Canzine Events: BIPOC Genre Writing Panel in Jackman Hall!


Broken Pencil Issue 73 cover by JW Pang

We’re excited to host a panel at Canzine Toronto this year that takes a deeper look at Broken Pencil’s Canzine cover story on the growing movement of BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of colour) writers making waves in sci-fi, horror and fantasy writing, featuring a great panel of writers, speakers, educators and artists! This event is free and open to the public!

4:30pm, Sat Oct 29, Jackman Hall at the AGO, featuring:

t89qlvxwAl Donato is a mild-mannered reporter, ex-carny, and bad anime enthusiast who is probably hungry right now. You can yell at Al via@Gollydrat. Al wrote the cover story for this year’s Canzine issue on BIPOC genre writing!






head_shoot_newWhitney French is a storyteller and a multi-disciplinary artist. She is the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine and the founder of the transformative community initiative Writing While Black.Her writing has been published in Descant Magazine, Canthius Journal and Selfish Magazine and anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, with forthcoming work edited by Dr. Althea Prince.


cherieCherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her first award winning book, Red Rooms, was published by Theytus Books in 2007. Her 2013 novel ‘The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy’ was shortlisted for the Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. Cherie’s latest collection of short fiction A Gentle Habit was released by Kegedonce Books, December 2015. Named as the Ontario Emerging Artist of the Year for the 2014 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Cherie was appointed as the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library, Spring 2015. Her upcoming YA novel, The Marrow Thieves is forthcphoto-cred-creationsoflaoming from Cormorant Books, spring 2017.



Komi Olaf is a visual artist, poet  and intern architect. He combines elements of art and design with the power of word and music to fan the flames of creativity and  to aid healing,  learning and growth. He enjoys chess and theatre and believes in the existence of Aliens and extraterrestrial life.