Leaps & Maneuvers

The Women’s Studies Research Center will present Leaps & Maneuvers, an exhibition of interactive video games created by members of Toronto collective Dames Making Games (DMG). With a mission to positively influence the gaming industry and improve inclusiveness within it, DMG gives game creators agency in the expression of their identities and provides a community for women to play, critique and create games.

An exhibition with Brandeis University that featured games made by members of Dames Making Games, co-curated with Soha Kareem. I wrote the exhibition description for the digital catalogue.

More information can be found here.

WordPlay

WordPlay is our free festival celebrating the most interesting uses of writing and words in contemporary games. Each year there will be a curated game showcase, talks by creators about the craft, and ways for the public to learn about making games.

I was on the programming committee and a volunteer for 2013-2015, and I was a jury member for Wordplay 2016, which was hosted at the British Library.

More information found about WordPlay here.

Damage Camp

Damage Camp is a festival of games and ideas, celebrating the diversity and talent within the Toronto community. Damage Camp was created out of a desire to provide a space for our Dames Making Games members and the larger Toronto games community to gather, talk craft, showcase our work and share with each other in order to grow!

Damage Camp prioritizes upholding diverse voices within the games community in Toronto. Have fun, support and uplift each other, and come together to celebrate the unique games scene in our city.

I am on the planning and programming committee for Damage Camp.

Read about Damage Camp 2017 here: Dork ShelfNational Post

Damage Camp 2018 has been announced! 

Bad Astronaut & On The Run in Early Access in the Lifeline Universe App

I’m excited to announce that I’ve written and designed two narrative-driven mobile games for the Lifeline Universe app from 3 Minute Games, Bad Astronaut and On The Run.

Bad Astronaut is the next game in the critically acclaimed Lifeline series!

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On The Run is a queer, YA game about escaping a cult!

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I’m honoured to have been able to write both games, and can’t wait to share the full release of each with everyone!

The Lifeline Universe app is in early access for Android only currently. Check it out here.

Essay accepted for publication in Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins!

I am so honoured to share that I’ve written an essay for this amazing anthology Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins edited by Tanya DePass
My essay focuses on important lessons I’ve learned about community work and community building through game development and trauma-focused group therapy practices.
The anthology is set to release in 2018, so stay tuned for more information on that!

Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories

Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories (Exile Editions, Fall 2016)

Co-editor, fiction

Purchase Links: Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Exile Editions

Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award — Edited Anthology, 2016

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What resides beneath the blankets of snow, under the ripples of water, and between the husks of trees all across Canada? Monsters, creatures, and myths are everywhere—even if we don’t always see them.

With stories ranging from those about the Metis creature Rugaru, to trolls dissatisfied with modern life, to the demons that follow us from our parents’ countries, to Anishinaabe myths about the creation of creeks, Those Who Make Us explores the way we think about, and interact with, the unnatural–and shows how much the stories we create can teach us about what it means to be human.

Those Who Make Us features cross-genre stories from some of the best emerging and award-winning diverse Canadian authors. Features: Helen MarshallRenée Sarojini SaklikarNathan AdlerKate StoryBraydon BeaulieuChadwick GintherDominik ParisienRebecca SchaefferRati MehrotraAndrew WilmotStephen MichellDelani ValinCorey RedekopAlexandra Camille RenwickAngeline WoonMichal WojcikAndrea Bradley, and Andrew F. Sullivan.

Reviews

“This all-Canadian anthology of fantastical stories, featuring emerging writers alongside award-winning novelists, poets, and playwrights, is original, elegant, often poetic, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking, and a must for lovers of short fiction.” from a starred review on Publishers Weekly.

“[Those Who Make Us] offers a challenging, conflicted, sometimes pleasantly weird reading of Canada” from Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail.

“The stories show tremendous openness and compassion in the face of the world’s darkness, unfairness, and indifference. This unconventional anthology largely lives up to the challenge Morris and Tremblay set for themselves” from August C. Bourré, in Quill and Quire.

ReviewsPublishers WeeklyThe Globe and MailQuill and QuireThe Star

 

Women with Guts: Horror Heroines in Film, Tv, and Print

Women with Guts: Horror Heroines in Film, Tv, and Print (Alison Lang, Rue Morgue, 2017)

Contributing author, non-fiction, film criticism

Purchase link: Rue Morgue

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Ever wonder about the hidden histories behind such female-centered masterpieces as Slumber Party Massacre, Inside, Ginger Snaps or The Descent? Get the story straight from the women stars, writers, producers and directors who have left their mark on the horror genre in the highly anticipated 10th volume of our Rue Morgue Library series – WOMEN WITH GUTS: Horror Heroines in Film, TV and Print.

Features new and classic interviews with BARBARA STEELE, LINNEA QUIGLEY, ANGELA BETTIS, MARY LAMBERT, ANA LILY AMIRPOUR, JENNIFER KENT and more! Plus! personal essays and tribute pieces on genre pioneers such as ANNE RICE, ELVIRA, JAMIE-LEE CURTIS, SIGOURNEY WEAVER, HEATHER LANGENKAMP, KAREN BLACK and others, by leading female horror writers ALISON (Satanic Panic) LANG, ANDREA (Rue Morgue Magazine) SUBISSATI, LIISA (How to Kill a Vampire) LADOUCEUR, ASHLEE (Graveyard Shift Sisters) BLACKWELL, and ALEX (The Faculty of Horror) WEST. (blurb from Rue Morgue).