Posts by Julia Horel

  • Blog Series

    Dear 17-year-old Clara Bee

    May 22nd, 2014     by Clara Bee Lavery     Comments

    It’s hard for me to write this, because I’m afraid I’ll upset you. Literally everyone in your life right now is afraid of upsetting you. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Anti-choice politician set to become Newfoundland premier

    May 16th, 2014     by Elizabeth Whitten     Comments

    The topic of abortion has been making headlines in Newfoundland and Labrador with the nomination of Frank Coleman as the leader of the provincial Conservative party, making him the premier-in-waiting. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Dear Teenage Aimee

    May 1st, 2014     by Aimee Ouellette     Comments

    The bad news is that the world is much meaner than you imagine it to be, but the good news is that it’s also much bigger. READ MORE

  • Blog Series

    Dear teen Zehra

    April 17th, 2014     by Zehra     Comments

    Dear teen Zehra: I can’t imagine being in your shoes again, and I definitely don’t ever want to have to make the choices you will have to, again. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Cristy C. Road

    April 8th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American illustrator, writer, and member of The Homewreckers, a queer-core punk rock band that aims to simultaneously demystify the punk scene and smash patriarchy. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Selma James

    April 1st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Known for her pioneering work on women’s rights, James coined the term “unwaged” to describe most of the caring work that women do. James first put pen to paper in 1952 with her essay A Woman’s Place, describing the frustrations of women’s lives as housewives. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Nina Power

    March 25th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Nina Power teaches philosophy at London’s Roehampton University and Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Power writes articles on European Philosophy, atomism, pedagogy, art, and politics for several magazines including The Guardian, New Statesman (like fellow contributor Juliet Jacques), New Humanist, Cabinet, Radical Philosophy, and The Philosopher’s Magazine, where she is also reviews editor. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Shea Howell

    March 18th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Shea Howell is a Detroit activist, organizer, author, and professor of Communication at Oakland University who has been committed to grassroots, community-driven development for more than four decades. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Elisha Lim

    March 11th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Elisha Lim is an artist and activist whose artwork and campaigning efforts demand radical changes in race and gender representation. They succeeded in getting Canada’s Gay and Lesbian Newspaper, Xtra!, to adopt gender neutral pronouns and directed Montreal’s first Racialized Pride Week in 2012, for which they curated the main exhibit 2-Qtpoc at the Articule Gallery. READ MORE

  • Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes: Julia Horel, Publisher

    March 1st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    My first month as publisher of Shameless has been more than a whirlwind – it’s been a tornado of activity. Who would take on a major transition of a web team and business team at exactly the same time as a complete re-launch of a website? Shameless would, obviously. And what’s more, we would take it on and knock it out of the park, because that’s the kind of thing we do. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Lee Maracle

    March 1st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Lee Maracle, of Salish and Cree ancestry, is a novelist, poet, instructor, and critic. A member of the Stó:lō Nation of British Columbia, Maracle is one of Canada’s most prolific First Nations writers who has been producing and performing work for more than three decades. Maracle grew up in an impoverished North Vancouver neighbourhood where she felt a simultaneous distance from her own Aboriginal and Canadian culture… READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Coco Guzman

    February 4th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    A queer Montreal artist from Spain, Coco Guzman, also known as Coco Riot creates art for activism. An avid visual artist/zine-maker, Coco’s work has also explored the storytelling possibilities of installations, animation film, comics, and print media. Coco’s personal memories and experience of migration are a major source of inspiration for the social and political topics they explore through bright graphics and drawing… READ MORE

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    Letters Lived Contributor: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

    January 28th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme mixed Sri Lankan (Burgher/Tamil)-Ukranian/Irish writer, poet, educator and cultural worker. Named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future,” Leah’s written work spans the genres of essays to poetry and non-fiction. Her 2012 Lambda award-winning collection of poetry, Love Cake, was ecstatically received by the LGBTQ community… READ MORE

  • Announcements

    Event: The University of Toronto Equity Studies Student Union presents: Decolonizing Our Minds 2014

    January 21st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Over the past six years, the Equity Studies Students’ Union has annually hosted the Decolonizing Our Minds conference so as to identify and interrogate the ways in which different groups of people practice resistance. This year we examine how identities are actively negotiated and constructed, ultimately bringing together “non-traditional” communities against colonial domination and structural oppression. READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Rozena Maart

    January 21st, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    We do not come into the world like fully baked cakes; someone has provided the ingredients before us—several men and women—and it is up to us to honour their memory and to honour the history of how we came to be educated. Your generation has been buttered in the hands of our grandmothers, who made sure that our lives would be greater than theirs—always remember that. We are all as great as the community of women who raised us, and nothing is greater than the gift of gratitude… READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Letters Lived Contributor: Juliet Jacques

    January 15th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Juliet Jacques is a British journalist who writes extensively on gender, sexuality, film, literature, and football. She writes regularly for publications such as The New Statesman, Verso, Cineaste, and The Guardian, where she started to gain a following while documenting her gender reassignment process for which she was longlisted for The Orwell Prize in 2011. We recently talked to Jacques about her background in activism, including her involvement in co-founding The Justin Campaign against homophobia in football… READ MORE

  • In the Blog

    Timeline: 2013 year-in-review

    January 9th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    From the editors: This piece is a collaboration, with special thanks to Ronak G, Caitlin B, and YOU! In the next section of this post is a timeline of some of the most important or impactful moments of 2013. This crowd-sourced timeline is just getting started and needs your contributions. Please click here to go to the open Google Document and add your photos, links, videos and pieces of information that we’ve missed. Check back … READ MORE

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    Letters Lived Contributor: Victoria B. Robinson

    January 7th, 2014     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Victoria B. Robinson is an Afro-German activist, author, and mentor currently based in the U.S. Victoria shared with us how difficult the reflection process was in writing her contribution to Letters Lived: Radical reflections, revolutionary pathsREAD MORE

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    Letters Lived Contributor: Rae Spoon

    December 17th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    You may already be familiar with Canadian writer and indie musician Rae Spoon’s body of work. Long recognized as a genre-defying singer-songwriter whose 2008 album Superioryouareinferior was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, just last year Spoon published their first book, First Spring Grass Fire. Nominated for a Lambda award (the biggest award for LGBTQ books!), First Spring Grass Fire is a collection of short stories about growing up queer in Alberta… READ MORE

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    Letters Lived Contributor (and editor): Sheila Sampath

    December 12th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Sheila Sampath has been deeply involved in grassroots and anti-oppressive activism in Toronto since the early 2000s. A former chair at the board for the Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, Sheila became serious about helping others when she sought help from a rape crisis centre in her hometown at the age of eighteen… READ MORE

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