Meet some of the most feared and revered writers from recent issues of Briarpatch…
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.
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.
Enda Brophy teaches in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.
Fathima Cader is a writer and photographer. She holds a degree in law and runs an online design studio, likethewind designs.
Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based writer, musician, and community activist.
Cynthia Dewi Oka
Cynthia Dewi Oka is is a poet, mother and community educator currently based in New Jersey. Born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia migrated to Turtle Island at the age of 10, where she was a visitor in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories, for many years.
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.
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.
Jane Kirby is an organizer, writer, circus enthusiast, reproductive justice advocate and unapologetic feminist living in Halifax. She is a former coordinator at the Saint Mary’s University Women’s Centre and has volunteered with Out of the Cold Halifax.
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.
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 is a co-representative for the North America region on its global steering council.
Clare O’Connor is a Toronto-based activist and writer, and editor-in-chief for the Ryerson Free Press. She was the volunteer and programming coordinator for OPIRG-Toronto from 2009 to 2012.
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.
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.
Leanne 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.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is an emerging filmmaker, actor, writer, and activist. Elle-Máijá is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s acting program, and recently completed her bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies at the University of British Columbia.