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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

An anthology of comics and prose stories that revolve around the intersection of love, dating, sex, and geek culture. Edited by Hope Nicholson, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls provides a fresh counterpoint to the mainstream narrative of loveless geek guys. Contributors Erin Cossar, Cherelle Higgins, and JM Frey, hearts on their sleeves and tricorders in hand, share their work at the Secret Loves of Geek Girls showcase.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.

  • Comic Book
  • Short Stories

Stephanie Cooke

Stephanie Cooke is the Editor-in-Chief of Rogues Portal and host of the Comicsbound and The Missfits podcasts, writer and contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and is formerly of JoBlo.com, Talking Comics, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd and more. Geek quiz mistress, and proud crazy cat lady (or Khatleesi).

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.

  • Comic Book
  • Short Stories

J.M. Frey

J.M. is a voice actor, SF/F author, and professional smartypants on AMI Radio’s Live From Studio 5. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. Her debut novel Triptych was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards,  nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly. Her sophomore novel, The Untold Tale (Accidental Turn Series #1), an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy, debuted to acclaim in 2015.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.

  • Comic Book
  • Short Stories

Erin Cossar

Erin Cossar is a contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, which was published by Bedside Press in 2015 and will be reissued by Dark Horse in October 2016. She is also an advertising and graphic designer at Penguin Random House Canada, an artist, and one of the organizers of Comic Shop Ladies Night (a group that hosts quarterly casual, inclusive social gatherings at local comics shops). Originally from Newfoundland, she currently lives in Toronto with her partner and three cats.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.

  • Comic Book
  • Short Stories

Cherelle Higgins

Cherelle Higgins is an award-winning graphic designer whose work has been profiled in Wallpaper and Chatelaine magazines. She is a contributor to The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, which will be re-issued by Dark Horse in the autumn of 2016. Born and raised in the UK, she arrived in Ontario at age 12 and never looked back.

She studied film and interactive multimedia at Sheridan College and later taught Advanced Digital Special effects there. In her free time she makes short films, writes short stories, lifts weights and argues with harassers on the subway.