Featured Contributors

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

  • Siku Allooloo

    Siku Allooloo

    Siku Allooloo is an Inuit/Taino writer from Denendeh (Northwest Territories). Her work incorporates inherited legacies of resistance, continuity, and creative expression to support the revitalization and empowerment of Indigenous communities. Siku holds a BA in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria.

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  • Fathima Cader

    Fathima Cader

    Fathima Cader is a writer and student at law.

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  • David Camfield

    David Camfield teaches Labour Studies and Sociology at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of Solidarity Winnipeg.

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  • Evelyn Deshane

    Evelyn Deshane

    Evelyn Deshane has appeared in Plenitude Magazine and the Rusty Toque, and is forthcoming in Tesseracts 19: Superhero Universe. Evelyn (pronounced Eve-a-lyn) received an MA from Trent University and is currently studying for a PhD at Waterloo University. For more information, see evedeshane.wordpress.com

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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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  • Teuila Fuatai

    Teuila Fuatai is a freelance journalist based in Toronto and writes about social justice issues, workers’ rights, and developments in the labour movement. She is originally from New Zealand, and was the labour beat reporter for rabble.ca this year.

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  • David Gray-Donald

    David Gray-Donald

    David Gray-Donald is a community organizer and freelance journalist based on Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Huron-Wendat lands (Montreal and Toronto). He participated in BLMTO-BLACKCITY as a member of an allies group.

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  • Alia Karim

    Alia Karim

    Alia Karim is a PhD candidate in the faculty of environmental studies at York University. Her research interests include Marxist political economy, Canadian labour unions, Indigenous–settler alliances, labour–community coalitions, ecosocialism, and urban agriculture.

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  • Ena͞emaehkiw Kesīqnaeh

    Ena͞emaehkiw Kesīqnaeh is a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin. He lives in the territory of the Anishinaabe and Rotinonshón:ni in southern Ontario, where he is a PhD candidate working in Indigenous critical theory and settler colonial studies.

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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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  • Mary Jane Logan McCallum

    Mary Jane Logan McCallum is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Winnipeg. She studies and teaches modern Indigenous history and Indigenous–state relations in ways that reflect on the distinct nature of colonialism in Canadian history. Her current project examines Indigenous histories of tuberculosis, 1930–1970.

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  • Tracey Mitchell

    Tracey Mitchell

    At 34.8, Tracey Mitchell’s age is also the median age in Saskatoon, the youngest city in Canada, where she currently lives. Tracey is the Prairie Region Manager for Next Up Leadership. Like many millennials, she also has a second job, working in peer support for mental health and addiction challenges. She serves on the national board of the Council of Canadians, and is a member of Climate Justice Saskatoon and Bus Riders of Saskatoon.

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  • Trina Moyles

    Trina Moyles

    Trina Moyles is a Canadian writer and freelance journalist. Her writing focuses on social and environmental issues in rural communities in East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the past three years, she’s been working on a book called Women Who Dig, about the lives of women farmers from seven countries in the Americas, East Africa and Asia. Visit her website: www.trinamoyles.com.

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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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  • 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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  • Naava Smolash

    Naava Smolash

    Naava Smolash is a faculty member in the English department at Douglas College. She holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University focused on race theory, and is the author of “The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture.”

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