Emma Healey (Editor-in-Chief)
Emma Healey is a writer who used to mostly live in Toronto but now mostly lives in Montreal. Her fiction has appeared in Joyland, Broken Pencil magazine, Cellstories and the anthologies Can’tLit(ECW Press, 2009) and GULCH (Tightrope Books, 2009). She was the 2010 recipient of the Irving Layton award for poetry, and a few of her poems will be featured in the fall 2010 issue of Matrix magazine. She’s also a regular contributor to Broken Pencil and a couple of other publications. She received her first rejection letter in the third grade, and her most recent one about two hours prior to writing this bio.
Michael Chaulk (Associate Poetry Editor)
Michael Chaulk is a mostly unpublished writer living in Montreal above heavy street traffic that begins with the sun. Was curtainless. Is trying not to be like the nautilus mollusc; is piling poems into an eventual manuscript and finally post-nebulous w/r/t this and his novel.
Richard Rosenbaum (Associate Fiction Editor)
Richard Rosenbaum is a writer from Toronto! He’s editor of the anthology Can’tLit: Fearless Fiction from Broken Pencil Magazine (ECW Press 2009), much of which you can read at killcanlit.ca! He’s also Associate Fiction Editor at the aforementioned Broken Pencil Magazine, which you can check out at brokenpencil.com! Some of his stories have appeared in Broken Pencil, the anthologyGULCH: an assemblage of poetry and prose (Tightrope Books 2009), CellStories.net, and Joyland!
Pasha Malla (Guest Editor)
Pasha Malla is the author of All Our Grandfathers are Ghosts, a collection of poems, and a book of stories, The Withdrawal Method, which won the Trillium Book Award and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award, longlisted for the Giller Prize and ReLit Award, and chosen as a Globe and Mail and National Post book of the year. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto and his first novel, People Park, will be published by House of Anansi in 2011.
David’s poems and fiction have been published and rejected by several literary magazines. His chapbook, Gasmask Summer, was recently released by the Emergency Response Unit. He also writes plays and black metal operas. He currently lives in Toronto.
Paulo Campos wrote his first novel in high school but didn’t return to fiction until after six-years studying English in graduate school. He’s since written three novels and a collection of short fiction. One of the novels and the collection seem good enough to shop for publication and are being revised. He was a recipient of Glimmer Train’s “Best Start” competition in November 2009. His first published piece of short fiction will appear in the June 2010 issue of THEMA. He can be found online at www.yingleyangle.com.
Michael is a 24-year-old writer and editor who lives, for now, in Edmonton, Alberta. He’s at work on his first novel.
Stephen Kempster Whelpdale Thomas’s processing power is “good” but not remarkable. His ability to manipulate abstract symbols is good. His ability to analyze and respond to an argument in real-time is good. His general knowledge of cultural trends and works is good. His ability to dedicate himself to an artistic project is good but not excellent. His “taste” is good but can be improved. stephenkempsterwhelpdalethomas.com.
Lindsay Tipping lives in Toronto. She has previously had work published in Rampike, Matrix, Filling Station, Dandelion and Utne Reader.
Daniel Scott Tysdal (Guest Editor)
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006), which received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His second book of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums, is forthcoming from Tightrope Books. He teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
N. Alexander Armstrong is given to elaborate fantasies. His work has been published in The Flying Walrus magazine, GULCH: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose, Steel Bananas Webzine, and all over the Akashic Records.
Mary Kathryn Arnold lives in Halifax, NS. Her poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, All Rights Reserved, The New Compass, Lesbian Quarterly, Mezzo Cammin, and the Fiddlehead. Her chapbook of poems, September Fruit, was published in 1997 by Rye Hill Press of Philadelphia, PA. She edits and designs Rhythm Poetry Magazine, Atlantic Canada’s online venue for metrical verse since 2007.
Author of five books of poetry (most recently the visual poem suite silence) and two volumes of conceptual fiction (most recently the short fiction collection How to Write), derek beaulieu’s work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging contemporary Canadian writing. Publisher of the acclaimed smallpresses housepress (1997-2004) and no press (2005-present), and editor of several small magazines in Canada, beaulieu has spoken and written on poetics internationally. Toro magazine recently wrote “using techniques drawn from graphic design, fine art and experimental writing, [beaulieu] vigorously tests the restrictions, conventions, and denotations of the letters of the alphabet.” beaulieu’s fractal economies(talonbooks, 2006) included a cogent and widely-discussed argument for poetry which worked beyond strict meaning making, pushing the boundaries into graphic design, gesture and collaboration. beaulieu lives in Calgary where he teaches through the Calgary Board of Education and at the University of Calgary. He can be reached at derek [at] housepress.ca
Caleb JW Brasset lives in Toronto.
Montreal native Celyn Harding-Jones is finishing her master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at Concordia University. Her poetry and prose has been published in magazines such as Headlight and Soliloquies and an essay is forthcoming in Arc Poetry. Celyn is also working on a project that will bring local poetry readings from the 60’s and 70’s into an easy-to-use and invaluable online resource.
BMC Jones: poet, philosopher, original gangster. He is one of the real Canadian heroes who organize Edmonton’s HERMEN literary reading series. His influences include William Shakespeare, Margaret Avison, and Larry the Cable Guy.
Mark Kowgier is a 26-year-old teacher and (unpublished) writer living in St. Catharines. He teaches English and Math at Columbia International College in Hamilton. He publishes poetry on his website poemeveryday.blogspot.com, and he is currently working on his first novel, Comrade Calculator Quits Smoking.
Christine Leclerc lives in Vancouver. She is the author of Counterfeit, a book of poetry published by CUE. Her work has also appeared in the Open Text Anthology (Vol II), the Apocalypse Anthology, Dandelion, FRONT, Interim, memewar, OCHO, subTerrain, and TCR. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and Langara College Continuing Studies.
Nyla Matuk’s first book of poems, Oneiric, was published in 2009 by Frog Hollow Press. A second book of poems will be published in 2012 with Signal Editions. Poems have appeared in The Shore magazine, Misunderstandings magazine, ARC Poetry and are forthcoming in PRISM International. Her poems are also online in the Archive of Poets at Greenboathouse Books. Short fiction and essays have appeared in the literary journals Event, Room of One’s Own, Descant and in Alphabet City’s Food and Trash issues. She has contributed journalism on architecture and literary topics as a freelancer to the Globe and Mail, and numerous magazines.
Michael Nardone lives in the Northwest Territories.
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.
Peter Richter is the founder and editor of The Broad Set Writing Collective. He is a Rider University graduate, taught under the guidance of absurdest non-fiction author Dr. Mickey Hess (Big Wheel at The Cracker Factory). His poetry has been featured in Indiefeed: Performance Poetry, THE2NDHAND, decomP, Skive, Monkey Bicycle, The Northville Review, Lo-Fidelity, About.com & others.
Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver. He’s not sure how many poems he’s had rejected as he lost track somewhere around three hundred. He’s had a few successes, too, and has poems are forthcoming in Prairie Fire, CV2, and SubTerrain. His first full-length poetry manuscript recently won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. You can find him online at http://roblucastaylor.com.
Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of two poetry books, Small Arguments and Found. In 2009, Found was made into a short film that screened at festivals in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is currently working on a manuscript of poems about light.
Sheila Heti (Guest Editor)
Sheila Heti is the author of the novel Ticknor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) the story collection, The Middle Stories (McSweeney’s Books) and the upcoming How Should a Person Be? (Anansi, 2010) In 2011, Faber will publish a book she wrote with Misha Glouberman, titled Improv Your Life. She is the creator of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, which has been running to sold-out audiences since 2001. She created the popular blogs I Dream of Hillary and I Dream of Barack, which collected the sleeping dreams people were having of the candidates during the 2008 primary season. The article about these blogs was one of the New Yorker’s Top 10 Talk of The Towns of 2008. She recently appeared as Lenore Doolan in Leanne Shapton’s book, Important Artifacts, and played a version of herself in Margaux Williamson’s movie, Teenager Hamlet. She lives in Toronto.www.sheilaheti.com
Chris Buck grew up in Toronto, Canada where he played hockey and figure skated. His father worked for Kodak so he decided to go into the family business and become a photographer. He lives in New York with his wife Michelle Golden and daughter Olive. He has been called “damaged,” and separately, “clever” but Donald Trump put it best when he said to Chris “Make this quick, I have many important people waiting for me.” http://chrisbuck.com
Simon Critchley is Chair of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of many books. He is a man more sinned against than sinning.
Helen DeWitt is the author of The Last Samurai. She lives in Berlin.
Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently the limited-edition novellaBaby Leg, published by New York Tyrant Press in 2009. In 2009 he also published the novel Last Days (which won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York’s top books of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann’s Tongue. He has translated fiction by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and others. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.
James Hannaham’s first novel, God Says No, was a finalist for a Lambda Book Award and an American Library Assoc./Stonewall BookAwards Honor Book. His criticism has appeared in theVillage Voice and Salon.com.
Mary Gaitskill is the author of five books, most recently the novel Veronica and the stories, Don’t Cry. Her story “Secretary” was the basis for the film of the same name. She lives in NYC.
Kenneth Goldsmith’s writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, Trans-Warhol, premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmithpremiered at the British Library in 2007. From 1996-2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City’s WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He has been awarded the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship at Princeton University for 2010. A book of critical essays, Uncreative Writing, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, musician, and writer. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010 and received a lifetime career award in 2009 from the IEEE, the leading engineering society. His book You Are Not a Gadget was published in 2010 by Knopf, and his Symphony for Amelia is set for a 2010 premier in Orlando, Florida.
Gabor Maté is a physician and author in Vancouver. He is a former Zionist youth leader and has been active in Jews For A Just Peace. His most recent book is In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. He has been a family practitioner and for seven years was Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital, caring for the terminally ill. For twelve years he worked inn Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. In 2009 Dr. Maté was honoured with an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University.
Darren O’Donnell is a novelist, essayist, playwright, director, designer, performer and artistic director of Mammalian Diving Reflex. The Chicago Reader has called his first novel, Your Secrets Sleep with Me, “a bible for the dispossessed, a prophecy so full of hope it’s crushing.” His latest book, Social Acupuncture, a Guide to Suicide Performance and Utopia, was published in spring 2006 and prompted the Globe and Mail to declare, “O’Donnell writes like a sugar-addled genius at 300k/h.” His performance, Haircuts by Children, was called “the best of Performan07” by ARTINFO and Modern Painters declared it “the high point of the LA cultural calendar. Haircuts by Childrenhas been presented by New York’s Art In General at the 2007 Performa Festival, the PuSh International Performance Festival in Vancouver, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Art Festival, the Sydney Festival in Australia, Outpost for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, in Birmingham, UK, Dublin Ireland and Toronto, Canada. He has also presented at the Lok Punjab Rahs and the World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan and is developing a long-term project with Aarambh, an NGO based in the slums of Navi Mumbia, India. Other performances include: A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, Diplomatic Immunities, pppeeeaaaccceee, [boxhead], White Mice, Over, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That’s Bad and Mercy! He has organized The Toronto Strategy Meetings, a durational project focusing on self-responsibility as a social act; The Talking Creature, a continuing experiment in public discourse; Beachballs41+all, a wealth redistribution performance featuring Toronto’s Culturati, kids in a pool and Liz and Rennie’s No Frills; Ballroom Dancing, an all night dance party DJed by children in a gymnasium filled with rubber balls during Toronto’s inaugural Nuit Blanche; Slow Dance with Teacher, a sensual encounter between teachers and those who love them; The Children’s Choice Awards, an award ceremony at the 2006 Alley Jaunt art show, devised and directed by a bunch of kids from Parkdale Public School and Please Allow Us the Honor of Relaxing You, a massage encounter between the participants of the Open Engagement Conference and the students and staff of the First Nations University in Regina Saskatchewan. He was the 2000 winner of the Pauline McGibbon Award for directing, the 2000 Gabriel Award for broadcasting and has been nominated for a number of Toronto theatre community’s, Dora Awards for his writing, directing, and acting, winning for his design of White Mice.
David Shields’s most recent book, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, was published by Knopf in February 2010. His previous book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight other books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Yale Review,Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Utne Reader; he’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. She doth protest too much.
Margaux Williamson is a painter from Toronto. She recently completed a movie made with her friends called Teenager Hamlet. She has just begun a project called “Movie Is My Favourite Word” where she writes about movies.
Balint Zsako is a Hungarian-born Canadian artist who lives and works in Brooklyn.