Introducing Firefly’s 2019 Writers In Residence
Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer and martial artist who lives in Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon).
Her micro-fiction was featured in the My City, My Six exhibition at Toronto City Hall last year, and she was the 2018 winner of the Ontario Book Publisher Organization’s What’s Your Story? contest. Her work has been published in Room Magazine, The Unpublished City II, Living Hyphen, Understorey Magazine, The Varsity and more, and included in projects by Diaspora Dialogues, Scarborough Arts, Toronto SixHundred and Nuit Blanche Toronto.
Currently, she is working on a short story collection which focuses on transnational migration and martial arts. This project, funded by the Toronto Arts Council, seeks to explore the relationships between movement, the body, and the desire to belong. Her favourite thing to write is flash fiction because it is the best form to unpack a moment, but requires very precise language.
Natasha volunteers at the Festival of Literary Diversity, loves community work, and seeks to help create space for diverse writers in today’s literary landscape.
Nadja Lubiw-Hazard is a writer and a veterinarian.
Since childhood she’s had two passions — animals and books. She feels very fortunate to have found a way to devote her adult life to both.
For Nadja, writing is a source of purpose, joy and groundedness. The majority of her work centres around animals. Never afraid of new genres, she has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books, all with animal themes.
She’s participated in writing courses and workshops at George Brown College, the Humber School for Writers, online, and at Firefly. Four of her short stories have been published, including Bunny-Lover in Room, and Life of a Creature in Understorey. Her first novel, The Nap-Away Motel, will be released this spring.
She lives in the east-end of Toronto with her wife of 30 years, their two daughters, an old pug, and a big orange tabby cat.
For more info see: www.nmlhazard.com
Adom Acheampong is a writer, arts and cultural worker, and lover of community who hails from Scarborough.
She works in short fiction and prose, and is inspired by the poetic potential of words. She has performed her work for the Draft Reading Series, and more recently, the Tartan Turban. Currently, she is working on a series of short stories called The Rain, which she hopes to complete by December 2019.
When not reading, writing, or thinking about reading and writing, Adom works as the Program Coordinator for East End Arts, a local arts service organization which supports the east Toronto community through the transformative power of the arts. At East End Arts, Adom has produced the Weekend of Words festival for three years, developing arts and cultural programming for the east Toronto community.
Adom is powered by the abundance of creative energy around her. Come down to her neck of the woods, and you’ll most likely find her eating, or on her way to eat.
For more on Adom, see instagram.com/adompenelope
Anna Cavouras lives, writes, and daydreams on the east side of Toronto.
At the moment her writing includes a novel about being human, poetry about the moon and witches, a non-fiction advocacy piece around poverty and mental health, and a children’s book about friendship.
Treasured writing highlights for 2018 included joining Alt-Minds Literary Magazine as assistant fiction editor; collaborating on a social work text; and sharing writing on food justice; writing her first poem, submitting it, and getting it accepted for publication; and all the growth she’s experienced through Firefly workshops.
Anna loves coffee, open spaces, and her two kids.
For more on Anna, see altmindsliterarymagazine.com/about.