editors’ choice issues: contributors

table of contents: issue nineteen (fiction) / issue twenty (poetry)

Some of these bios may be out of date, as they are pulled from the original issues (and organizing writers under a deadline can be like herding cats).

HANA ALHARASTANI hails from Michigan and is currently an MFA candidate studying fiction at the University of Central Florida. When she’s not trying to save the world, she works as the assistant fiction editor and social media coordinator for The Florida Review.

SAMANTHA BELLINGER is a recent graduate from The University of Toronto where she double majored in English and Spanish and held an undergraduate assistantship at a rare book library doing research in book and print history. She has been previously published in The Hart House Review and won third place in their 2014 poetry contest.

JC BOUCHARD was born in Elliot Lake, a former mining town in northern Ontario. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Arc, untethered, (parenthetical), and The Quilliad. In 2013, one of his poems was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize and another received Honourable Mention for the John Newlove Poetry Award from Bywords. His first chapbook, Portraits, was published by In/Words Press. His second chapbook, WOOL WATER was published by words(on)pages in 2015. He lives in Toronto. Connect with him online: jcbouchard.com.

AILSA BRISTOW is a British writer currently living in Toronto. With a Masters degree in something called “Issues in Modern Culture,” she considers herself in recovery from academia, and is re-learning how to read and write for pleasure. Her fiction has previously appeared in untethered and still and still moving, and she contributes reviews to The F Word. She can be found online at ailsabristow.com

ALANA I CAPRIA is the author of the story collection Wrapped in Red (Montag press), the novel Hooks and Slaughterhouse (Montag Press), and the chapbooks Organ Meat, Killing Me (Turtleneck Press) and Lilith (dancing girl press). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Capria resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband. Her website is http://alanaicapria.com.

MONIQUE CUILLERIER is a writer living in Ottawa. Her stories have appeared in Round Up Writer’s Zine, Black Heart Magazine, and 5×5 Literary Magazine. She is currently working on a science fiction novel and has a story in an upcoming SF anthology.

PATRICK DOERKSEN lives in British Columbia. His fiction, poetry, and haiku have appeared Aurealis, Abyss and Apex, and the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016, among others. He wishes his carbon footprint were smaller and his memory for large German compound words were bigger. “Leech” is his first published story.

JM FRANCHETEAU lives in Toronto. His second chapbook, kids (2015, Hurtin’ Crüe), was released in February 2015. http://jmfrancheteau.wordpress.com

BEN GALLAGHER is a Toronto-based poet and essayist. He recently completed an MA at McMaster, writing on madness, grief, and art. He has lived on a sailboat and in cars, and worked variously as a gardener, a wedding caterer, an art teacher, and a transcriber.

FARAH GHAFOOR is editor-in-chief at Sugar Rascals and has had poems published in Ninth Letter, alien mouth, and Big Lucks among other places. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets, and has recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Hollins University, the Keats-Shelly Memorial Association, the League of Canadian Poets, and Columbia College Chicago. She believes that she deserves a cat. Follow her @farah_ghafoor.

PHILIP GORDON is a creative writing student from vancouver island, recipient of the 2014 kevin roberts poetry award, and an editor of the literary magazines Ash Tree Journal and Text (launching in September, 2014). his work has been published in Wax Poetry and Art Magazine, Potluckmag, Chrysanthemum, Portal, Passion Poetry, The YOLO Pages, and a few other places. philip is a romantic dork, lover of shades, and proponent of the Oxford Comma. he can be found at grey-music.tumblr.com.

ADAM GREGORY is a student at the University of Toronto. His poetry has been published in the Hart House Review, as well as its winter supplement.

JASMINE GUI is the founder of Project 40 Collective and managing editor at LooseLeaf magazine. She has been featured in magazines such as Softblow, ricepaper, Hart House Review, and is forthcoming with Panorama Journal. Her first poetry chapbook, boke will be coming out with words(on)pages this fall. You can find her on the interwebs as jaziimun.

LABONI ISLAM is a poet and arts educator.  Her poetry has appeared in echolocation, FreeFall, (parenthetical), spiral orb, and wildness.  She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences.  Born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents, she lives in Toronto.

M. JIA  is a halfway decent jazz singer who is currently looking for a job. You can find her most recent publications in Room, Vinyl Poetry, and Petrichor Machine. You can also email her here : themarchlandhare@gmail.com. (Strangers welcome; bonus points for sincerity.)

SARA-JANE KEITH is a writer of poetry and prose. She has been featured in chapbooks, HOWL radio, Quilliad magazine, and shortlisted for the untethered poetry prize. Originally from Mississauga, Sara-Jane now lives in Saskatoon completing an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan, where she co-founded the River Volta Reading Series and is in the process of defending her first novel, Son Bird Saint. 

ZISHAD LAK is a PhD student at University of Ottawa, writing her thesis on names and migrations in Canadian literature.

C. ISA LAUSAS is a visual artist and a poet from everywhere. Originally born in Finland, Isa grew up in Marseille, France, where she graduated from ESADMM, the Academy of Fine Arts. Afterwards she has kept herself busy migrating around the globe. She settled down for a little while to work her way through a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada). Currently she has a nest in Montreal. Her visual art has been shown internationally and she has written and published several collections of poetry, including On That Border, Art-Arc Books, 2012 and I/Exi[s]t – Exit/I, JackPine Press, 2014. Find her online at isalausas.com.

JAY MILLAR is the author of several books, the most recent of which are the small blueesp: accumulation sonnetsOther Poems and Timely Irreverence. He is also the author of several privately published editions, including Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Jay is the shadowy figure behind BookThug (a publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well-known and emerging North American writers) and Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe (a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy).

REID MILLAR has not yet been defined by a trade. He is not of legal ages: drinking for example, and he cannot vote. Perhaps by the time you read this he will have been accepted into a university of his liking, and will be preparing for a post- secondary experience. Regardless, he is currently in high school and goes to class as often as he can. He has blonde hair, as does his brother, while his mother has red hair and his father has brown hair. He likes to think of his family as a rainbow when they stand near each other. He is a native of Toronto and lover of music. He spends his time flipping through record bins and spending money he doesn’t have (see first sentence above). He once introduced bill bissett to a crowd of people and once had dinner with Steve McCaffrey at an Italian Restaurant. This is his first published poem.

JORDAN MOFFATT lives in Ottawa. He performs improv at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in Toronto and with Crush Improv in Ottawa. His short fiction is forthcoming in The Feathertale Review, and has been featured in many places around the web including The Big Jewel, Johnny America,  and the 2015 Broken Pencil Magazine Indie Writers Deathmatch. Jordan is a founding editor of the online humour magazine Vandercave.

NATALIE MORRILL, an Ontario writer, holds an MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing program and writes primarily fiction and poetry. Her work has been included in The Journey Prize Stories anthology, and her first novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins Canada in May 2018.

ERIC SCHMALTZ is a writer, artist, and educator living in Toronto. His work has been featured online and in print across Canada & internationally including Carousel, Broken Pencil, Canadian Literature, Science Fiction Film & Television, Lemon Hound, The Capilano Review, Open Letter,Poetry is Dead among other places. His visual work has been featured in galleries across Canada and in the United States in places including Havana Gallery (Vancouver), Sugar City (Buffalo), Rodman Hall (St. Catharines), & Niagara Artists Centre (St. Catharines).

ALI SOHAIL is a budding writer and poet currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta. Some of his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and Contemporary Verse 2, among others.

JAMES SOUTHCOTT is a writer and musician whose work has recently appeared in the Dalhousie Review and untethered magazine.

KAITLIN TREMBLAY is a writer, editor, and gamemaker living in Toronto. Her games focus on horror, mental health, and feminism, and her writing has been featured on Playboy, The Toast, and The Mary Sue.

CARLY ROSALIE VANDERGRIENDT’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Room, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Plenitude, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, and other lit mags. She holds an MFA from UBC’s opt-res creative writing program and lives in Montreal, where she is at work on her first novel. Visit her at www.carlyrosalie.com or follow her on Twitter @carlyrosalie.


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