April 12, 2023
Annahid Dashtgard on Her Exploration of Belonging, Racial Justice, and "the Glorious Messiness" of Being Human
As CEO of Anima Leadership, Annahid Dashtgard has helped countless organizations create more inclusive and equitable workplaces. And one of the most powerful ways to create those needed changes, both ...
May 05, 2021
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
I have felt like an imposter. There have been times throughout my writing career when I’ve asked myself do I belong in this space? Do I deserve this opportunity? Am I skilled enough to call myself an ...
April 26, 2019
"Inclusion Means More Than Just Checking a Box" FOLD Authors Ferguson, Foster & Rice on CanLit, How They Write & What They're Reading
It's hard to think of a literary event that has grown and expanded as quickly and with as much excitement around it as the The Festival of Literary Diversity (aka the FOLD). In just a few short years, ...
April 18, 2019
"Because We Exist and It Is Beyond Time": The FOLD's first ever WIR S.K. Ali on Bringing Diverse Books to Young Readers
Canada's most innovative literary festival, the FOLD (the festival of literary diversity) continues to evolve and add new elements every year. One of the brand new additions for 2019 is the festival's ...
August 31, 2018
On the future of Canlit
You guys, this is my last Open Book column.I have been writing this column for a year now and I’ll admit I didn’t know what I was going to write about when Holly Kent and Kevin Hardcastle asked me ...
August 17, 2018
Form as Home
Every time I sit down to write, I find myself exasperated by the considerations. The considerations of who will be reading it, how it’ll be interpreted, if it’ll hurt someone within or outside my ...
April 24, 2018
FOLD Authors Kusow, Maynard & Robertson on Diversity in CanLit, Festival Life & Recommended Reads
The Festival of Literary Diversity (aka the FOLD) is nearly here! The fastest-growing literary festival in the country is back for a third year, running from May 3 to May 6, 2018 with an incredible line ...
June 15, 2017
Combatting Oppression With Community
Two months ago, I attended Fuel for Fire, a professional development conference for writers of colour, organized by the Ontario Arts Council. The event provided a venue for discussions about writing and ...