Robyn Maynard is a scholar and author based in Toronto, where she is the Assistant Professor of Black Feminisms in Canada at the University of Toronto-Scarborough in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies.

She has published writing in the Washing Post, the Toronto Star, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Canadian Woman Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, and Scholar & Feminist Journal. She writes on the subject of policing, abolitions, borders, and Black feminism, and her expertise is frequently sought out in local, national, and international media outlets.

Maynard was named the “2018 author of the year” by Montreal’s Black History Month and was nominated for Writer’s Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.

Her latest book, Rehearsals for Living, is a collaboration between herself and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. The two thinkers, writers, and activists began writing each other letters at the start of the pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, and their letters eventually grew into a powerful exchange on the subject of, “where do we go from here?”

Rehearsals for Living, cowritten by Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, is part debate, part dialogue, part lively correspondence between two razor-sharp writers exploring what it means to get free as the world spins into a new orbit. Through articulating to each other Black and Indigenous perspectives on our unprecedented here and now, Maynard and Simpson present a poetic call to dream up new ways of ordering earthly life.

Appearing in: 25. The War of the Words