About

Textile is a community-engaged arts organization and mentorship program based in Kitchener-Waterloo.

There are voices in our region that are hidden, muted, or silenced. Our vision is to provide mentorship opportunities and platforms for writers amd artists to share their voices and connect them with a city-wide readership.

Ultimately, we believe writing and self-expression are essential to uplifting people and challenging society. These tools should be available to everyone, not limited by gender, age, race, class, sexuality, or ability. By publishing short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that reflects the diversity of our region, we believe we can broaden our imagination of what Kitchener-Waterloo is and what it can be.

Our process

We focus on creating time and space for writing; our mentorship seeks to let writers voices emerge. Our work is driven by a desire to build relationships, celebrate our community’s strengths and assets, and call attention to important social issues.

History

Textile was founded in 2018. We publish in print annually and online on a varying schedule.

Team

Andy Myles

Founder

For Andy, writing is an important way to learn deeply about others.

Bashar Lulu Jabbour

Lead Poetry Editor

Since 2016, Bashar has been the co-artistic director of the Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam.

Fitsum Areguy

Founder

Fitsum (he/him) is the co-founder and project director for Textile.

Mary Ferguson

Co-organizer of queer-centric events with Plan B Cooperative KW, Mary has put on clothing swaps, arts workshops, and social events.

Matthew Morales

His current work involves using design and creativity as a way to navigate through uncertainty and complex problems that affect how people live in the world.

Shalaka

As a twice-over immigrant, Shalaka is interested in pursuing questions around value relating to power and authority.

Yeabsera Agonfer

Her roots trace back to Ethiopia but she was born in Sudan, spent her early childhood in Egypt and now lives in Kitchener.

Zainab Mahdi

Born in KW to Somali parents, Zainab’s interest in poetry began after accidentally stumbling into the world of spoken word.

Racheal Walser

Racheal has been a published author and poet since 2007.