Shira Spector is a high femme dyke mom, writer, cartoonist and community artist. She holds a BFA in Fibres (with Distinction) from Concordia University; her work has been exhibited in Montreal & Toronto and is published in multiple anthologies. Drawing from over 30 years experience in various social justice movements she has created and implemented arts-based programs for a variety of agencies and works as the Program & Outreach Manager at Arts Etobicoke Community Arts Council. Shira also sits on the Board of Directors of Red Dress Productions.
She adores over the top anything and is inspired by the theatricality of things from tropical fish to aqua musicals. Believing that play and poetry are not luxuries and that opportunities to embrace the fantastical belong to daily living, she accepts defying the mundane as her personal mission in life. With the support of grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council she is currently writing Red Rock Baby Candy, a graphic novel.