mugabi Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan/Rwandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. They spent their life across Africa, Asia and North America. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015, has been featured on Brittle Paper, The Good Men Project, African Writer, Arts and Africa and The Kalahari Review amongst others. Their writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 30 city North America/East Africa tour in support of this. An advocate for the intersection of arts, chronic illness, social justice, and literacy, Mugabi leads workshops in effective writing, poetry, performance, vulnerability, mental and chronic illness for youth and adults.
Dorianne Emmerton grew up in the woods on the North Channel of Lake Huron and currently lives in the metropolis of Toronto. She loves both of those environments, but wishes the drive between them didn’t take so long. Two of her short stories will be featured in the upcoming 2018 anthologies Ink Stains and Tesseracts Twenty-One, and previous work has been included in the anthology Friend. Follow. Text #storiesFromLivingOnline; and Issue #1 of Beer And Butter Tarts, as well as a personal essay in A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. She is currently working on a space opera novella in collaboration with Ottawa band Saturnfly, and a novel about occult magic in Northern Ontario. She has a wonderful chosen family, an adorable son, and a black cat.