Sydney Warner Brooman (they) was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised across the lake in Grimsby. They currently live in London, Ontario, where they’ve served as Student Writer-In-Residence at Western University and Emerging Artist-In-Residence at the TAP Centre For Creativity. Their story “The Bottom” was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2020 Open Season Awards, and they have recent work forthcoming in American Chordata and Thorn Literary Magazine.
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.
Jane Creighton (1956-2012) (she) was a Toronto-based poet, visual artist, and typesetter. Her lifelong commitment to poetry, begun in her teens, was informed by a multiplicity of viewpoints and influences and centered on one simple yet powerful practice: the innovative rearrangement of words and phrases to produce idiosyncratic sounds and images. A lover of cinema, music, and art, she seamlessly blended popular culture with erudite wordplay. As early as the 1970s, she began engaging with the Language poets, whose experimental works are often sampled in her poems. Like her peers, Jane rallied against traditional poetic structures and delighted in drawing attention to the visual forms of language.
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.
Marilyn Dumont (she) is the author of the widely anthologized A Really Good Brown Girl (winner of the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award), green girl dreams Mountains (winner of the 2002 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry), that tongued belonging (winner of two 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year awards), and The Pemmican Eaters (winner of the 2016 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry). She has been faculty and writer-in-residence at the Banff Centre and at universities, colleges, and libraries across Canada. In 2018, she was named a Life Member of the League of Canadian Poets. In 2019, she received a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award for her work “as a poet articulating the Metis experience, as a mentor and teacher,” and for her “pivotal role in the flowering of Indigenous literature in Alberta and Canada. Marilyn Dumont’s support for a new generation of writers is leading to profound, progressive changes to the writing landscape....”
Christopher Evans (he) is a writer, editor, and teacher, whose work has appeared in EVENT, The Literary Review, and Best Canadian Poetry and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He lives in Vancouver, BC, with his partner and daughter. His debut short fiction collection is Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth (Insomniac, 2020).
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.
Joel Katelnikoff (he) holds a PhD from the University of Alberta. His recombinant essays have been published in English Studies in Canada, Canadian Literature, Minor Literature[s], Art + Research, The Notre Dame Review, the Polish Journal of American Studies, and Poetry is Dead and by the Centro de Cultura Digital.
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.
Aaron Kreuter (he) is the author of the short story collection You and Me, Belonging (2018) and the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs (2016). He lives in Toronto, where he is assistant fiction editor at Pithead Chapel. Shifting Baseline Syndrome (2020) is his second book of poems.
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 Prism, Soliloquies, the Void, Alien 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.
Clementine Morrigan (they/she) is a writer living in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. They are the author of several books and zines including Love Without Emergency, Fucking Magic, Trauma Magic,You Can't Own the Fucking Stars, and The Size of a Bird. You can find her writing in places like GUTS Magazine, Shameless Magazine,Prose & Lore, Somatechnics, and The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. They are the creator and facilitator of the popular workshop Trauma Informed Polyamory. She writes about queer sexuality, trauma recovery, developing secure attachment, transformative justice, obliterating shame, anarchist spirituality, and the power of desire. They are passionate about nervous system education. More than anything else, her work is for survivors and people who live with trauma.
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).
Natalie Wee (she) is a queer Peranakan community-builder. Her work has won the Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest, been a finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology, been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and been published in The Rumpus, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Gulf Coast, PRISM International, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, she is currently a settler in Tkaronto (Toronto).