One of the stories from the collection has been published in‘s contest for new writers.
She is an alumnus of Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues Program for emerging writers and has been mentored by author, Lawrence Hill.
When she’s not writing she attends Al Hikmah Islamic Centre for their full time program on the study of the Qur’an.
She also co-host of The Woman Up Podcast, an open discussion with women of all walks of life from almost every continent as they journey into self betterment, one conversation at a time.
Airton focuses on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender and sexual diversity in everyday life.
In 2012, they founded They Is My Pronoun, a Q A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Airton offers individualized support and advice to gender-neutral pronoun users and allies, including teachers, parents and co-workers.
Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in that interweaves memoir, poetry, and photography together to address the complex and plural life experiences of intergenerational survivors of residential schools.
He is also working on a novel, tentatively titled is on the IBBY List of Books for Children Living With Disabilities.
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.She lives and works in Ladner, in a houseful of boys, and is currently at work on a middle-grade mystery novel set in one of the nearby floathome communities on the Fraser River.She teaches Writing For Children and Young Adults in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia.Immensely powerful, and ranging from comical to heartbreaking, the narration is intimate, detailed and profound, leaving readers with their own spaces to interpret and fill in from Jace’s observations.This novel is a journey, and one which will reward and keep readers thinking about it long after they’ve turned the last page.” Highly Recommended.Reef and Leeza’s frustrated love story and Reef’s justifiable anger at the manipulative politician Decker are the emotional threads that propel readers through the plot.The climax involves Reef’s going to confront Decker while Leeza races to stop him, and Aker uses short chapters alternating between the characters to keep readers on the edges of their seats.She is currently working on her first book, a memoir on her personal journey with the niqab as a woman that veils. Lee Airton is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.As a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, Dr.– Canadian Materials One on One (Harper Collins Canada, Fall 2005)Nominee, 2008 Stellar Book Award British Columbia Teen Readers’ Choice Lilla Sterling Award for excellence in children’s literature, 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Nominee, 2007 Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta Readers’ Choice Nominee, 2007 Hackmatack Award Nominee, 2007 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award (MYRCA) The First Stone (Harper Collins Canada, 2003) 2004 White Pine Award, Ontario Library Association 2004 Ann Connor Brimer Book Award, Nova Scotia Library Association “Read Canada’s Best” recommended booklist, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Discussed, 2006 Young Canada Reads Series CBC Radio “Don Aker has created in [The First Stone] a gripping and unflinching story that envelops readers from the first page….This astounding and honest book will linger with readers long after they leave its final pages.” – Book News”…a page-turning story that also has sensitivity and genuine characters to whom the reader becomes attached.