Jane Shi is a queer Chinese settler currently living and writing from the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She is a poet, writer, editor, filmmaker, and community organizer whose work has appeared in Room magazine, Poetry Is Dead, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, LooseLeaf Magazine, The Bulletin, and others. She wants to live in a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated.
Alex Leslie's collection of short stories We All Need to Eat was published in Fall 2018 by Book*hug and was named a Top 10 book of 2018 by NOW Magazine and a fiction pick of 2018 by the 49th Shelf. Stories from the collection were published by Granta and the Journey Prize anthology. Alex's previous books are the poetry collection The things I heard about you (Nightwood) which was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Prize for innovative poetry and the collection of stories People Who Disappear (Freehand) which was shortlisted for the Lambda Award for debut fiction and the chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World (Nomados). Alex's next book of poetry Vancouver for Beginners, is forthcoming from Book*hug in Fall 2019.
Kayla Czaga is the author of For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood editions, 2014) and Dunk Tank (House of Anansi, 2019.) Her work has been awarded The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Canadian Authors Association’s Emerging Writer Award, and has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award for poetry, The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and The Debut-litzer. She lives in Victoria and currently serves as the online poetry mentor for SFU’s The Writer’s Studio.
Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary queer/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit'at Nation and a graduate of the emily carr university’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.
On-going work includes beadwork and DIY strategies around punk aesthetics creating the “Potlatch Punk” series; a collection of modified and embellished jackets that blend traditional materials with punk and DIY approaches to discuss urban Indigenous identity, representations and understandings of wealth. Their text-based projects continually seek to explore the possibilities of reciprocal engagement in the dialogue and aim to subvert and confront the assumptions made in consuming Indigenous voices and work. They write poems and a webcomic series, cryboy, a sci-fi story about queer Indigenous folk in the future answering echoes from the flooded world.
Kimmortal is a queer filipinx second generation settler based on unceded Coast Salish Territories aka Vancouver. Recognized as "a voice to be heard" by Exclaim magazine, Kimmortal has been making waves with their multifaceted approach to music. Incorporating song, visual art, rap, and frequently collaborating with poets and dancers, Kimmortal strives to make an impact with their live performances. Their new album “x marks the swirl” arrives after a 5 year long process since her first album “Sincerity” (2014).
Kimmortal’s music and art have been featured on CBC's show “Exhibitionists”, the Queer Women of Colour festival (San Francisco), Kultura FIlipino Arts Festival (Toronto), Junofest 2018 (Vancouver), SXSW (Austin, TX), and Rifflandia (Victoria, BC). Kimmortal has recently collaborated with local bipoc dance and fashion collective Immigrant Lessons in a new production called “X marks the Movement” which debuted excerpts at Push festival 2019. Kim has opened up for her favourite artists Ruby Ibarra, Saba, Shad K, and Saul Williams. Just this past year, Kimmortal's single "I'm Blue" made it to top 20 music videos in the country via CBC.
Joy Ngenda is a multidisciplinary settler artist living, working, and creating on Lekwungen-speaking territories. Their photography can be found at @contr4ry and their assorted other visual art can be found at @joyngenda .
L’Amour is a queer artist and writer who lives on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. She holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria where she focused on poetry and creative nonfiction. In 2017, she was longlisted for PRISM's Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Both This Side of West and The Warren have published her creative nonfiction work. She currently works as the Publicity Manager for The Malahat Review, a literary journal that publishes quarterly issues featuring poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Some of her favourite authors and comics artists include Tillie Walden, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapis, Jeanette Winterson, and Anne Carson.
Kerri Flannigan is an artist, and educator currently based in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories, who explores methods of experimental narrative and documentary. This work frequently takes a collaborative form, working individually and collectively within a large group to create responses to ubiquitous themes. Coming-of-age confessions, family mythologies, queer geographies, and swimming have all been subjects of recent works. Kerri is a longtime zinemaker and has won two best zine awards at Montreal’s small press fair – Expozine. Kerri is also a current mentor with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) for the New Extreme program.
Reid is a queer, trans/non-binary settler based on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples. He is obsessed with comics, passionate about visual art that engages with text and/or publishing, and is currently studying at the University of Victoria. His recent comics work questions theories of narrative structure through the use of alternate timelines and books which defy conventions of the codex in their physical forms.
Sally Yue Lin
Sally Yue Lin is a Chinese Canadian writer living on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. She was born in Guangdong province, China and grew up as an immigrant settler in Treaty 6 and 7 territories, in what is currently known as Alberta. Her articles and poetry have been published in GUTS Magazine, The Feathertale Review, daikon* zine, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Electric Literature, and 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine. Sally writes in English but can understand Cantonese, a mother tongue that has been rendered mute by the silencing powers of two imperial languages -- English and Mandarin.
Ann-Bernice Thomas is a non-binary Afro-Caribbean Canadian, poet, creator, and producer. They were the Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria in 2016, and are currently the AD of COLORQODED Arts Collective. They are currently writing a play, How to Tame a Dog // The Intention of Teeth, and are doing a cross Canada tour with their co-creation Monica vs The Internet this summer, 2019. Follow them on Instagram @wild.womxn to stay updated on projects and performances.