Contributors for EVENT 49/1

ROSE CULLIS is a queer playwright/educator whose last play, The Happy Woman, was produced by Nightwood Theatre and short-listed for a national award. She has had short stories, plays and monologues published in a number of theme-based anthologies and has written text for dance performances. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Guelph University.

JULIAN DAY lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a software developer. His work has recently appeared in 8 Poems, The Temz Review and CV2. He won the Editor’s Mom’s Choice in the 2019 CV2 2-Day Poem Contest.

JACALYN den HANN is an emerging writer from Langley, BC, currently residing in Montreal. Her work has previously appeared in Blank Spaces, and she has self-published two poetry chapbooks, Deep Creek and A Fragile Youth, through

EDWARD DEWAR’s poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review and Vallum.

RC deWINTER’s poetry is anthologized in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Cowboys & Cocktails (Brick Street Poetry, 2019) and Nature in the Now (Tiny Seed Press, 2019), among others; in print in Adelaide Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Reality Break Press and Southwind, among many others; and in numerous online journals.

JOEL ROBERT FERGUSON grew up in the Nova Scotian village of Bible Hill and now divides his time between Winnipeg and Montreal, where he is finishing his Master’s. His work has appeared in numerous Canadian and international journals, and his first book of poetry, The Lost Cafeteria, is forthcoming from Signature Editions.

MIA FIELDING is a first-year student majoring in SASAH and art history at the University of Western Ontario. She resides in Alliston, ON, and has published work in the South Simcoe Arts Council’s ArtsTalk Magazine. She hopes to enter the world of curatorship in the future.

ALICE GAUNTLEY is a writer and public health worker. Her work has appeared in Plenitude Magazine and The Hart House Review. She lives in Tkaronto/ Toronto on the traditional territory of many Indigenous nations including the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wendat and Mississaugas of the Credit. When she plays Never Have I Ever, she spends way too long thinking of questions.

GILES GOODLAND is a UK-based poet and philologist. His latest book is The Masses (Shearsman, 2019).

HIROMI GOTO is grateful for the privilege of living, working, dreaming on Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil Waututh territories. She is the author of many books. Her first graphic novel, Shadow Life, will be published in Fall 2020 with First Second Books. She has been taking a lot of photos.

BRENNA CLARKE GRAY is an educational technologist by day, and comics scholar by night. She writes on representations of Canada in American comic books and the failings of the Canadian academy in equal measure. You can find her on Twitter @brennacgray.

BRETT JOSEF GRUBISIC resides on Salt Spring Island, BC, and teaches at UBC. He’s the author of four novels, including Oldness; or the Last-Ditch Efforts of Marcus O (Now or Never Publishing, 2018).

JANE EATON HAMILTON is the author of nine books, including the novel Weekend, and has won many prizes for their work including, twice, first prize in the CBC Literary Prizes.

STEVEN HEIGHTON received the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry for The Waking Comes Late. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also writes reviews for the NYTBR. This year, Biblioasis will publish Reaching Mithymna, his non-fiction account of the Syrian refugee crisis on Lesvos, Greece.

KEVIN IRIE was a finalist for the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award and the Toronto Book Award for Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report (Frontenac House, 2012). Work from his current project, The Tantramar Re-Vision, was long-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize. He lives in Toronto.

MEHDI M. KASHANI lives and writes in Toronto. His fiction and non-fiction can be found in Passages North, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, Bellevue Literary Review, The Minnesota Review and The Fiddlehead, among others. Visit

ANDY LEE (@realandylee) is an award-winning writer, poet, lyricist, musician and member of the Writers Guild of Canada. He has incanted his poems at the International Festival of Authors, the Nuyorican Poets Café, in Australia and the Black Rock Desert. His poetry has appeared in Vallum and was shortlisted for their 2017 Chapbook Award.

JILL MANDRAKE’s latest chapbook is A Manual Typewriter (Vancouver Desktop, 2019). Her young adult novel, The Dodgem Derby, was published by New Orphic Publishers in 2012.

JEFF NOH is a PhD candidate in English Literature at McGill University.

ANTHONY OLIVEIRA is a writer, film programmer, pop culture critic and PhD living in Toronto. His pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, Hazlitt, Xtra,, Marvel Comics and others. He won two National Magazine Awards (Best Essay and Best Long-Form Feature) for ‘Death in the Village,’ chronicling the aftermath of the Bruce McArthur murders.

BRIAN O’NEILL is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. His writing has previously appeared in subTerrain. He currently lives in Montreal, where he is putting the final touches on a novel.

SUZANNE S. RANCOURT, EXAT, is of Abenaki/ Huron descent. Her book, Billboard in the Clouds (NU Press), received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Her second is murmurs at the gate (Unsolicited Press, 2019). She is a USMC and Army veteran. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published widely.

NATASHA SILVA has appeared in three Polar Expressions Publishing poetry collections. She is completing her undergraduate degree in creative writing at UBC and lives in Langley, BC, with her two dogs. When not writing, she can be found hiking, making wine and travelling the world.

INGRID SKÅRE is a freelance illustrator. Her work mixes traditional and digital brushstrokes, and has been featured in textbooks, magazines and newspapers. Some of her favourite subjects include literature, myths and the abundance of nature. Born and raised in Brazil, she currently lives in Malmö, Sweden, not too far from where her grandparents once came from.

MARY STEER’s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in publications in Canada, the USA, the UK and Ireland.

NICK THRAN has been reviewing books for EVENT for over 10 years. He wishes to thank outgoing Reviews Editor Susan Wasserman for years of great conversation, and to welcome incoming Reviews Editor Marisa Grizenko.

HAYDEN WARD grew up around BC’s Howe Sound in the Lower Mainland. He holds an undergraduate degree from UBC Okanagan, and is the editor of JK Publishing in Kelowna, BC.

KATIE WELCH has talked to bears, wrangled rattlesnakes and communed with bees. She was first runner-up in UBCO’s 2019 Short Story Contest. Her stories have appeared in Split Lip, Déraciné Magazine and Longleaf Review. Wolsak and Wynn will publish her debut novel in the fall of 2021.
RACHEL WHITE is currently working on her BFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She loves golden retrievers, English Breakfast tea and being outside in the mountains. Find her on Instagram @rach_4ever.

JAMES W. WOOD: Novelist, poet and short-fiction writer. Six books of poems in the UK, most recently Building a Kingdom: New and Selected Poems 1989–2019 (The High Window Press, 2019)—nominated for the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize. Recipient of the 2018 BC Arts Council Writer’s Award. Work has appeared in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore and South Africa.

YOKO’S DOGS is a collaborative writing group formed in 2006 by poets Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis and Jane Munro. Their collections include Whisk (Pedlar Press, 2013) and Rhinoceros (Gaspereau Press, 2016). Viola is forthcoming (Pedlar, 2021). Visit

YVONNE was the inaugural poetry editor of two feminist magazines, Aphra and Ms., received two NEAs for poetry (1974,1984), and a Leeway Foundation award for fiction (2003), among other awards. Verse memoir excerpts are online at the American Journal of Poetry, AMP, Tiny Seed Literary, Poets Reading the News and elsewhere.