Jenaya Shaw

Jenaya is a multi-genre writer and artist in her third year as a Creative Writing student. She spends her free time building a portfolio of tattoo designs and dreams of studying in Australia and Taiwan, publishing novels and tattooing.
An illustration of a person in a jumpsuit with a bouquet of red flowers and their face censored by a black bar

Romanticizing the Bad Guy

Pop-culture loves a villain. The Netflix TV show, You, is just one example of how we fall in love with obviously problematic characters. But...

Behind Shut Eyes

We have evolved to sleep, but why? And why does it take up so much of our day? “Behind Shut Eyes” explores the history of sleep in science, and why...
LAUREN AND I, FEET SPLASHING IN THE WATER, LEANING TO THE PORT SIDE DURING A SAIL. PHOTO BY: JEN BAKER (JENAYA’S MUM)

Sailing the Wild

Sailing the open ocean isn’t a child’s dream summer. But after a few years of adventuring the East Coast of Vancouver Island, the Baker family was...
Illustration by Celia Brand: a faceless barista pours hot drinks. A tiny pumpkin sits on the counter in the background.

Pumpkin Spice Panic

The challenges of the barista are considered normal in coffee shops—the running, the heat, and the equally kind versus cranky customers with...

Mahsa Day

In Nanaimo, the Iranian-Canadian Cultural Society of Vancouver Island is preparing a protest to participate in the global rally of Mahsa Day this...
Sogol's painting for the Iranian Art Exhibition featuring a white tower behind paint-covered hands raised in peace signs

Creating Revolution

Zan. Zendegi. Azadi. Woman. Life. Freedom.   Tape edges the hard canvas. A wide mink brush quickly coats the snow-white surface in cerulean...
A single plastic drink cup floats on the surface of the water

Acclimatizing to Change

Canada issued a ban on the manufacture and import of plastics in December of last year. By December 2023, all non-reusable plastic materials such as...