Featured authors

Jennifer Chen (she) has worked as an office administrator, store manager, blog writer, and research assistant. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and her first screenplay, Owen and the Whale, was ranked in the top ten overall in the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition 2013/14. Jennifer currently lives in Toronto, with her turtle.

Sam Cheuk (he) holds an MFA from New York University. He divides his time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Hong Kong.

Tom Cull (he) grew up in Huron County and now resides in London, Ontario, where he teaches creative writing and serves as the city’s current Poet Laureate. His chapbook, What the Badger Said, was published in 2013 by Baseline Press and his work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Since 2012, Tom has been the director of Thames River Rally, a grassroots environmental group that he co-founded with his partner Miriam Love, and their son, Emmett.

Catherine Graham (she), a poet and educator, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and educated in Canada and the United Kingdom. She holds a Masters' degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in England. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and have appeared in many journals and anthologies. After living for years in Northern Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Penn Kemp (she) is one of the generation of artists, including Alice Munro, Jack Chambers, and James Reaney, who have put London and Southwestern Ontario on the literary map of Canada and the world. In turn, Penn has brought to London a rich sense of distant parts of the globe and returned home to share with us, her audience, the sights and sounds of these turbulent, powerful places.

Jeff Latosik's (his) award-winning poems have appeared in magazines and journals across the country. He won the P.K. Page Founders Award from The Malahat Review in 2007, placed first in THIS Magazine's Great Literary Hunt in 2008, and was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for 2008. He teaches at Humber College in Toronto.

David W. McFadden's (his) extraordinary literary career so far spans five decades. An Innocent in Cuba (2005) is the most recent of his many travel books, and Be Calm, Honey (2008) the most recent of his many books of poetry. In 2008, Why Are You So Sad? was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Tara McGowan-Ross (she) is an urban Mi’kmaw multidisciplinary artist, writer, and editor living and working in Montreal. She has been the editor-in-chief at The Court magazine, has been the creative director and an editorial collective member at Spectra Journal, and has served on the editorial board at the Icehouse poetry imprint of Goose Lane Editions since 2019. She is the author of Girth and Scorpion Season; has been published in PrismSoliloquiesthe VoidAlien She Zine, and elsewhere; and writes criticism of experimental and independent theatre for BroadwayWorld.

Rod Michalko (he) is a blind disability studies theorist who has recently retired from teaching at the University of Toronto. His books and essays are known internationally.  He has now moved into the realm of short story writing, and Things are Different Here is his first collection. He lives in Toronto.

Pamela Mordecai (she) was born in Jamaica and wrote her first poem at the age of nine. She has published over thirty books, including textbooks, anthologies of Caribbean writing, children's books, four collections of poetry, and has co-authored a reference work on Jamaica. She has a special interest in the writing of Caribbean women. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Martin.

Editor Althea Prince (she) was born in Antigua, the Caribbean, and has lived in Canada, the US, and England. She has taught sociology at York University and the University of Toronto, and now teaches at Ryerson University — The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, where she won the Kay Livingstone Award in 2011. Dr. Prince is known for her work as an essayist and fiction writer. Her published works include The Politics of Black Women's Hair (cultural studies), In the Black (editor), Being Black (cultural studies), Loving This Man (novel), Ladies of the Night (stories), Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader (co-editor), and How the Starfish Got to the Sea (children).

Robin Richardson (she) is a writer/poet and illustrator who has published her work in various literary and arts journals, such as The Toronto Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2, The Puritan, Misunderstandings Magazine, Filling Station, The Pilot Project, and Berkeley Poetry Review. She is also an active member of the Toronto literary scene.

Jacqueline Valencia (she) is a poet and film/literary critic. She has written for the Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Next Projection, subTerrain, and the Barnstormer, among others. Her chapbook Maybe was selected for the 2012 Arte Factum exhibit by Poetry Is Dead magazine. She lives in Toronto.

Rinaldo Walcott (he) is an associate professor at OISE, University of Toronto. His research and teaching is in the area of Black diaspora cultural studies with an emphasis on queer sexualities, masculinity, and cultural politics. He is the author of Black Like Who? (1997), editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (2000), and co-editor of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures (2010).