Featured Contributors

Meet some of the most feared and revered writers from recent issues of Briarpatch

  • Althea Balmes

    Althea Balmes

    Althea Balmes is a visual storyteller and community organizer with Filipino youth. She combines art, culture, and world politics to present stories of her birthplace, the Philippines, and the issues faced by the global Filipino diaspora.

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  • Dave Bleakney

    Dave Bleakney

    Dave Bleakney is a member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the national union representative for education (Anglophone). On matters of anti-capitalism, the dude abides.

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  • Enda Brophy

    Enda Brophy

    Enda Brophy teaches in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.

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  • Fathima Cader

    Fathima Cader

    Fathima Cader is a writer and student at law.

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  • Stefan Christoff

    Stefan Christoff

    Stefan Christoff (@spirodon) is a Montreal-based writer, musician, and community organizer.

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  • Cynthia Dewi Oka

    Cynthia Dewi Oka

    Hailing from Bali, Indonesia, and Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Ter­r­itories, Cynthia Dewi Oka is a New Jersey-based poet, editor, activist, mom, and the author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water.

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  • Chris Dixon

    Chris Dixon

    Chris Dixon is originally from Alaska and a longtime anarchist organizer, writer, and educator. He lives in Ottawa, unceded Algonquin territory, where he is a member of the Punch Up collective.

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  • Isabeau Doucet

    Isabeau Doucet

    Isabeau Doucet is a freelance reporter, TV producer, writer, and video journalist who spent a year in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake investigating stories for Al Jazeera English, the Guardian, the Nation, and Haiti Liberté, among others.

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  • Tara Gereaux

    Tara Gereaux

    Tara Gereaux’s writing has appeared in several literary journals. She has an MFA in creative writing and an MA in professional communication, and currently works as a senior policy analyst in First Nations and Métis health and wellness.

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  • Jane Kirby

    Jane Kirby

    Jane Kirby is a freelancer, writer, and aerial artist currently living in Kingston, ON, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. She has organized with a variety of social justice movements and is interested in the potential of arts for social change.

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  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo

    Melina Laboucan-Massimo

    Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. She has worked with a range of organizations including Redwire Media Society, the Indigenous Media Arts Group and the Indigenous Environmental Network. She currently works as a tarsands climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace.

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  • Trina Moyles

    Trina Moyles

    Trina Moyles is a freelance journalist who frequently adventures across Canada, East Africa, and Latin America. She is currently wrapping up research with women farmers and producers from seven different countries for a book called Women Who Dig.

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  • Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay

    Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay

    An immigrant who made Montreal home, Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay is currently a rural family doctor in northern Ontario.  He is an organizer with the Canadian chapter of the People’s Health Movement and a co-representative for the North America region on its global steering council.

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  • Clare O’Connor

    Clare O’Connor

    Clare O’Connor is a Los Angeles-based writer and activist with roots in Toronto. She served on the editorial committee of Upping the anti: a journal of theory and action (2008-2012) and is an editor of the forthcoming project Keywords for Radicals.

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  • Dawn Paley

    Dawn Paley

    Dawn Paley is a freelance journalist with no fixed address and very few possessions. She co-founded the Vancouver Media Co-op and is currently working on her first book, which is about capitalism and the drug war.

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  • Justin Podur

    Justin Podur

    Justin Podur is an associate professor of environmental studies at York University where he teaches landscape ecology and geographic information systems. He blogs on international politics at podur.org

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  • Jo Simalaya Alcampo

    Jo Simalaya Alcampo

    Jo SiMalaya Alcampo was born in Maynila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised in Scarborough. She currently volunteers with Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (CCESO), a group for Filipina live-in caregivers, and is a member of the Kapwa Collective, a mutual support group of Filipino Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers.

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  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

    Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

    Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is of Mississauga Nishnaabeg ancestry and is the author of Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence. She is the editor of Lightening the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence and Protection of Indigenous Nations and This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades, all published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in Winnipeg.

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