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.