Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is the Managing Editor of Room Magazine as well as the 2018 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival. A graduate of The Writers’ Studio at SFU, Knight has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Her debut book, Braided Skin, was published in 2015. Dear Current Occupant is her second book. Website: cheleneknight.com. Twitter: @PoetChelene.
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- “Using poetry, essay, flash nonfiction, and photography, Knight weaves what she refers to as a “patchwork” story of her life, told through the lens of different places she’s called “home” throughout her life – In This Magazine
- “Knight, a Vancouver writer, asks “What was it that made a house a home?” (p. 30) as she opens the front door and allows us to see into her many East Vancouver childhood houses” – In BC BookLook
- “The non-linear structure and hybrid form highlight Knight’s keen and poetic observations of her own lived experience” – In PRISM Magazine
- “From witnessing parental drug use to struggling with her identity as a mixed race child with one East Indian and one Black parent, Knight uses memories and experiences to create an intimate, poignant narrative” – In Open Book
Dear Current Occupant
Dear Current Occupant is about home and belonging, set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her childhood through a series of letters addressed to the current occupants now living in the different houses she moved in and out of with her mother and brother. From blurry and fragmented non-chronological memories of trying to fit in with her family as the only mixed East Indian/Black child to crystal clear recollections of parental drug use, Knight draws a vivid portrait of memory that still longs for a place and a home.