After the release of Toronto Book Award nominated anthology, The Unpublished City, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Book*hug invite you to the release of its sequel, The Unpublished City II. It this iteration, the collection features creative non-fiction from Toronto’s emerging literary talents as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
The anthology is edited by Phoebe Wang, Canisia Lubrin and Dionne Brand with a foreword by Tracey Lindberg.
Orient yourself in the city with these nineteen works of creative non-fiction that offer a different, more multifarious wayfinding. In this second volume of The Unpublished City, imagination is the means by which these writers find detours, shortcuts and convergences. Even as they are inventing and imagining the city, these emerging Toronto-based writers find themselves marked through tender and violent encounters. For them, the city is more than backdrop, but a witness, an accomplice and a lover.
This anthology’s maps of experience bring us beyond the city’s limits to the cul-de-sacs and vertical dimensions of Mississauga, Vaughan, North York and Scarborough. They follow buried creeks and migratory bird corridors, they chase highs and confront colonial landmarks, they navigate waiting rooms and prop up fallen strangers. Shaped by the city, their visions also shift and plot its architectures of living in an endless symbiosis.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Jennifer Batler is a writer from Toronto whose work has been published by the North American Dostoevsky Society and the Hart House Review. She is currently working on a novel set in the menacing environs of Southern Ontario cottage country.
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest is an emcee, playwright and agitator based in Toronto.
Lue Boileau is a storyteller and performer with origins in Portland, Jamaica. She writes magical realism, poetry, short fiction and erotica. Her work has been featured as a guest author at the annual Naked Heart Literary Festival, and From The Root: Literary Journal for Women of Colour. She is a Diaspora Dialogues author and is currently working on her manuscript of short afro-futurist fiction, A Whistling Woman.
Angela Britto is a Tamil writer and arts administrator based in Toronto. Born in Colombo and raised in Bahrain and Canada, she has worked in program management, communications, outreach and equity in the non-profit and public sectors. Her professional, academic and artistic interests are in race, gender, diaspora, representation and social justice. She has an MA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her piece “13th Floor” in The Unpublished City II is her debut publication.
Fathima Cader is a Toronto-based writer and litigator. Her essays, creative non-fiction, and poetry have been published in The New Inquiry, Hazlitt, Apogee, The Funambulist, Warscapes, Canadian Woman Studies, and elsewhere. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toronto and a Marlee G. Kline Essay Award from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law. She teaches at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law and is an incoming faculty member at the City College of New York's Beyond Identity program. She largely splits her time between Toronto and Sri Lanka.
Rachel Chen is a Toronto-based writer. While she enjoys creative writing, journalism is her first love. You can find her work in Chatelaine, Noisey, LooseLeaf Magazine, Maclean’s, the UC Review and The Varsity. You can find her crying over women in rock, or eyeing good wine, charcuterie cuts, and artisan cheese.
Aylan Couchie is an interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on the relationship between reconciliation and monuments and public art. Her work explores the impacts of colonialism on First Nations people as well as issues of cultural appropriation and representation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges.
Nehal El-Hadi is a journalist, writer, and researcher whose work explores the intersections between the body, technology, and space.
Ryanne Kap is entering her third year of studying English and creative writing at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published and recognized in Scarborough Fair and Toronto's Young Voices magazine. Originally from Hunan, China, Ryanne grew up in Strathroy, Ontario and currently resides in Scarborough.
When not drafting policy documents, Emily Macrae writes about people and places she has yet to capture on camera. She's a former columnist with Torontoist and a constant observer of her hometown.
Téa Mutonji is a Congolese-born writer currently living in Scarborough. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Train Poetry Journal, Bad Nudes and Minola Review. Mutonji was the recipient of the Jason Sung Memorial Award in Creative Writing awarded by The University of Toronto Scarborough. Mutonji’s debut collection of short fiction will be the first title published under Vivek Shraya’s newest imprint, VS. Books, in association with Arsenal Pulp Press.
E Martin Nolan is a poet, essayist and editor. He edits interviews at The Puritan, where he’s also published numerous essays, interviews and blog posts. His non-fiction writing focuses on literature, sports and music. His first book of poems, Still Point, was published with Invisible Publishing in Fall, 2017. More at emartinnolan.com.
Oubah Osman is a Somali-Canadian writer from Scarborough, Toronto. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto Scarborough and she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. She has been featured or is forthcoming in Room Magazine, The Varsity, and Scarborough Fair.
Deepa Rajagopalan is an emerging writer, working towards her Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto. Her work is forthcoming in Unpublished City II, curated by Dionne Brand. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She has an Engineering degree and worked in Information Technology for a decade before she started a learning centre for children.
Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer by way of Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon) at the east side of Toronto. Her work has been included in projects by Diaspora Dialogues, Scarborough Arts, and Nuit Blanche Toronto and has been published in The Unpublished City II, PRISM Magazine, Room Magazine, THIS Magazine and more. She is the Fiction Editor of FEEL WAYS, an anthology of Scarborough writing, and the Social Media Assistant at the Festival of Literary Diversity. Her first book of poetry Bittersweet will be published in 2020 by Mawenzi House.
Wayne Salmon is a writer and photographer based in Toronto. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s. Wayne was the founding editor of Umoja Urban Culture Magazine, co-founder and curator at Brickhouse Studio & Gallery, and is one of the founding members of SEEN, a collective of Black Canadian artists. Salmon's writings have appeared in various publications including The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and the US.
Zoe Imani Sharpe is a poet, essayist, and author of the chapbook Sullied (Trapshot Archives, 2011). Her work has appeared in Sang Bleu Magazine, Main Street, Vallum, Lemonhound and The Puritan, among others. She lives in Toronto.
Leanne Toshiko Simpson is a Japanese-Canadian writer from Scarborough. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17, she writes about navigating the mental health system and was most recently featured in the 2018 Bell Let's Talk campaign. You can find her stories in Matrix Magazine, The Danforth Review and Applebeard Press' first short prose anthology. She was named an Emerging Writer of 2016 by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization and is currently completing her MFA at the University of Guelph. In her spare time, Leanne teaches creative writing workshops at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Julia Zarankin lives, writes, and watches birds with gusto in Toronto, Canada. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in such journals as Threepenny Review, Antioch Review, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly, and PRISM International. She is currently working on a book about becoming an unintentional birder. When not writing, she works as a lecturer to lifelong learners.