Room Magazine and Massy Books have partnered to create Indigenous Brilliance, a quarterly reading series for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers to showcase their work. Hosted by Room editorial board members, Jónína Kirton and Jessica Johns, this series is dedicated to featuring emerging Indigenous women, Two Spirit and queer writers. We want to show the diversity of our communities, so we seek writers of different ages, genders, abilities, and orientations. We are now accepting applications to all interested artists who would like to participate in our 2018 series.

The series will take place at Massy Books (229 E. Georgia St) on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, with our first reading taking place at Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival at the Native Education College. This inaugural reading event will feature ten local and non-local Indigenous artists (see full festival lineup here).

The second 2018 Indigenous Brilliance event will take place on May 25th, the third will take place on August 24th, and the final event will take place on November 23rd.

Apply to participate in the Indigenous Brilliance reading series by emailing the application information outlined below to

Your email should contain:

  1. Name, contact info, and a bio, including a brief statement of your Indigenous heritage.
  2. The date (or dates) of the reading series that you’d be available to read.
  3. The pieces you might like to read at the Indigenous Brilliance reading series (Or a description of the piece).

As an attachment, include a writing sample of 1-2 pages (double-spaced for prose, single-spaced for poetry). This could be the piece you described above or something else.

Applications will be received on a rolling basis and will be considered for all readings for this and future years. We will be actively seeking out Indigenous writers for this series in various other forms, as we understand that an application and the mode that it is circulated isn’t accessible to everyone; therefore, if you’d like to nominate an Indigenous writer, please contact us with their information and we’ll be happy to reach out. We’d like to be as far reaching as possible. We want to see everyone.

Readers will each read for 10-15 minutes and receive a small honorarium of at least $25. Massy Books is an accessible venue. ASL interpreters available by request.