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Vacant Nobodies

  • 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2M7 Canada (map)

Tranzac Club


Silmy Abdullah was born in Bangladesh. When she was a toddler, she moved with her family to the Middle East. She immigrated to Canada in 1998 and since then, has considered Toronto her home.

Silmy is working on a collection of short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto, inspired by the lives of families she observed while growing up in Scarborough. One of the stories from the collection has been published in The New Quarterly, while another has received honourable mention in Glimmer Train Magazine‘s contest for new writers. She is an alumnus of Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues Program for emerging writers. Silmy has been mentored by authors, Lawrence Hill and Cherie Dimaline and is currently represented by the Transatlantic Agency. She is also a lawyer by profession and works closely with the South Asian Immigrant community in Toronto, which helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of courage, love, and resilience.


Born in Hastings County, Hannah Brown currently lives in Toronto. She has two degrees in film and wrote screenplays—some of them prize-winning— for anyone who’d pay. More recently, her work has appeared in several North American literary magazines, such as Superstition Review, and her short story “The Happiness” was nominated for the 2016 Journey Prize. Her debut novel Look After Her arrives September 30, 2019 from Inanna Publications.


Josh Edgar is a writer living in Toronto. His stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, untethered, and The Humber Literary Review. He is currently working on a novel and a book of stories.


Fan Wu is the faint outline of a foulweather friend. Fond of mourning what's not yet lost, he cobbles a life together from hallucinated absence.


MLA Chernoff (@citation_bb) thanks you for visiting their profile. They are a PhD candidate at The Neoliberal University of York University. MLA's first collection of pomes, delet this, was released by Bad Books in the spring of 2018. A second collection entitled TERSE THIRSTY is forthcoming with Gap Riot Press. Have a nice day and please stay hydrated best wishes you are valid xo xo.


Entry is PWYC and proceeds will be split 50/50 between readers and a charitable organization. This month we will be donating 50% to Sheena's Place, a community-based charity offering hope and support programs to individuals, families and partners affected by eating disorders.

Earlier Event: June 15
Summer Group Art Exhibition
Later Event: June 16
Toronto Poetry Slam