Author Profiles

Annik Adey-Babinski is from Ottawa. She is currently studying for her MFA in poetry at FIU in Miami, Florida.
Works: Mike Gomez's Gracilis (July 2013)

Scott Alain draws his inspiration from the sounds and citizens of downtown Ottawa. Growing up in the city, he tries to capture its atmosphere and the essence of its inhabitants in his work. He is a supplementary instruction facilitator and student of anthropology at Carleton University. He has most recently been published in In/Words issue 14.1.
Works: bootstrap poetry (February 2015)

David Alexander is the author of the chapbooks Chicken Scratch (Puddles of Sky Press, 2014) and Modern Warfare (Anstruther Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in Lemon Hound, subTerrain, and The Week Shall Inherit The Verse. New work is forthcoming in Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, CV2, The Rusty Toque, and Poetry is Dead. He lives in Toronto.
Works: Pitch for Into the Dark World (April 2014), On Spadina (April 2016)

Cameron Anstee Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. He has published chapbooks with Baseline Press, above/ground press, and The Emergency Response Unit. He is the editor of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (Chaudiere Books, 2015).
Works: Forces of Habit (March 2013), Contents (July 2015), Aperture (July 2015)

Marie-Andrée Auclair's poems have appeared in In/Words Magazine, The Steel Chisel and Bywords as well as in filling Station, The Maynard, Structo, and others. She lives in Ottawa, working on her second chapbook.
Works: Last Wednesday in July (August 2014), Pick a Bird (January 2015), Learning to Read (October 2015), Earth-Bound (March 2016)

Alexandra Babiak was born in Oakville, Ontario, and graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School in 2009. She moved to Montreal upon graduation to study contemporary dance at École Superieure de Ballet du Quebec. After a career-ending injury, she spent a year in New York studying at New York University, and trained as an actor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She currently studies psychology at the University of Toronto.
Works: Avenue B: (January 2014)

Natalie Baker lives in Southern Ontario and will soon be graduating from Lakehead University. She will be continuing with part-time studies for a while, so she supposes her occupation is still "student."
Works: ouroboros (December 2013)

Majoring in English may or may not be the smartest decision aspiring writer Manahil Bandukwala has made. Studying at Carleton University is not only about analyzing the work of dead people - it's also a great opportunity to immerse herself in a writer's community. Her poem "The Red Balloon" is going to be published in words(on)pages' May 2016 issue.
Works: Bubblegum Tea (April 2016)

Simina Banu is a Canadian poet. Originally from Romania, she is an outsider investigator of the oddities that inhabit the English language—from its strange punctuation, to its accidental musicality, to its meanings, unconfined by the structure of words, wandering and irretrievable. Her first chapbook, where art, was published by words(on)pages in 2015.
Works: heart & earth both cliché the h key; sighs—if deleted—catalyze the start afres: (August 2015)

A resident of Wasaga Beach, Mary Barnes received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Waterloo. Her credits include the Prairie Journal Trust, Canadian Writer’s Journal, Tower Poetry Society, The Northern Cardinal Review and Voicings. She is presently working on a poetry collection.
Works: In the Yellow Afternoon (March 2015), Regeneration (December 2015)

Born in Northern Ontario, Dominique Bechard is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto. For her creative thesis, she is completing a chapbook on anxiety and space. She has previously been published in several anthologies and magazines, such as Diaspora Dialogues and The Goose.
Works: Spotlight Sonata (April 2015)

Born and raised in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Carole Besharah now lives in Gatineau, Quebec with her husband and two children. She’s a graduate of both the University of Guelph (B.A., 2000) and Algonquin College (Professional Writing, 2015). Her story “New Year’s Eve” was published in In/Words (January 2015).
Works: Unravel (January 2015), Fleeting (January 2016)

Amanda Besserer was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario. She moved to Ottawa in 2006 to attend Carleton University, where she edited In/words Magazine and started the school's first feminist literary zine, Vagina Dentata. Amanda has just started to write and publish again after a long hiatus. She achieved a Master's degree in English Language and Literature in 2010.
Works: The Little White Chair (May 2014)

Barbara Biles lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her stories have appeared in several magazines including The Windsor Review, The Antigonish Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Frostwriting, Qwerty, The Nashwaak Review, The Raven Chronicles, FreeFall, Turk’s Head Review, and The Broken City.
Works: Hair Matters (November 2014)

Jeff Blackman has a wife and two cats and works as a research analyst in Ottawa, but continues to write poetry. Last summer saw the release of So Long As The People Are People with Apt. 9 Press, his first chapbook in three years. He's since been busy, collaborating with the incomparable Justin Million, with whom he has produced two poetry zines - You Will Be Seeing Unusual Accomplishment, and Leg Brain. Both are available for download from
Works: How to Kiss the Prime Minister (May 2013), The Prime Minister shook his son's hand (March 2014), Curglaff (July 2014)

JC Bouchard is a Canadian writer. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Control Literary Magazine, Extract(s), In/Words, Bywords Quarterly Journal, and others. One of his poems was long-listed for the Canada Writes Poetry Prize. Another received Honourable Mention for the Bywords John Newlove Poetry Award. His chapbook, PORTRAITS, was published by In/Words Press. Visit for more details.
Works: Beached (July 2013), We Dream of Storms and Our Bodies and Each Other (August 2014)

Jamie Bradley's poems have appeared in journals including CV 2, Descant, and Rattle. His chapbooks include Compositions (AngelHousePress) and Happens Is The Sun (above/ground press). He teaches English at the University of Ottawa.
Works: Stag Party (July 2013), Bad Date (September 2015)

Scott Cecchin lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he studies with the Public Texts (English) M.A. program at Trent University. His research focuses on Canadian poetics and questions the relationship between place and human art. Scott also writes poetry, exploring similar themes through his creative practice.
Works: R. Murray Schafer: Credo (February 2016)

Yuan Changming, eight-time Pushcart nominee and author of five chapbooks, grew up in rural China, began to learn English at 19, and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,119 others across 37 countries.
Works: [thirty-seven word idioms] (February 2016)

Beverly Cummings was born and lives in Ottawa, Canada. She has previously published poetry in a number of little magazines most recently the online journals The Steel Chisel, Monday’s Poem, Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag and the CMHA Saskatchewan Division magazine Transition. She has been a frequent contributor to The Voice and Open Minds Quarterly. She has three times placed as an Honourable Mention in Open Minds Quarterly’s annual Brainstorming poetry contest. She has five self-published chapbooks and two trade books: Keep it Terse and A GOOD DEATH.
Works: No Room for a Stone (April 2014), Roiling Stars (June 2015)

Dave Currie is the author of Bird Facts (Apt. 9) and Mystery Waffles (In/Words). He has been publishing more recently and hopes to someday be the author of a book about Neil Diamond.
Works: When in Walks a Snowman (July 2015)

dalton derkson is a punk poet from the prairies. He runs Hurtin’ Crüe Press, a D.I.Y. collective through which he has self-published too many chapbooks. Some time ago, he was superkicked by The Party Animal and his poems haven’t been the same since. For proof check out his recent work in spankTHEcarp, (parenthetical), and In/Words Magazine.
Works: hamlet, R.M. Eyebrow no. 193 (June 2015)

Evelyn Deshane has appeared in Plenitude Magazine, Black Treacle, The Atlantic, and in Wax Poetry and Art Magazine. Evelyn (pron. Eve-a-lyn) received an MA from Trent University and is now attending Waterloo for a PhD.
Works: The Fox (March 2015)

Jonathan Dick is a 21-year-old human being from Toronto, Canada. He is graduating this year from Huron University College with a major in English Language and Literature. This May, he will be published in The Write Place at the Write Time, and he will soon be published in The Commonline Journal. In the summer, Jonathan will be travelling with his beautiful girlfriend across Europe, as they dream the dreams they had forgotten.
Works: blocked, tear duct lullaby (May 2015)

Benjamin Dugdale. twenty-something honours student. published non-fiction and poetry through Free Fall and Filling Station, respectively. work forthcoming in numerocinq. petite acclaim in Fredericton film community for award-winning films, Der Schrank Und Das Gehölz (3rd at 2012 48 hour film competition + best music + Best Quirkilicious Short 2013 Silver Wave Film Festival) & Brewing Bromance (Picaroons "on tap contest" winner Silver Wave). coached middle school kids on slam poetry with group "Poetry is my bread and Bananas." volunteer writing for paper. most recently awarded the Storytellers of Canada "Emerging Storyteller Scholarship (presenting at national conference this coming july), and the Muriel Miller award for most promising undergraduate creative writer." spend time between Fredericton, Summerside, and Calgary. dig freckles, tea, Guy Maddin, badass backpatches, zine-culture and back scratches.
Works: ratlantis parts 1 and 2 (June 2014)

Amanda Earl is a Canadian poet, publisher, and pornographer who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Her most recent published works are “A World of Yes” (DevilHouse, 2015), “Coming Together Presents Amanda Earl” (Coming Together, 2014), “Kiki” (Chaudiere Books, 2014), and “A Book of Saints” (above/ground press, 2015). For more information, please visit or connect with Amanda on Twitter @KikiFolle.
Works: Excerpts from "The Coffee House Studies" (March 2013), my first lover was a tax comedian (March 2014), Untitled (from "after Vasko Popka") (February 2016), Ash Wednesday (April 2016)

Josh Edgar is a writer living in Toronto. He was the recipient of the 2013 Babs Burgaaf Award for Short Fiction, and was an honorable mention for the 2013 President’s Prize for Short Fiction. He is a regular contributor for Quip Magazine and the Toronto Review of Books.
Works: Trinkets (December 2013)

Jennie Egerdie is a writer from Kitchener-Waterloo and a graduate from the University of Toronto. She recently took second place in the Norma Epstein Foundation Award for Creative Writing competition and first place in the Hart House Players New Play Contest.
Works: Seesaw (May 2014)

Daniela Elza’s work has appeared nationally and internationally in over 80 publications. the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012) is her debut poetry collection. In 2011 she received her doctorate from SFU and self-published the book of it (Ebook and print). Daniela's poetry book, milk tooth bane bone, was just published by Leaf Press.
Works: deja vu (a triptych (June 2013)

Jennifer Falkner’s previous publication credits include American Athenaeum, The Citron Review and THEMA, among others. She is the founding editor of Circa: A Journal of Historical Fiction ( and lives in Ottawa.
Works: A4 (October 2014)

Sanita Fejzić is an Ottawa-based writer and poet, co-editor of In/Words Magazine & Press, trying to make ends meet as a full-time student.
Works: Her Plea on Student Poverty (January 2016)

Eleanor Fogolin is a freelance writer residing in Ottawa. She received her M.A. in Literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her fiction and poetry has been published in The New Quarterly, Cactus Heart Press, and the Algonquin College student magazine SPINE. She works in a graveyard.
Works: The Twitch (August 2015)

Avonlea Fotheringham is an Ottawa poet and spoken word performer, and released her debut chapbook-CD combo, Acknowledgements and Poems, in February 2014. Having competed at Ottawa’s Capital Slam during the 2013-2014 season, she ultimately won a spot on the Capital Slam team, with whom she will be competing in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October 2014. She currently studies English Literature and Creative Writing at Carleton University.
Works: Immersion (August 2014)

JM Francheteau is a rural transplant based in Ottawa. Recent or forthcoming publications include CV2, Bywords and a chapbook, A pack of lies, with Dog Bites Cameron Books. He often feels unaccountably late.
Works: Song for a Greyhound (August 2013)

Jason Freure lives in Toronto and works in bars. His poems have appeared in Vallum, ditch, The Hart House Review and Echolocation. He has also published nonfiction in Lemon Hound and The Puritan. He also writes for The Town Crier blog.
Works: Dundas West (June 2014)

Tyler Gabrysh has won contests held by Geist, Other Voices, and Open Minds Quarterly. His book reviews and interviews have appeared in The Malahat Review, Planet Earth Poetry, and Coastal Spectator. Paperplates will be publishing his poetry in 2015. Visit him at
Works: Here at Zoe's Wedding Bash (August 2013), Efforts at the Confounding (May 2014), Into a Carrot Muffin (March 2015), The Cut (November 2015)

S.D. Gale is a writer, English tutor, and mentor to men with brain injuries. He spends his free time gardening and reading classic and contemporary literature. He is a graduate and member of the Fraser Valley Writers' School. He has been published in Out of Bounds, ideagems, The Storyteller, and Canadian Stories.
Works: The Promise (October 2013)

Victor George was born and raised in Vancouver. He is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, where he is pursuing a History Specialist degree. His first year was spent as an active member of the University of Toronto football team. In the past two years, he has transitioned into theatre and literary works. He has had two poems published by the Artistic Muse.
Works: Parisian Gal (July 2013)

Peter Gibbon is a Canadian writer who has been a small mag editor, small press publisher, English teacher and roadie. He currently manages Conduit Canada, a literary mag and blog, with his lovely partner Heather Menary-McCarthy.
Works: Factoids (March 2013), Concerning Rape (February 2014), Leadership (March 2014), Urban Campers (April 2015), Peak Grammar (February 2016), Heather Blues (April 2016)

Jennifer Greenberg studies English literature and creative writing at Carleton University. She has been published in In/Words, Anthem and Bywords as well as Edinburgh’s The Inkwell and is an editor for In/Words Magazine & Press.
Works: Routine Reading (November 2015), outside in (January 2016), Superstition (March 2016)

Josh Greschner is a student at the University of Alberta. His work has been published in Glass Buffalo, Halcyon Magazine, Rasasvada Creative and The Broken City. He also regularly writes opinion articles and music reviews for The Gateway newspaper.
Works: A Paragraph (December 2014)

Jeremy Hanson-Finger grew up in Victoria, then moved to Ottawa, where he attended Carleton University and wrote his M.A. thesis on dirty bits in postmodern novels. He now lives in Toronto, where he is the publisher of the online literary journal Dragnet Magazine, currently on its eighth issue. His first collection of short fiction, now with the working title "Eyeless and Gazing," is coming out with Montreal’s 8th House Publishing in Spring/Summer 2013. You can visit his website at
Works: Final Exam... (March 2013)

Alex Harasymiw lives in Newmarket, Ontario. Currently unemployed on a full-time basis, he writes in his free time. He has had work published by Nostrovia! Poetry (2013), Postcard Shorts (2013), Yorick Magazine (2013), and Sulphur: Laurentian University's Literary Journal (2011-14). Visit his blog at
Works: Don't Eat at the Hall (June 2014)

Patagonia Pond Harris is a Canadian and a world traveller with a penchant for writing odes after Neruda.
Works: Ode to Orthochromatic Film (April 2016)

joseph ianni is a Toronto-based word artist and performance poet. He recently graduated from the English and Philosophy program at the University of Toronto and is continuing studies in Graphic Design and Interactive Media at the Toronto Film School. His work has appeared in the St. Michael's College Grammateion, (parenthetical) and the Sophisticated BOOM BOOM Zine. He has short-listed in the Hart House poetry contest and has had featured readings at Outrageous and Blue Coffee. He also co-operatively runs an odd little art collective called Facilitate where he asks, “WTF is poetry anyways?”
Works: squeeze out of workplace significance (October 2015)

Emily Izsak is a student of English Literature at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in Maple Tree Literary Supplement and The Hart House Review.
Works: For Joseph After Seventeen Years (February 2014)

Kelly Jarman is an Honours English graduate of the University of New Brunswick. He reads submissions for the literary magazine The Fiddlehead, where he completed an internship, and launched his own literary zine called What Killed Keats. He grew up in both Victoria and Fredericton's literary communities and predominantly writes short fiction.
Works: Madonna and Child (September 2013)

Jenna Jarvis is about to begin a Master's degree in English literature at Carleton University. Her poetry has been published by Conduit Canada, Puritan Magazine, and, among others. She won the John Newlove Poetry Award for 2012 and released a chapbook, titled The Tiger with the Crooked Mouth, with Bywords in October 2013. You can read some of her writing and contrarian thoughts on the publishing racket at
Works: mope springs eternal (September 2013), MEPHISTO_PHILES (April 2014)

After completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Waterloo in English literature, Adan Jerreat-Poole traveled to Newcastle, UK, to study creative writing. She is now back at UW completing an MA in English lit, with a focus on James Joyce. She has been published in In/Words magazine.
Works: Salt Spring Island (November 2013)

Chris Johnson is a has-been. He used to be an editor at In/Words Magazine & Press. He used to be a student at Carleton University. His poetry has previously appeared on, The Steel Chisel, and in a few nice little zines.
Works: Pulling Bark Off Trees (Still Awake At Four-Thirty) (November 2013), Sneezing, Coughing, or Otherwise Worrying about Loud Noises (December 2014)

Desirée Jung is a Canadian-Brazilian writer and translator. Her background is in creative writing, literary translation, film and comparative literature. She has received her M. F. A in Creative Writing and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has published translations and poetry in Exile, The Dirty Goat, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Antagonish Review, The Haro, The Literary Yard, Black Bottom Review, Gravel Magazine, Tree House, Bricolage, Hamilton Stone Review, Ijagun Poetry Journal, Scapegoat Review, and Storyacious, among others. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. Her website is
Works: Naked Hours (September 2014)

Janna Klostermann (@j_Klostermann) writes from Ottawa, Ontario. Visit to find out more.
Works: spectacle/spectator (May 2013), A young girl's guide to acting refined (April 2014)

Aaron Kozak warps between Ottawa and the west coast with two wise rabbits and studies to work socially. Other poems appear in Arc Poetry Magazine.
Works: Quadra Island (February 2016)

Ben Ladouceur is a die-hard man about town. His work has recently appeared in Prism International, Arc, Dragnet and The Puritan. He lives in Toronto.
Works: Kings Lynn (April 2013)

Victoria Linhares is a student at the University of Ottawa, but comes from Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been seen in Metazen, Thought Catalog, Unreality House, Extract(s), and Medium. Her chapbook is published in November 2013 by the alt lit press Nauseated Drive.
Works: Cigarettes (November 2013)

Originally from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Taylor Losier is currently a student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, and is working toward completing a degree in English Literatures. Although she has only recently begun sending her stories out into the world, she has had both short stories and poems published in Joypuke and 7 Mondays. In January 2013, her first novel Ragged was published by Mount Allison’s Underbridge Press.
Works: Water in Your Ears (October 2014)

Christine Lyons currently lives in Ottawa, where she studies English Literature at Carleton University. Her poetry has appeared in Bywords and In/Words Magazine, and her creative nonfiction story placed second in the Carleton University Writing Competition of 2014.
Works: Retraction (September 2014)

Annick MacAskill lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a PhD candidate studying 16th-century French poetry, and she also teaches French. She is currently enrolled in the Writing Certificate programme at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies.
Works: Charaxos (February 2014)

Cyndi MacMillan's poetry has appeared in The Fieldstone Review (Issue 2015), Grain (42.4 Issue, Passed Signs/New Fields), The Ekphrastic Review, and The Centrifugal Eye (forthcoming). Her fiction has been published by The Kitchener Citizen and The Windsor Review (forthcoming).
Works: Someone Hung a Clock on a Tree in the Park (April 2016)

Kim Mannix is an arts and lifestyles journalist, and an aspiring poet and short story writer who has lived in seven Canadian cities and is probably staying for awhile in Sherwood Park, Alberta. When she's not playing with words, she loves playing with her two daughters and watching gritty TV shows. She blogs sometimes at
Works: Yellowhead (August 2014)

Ian Martin is an Ottawa resident with a mediocre taste in music. He is a movie extra moonlighting as a university student. Ian's work has been published in Bywords.
Works: spat (April 2013), driving home from London, ON (January 2015)

Brandon Marlon is a playwright, screenwriter and poet from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His script The Bleeding Season won the 2007 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. His poetry has been published in Canada, the U.S., and Israel in various publications including The Canadian Jewish News, Jewish Tribune, Streeteaters, Poetica, Yalla Journal, U of T Magazine, Swept Media, Emunah Magazine, UC Review, The Trinity Review, The Victoriad, The Deronda Review, Voices Israel, Arutz Sheva, and Bywords, and has been recorded for Israel National News radio. He released two poetry volumes, Inspirations of Israel: Poetry for a Land and People and Judean Dreams. Visit for more details.
Works: Kebabs in the Bazaar (March 2014)

Ilona Martonfi lives in Montreal, Canada. She is an editor, creative writing teacher, and author of two poetry books entitled Blue Poppy (Coracle 2009) and Black Grass (Broken Rules 2012). Her forthcoming work, The Snow Kimono, is due in 2015 from Inanna. Her work has been published in zines and anthologies. She is the producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings, and received the QWF 2010 Community Award.
Works: Girl with burned hands (November 2014), Van Gogh’s Street in Saintes-Maries (November 2014), Chernobyl zinnias (February 2015)

Elijah Masek-Kelly is the co-founder of SEEZ Magazine, and the recipient of a few literary awards. He hides away in the Bartlett House, Toronto, and peers out his windows in the hopes of spotting something unexpected.
Works: Stay on Track (December 2013)

Cindy Matthews is a writer, visual artist, and online instructor for Queen’s University. She lives in Bruce County, Ontario. Her work has appeared in a number of Canadian and American journals. Her creative non-fiction piece, 'Nothing by Mouth', was shortlisted in the 2014 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest. She is awaiting the results of that competition. Links to her published work can be viewed at
Works: Mayor der Wolf Meets the Three Little Pigs (September 2014)

Steven Mayoff is a full-time writer living on Prince Edward Island. His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press 2009), won a PEI Book Award in 2010 and was shortlisted for a Re-Lit Award. His first novel, Our Lady Of Steerage, will be published locally by Bunim & Bannigan Ltd. in 2015. He is currently finishing up his first poetry collection, Red Planet Postcards, to be published by Rufus Books in Toronto in 2016.
Works: Sweet Jane's Secret Chord (October 2014)

Conor Mc Donnell lives in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in The Montreal Review, and his poetry in The Fiddlehead. He is a poet, pediatrician, and Level 4 Krav Maga practitioner, which is sort of like being a mutt, a puppy, and a rabid hyena.
Works: L.A. Inconsequential / Glossolullaby / Galactic Plenary Session (August 2015)

Marcus McCann is the author of Soft Where (2009, Chaudiere Books) and The Hard Return (2012, Insomniac) and a number of chapbooks, most recently Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe (2015, Dusie). He is a winner of the John Newlove Award and the EJ Pratt Medal, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert and Robert Kroetsch awards. He now lives in Toronto, where he practices law.
Works: On Not Being Able to Sing (September 2013), Poem With Three Naps and No Plot (December 2015)

Elizabeth McGee is an Ottawa-based poet and singer-songwriter for Vedal Pearl, an indie-folk band. She has a Masters of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University, studied songwriting at Berkley, and recently completed Humber’s Creative Writing (poetry) program. Elizabeth’s poetry has been published in the Bywords Quarterly Journal,, and In/Words Magazine, and her poetry has been featured on CHUO FM radio.
Works: Animals (May 2014)

Robin McLachlen is the author of Turn (2009). He currently lives in Kanata, Ontario with his wife and child.
Works: untitled (September 2015)

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2011, and his most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (, 17 seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at
Works: Bank Entire (April 2013)

Justin Million is a poet, writing and living in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and working for a living in Pickering, near Toronto.
Works: 84 Piles (March 2013), Writing to Solve All the World’s Problems, or Hope Somebody Sees You Trying (July 2015)

Amber Moore is an English teacher in Calgary. She has an MA in English with a specialization in Gender Studies and is currently pursuing an MA in Education with a focus on literacy. She was recently published in untethered Magazine, The Quilliad, In/Words Magazine & Press, and Multiplicities.
Works: He Keeps Asking Me to Look at Her Jewelry (February 2015)

Pamela Mosher is a Nova Scotian living and working as a technical writer and editor in a major Ontario city. She enjoys macro photography, drinking an unhealthy amount of espresso, cycling recklessly, and sitting next to large bodies of water. Pamela's writing has been published by The Broken City, In/Words, ditch, Four and Twenty, Open Heart Forgery, and Blue Skies Poetry. She is a member of's selection committee for their quarterly literary journal and monthly e-publication.
Works: Arriving Mystified (May 2013)

Laurie Myers-Bishop is a writer who currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario. Her work has been published in The South Circular, Room Magazine, Pif Magazine and Encore Literary Magazine, and she was the winner of the 2014 EWF Short Story Contest. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Works: All Baby Animals are Taurus (February 2015)

Alcofribas Nasier II always writes in red ink. is a graffiti artist. cleans grease traps for spare change and strong coffee. descends from satire. is a misanthrope and a recluse. is off the booze for good. and this time means it.
Works: (27) (March 2013), (36), (37), (38) (November 2015), (39), (40), (41), (42), (43) (April 2016)

Catina Noble has over 150 publications including her short stories, poetry, articles and photos. Her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, In/Words, Prairie Journal, Riverview Park Review and many other places. In May 2014, her poem "You Can't See Me" won 1st place in the Canadian Author's Association NCR Poetry Contest. She is the winner of the Sawdust Reading Series for the month of October, 2014, and is a recipient of a Writer's Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Works: The Photograph Speaks (January 2015)

Cassandra Nykyforak was born and raised in Northern Ontario. She works for an NGO and is a recent graduate of Carleton University's English program. Her poetry has appeared in the Bywords Quarterly Journal and In/Words Magazine.
Works: Yamaha (October 2013)

Todor Oluic was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and has been writing ever since. His work has been accepted by publications such as Seven Archons, The Northern Cardinal Review, The Pluralist, The Hilt and Sassafras. He is currently attending university for English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as making and selling music.
Works: All of a Sudden, I Miss Breeding Dragons (October 2013)

Brian Palmu is a gambler and writer living on the Sunshine Coast, B.C. His work has appeared in subTerrain, Maisonneuve, and Canadian Notes & Queries.
Works: Frank Talk (November 2014)

Daniel Perry grew up in Glencoe, Ontario, and has lived in Toronto since 2006. His stories have been short-listed in the Vanderbilt/Exile Competition, have twice earned Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest fellowships, and have appeared in more than 20 publications, including The Dalhousie Review, Exile Literary Quarterly, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, The Nashwaak Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Little Fiction, and the Stone Skin Press anthology The Lion and the Aardvark.
Works: The Short Life of Gary Q. Stuffholder III (August 2013)

Cole Pettifor is a writer from Wetaskiwin, Alberta. He’s studied English, taught in Japan, rode his bike really far, and fought Wildfires, but he always comes back to the word. His work has appeared in The Hermenootyk, Memorial University’s Paragon IV and Emerge Literary Journal.
Works: I Was a Farmer (December 2013)

Charles Pinch lives in Kitchener, Ontario. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals and e-zines (both in print and online) including The Puritan, Haunted Waters Press, From the Depths, Alfie Dog UK, Chapter & Verse, Wordsmiths and most recently The Forge Literary Journal, among others.
Works: Round and Round (December 2013)

Pearl Pirie tweets, photographs, poems and verbs about Ottawa, the luckiest town for literature in just about anywhere. She has poems in a number of chapbooks and in 2 collections, Thirsts (Snare/ Invisible Publishing) and been shed bore (Chaudiere Books). She been coordinating the Tree Seed Workshop Series for the Tree Reading Series since 2009. She makes mini chapbooks with her micro press phafours. ( She has a few more books that will soon be weaned and will be looking for a good home where they will be fed and watered and taken for long walks.
Works: fog discerns itself from the density of the surface (June 2013)

LG Pomerleau is a retired school principal living in Nanton, Alberta. With many professional documents to her credit in both English and French including a Master of Education thesis nominated for a Governor General’s award, she is now pursuing her passion for creative writing full-time. In 2012 she self-published a novel of Canadian historical fiction entitled Becoming Sand. She is currently at work on a second historical novel.
Works: The Hippies of Hornby Island (May 2015)

Ryan Pratt lives in Hamilton, Canada. A contributing writer for The Puritan and Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, Ryan’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Quiddity, Contemporary Verse 2, Bywords Quarterly Journal and text Magazine. His poem “Vulture Bay” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.
Works: No More Nostalgic Poems (May 2013), The Western Wild (June 2014), Cannot transform myth #8 (September 2015)

Roland Prevost's poetry appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Ottawa Arts Review, Bywords Quarterly Journal, The Peter F. Yacht Club, and ottawater (online) among many more. He has four chapbooks: Metafizz (2007, Bywords), Dragon Verses (2009, Dusty Owl), Our/ Are Carried Invisibles (2009, above/ground), and Parapagus (2012, above/ground). He's also been published in three poetry collections by AngelHousePress: Whack of Clouds (2008), Pent Up (2009), and Experiment-O (Issue 1, 2008 online). He won the 2006 John Newlove Poetry Award. He was, for a few years, the managing editor of 17 seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, as well as, both online. He studied English and Psychology at York University and the University of Manitoba. He lives and writes in Ottawa.
Works: In the Wormhole (May 2013)

Jakub Racek is a writer and musician living in Ottawa. He received an M.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and suffers from a self-diagnosed fiction addiction. He is currently writing his first novel.
Works: A Sacrifice (November 2015)

Ryan Racine is a poet from Niagara Falls, Ontario. He is studying poetry at Brock University and is currently working under poet Adam Dickinson. He is in the process of writing a chapbook to be released at the end of 2014.
Works: Sap of the Signified (November 2014)

Ashleigh Rajala is the recent winner of the Sad Magazine Fantasy Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Sassafras Literary Magazine, The Kudzu Review, and Round-Up Writer’s Zine. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, she is a writer and filmmaker living in New Westminster, British Columbia.
Works: Scenes from a Road Movie (January 2014)

R L Raymond lives and writes in London, Ontario, Canada. He holds a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. With poetry, fiction, photography, and painting, Raymond just tells stories. Read his narratives in three poetry collections and in dozens of literary publications. For more information visit
Works: The state of emergencies (February 2014)

Jim Read has been published in various literary venues, most recently The Antigonish Review and Front and Centre Magazine. Please visit his website at
Works: The Category of Lesser Sorrows (August 2014)

Gary Robinson lives and writes in Ottawa where he recently finished his first novella. He hopes to begin a new novel soon. His poems have been published across Canada and in the UK.
Works: Amelia (April 2013), Oliphant...Duvall (June 2014)

Rob Ross lives in Fredericton where he occasionally takes care of cats and lives with a poet. He once wrote a review for numerocinq, got a story published in Nod Magazine, and had a poem in nonymous, a now defunct zine. One day he will have a PhD, in theory, at least.
Works: The Marathon (June 2013)

Jessica Rowland is a poet, artist, teacher, and storyteller based in the Peterborough, Ontario area. She has had poems published in The Melting Pot in Shenzhen, China in 2011 and in Chickenscratch in 2016, and self-published 5+ collections on Jessica read live at Artfest Kingston 2015 and at Cat Sass Reading Series in Norwood. Jessica performs her poems with accordion and sometimes a collection of other instruments. These performances are improvisations with dramatic vocalizations and ornamentations, with sound poetry elements. Jessica has also written plays, short stories, and children’s stories.
Works: poetry (this poem is vegan) (March 2016)

Elisha May Rubacha lives, writes, and gardens in Peterborough, Ontario. Her current project is a zine called The Linen Thread.
Works: dot lineage (September 2015)

Richard Scarsbrook is the prize-winning author of the books Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, Destiny’s Telescope, The Monkeyface Chronicles, Nothing Man and The Purple Zero, and Six Weeks. His next novel, The Indifference League, will be published this September. Richard has won many prizes for his writing; recently, his poem "Fortune" was a finalist for the Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem, and his short story 'The Statistician' was short listed for the 2012 Exile/Vanderbilt Short Story Prize. You can find out more at
Works: Roar and Trickle (September 2014)

Paddy Scott was long-listed for both fiction and poetry in the CBC's 2014 literary contests. He was also featured reader at a Sawdust Reading Series poetry event with guest Phil Hall. He is one of FreeFall Magazine's nominees for this year's Journey Prize, the NMAs and the Alberta Magazine Publishers Awards. He lives in Trenton, Ontario with his son and daughter.
Works: My Murder Typically Went Like This: (March 2015)

Alex Skorochid is a Canadian writer currently living abroad. When he can find the spare time and energy from his day job he writes poems and short stories.
Works: San Francisco is Gone (February 2014)

John Slater grew up near Toronto, studied poetry at Trent University and lives now as a monk in upstate New York. His poems have appeared most recently in Grain and The Maple Tree Literary Supplement, with one forthcoming in The Antigonish Review. His publications include The Tangled Braid: Ninety-Nine Poems by Hafiz of Shiraz (2010) and Surpassing Pleasure (2011).
Works: Gestalt: from Martin Buber (June 2015)

jesslyn delia smith lives in Ottawa, Ontario where she works 9-5 and beyond in a real estate office. Her most recent chapbook, the grass is a yard now, again, was published in Fall 2013 by Apt. 9 Press. Visit her blog at or say hi on Twitter @insidethevan.
Works: fields. (March 2014)

Madeleine Smith works for an environmental start-up and lives in Sackville, New Brunswick. She won a prize in the 2015 Sackville Poetry Contest. Madeleine studied International Development at the University of Toronto. She likes to play the cello.
Works: who's YOUR daddy? (October 2015)

Grant Sommers is a dad, poet, athlete, and communications professional. He has a Creative Writing Certificate from U of T’s School of Continuing Studies and writes poetry as time permits. He resides with his family in Toronto and is in the process of completing his first poetry manuscript entitled "After the Moon."
Works: When Prince became Politician (May 2014), Sammy's Mom Walks (December 2015)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, D.S. Stymeist currently teaches Renaissance Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa and has published poems in Prairie Fire, Ottawater, In/Words, and ByWords. His essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as Studies in English Literature, EIRC, R & R, Cahiers Elisabéthains, RQ, Mosaic, and Genre. He grew up in O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (South Indian Lake, Manitoba) and is presently revising a collection of poetry entitled Dead Reckoning that explores the intersection of language, culture, and history.
Works: Crush (July 2014)

David Taylor is a renaissance man, or at least late medieval. He has worked as a journalist and as a biotechnologist. He currently blogs about data science, but every now and then the muse grabs him by the throat and he has no choice but to write something creative. He once aspired to be an opera singer, but gave that up to pursue his dream of being a lawyer; then he gave up that dream, too, to pursue his dream of becoming happy. He has read Lolita 11 times, each Jim Thompson novel once, and War and Peace for the bragging rights. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Works: The Speaker (February 2015)

Rob Thomas is an Ottawa writer and journalist. His poems have appeared in places like subTerrain, Bywords Quarterly Journal, ottawater and the Ottawa Arts Review. His own name isn't big, but it's big enough for him.
Works: If I had a name like Adrian Harewood (October 2013), quarter pounders (January 2014), so that when we lie together (December 2014), heads up (September 2015)

Christine Wessel Thompson is a mother, teacher, and writer. She is an avid reader, and has a guilty pleasure for all things vampire. She lives life with conviction, believing that we only get one chance to get it right. She lives in Otonabee, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her writing has appeared in such literary magazines as The Fieldstone Review, Highbrau, and Halcyon.
Works: Only in the Movies (October 2014)

Natalie Tinney was born in Syracuse, New York and was raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She is in her fifth Year of medical school at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. When she is not at the hospital, she enjoys playing ukulele and performing stand-up comedy at open mic events. Natalie is an avid backpacker and aspires to complete a residency in either Ophthalmology or Psychiatry, either of which she believes will help her patients improve the way they see the world.
Works: Iatrogenesis (February 2015)

Steven Tomlins is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa. He won a Lucy Maud Montgomery Literature for Children Award and an Honorable Mention Milton Acorn Poetry Award. He has had poetry and short prose published by Boston Poetry Magazine, Chiron Review, Mad Swirl,,, Broken Wine Magazine, Decanto Magazine, The Cynic, Verbatim Poetry, Aberration Labyrinth, The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and The Edison Literary Review. He is the editor of The land of O, a young adult fiction novel that was distributed into 100 elementary schools across Canada by the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.
Works: Collect call from jail (January 2014)

Jessica Van de Kemp was born on Old Beltane in 1989. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and is currently pursuing an MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Buttontapper Press, The Danforth Review, Vallum, Branch Magazine, and The Fieldstone Review.
Works: Jackdaw (June 2013), The mind is its own place (June 2013)

Daniel Vest is a Toronto-based writer and a graduate of York University’s English program.
Works: Mary Hart Isn't Kidding (April 2015)

Dylan Wagman is a Toronto based poet and a graduate from York University's Creative Writing program. His poetry has been published in The Fieldstone Review and The Flying Walrus. He was the recipient of the 2013 bp nichol Award and won second prize in the Robbie Burns Poetry Contest in 2011.
Works: Infuse (August 2013)

Matthew Walsh writes poetry and is heading to Vancouver for school at UBC to do a Creative Writing MFA. His poems can be found in Bywords Quarterly Journal, Zaum, Soliloquies, with some stuff coming with Carousel, Qwerty and Descant in the near future. His poem "Cloud Grape" won York University's President's Prize for poetry in 2013, and his poem "For Maurice Sendak" was honorably mentioned for the Judith Gewurtz Memorial Prize for Poetry in 2012. He digs his cat, Karen Solie, being outside, reading poetry, and sleeping. He is currently working on a chapbook about Nova Scotianers.
Works: Open Air (August 2013), Adam West Wants a Beard (April 2014), Bromances (May 2015)

Nan Williamson is a writer and artist living in Peterborough, Ontario. She is a 2013 graduate of Humber College's Creative Writing Program and was thrilled to have her first poetry chapbook, the limited edition leave the door open for the moon, published in April 2015 by Jackson Creek Press. Her poems have appeared in The Steel Chisel, Room, and The Link magazines and many editions of the juried anthology Arborealis.
Works: reflected in the copper pot (November 2013), heard in the shell (December 2015)

Mariah E. Wilson is a writer from beautiful British Columbia. She has been published in Thin Air Magazine, Every Day Poets, Literary Orphans, and The Corner Club Press, for which she is also now the poetry editor. Her debut poetry collection, We Walk Alone, is forthcoming from Writers AMuse Me Publishing.
Works: Saudade (July 2014)

Isaac Wurmann is a journalism and human rights student at Carleton University from Winnipeg, on Treaty One territory.
Works: Letter from the Camp (June 2015)

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