Contributors for EVENT 50/1

MADHUR ANAND is the author of the book of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/PHRC, 2015) and the memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/PHRC, 2020). Dr. Anand is a full professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph, where she was appointed the inaugural director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research.

RICHARD A. BRAIT is a corporate lawyer living in Toronto. His poetry has been published in Tickle Ace and Queen’s Quarterly and has been short-listed for the Fish Anthology‘s Lockdown Prize. He is enrolled in the MFA (Poetry) program at Bennington College.

AIDAN CHAFE is the author of the poetry collection Short Histories of Light (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) that was long-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. He lives on unceded Musqueam territory (Burnaby, BC).

ŠARI DALE writes from Kelowna, BC, on unceded Syilx territory. Her creative non-fiction has appeared/is appearing in The Fiddlehead, and her poetry in Poetry Is Dead, Room, CV2, and Arc.

ANTHONY DI NARDO is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, SKYLIGHT (Ronsdale Press, 2018), includes the long poem suite, ‘May June July,’ winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition. His work appears widely in anthologies and journals across Canada and internationally. He divides his time between Cobourg, ON, and Sutton, QC.

KLARA du PLESSIS is a poet, critic and literary curator. Her debut collection of multilingual long poems, Ekke, won the 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award; her second collection, Hell Light Flesh, was released from Palimpsest Press in 2020. She lives in Montreal and Cape Town.

JANN EVERARD’s fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The New Quarterly, The Humber Literay Review, Prairie Fire, Grain, and The Fiddlehead. She won The Malahat Review’s 2018 Open Season Award for Fiction. She divides her time between Toronoto and Vancouver Island.

ADRIENNE GRUBER is the author of three books of poetry, Q & A (Book*hug, 2019), Buoyancy Control (Book*hug, 2016) and This Is The Nightmare (Thistledown Press, 2008), and five chapbooks. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their three daughters, and is working on a collection of lyric essays about motherhood and mental illness.

MAŁGOSIA HALLIOP immigrated to Canada from Poland as a child, and has lived in Toronto for more than 25 years. In the past decade, she has been a sometime writer, editor, community organizer, visual artist, wildlife tracker and nature educator while homeschooling two kids. She is currently working to hone her craft as a poet.

LIZ HARMER’s work has been published widely. She has been a finalist for the Journey Prize, and nominated four times for National Magazine Awards, one of which she won in 2014 for Personal Journalism. Her novel, The Amateurs (Knopf Canada, 2018), was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

ROCÍO IRIARTE is a freelance professional illustrator based in Seville, Spain. Although she studied journalism in 2006 and enjoyed writing stories, she decided to try other forms of expression. It was through graphic design that she began her first illustration commission. Now her most frequent clients are publishing houses and magazines.

DAVID ISHAYA OSU is a poet, memoirist, editor and street photographer. His work appears in numerous magazines and anthologies across Nigeria, Uganda, the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, India and elsewhere. He is the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and currently lives in England where he earned an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from the University of Kent.

EVAN J, living in the small town of Sioux Lookout, ON, spends the winters cutting wood, shooting grouse and writing poetry. His daytime employment involves teaching 3D printing to Indigenous adults who experience homelessness and/or addictions. Find him online at

ALEXANDRA MAE JONES is a queer writer based in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in Leopardskin & Limes, Third Wednesday, Frond and Open Minds Quarterly. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and currently does freelance reporting for

ERIN KIRSH is a Vancouver-based writer and performer. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in EVENT, The Malahat Review, Arc, QWERTY, Cosmonauts Avenue and Geist, where she took second in their Postcard Story Contest. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @kirshwords.

CARMEN FAYE MATHES is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Regina, where she researches and teaches 18th- and 19th-century British Literature. As a white settler Canadian of European (Austrian) descent, Dr. Mathes is privileged to live and work on the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.

KATHY MEZEI is Professor Emerita, Humanities Department, at SFU and Life Member, Clare Hall, at Cambridge, UK. Her most recent publication is Living with Strangers: Bedsits and Board Houses in Modern English Life, Literature and Film, co-edited with Chiara Briganti ( Bloomsbury, 2017).

SARAH MOAR is a white settler-colonial living in Nehiyaw lands in Treaty 6 territory. She has been either a student or a teacher for most of her life. This year she is working on an MA in Language and Literature at UBC.

A.W. MORENO lives in Richmond, VA, with his partner. They have a cat and are reasonably happy with it. Sometimes A.W. wishes it were a dog, but that’s just wishful thinking.

SHANE NEILSON is a disabled poet, physician and critic. Dysphoria (PQL, 2017) was awarded the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. He is currently completing a postdoctoral position at McMaster as part of the $50,000 ‘Talent’ grant awarded by SSHRC in 2018. He received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for his dissertation work in disability studies. He is also Poetry Advisor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal where he actively works to include poems by disabled writers. His poems appeared in Poetry Magazine in April 2020. Work from his latest book, New Brunswick, has appeared on Verse Daily.

JAMES POLLOCK is the author of Sailing to Babylon (Able Muse Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada (Porcupine’s Quill, 2012). He also edited The Essential Daryl Hine (Porcupine’s Quill, 2015).

ALEXIS POOLEY has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and a BSc from Dalhousie University. She won third place in Grain’s 2020 Short Fiction Contest and was long-listed in PRISM international’s 2020 Creative Non-Fiction Contest. She lives in London, ON, with her friend, Andrew, who on the outside appears to be just a dog.

MARK RIEDL writes poetry and fiction and coaches basketball-plus-mindset skills to teens and preteens in Toronto. He’s currently working on a poetry chapbook called A Sucker for Dance Cam.

JADE RIORDAN is a poet from the Northwest Territories and a student at the University of Ottawa. Her poetry has appeared in CV2, The Malahat Review, Room, Vallum, and elsewhere.

ROB RUTTAN was born in Thunder Bay, in the People’s Republic of Northern Ontario, and currently lives in Barrie, ON.

MADELINE SONIK is a multi-genre writer who lives in Victoria, BC. Her collection of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures (Anvil Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize and the winner of Victoria’s Butler Book Prize. Her latest book, Fontainebleau (Anvil, 2020), is a linked-story collection.

JASON SPENCER’s journalism has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Mississauga News, where he previously worked as a staff reporter, as well as the National Post, Quill & Quire and The Toronto Star. He’s also landed a poem in Vallum. He lives in Mississauga, ON.

KATHY THAI resides where their parents took refuge: on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish. kathy’s work centres the written and/or spoken word as well as the aesthetics that frame and complement them. Previously co-creating Chinatown Stories Vol. 2, kathy is now on PRISM international’s editorial board and a co-founder of Bao Ve Collective, designing financial aid and educational materials for the Vietnamese community.

GREGORY WOLFF is an almost-PhD in Philosophy turned organic farmer; writer of fiction, poetry and children’s literature; and very proud father of two enchanted and half-wild children. He is proud to live among the musical forests of the Saint Lawrence River Valley, just north of the Adirondack Range.

DAVID ZIEROTH published the bridge from day to night (Harbour, 2018). The poems in this issue are from the trick of staying and leaving, scheduled for Spring 2022. He runs The Alfred Gustav Press for publishing poetry chapbooks each summer and winter. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.