ABout Canthius

Canthius is a Canadian literary magazine publishing poetry and prose by women and genderqueer writers, including transgender men, nonbinary and Two-Spirit writers. Published bi-annually out of Ottawa and Toronto, Canthius has featured new writing from Hoa Nguyen, Doyali Islam, Jen Currin, Whitney French and artwork from Caroline Monnet, Winnie Truong, and Alisha Davidson. Every issue of Canthius is a unique art object printed by Toronto's Vide Press on a risograph printer with soy ink. 

We believe that we empower others and ourselves when we encourage cis and trans women to engage in public literary space through publication. Recognizing the historical underrepresentation of certain groups in the Canadian literary arts, we are committed to publishing diverse perspectives and experiences and strongly encourage women of colour, including Indigenous and Black women, to submit here.

If you’re interested in gender equity and diversity in Canadian literature, we suggest that you check out these amazing projects as well. 

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the team


Claire Farley is from Québec's Outaouais region and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in ArcThe Puritan (parenthetical), and in 30 Under 30, an anthology of Canadian Millennial Poets She is the 2016 recipient of Arc's Diana Brebner Prize. Follow her on twitter @mcrfarley

Cira Nickel is from Vancouver, BC and now resides in Toronto. She is a graduate of a Masters of Arts program in English Literature and was formerly an editorial assistant for the White Wall Review. Follow her on twitter @ciranickel.


Digital content editor


Sarah MacDonell writes, bakes, and scuttles around Ottawa. She is the Social Media Manager for Tree Reading Series. Her debut chapbook The Lithium Body was published by In/Words Press in 2017.


editorial board

Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press, 2017), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry (English Language) and was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” in 2018 by NOW Magazine. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Event and World Literature Today, and in the anthology Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, with an introduction by Margaret Atwood. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize (Phantom Books). She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University and volunteers as a creative writing workshop facilitator at Progress Place with the Toronto Writers Collective. Dutt was born in India and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and son. To reach out, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @puneet_dutt.


Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist. Born and raised in Pakistan, she's nurtured her poetic voice in Ottawa. She is an editor for In/Words Magazine & Press. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Puritan, Room Magazine, Ricepaper,, and ottawater, among other places. She's currently working on her debut chapbook. She won second place in the George Johnston Poetry Prize. Follow her on twitter @manaaaahil.

Chuqiao Yang received her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in The Unpublished City30 under 30an anthology of Canadian millennial poetsThe PuritanRicepaperArcPrismFilling StationGrainCV2Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Follow her on Twitter @chuqiaoyang.