Sam Hiyate


Co-founding Editor

Sam is president of The Rights Factory, a boutique literary agency. In his 24-year publishing career, he has worked at literary magazines, small presses and with New York Times bestselling authors, editing and representing everything from debut fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction to graphic novels. He has taught writing and publishing for 15 years privately and also at various universities.


Anisha Dhiman

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Anisha is a seasoned journalist and has worked as a reporter, news presenter and content writer for over five years. With a BA degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, she moved to Toronto from India earlier this year and is currently enrolled in the Publishing program at Centennial College—where she is also the Editor-in-Chief at On The Danforth, an online and print magazine.

Alexandra Risen


Co-founding Editor

Alexandra is a writer who migrated from the northwestern prairies to the hilly southeast, all the while enjoying the natural world. Her best-selling memoir, Unearthed, is a meditation on love, legacy and our interconnectedness with nature. She holds a Certificate in Creative Writing, an MBA, and a Diploma in Urban Planning. 

Manu Vishwanath

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Manu Vishwanath has been reading and writing since he was seven. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from McGill University, and did a brief stint as an archaeologist before finding himself working in marketing and public relations. He is currently enrolled in the Publishing program at Centennial College where he moonlights as the Senior Editor at On The Danforth, an online and print magazine. You can find him improvising in dusty dive bars on the weekends, in a café with a dark brew, or living and dying over a game of tennis. 

Diane Terrana


Co-founding Editor

Diane has a BA, a BEd, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She has worked as an actress, a belly dancer and an English/drama teacher in both the private and public school systems. Diane has been reading and editing manuscripts at The Rights Factory since 2011 and is currently the agency's Executive Editor.