IFOA and BookThug invite you to the release of The Unpublished City, a collection of works by Toronto’s emerging literary talents, as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.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 a poet, essayist, and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and The Plot (House House Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City, and elsewhere. He lives in Verdun, Qc, and his first book, Dream of No One but Myself, is forthcoming from Brick Books.
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 Dalton (sometimes published as Simone Makeba Dalton) is a writer and social change communicator. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where she received the Constance Rooke and Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarships. Her work has been published in the anthologies The Unpublished City: Volume I and Black Writing Matters. The former was a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist curated by Dionne Brand. She is currently working on her first play for production with RARE Theatre. 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's second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Poems from heft have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and Best Canadian Poetry. Doyali has discussed the value of silence on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition; language, form, beauty, and empathy with Anne Michaels in CV2; and the relationship between poetry and the body on CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. She has also been in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander, and you can find their discussion of grief, art-making, and poetry ethics in The Adroit Journal. The poetry editor of Arc and the winner of the 2019 Battle of the Bards, Doyali lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com
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 and Mail, and Hazlitt. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and in 2016 won the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. There Has to Be a Knife is his first novel.
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).