IFOA and BookThug invite you to the release of The Unpublished City, a collection of works by Toronto’s emerging literary talents, as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.
Diana Biacora is an MFA candidate in the University of Guelph's Creative Writing Program. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives and writes in Toronto.
David Bradford is the author of Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017). He leads and curates the Slo-Po group reading series at knife | fork | book and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemon Hound, Vallum, Prairie Fire, Poetry Is Dead, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City, The Capilano Review, and more. A poetry editor and MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, he splits his time between Toronto and Montreal.
Nicole Chin is the author of the House of Anansi Press Digital Short, “Shooting the Bitch”, which received the McIllquham Foundation Prize for best original short story. Her work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Room Magazine, The Puritan, Found Press and others. She has been long-listed for the House of Anansi Broken Social Scene Short Story Contest and was the recipient of the Helen Richards Campbell Memorial Award.
Simone Makeba Dalton is a writer currently working on her MFA thesis through the University of Guelph, which explores the histories inherited by daughters of absentee fathers. Her story “Undersigned" was published in The Unpublished City, curated by Dionne Brand, and her essay “What Will You Tell Your Children” will be published in the forthcoming Black Writing Matters, edited by Whitney French. She is the co-host of Guelph's Speakeasy reading series. Simone lives in Toronto and was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Dalton Derkson is a poet from parts of the Canadian Prairies unknown. More work can be found in B after C, In/Words, and the Toronto Star.
Doyali Islam is the winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s 2016 Poem of the Year Contest, and other poems can be found through CBC’s Sunday Edition and in Kenyon Review Online and The Fiddlehead. Her current poetry manuscript is the formally-innovative and lyrical heft and sing, which contains her ‘split sonnets’, ‘double sonnets’, and ‘parallel poems’.
Laboni Islam's poetry has appeared in echolocation, FreeFall, (parenthetical), spiral orb, and wildness. She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences.
Ian Kamau is a writer, music maker and designer; an artist who believes in the pursuit of actualization, especially by marginalized individuals and groups. Born and raised in Esplanade, a neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, to Trinidadian parents who immigrated to Canada in the 1970s, he is interested in exploring the value of art to society. His parents are documentary filmmakers, his mother a producer, his father a writer and director. He grew up around ideas, social movements, education and all forms of creativity.
Shoilee Khan’s fiction has appeared in a diverse collection of magazines and journals, including Adbusters, Room Magazine, The New Quarterly, and Other Voices. She teaches English in the School of Communication and Literary Studies at Sheridan College and is the host and curator of Bluegate Reading Collective, a reading series in the Peel region.
Adnan Khan has written for VICE, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, and others. He was awarded the RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writer in 2016 and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.
Canisia Lubrin is a writer, critic, educator, and editor. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and Hons. BA from York University. Her work has been published and anthologized widely, appearing in PRISM International, Brick, Vallum, Best Canadian Poetry 2018, The Unpublished City anthology, The Globe and Mail, and elsewhere. She is 2017-2018 Poet in Residence at Poetry in Voice and serves as advisor to Open Book Ontario. Lubrin is on the editorial board at Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books, poetry editor at The Humber Literary Review. Her debut collection, Voodoo Hypothesis, named a CBC Best Poetry Book of 2017, is a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.
Sofia Mostaghimi's stories have appeared in The Hart House Review, Joyland Magazine, Flyway: The Journal of Writing and Environment, Echolocation, as well as two anthologies: Aestas 2014: A Fabula Press Anthology (3rd place winner) and You Care Too Much: Creative Women on the Question of Self-Care. A graduate of the University of Toronto's Creative Writing Master's program, she teaches, lives, and writes in Toronto.
Nadia Ragbar's work has appeared in Broken Pencil, Echolocation, Dragnet Magazine, and The Glass Coin. She lives in Toronto.
Rudrapriya Rathore's work has appeared in The Hart House Review, The Puritan, The Walrus, Minola Review, and Carousel, among other publications. Her fiction recently won an honourable mention in Joyland's inaugural Open Border contest. She lives and writes in Toronto.
Phoebe Wang was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies and Hanging Exhibits, and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.
Chuqiao Yang's writing has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Arc, Rice Paper, PRISM International, the Puritan, Room, Filling Station, Grain, and on CBC. In 2011, Chuqiao was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards. She was a 2015 finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Chuqiao was also featured in 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets (In/Words Press, 2017).