author of Fourth Walk, spring 2017
Jessica Bebenek is a poet & essayist currently pursuing an MA at Concordia University in Montreal. Her recent work is forthcoming in PRISM, CV2, Vallum and in the 30 Under 30 anthology. She is a coordinator at the Centre for Expanded Poetics where she organized the Occult Poetics Symposium. k2tog, her series of knitted poems which investigates gendered labour & the English canon, will be featured in Toronto’s 2017 Nuit Blanche and will be released as a chapbook this Fall with Broken Dimanche. She is currently completing her first full collection of poetry, No One Knows Us Here, and is at work on a non-fiction collection, Writing for Men. @notyrmuse www.jessicabebenek.art
MICHELLE BROWN author of Foreign Experts Building, spring 2016
Michelle Brown has had work appear in The Puritan, Prism, CV2, Arc and The Malahat Review, amongst others. Recently shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck poetry prize and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, she’s excitedly awaiting her first full-length collection (with Palimpsest Press) in 2018. Originally from Victoria, BC, she currently lives in Toronto.
author of Sick and I, fall 2017
Katie Fewster-Yan is a poet currently living in Newfoundland. Her poems have appeared in The Puritan, The New Quarterly and Room. In 2015, she was awarded the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for poetry. She is also a part of the editorial board for Anstruther Press.
author of Summer, fall 2016
STEVIE HOWELL is an Irish-Canadian poet & psychometrist. A first collection of poetry, Sharps (Goose Lane, 2014), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A second book is forthcoming from Penguin Random House Canada. Stevie’s poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry (2014 & 2015), Hazlitt, The Walrus, Geist, Eighteen Bridges, & Maisonneuve; in U.S. publications including Prelude, BOAAT, The Best American Poetry site & The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library journal, So It Goes (2015); & in Irish publications including The Moth & Banshee. Critical writing has been published in the National Post, The Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Ploughshares, & The Rumpus. Stevie’s named after Wonder, not Nicks. www.steviehowell.ca
author of Nix, spring 2017
Jessie Jones grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan, spent a decade on Vancouver Island and now lives in Toronto. Her work has been shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Open Season Poetry Award, Arc’s Poem of the Year contest, and was the first runner-up in PRISM International’s 2015 Poetry Contest and has appeared in magazines across Canada, the US and the UK. She is the co-founder of Literistic, a service for writers, and is currently working on her first manuscript.
author of Moon Bones/Silver Tooth, spring 2016
Brooke Lockyer's short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in The Hart House Review, Geist.com, Flare, House & Home, and Globe Style Advisor. She holds an MA in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and splits her time between downtown Toronto and a trailer parked on the edge of the Mojave desert.
E MARTIN NOLAN
author of Poems from Still, fall 2015
E Martin Nolan writes poetry and non-fiction. He's an associate editor at The Puritan. He teaches at the University of Toronto.
author of In a Burning Building the Air Inside is Heated by Fire and so Becomes Lighter, fall 2016
Vincent Pagé has work published in Prism International, Event, The Malahat Review, Geist, Vallum, Metatron, and The Puritan, among other journals. He was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2015, and his first chapbook, Veinte, was published with Vallum Chapbook Series. He lives in Toronto.
author of Just Pervs, spring 2017
Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She's released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). In October 2015, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, a novel, and a long poem.
KASIA VAN SCHAIK
author of Sea Burial Laws According to Country, fall 2018
Kasia Van Schaik is a South African born, Montreal-based writer and critic. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Prism International, The Best Canadian Poetry Anthology (2015), This Magazine, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Kasia is the fiction editor for carte blanche, the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s literary publication. She is currently completing her doctorate at McGill University, where she teaches creative writing in the Continuing Studies department.
author of Lilith, fall 2018
Jacqueline Valencia is a writer and critic. She is the author of There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque, and staff film critic at Next Projection. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts).