Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. In addition to being a workshop facilitator for teens, she is also a regular literary event organizer and host. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Chelene is currently the Managing Editor at Room magazine. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, Dear Current Occupant (forthcoming with BookThug, 2018), a collection of prose poems and letters written in the voice of a young woman speaking to the horrors, sadness and pleasures that took place in the over 20 homes she lived in as a child. Her mother is African American and her father and his family were victims of the Asian expulsion in Uganda that took place in the 70s, where the President at the time, Idi Amin, led a campaign of "de-Indianization", eventually resulting in the “ethnic cleansing” of Uganda's Indian minority. She's now working with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee on a novel set in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver in the 1930s-50's known as Hogan's Alley.
Chelene is currently working on designing an online writing course for emerging writers, so stay tuned!