Lana Hall is a writer based in Toronto. A former news reporter, her work focuses heavily on issues at the intersection of labour, equity and life in urban centres. Her journalism and essays have been featured in The Globe and Mail, Spacing Magazine, Catapult, Parhelion Literary Magazine and elsewhere. Her narrative essay "Blinded by the Light" was shortlisted for Briarpatch Magazine's 2022 Writing in the Margins prize.
In between writing gigs, Lana has held many jobs, including as a stablehand, a motel housekeeper and a coffee shop waitress. She is currently writing a memoir about her time working in Toronto's exotic massage parlour trade, which she did for half a decade in her early twenties. Her project illuminates the nuances of commercial sex work, pairing personal narrative with research and reporting on some of today's most urgent topics: power, sexual agency, and the value of labour.
She graduated from the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism and is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of King’s College. Find her on Twitter at @curiouslana.