Holly Pickering is a master’s student in Digital Humanities, and Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, situated on Treaty 6 territory in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta). Her research focuses on how wide-awake practices of creativity and participation in social justice communities function both individually and cohesively to empower LGBTQ+ people to stake a claim to their value and belonging in the world. She is a SSHRC CGS M recipient and a Walter H Johns Graduate Fellow. Outside of academia, Holly has experience in community organizing and music promotion through past work with house and techno collective Connect YEG, as well as through sitting as a board member of New Music Edmonton. As “sodium light,” her electroacoustic music project, she is set to release her second album, “the sweetening,” in July 2020.