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Author bios

Linda Besner (Spring 2011) is originally from Wakefield, Quebec. Her poetry and reviews have
appeared in The Walrus, The Malahat Review, Grain, Maisonneuve, and Canadian Notes
and Queries, among others. She works as a freelance radio producer, and has contributed
to CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera, Outfront, and The Next Chapter. Her first collection
of poetry, The Id Kid, will be published by Signal Editions in April 2011.

Stephanie Bolster’s (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) most recent book, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General’s Award and the Gerald Lampert Award in 1998. Her work has also received the Bronwen Wallace and Archibald Lampman awards and has been translated into French, Spanish, and German. She edited The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by Diana Brebner, and co-edited Penned: Zoo Poems and the recent Global Poetry Anthology. Born in Vancouver, she teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montréal.

Dani Couture (Spring 2010) was born in Toronto and raised on a number of Canadian military bases. She is the author two books of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Her poetry, short stories, and essays have been widely published in newspapers and anthologies. Dani is also the creator of Animal Effigy, a photo-essay on tracking urban prey.

Michael Crummey (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) is a full-time scribbler living in St. John’s, NL. His most recent book is the novel, Galore. A new collection of poems, Under the Keel, will be published by Anansi in 2013.

Nancy Jo Cullen (Fall 2010) is the author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry with Calgary’s Frontenac House Press. She has been short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award and the W.O. Mitchell Calgary Book Prize. She is the fourth recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Grant for Emerging Gay Writer. Nancy Jo lives in Toronto and is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph Humber MFA in Creative Writing. She is shopping a collection of short stories titled The 14th Week in Ordinary Time.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi (Spring 2010) is the author of one poetry chapbook, Letter on St. Valentines Day (TERU, 2010) and her poetry and fiction are widely published in Canadian magazines. Look for new work in upcoming issues of The New Quarterly, Descant, Misunderstandings Magazine and online at The Puritan.

Andrew Faulkner (Spring 2010) co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. He is the author of two chapbooks: Useful Knots and How to Tie Them, which was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award, and Basement Tapes, which he co-wrote with Nicholas Lea and Marcus McCann. Like everyone else, he lives in Toronto.

Gabe Foreman (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His collection of poems, A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books, 2011) doubles as a work of reference. It won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for the Concordia University First Book Prize. He lives in Montreal where he works at a soup kitchen. 

Laurie D Graham’s (Spring 2011) poetry has been published in a number of Canadian journals, including Event, Arc, subTerrain, and The Malahat Review. She grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta, and now lives in Toronto, where she is Assistant Editor for Brick, A Literary Journal and an instructor at Humber College.

Mathew Henderson (Spring 2011) grew up in P.E.I. and now lives in Toronto where he spends his time writing poems about the prairies. He is currently completing his MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.

Angela Hibbs (Fall 2010) is the author of two collections of poetry, Passport and Wanton. Her work has been translated into Russian and French. She was the winner of the Starchie Award, was shortlisted for the Irving Layton award and holds a MA creative writing from Concordia University. She recently received an SLS fellowship. Her work appears in the Poetry Is Public Is Poetry installation at the Toronto Reference Library. Her chapbooks include The Hunger Girls and Temporary Icon.

Jim Johnstone (Fall 2010) is a Toronto-based writer and physiologist. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). See:

Jeff Latosik’s (Fall 2010) first book, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, was published in April 2010. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals across the country. In 2009, he was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award.

Michael Lista (Fall 2010) is a poet and essayist. He is the author of Bloom (House of Anansi 2010) and writes a monthly column on poetry for the National Post.

Pasha Malla (Fall 2010) is the author of The Withdrawal Method (stories) and All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts (poems, sort of).

Jacob McArthur Mooney (Spring 2010) is the author of The New Layman’s Almanac (M&S, 2008) and Folk (M&S, 2011). He lives in Toronto and writes the poetry blog, Vox Populism.

Nathaniel G. Moore (Spring 2011) is a Toronto writer. He has written four books. One of them was called Pastels Are Pretty Much The Polar Opposite of Chalk.

Sachiko Murakami (Spring 2011) is the author of the poetry collections The Invisibility Exhibit (Talonbooks 2008) and the forthcoming Rebuild (Talonbooks 2011). The Invisibility Exhibit was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for various presses, literary journals, and organizations, and is a past member of Vancouver’s Kootenay School of Writing. She lives in Toronto where she hosts the Pivot Reading Series.

Leigh Nash (Fall 2010) is a partner in the editing firm Re:word Communications, a co-founder of The Emergency Response Unit, an executive member of the Scream Literary Festival and a publishing assistant with Coach House Books. Her first book of poetry is Goodbye, Ukulele (Mansfield Press, 2010).

David O’Meara (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) is the author of three collections of poetrymost recently Noble Gas, Penny Black (Brick Books, 2008). He is a founding director of VerseFest, Canada’s International Poetry Festival, and will be poetry instructor at the Banff Centre in September 2012.

Sandra Ridley‘s (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) second collection of poetry, Post-Apothecary, was published in 2011 with Pedlar Press. Her first book of poetry, Fallout,  a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing. Winner of the IFOA’s 2012 Battle of the Bards, Ridley is a sessional instructor of a poetry workshop at Carleton University. 

Stuart Ross (Spring 2010) is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and writing instructor and coach. He is the 2010 writer-in-residence at Queen’s University. His most recent books are Dead Cars in Managua (DC Books, 2008) and Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009), winner of the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. Stuart is a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective, an operative for The Patchy Squirrel Lit-Serv, Fiction & Poetry Editor for This Magazine, and editor at Mansfield Press. In 2011, ECW Press will release Stuart’s first novel, Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew. Stuart blogs at

Adam Seelig (Spring 2011) is the author of Every Day in the Morning (slow) (New Star Books 2010) and Talking Masks: Oedipussy (BookThug 2009). Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and the founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto, with which he has premiered works by Yehuda Amichai, Thomas Bernhard, Jon Fosse and himself.

Moez Surani‘s (Spring 2011) poetry and short fiction have been published widely in Canada and abroad.  His writing has won numerous awards, including the Antigonish Review‘s poetry prize, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and the Kingston Literary Award.  His debut collection of poetry is Reticent Bodies.  He has also published the poetry chapbook Cairo.

Gillian Sze’s (Out-of-towners, Spring 2012) second book is The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press, Spring 2011). Her debut poetry collection, Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009), was shortlisted for the 2009 QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. She co-edits Branch Magazine and teaches creative writing to youths. Gillian is currently pursuing a PhD at Université de Montréal.

Matthew Tierney (Spring 2011) is the author of two books of poetry, Full Speed through the Morning Dark and The Hayflick Limit, which was a winner of a K. M. Hunter Award for Literature and a finalist for the Trillium Award. He lives in East York.

Souvankham Thammavongsa (Spring 2011) is the author of the poetry books Small Arguments and Found, and the winner of the ReLit award. In 2009, Found was made into a short film that screened at festivals worldwide including the Toronto International Film Festival and Dok Leipzig. This year, her paper clip paintings will appear for the first time in a group show in Dallas, Texas.

Lindsay Tipping (Fall 2010) lives in Toronto. She has previously had work published in The New Quarterly, Rampike, Matrix Magazine, Filling Station, Dandelion and Utne Reader.

Carey Toane (Spring 2010) is an editor, poet and busybody, currently located somewhere between Toronto and Brooklyn. She is the out-going grants coordinator of the Scream Literary Festival, the original host of the reading series Pivot at the Press Club and a co-founder of the mechanical journal Toronto Poetry Vendors. Her poems and translations have been published in various Canadian journals and anthologies, and her chapbook is forthcoming this winter.

Aaron Tucker (Fall 2010) is a Toronto based writer and teacher. His latest chapbook, apartments (Emergency Response Unit), was shortlisted for the 2010 bpnichol Chapbook award.

Paul Vermeersch (Spring 2010) is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S 2010), and the poetry editor for Insomniac Press. He teaches at Sheridan College and lives in Toronto.

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