Editor Elizabeth Bachinsky

Shashi Bhat is the Editor of EVENT. Her fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, PRISM international, Best Canadian Stories 2018, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, and other publications. She was the winner of the 2018 Journey Prize, and a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and in 2010, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award. Shashi has two books forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada: a novel titled The Most Precious Substance on Earth, and a collection of short stories. Her debut novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Shashi has taught creative writing at Dalhousie University and Johns Hopkins University, where she received her MFA in fiction. She is currently on the creative writing faculty at Douglas College.

Managing Editor Ian Cockfield

Ian Cockfield is the Managing Editor of EVENT. He also runs EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers (Prose), and is a past Fiction Editor of PRISM international. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, completed SFU’s Fiction Editing & Publishing and Book Editing Immersion workshops, and attended the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio (Fiction). His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian journals, including Prairie FireDescantPRISM international, EVENT, Rampike and the Carleton Arts Review, and in the anthology Exact Fare Only II (Anvil Press, 2003, which he also edited). He recently edited the non-fiction books Godless Religion: Finding the Profound (Profound Press, 2010) and Douglas College: The First 40 Years (Douglas College, 2010). From 2005 to 2007, he served as President of the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (now the MABC). He has been a freelance editor since 2003 and has edited for UBC Press, Anvil Press, the Vancouver School Board, Douglas College and the UBC Creative Writing Department. He has been on publishing panels at Word on the Street Vancouver, MagNet (Toronto), BC Book and Magazine Week, the Magazine Writers’ Craft Fair (Vancouver) and SFU’s The Writer’s Studio.

Fiction Editor Christine Dewar

Christine Dewar, Fiction Editor at EVENT, is the Coordinator of Performing and Fine Arts (PEFA) at Douglas College. She has been the instructor of Theatre History and PEFA courses for over 20 years. Christine has been the Fiction Editor since 1995, and a reader for EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers since its inception. She also curates art exhibits for the Amelia Douglas Gallery and collaborates in the performance art work of Margaret Dragu (Lady Justice) in an ongoing role as Diligence/Sloth.

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Joanne Arnott is the Poetry Editor of EVENT. Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood, won the Gerald Lampert Award (LCP, 1992). She has published eight further books in three genres, most recently: Halfling spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce, 2014, shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award), A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale, 2013), Mother Time (Ronsdale, 2007), and (as editor) Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (AWCWC, 2011).  Her essays and poetry appear in twenty-five plus anthologies, and diverse journals. She has been called to judge poetry and nonfiction on behalf of BC Book Prizes, the Governor General’s Awards and for various other arts organizations. Joanne is a Métis/mixed-blood writer and arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. A frequent performer, she volunteers with the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, and (in past) with The Writers Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Reviews Editor Susan Wasserman

Susan Wasserman, Reviews Editor at EVENT, has been an English Instructor specializing in Canadian literature for three decades, teaching contract courses at Douglas College, Kwantlen College and UBC until her regularization at Douglas in 1987.  Having recently joined the ranks of the happily retired, she is fascinated by: a) the fact that there really is life after teaching; and b) just how busy that life is. EVENT has been one of the great loves of Susan’s professional life since 1993, when she began working with then Editor-in-Chief David Zieroth, who enlisted her as Reviews Editor, a position she has proudly held from that time to the present (with a hiatus from 2006 to 2009).  In 2006 she joined the Fiction Committee, so ably captained by Christine Dewar. Susan plans to stay associated with this illustrious magazine for as long as it’s still a thrill.

Proofreader Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes is EVENT’s Proofreader. He was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, and raised in Burnaby. A graduate of UBC and the Print Futures program at Douglas College, he developed his editing skills doing closed captioning for the hearing impaired, copy-editing a Toronto-based heavy metal magazine, and (with some trepidation) helping his wife complete her manuscripts. When not proofreading EVENT and working full-time as a technical writer, he volunteers for the Society for Technical Communication and the subTerrain Editorial Collective. You can check out his music writing at and

Web Editor Joshua Grant

Joshua Grant is a Web Editor at EVENT. When not wrangling stray angle brackets on the EVENT site, he studies computer science at UBC. He also has a BA in English from SFU and a diploma in professional writing from Douglas College. His (mostly experimental) poetry has appeared in several small journals across North America. Find his technical and creative projects at

Hannah Macready is the Magazine Assistant at EVENT. She runs social media, promotions, event planning, and participates as a first-reader for upcoming issues. She recently graduated with honours from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. In 2017 she received the Maurice Hodgson Award of Creative Distinction. Her writing can be found in Bandit Fiction (UK), as well as two editions of the Pearls anthologies published by Douglas College. See more at