Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, critic and community organizer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She is the author of Voodoo Hypothesis (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017), a CBC best book of the year. She was born in St. Luca and lives in Whitby, ON.
Sofi Papamarko is a writer and matchmaker (love, not sulfur) who lives in Toronto's west end. Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Chatelaine, Taddle Creek, Readers Digest, Room and Maisonneuve.
Gianna Patriarca is an award-winning author of eight books of poetry, one children’s book and a collection of short fiction. Her work has been extensively anthologized, adapted for the stage, CBC radio drama and appears in numerous documentaries. Her books are on the course list of universities in Canada, Italy and USA.
Ayelet Tsabari’s first book, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Kirkus Review best book of 2016, and has been published internationally. Her memoir, The Art of Leaving, will be published with HarperCollins next year.
Jessica Westhead’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge and the critically acclaimed short story collection And Also Sharks, which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize. Her new short story collection is called Things Not to Do.