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Chris Johnson, Managing Editor

Chris Johnson (he/they) is a settler poet from Scarborough currently living on unceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. He has performed with the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor, and he a board member at the Ottawa Arts Council and a member of the creative collective VII. His solo chapbooks include Listen, Partisan! (Frog Hollow Press, 2016) and Gravenhurst (above/ground press, 2019).

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Manahil Bandukwala, Coordinating Editor

Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani writer and artist. Her most recent project, Reth aur Reghistan, is an exploration of Pakistani folklore interpreted through poetry and sculpture. She is carrying it out with her sister, Nimra Bandukwala. See more at sculpturalstorytelling.com. She is the author of two solo chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018), as well as Sprawl (Collusion Books, 2020), a collaborative chapbook with Conyer Clayton.

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Meagan Black, Editorial Assistant

Meagan Black is completing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at UBC. She is also a writing mentor through the Vancouver New Shoots program, a TA for UBC’s Creative Writing BFA, and teaches creative writing for English literacy through the Creative Writing for Children Society. Sometimes, she even gets to write.

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Lise Rochefort, President, Associate Poetry Editor

LM Rochefort is a bilingual Franco-Ontarian settler living in Ottawa, ON and Val-des-Monts, QC, both located on the unceded Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. She is a poet and portfolio/careerist who has worked in community mental health programs, the travel and hospitality industries, research, communications, translation and journalism.  She was Guest Editor for In/Words ‘Refuge(e)’ and won an Arc Diana Brebner Prize HM. Her poetry can be found in Geist, and online at the Tree Reading Series ‘Local Lights’ videos. Her poem ‘HeLa’s Cells’ was long listed for the inaugural International Montreal Poetry Prize. She is the President of the Arc Poetry Society and a long-time Associate Poetry Editor for Arc. She is the originator and a founder of the Ottawa ‘Ruby Tuesdays’ poetry collective.

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Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, Poetry Editor

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is a poet, children’s writer and teacher. Her books of poetry include Status Update (2013), which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Sweet Devilry (2011), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her new book Grappling Hook (2022) is out with Palimpsest Press. She was shortlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019 and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2018. Tsiang’s poetry has won the Arc Poetry Magazine Reader’s Choice for Poem of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest, the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, and the Re-lit Award. Her work has also been featured in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and many other anthologies. She is the editor of the poetry collection, Desperately Seeking Susans (2013).

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Nancy Jo Cullen, Prose Editor

Nancy Jo Cullen is the 4th recipient of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writer. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, The Puritan, Grain, filling Station, Plenitude, Prairie Fire, This Magazine, Room and Arc Poetry Magazine.

She’s published 3 collections of poetry with Calgary’s Frontenac House books. Her poetry has been short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award, the Alberta Publishers Trade Book Award and the W.O. Mitchell Calgary book prize; her second collection, Pearl, won the Alberta Publishers Trade Book Award. Her fourth poetry, Nothing Will Save Your Life, is out with Wolsak & Wynn.

Her short story collection, Canary, was published by Biblioasis in 2012. Her first novel, The Western Alienation Merit Badge was published by Wolsak & Wynn in 2019.

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Emily Stewart, Reviews Editor

Emily Stewart is a graduate of two publishing programs and lives in Ottawa, where she founded Shelf Potential, which offers editing and creative services to indie authors and publishers. She has written for Arc Poetry and Women Write About Comics and almost always has multiple creative projects on the go.

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