Two best friends who are disabled, neuro-awesome, and notoriously quirky have edited an anthology together. Learn more about the editors of Nothing Without Us!
Cait “Pinky” Gordon
Cait (pronounced like ‘cat’) Gordon is a chronic baker living in the ‘burbs of Ottawa who happens to love arranging the alphabet. She worked for over two decades as a technical writer-editor, then channelled her love for words into creative writing.
For her day job, Cait is a freelance editor. Some of the works she’s edited include Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks (Robin Elizabeth), Camp Follower: One Army Brat’s Story (Michele Sabad), Skylark (S.M. Carrière), Little Yellow Magnet (Jamieson Wolf), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn).
As for her own writing, Cait’s ’Cosm series books so far are Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers (both with Renaissance). Her short story, A Night at the Rabbit Hole, appears in the Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland anthology (Coleen Anderson, Exile Editions). Another short story, The Hilltop Gathering, is in the Prix Aurora Awards nominated anthology, We Shall Be Monsters (Derek Newman-Stille, Renaissance).
This human identifies as a Spoonie warrior, manages invisible and visible disabilities, has a brain that doesn’t always brain as expected, and uses a rollator with flame decals on it named Noola. (The flames make her look like she’s moving super fast.)
You can follow Cait on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. She also has an author website and is the creator/editor of the Spoonie Authors Network. To discover more about her editing services, visit the Dynamic Canvas Inc. website!
Kohenet Talia “The Brain” Johnson
Kohenet Talia C. Johnson is a multi-faceted woman who is transgender, autistic, Jewish, queer, and more than the sum of her parts.
Her work centres on bridging faith and queer communities, facilitating workshops, educating, speaking, writing, one-on-one coaching, counselling, and mentoring.
She is also a queer and trans sensitivity editor for writers and publishers. Some of the works she’s edited include Life and Lemonade (Jamieson Wolf); The Stealth Lovers, Life in the ‘Cosm, A Night at the Rabbit Hole (Cait Gordon); and an upcoming novel by Derek Kunsken.
Talia’s poem, Holy Love, appears in the Resilience anthology (Heartspark Press). In 2018 Talia joined the board of directors of Heartspark Press and is now acting as Chair. Talia was ordained a Kohenet, a Hebrew Priestess in August 2019, the first transgender woman in the program. She is working toward entering graduate school at the Master’s level. Her studies bridge faith, queer, and psychology using queer and feminist intersectional approaches. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.