Hayley Antolos

Hayley Antolos is a film and television graduate who finds the arts to be an invaluable means of expression and healing, her projects spanning from short films and songwriting to poetry and novels.

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Stephanie Arditte

Stephanie Arditte lives in Manhattan and received her MFA in Fiction from New York University.

Erin Armstrong

Erin Armstrong's work has been published in several magazines, and is forthcoming in Fiction Southeast and Lost Magazine; when she's not writing, she teaches and plays ultimate frisbee.


Michele Ayoub

Michele Ayoub is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been featured in publications and galleries across the world including Vogue Japan, Double Dot Magazine, Rocket Gallery and Vice.


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Stefanie Ayoub

Stefanie Ayoub is an illustrator and co-Creative Director of Boneset Studio in Toronto whose work has been featured in publications including Vogue Italia, The Walrus, and Fashion Magazine


Sara Backer

Sara Backer, author of two poetry chapbooks and a novel, lives in New Hampshire and is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Dr. Faith Banks

Dr. Faith Banks is a mobile hospice veterinarian in Toronto, Canada. Her service focuses on geriatric and end of life care for pets in the comfort and privacy of their homes.



Heidi Berton

Heidi Berton, a graduate of OCAD U, is inspired by sequential art, traditional printmaking techniques, and hand lettering.


Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry, who teaches writing online at UofT, is the author of three short story collections and six novels, the latest of which, "12 Hours," is coming out in September 2017.

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Margot Berwin

Margot Berwin is the author of Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, and Scent of Darkness.

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Ellen Bigelow

Ellen Bigelow is an OCAD U graduate who is inspired by her unconscious state of mind and expresses concepts through different paint media.

Barbara Black

Barbara Black, a Malahat Review fiction finalist whose work has also appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Freefall, and The New Quarterly, lives in Victoria, BC, where she’s currently busy riding the twisties on her new motorcycle.

Sharon Black

Sharon Black is from Scotland but now lives in France and is the author of two poetry collections.

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Lucie Bonvalet

Lucie Bonvalet is a writer and French teacher in Portland, Oregon.


Sonja Boon

Sonja Boon is a writer, researcher, and teacher living in St. John's.

Roisín Browne

Roisín Browne lives in the seaside village of Rush in Dublin, Ireland and likes to spend her free hours writing poetry for the enjoyment of herself and others.

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Jowita Bydlowska

Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom, will publish her next book, a novel, GUY: Why women love me, in fall 2016.


Emma Carlson

Emma Carlson, recent high school graduate and former intern for the literary nonprofit Fishtrap Inc. enjoys reading and baking in her spare time.



Salena Casha

Salena Casha's work has appeared in over fifty publications, has been nominated for a pushcart, and appeared in the Top 50 Short Fictions of 2015. 



Stella Carruthers

Stella Carruthers is a library worker, writer and artist who loves nothing more than being creative whether it be with her favoured artistic medium of textiles or expressing herself with words.

Aidan Chafe

Aidan Chafe is the author of the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press) and Sharpest Tooth (Anstruther Press) and has a full-length poetry collection forthcoming in 2018 with McGill-Queen's University Press.

 Laura Cok

Laura Cok lives  in Toronto where she works in the book industry; she has been most recently published in the Rusty Toque, CV2, and Arc, and has work forthcoming in Event and Prairie Fire.


Tyrell Collins

Tyrell Collins is a Masters of Fine Arts Candidate at Columbia College Chicago and work has appeared in The Lab Review, and The Dillard Review: a Journal of Arts and Letters.


Chase Compton

Chase Compton, author of The Yelp: A Heartbreak in Reviews, manages a bar in West Hollywood and is finishing his second memoir, an homage to LA.


Vivian Parkin DeRosa

Vivian Parkin DeRosa is a writer, poet, blogger, intern at Project Write Now,  and she is currently completing her first novel.


Margaret DeRosia

Margaret DeRosia, a Digital Writer and Editor at the Canadian Film Centre, is a former dancer, a recovering academic who taught film and gender, and a woman who probably loves movies and cats far too much.

Pamela Dillon

Pamela Dillon

Pamela Dillon is a writer and poet, and has been published on the CBC Books – Canada Writes website, in the literary journal Tin Roof Press, in the William Henry Drummond / Spring Pulse Poetry Anthology, and most recently, in the Globe and Mail.



Minna Dubin

Minna Dubin is a memoir writer, creative writing workshop facilitator, and founder of the Bay Area literary public art project #MomLists.


Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle's books include: Gold Passage (2013), There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air (2015) and Interrupted Geographies (2017);  she is currently writing the biography of Charmian Kittredge London, Jack London's wife.

Kim Echlin

Kim Echlin’s most recent novel is Under the Visible Life, and her novel The Disappeared has been translated into 20 languages; she has also published a translation from a Sumerian myth called, Inanna: A New English Version.



Daniela Elza

Daniela Elza is a free range, non-medicated poet and scholar who is currently falling in love with trees.

Juliana Giancola

Juliana Giancola is a Toronto-based artist, currently pursuing her Honors BFA-Visual Arts degree at York University specializing in acrylic painting and drawing. 

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David Gilmour

Winner of Canada's Governor-General's Award for Fiction, international best-selling author David Gilmour's most recent novel is Extraordinary.

Ellen Goodlett

Ellen Goodlett

Ellen Goodlett is a globetrotting young adult novelist whose short stories have appeared in Athena's Daughters: Volume II, 27: A Comic Anthology, Girls' Night Out: The Way Love Goes, and various online publications.

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Lee Gowan

Lee Gowan directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies and has published three novels: Make Believe Love, Confession, and the Last Cowboy.

Neil Griffin

Neil Griffin is a writer and naturalist; he lives in Western Canada.


Mary Hennessy

Mary Hennessy is a nurse and word-crazed poet from North Carolina.


Ainslie Hogarth

Ainslie Hogarth is the author of The Lonely (2014) and The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (2015), and her short stories have appeared in The Jersey Devil Press and Corvus Magazine.



Kath Jonathan

Kath Jonathan considers herself fortunate to be writing, reading and teaching in Toronto.


Amber Johnson

Amber Renee writes with the vigor of a manic, the darkness of a depressive & the mysticism of her delusions, in order to combat her bipolar depression & end the stigma of mental illness.


Samantha Juric

Sam Juric is a writer and journalist in Toronto. You can find her work in The Walrus Magazine and This Magazine.


Mohja Kahf

Mohja Kahf has been a professor at the University of Arkansas since 1995 and is the author of E-mails from Scheherazad, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, and Hagar Poems.


Lauren Krauze

Lauren Krauze is a New York-based writer and writing lecturer whose work has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and the literary journals Painted Bride Quarterly, Frogpond, The Heron's Nest, and Modern Haiku.


Meghan Davidson Ladly

Meghan Davidson Ladly lives and writes in Toronto and Paris.


Vincent Lam

Dr. Vincent Lam is the winner of the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the author of The Headmaster’s Wager.



Corinne Larochelle

Author of six poetry books and a novel, Corinne Larochelle lives in Montreal, where she teaches literature at Collège de Maisonneuve.


Allyson Latta (Guest Judge)

Allyson Latta is an independent editor of prize-winning books, writer, and writing instructor for University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. 


David Leach

David Leach is the author of Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel and the chair of the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.



Claire Letemendia

Claire Letemendia

Claire Letemendia's first two published novels, The Best of Men (2009) and The Licence of War (2014), are part of a trilogy set during the mid-seventeenth century English Civil War, and she is presently working on the final volume, The Wounds of Fortune.


Kaye Linden

Kaye Linden (with an MFA in fiction, now completing one in poetry,) is a widely published, award winning flash and prose poetry writer and poetry editor.


Michael Mau

Michael Mau’s short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Portland Review, Fifth Wednesday, McSweeney’s, Mount Hope, Firewords Quarterly, Punchnel’s, Ferocious Quarterly,, and other places (1)

Karen McDermott

Karen McDermott is a lawyer-turned-English professor who lives in Los Angeles where she writes poetry while stuck in freeway traffic.


Tracey McGillivray

Tracey is a rescue dog-walking, teen-wrangling former farm girl with an MA in Journalism, an MBA in Nonprofit Management and a compulsive list-making habit.

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Heather McNaugher

Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts and the poetry chapbooks, Panic & Joy andDouble Life.


Melanie Melanowski

Melanie Melanowski has a PhD in creative writing/literature, is a life-long fan of Steven Tyler, and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Andy, their daughter, Echo, and dog, Egypt.


Kathlyn Meyer

Kathlyn Meyer

Kathlyn Meyer is an MSU Denver graduate whose writings have been published in newspapers, journals, and at international conferences.

Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan completed her BA in Writing at Southern Cross University in 2016, and lives with her musician husband and their two daughters in a nominally utopian township on the NSW far north coast, where truth is elusive and far stranger than fiction.



Ray Morrison

Ray Morrison is an award-winning short story writer whose work appears in dozens of journals and magazines, and his first collection of stories,"In a World of Small Truths,"can be found at Press53,com.


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Laurie Myers-Bishop

Laurie Myers-Bishop is a writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines such as Matrix Magazine, Room, Riddle Fence, The South Circular among others, and is currently working on a collection of short stories as well as a novel.


Don O'Cull

Don O’Cull is a teacher who lives and writes in St Petersburg, FL. 

Dorothy Palmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer is a retired English/Drama teacher and improv coach, mom, binge knitter, disabled, senior writer, and author of When Fenelon Falls (Coach House, 2010).


Addison Peacock

Addison is a student in rural Virginia, where she spends her time writing, making hash browns, and holding long conversations with an orange cat named Pumpkin. 


Aaron Poochigian

Poet and translator Aaron Poochigian published his first book of poems The Cosmic Purr in 2012; he lives in New York City.

Jenn Powers

Jenn Powers is a New England-based writer and photographer with recent work appearing in Hayden's Ferry Review and Driftwood Press.

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Jenny Prior

Jenny Prior’s novella Catholic Dreams is available at and her story “Clinic, Car, Couch” has been nominated by The Danforth Review for The Journey Prize.

Jessica Purdy

An aspiring writer since the age of eight,

An aspiring writer since the age of eight, now forty-two with two children, a husband and a very old Jack Russell Terrier, Jessica's dream lives on in the form of novels waiting to be published, story contest attempts and high hopes. 


Barbara Radecki

Barbara Radecki is an actor-turned-writer whose debut novel The Darkhouse comes out fall 2016 through Cormorant/DCB.



Mia Romero

Mia Romero is a San Francisco based actress who recently remembered she's a writer too.


Linda Rui Feng

Linda Rui Feng lives in Toronto and is finishing a novel about music, migration, and Mao.


Celia Ruiz

Celia Ruiz is a retired lawyer who pulled herself out of extreme poverty and is currently writing a memoir.


Mark Sakamoto

Mark Sakamoto is the author of the bestselling memoir Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, a successful entrepreneur and a daddy to two young daughters.

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Max Henry Schloner

Max Henry Schloner is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer (yep, he's one of those).




Leslie Shimotakahara

Leslie Shimotakahara’s memoir The Reading List won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize, and her debut novel After the Bloom is being published this April by Dundurn Press.

Cheryl Lynn Smart

Cheryl Lynn Smart is an essayist, a teacher, and a final year University of Memphis MFA candidate harboring a farm girl/city girl dual identity which stems from a lifelong migration between Memphis and her rural southern hometown. 

Rachel Smith

Still young and learning, Rachel currently attends the University of Victoria where she works towards becoming a beautiful poet, refusing to rest until she shares her love of writing with anyone willing to listen.


Mandy Stango 

Mandy is a middle school English teacher living in Florence, SC, with her boyfriend and beloved beta fish.



William Ste. Marie

William Ste. Marie—an English teacher and musician from Staten Island, New York—is an insufferable, mawkish mush who sometimes writes.

Marjorie Stewart

Marjorie Stewart teaches composition and creative writing in rural West Virginia, and paints, reads Tarot cards, and hangs out on social media under the name Max Stewart.


Cassie Stocks

Cassie Stocks has a three-legged dog, a cat and the Stephen Leacock Award for humour for her novel Dance, Gladys, Dance.


Angela Stubbs

Angela Stubbs is a poet examining the body and states of being while celebrating the carnal with sweet, dark humor.



Lauren Suchenski

As a poet, ballet dancer, actress, photographer, painter, mother and Waldorf educator, Lauren Suchenski believes in the inherent creative capability within all people.


Robin Susanto

Robin Susanto is a statistician who writes poetry to make sure things really add up.


Dorothy Swoope

Dorothy Swoope is an award winning poet whose writings have been published in newspapers, anthologies and literary journals in Australia and the USA.


Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Anishnawbe writer from the Curve Lake First Nation In Ontario, whose new book, his 29th, is a collection of short stories called Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories.

Shelley Tracey

Shelley Tracey is a South African poet and creative writing teacher who lives in Northern Ireland with her family, plants, and a huge collection of books.


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Edward Varga

Edward Varga is a fiction writer whose work is currently found in the pages of the retro pin-up "Bachelor Pad" magazine. 

Willow Verkerk

Willow Verkerk teaches Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, London (UK), publishes short stories and academic works, and has a forthcoming book Nietzsche and Friendship (Bloomsbury).



Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead's critically acclaimed short story collection And Also Sharks (Cormorant Books, 2011) was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, one of Kobo's Best Ebooks of 2011, and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize.


Magdalena Wolak

Magdalena Wolak is a poety human from Toronto.



Kera Yonker

Kera Yonker's work has appeared in The New York Times and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others.

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Josh Zancan

Josh Zancan is a writer and musician from Crofton, MD.  He received his B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University.