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Chris Johnson, Managing Editor

Chris Johnson (he/they) was born and raised in Scarborough, ON, and currently lives in Ottawa, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. When he isn’t working or writing on his own, he performs with the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor and is a member of the creative collective VII. His recent 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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Rusty Priske, President, Spoken Word Editor

Rusty Priske is a long time fixture in the Canadian Spoken Word and Slam Community. He has two full length poetry books and his work has appeared in five chapbooks, on eight CDs, and in multiple issues of Oratorealis. He has performed from coast to coast, including with members of the Vancouver Opera and as part of the Caravaggio exhibit at the National Gallery.

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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. 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 Reader’s Choice Award for Arc’s Poem of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest, the Bliss Carmen 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). Her new book, Grappling Hook, is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press.

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Frances Boyle, Associate Poetry Editor

Frances Boyle’s first collection of poetry is Light-carved Passages (BuschekBooks). Her writing appears in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the US. Awards include This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Tree’s chapbook contest, and the Diana Brebner Prize. Frances is originally from the prairies, with strong ties to BC.

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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 Pulbishers Trade Book Award and the W.O. Mitchell Calgary book prize; her second collection, Pearl, won the Alberta Publishers Trade Book Award. She has just completed her fourth poetry manuscript tentatively titled Nothing Will Save Your Life.

Her short story collection, Canary, was published by Biblioasis in 2012. Her first novel, The Western Alienation Merit Badge was published by Wolsak and Wynn books 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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Mia Morgan, Associate Reviews Editor

Mia Morgan is a Palestinian-Canadian writer and co-founder of Coven Editions small press. Her long poem Suburbia was published as a tiny book in by In/Words press, and you can find more work in Bywords, talking about strawberries, Chaudiere, and some other places. She is a member of the Arc Poetry Magazine board and otherwise spends as much time as possible with plants and animals.

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