CLEOPATRIA PETERSON is an illustrator, storyteller, and prolific zine-maker based in Toronto, Canada. They graduated from Ryerson University's Fashion Communication program and are currently in their final year at OCAD for Publications. Their work focuses on themes of nature, healing trauma, community, and addressing existing as a non-binary racialized person in Canada.
DANIEL KARASIK (they/them) is a writer and organizer in Toronto. “Plenitude” was a finalist in this year’s Writing in the Margins contest at Briarpatch Magazine, where their journalism on prison abolition and trans liberation also recently appeared. Another new poem is featured in, confusingly, Plenitude Magazine. They struggle for labour justice with the Fight For $15 and Fairness movement and volunteer with a restorative justice-based healing/rehabilitation program for former prisoners, among other community work things. They are also the author of some books, including a poetry collection, Hungry (Cormorant Books), and most recently the fiction collection Faithful and Other Stories (Guernica Editions).
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JESS TAYLOR is a Toronto writer and poet. Her second collection, Just Pervs, will be released by Book*hug in Canada in Fall 2019. Recently, a short story from that collection, "Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love", was long-listed for The Journey Prize and included in The Journey Prize Anthology 30. The title story from her first collection, Pauls (BookThug, 2015), "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess believes that collaboration and helping other writers is an important part of her writing practice and continues to organize events in the community. She is currently working on a novel, Play, and a continuation of her life poem, Never Stop. www.jesstaywriter.com.
SANCHARI SUR (she/they) is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, and has also received grants and fellowships from Ontario Arts Council and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Their work can be found in Toronto Book Award shortlisted The Unpublished City (2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Prism International, Humber Literary Review, Room, and elsewhere. An excerpt from their play was showcased at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as a part of QueerCab (May 2019). Currently, a doctoral candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series (est. Jan 2017), they live and write in Mississauga. Find them on Instagram and Twitter as @sanchari_sur.
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BEN BERMAN GHAN is an author and editor from Toronto Canada and an incoming MA student at Ryerson University's Literatures of Modernity program. His fix-up novel What We See in the Smoke was published in June 2019. His short fiction, poetry, and essays (but mostly fiction) have appeared in The Goose, The UC Review, Indigo Lit, Occulum Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, South 85, Liquid Imagination, The Sweet Tree Review, The Spectatorial, The Trinity Review, Terse Literary Journal, The Strand, Intersections, Augur Journal blog, and The White Wall Review. He has served as the Fiction Editor of The Spectatorial, and Associate Editor for The Goose and the Hart House Review. He is currently the editor of a book of non-fiction for Guernica Editions and the Prose editor of Terse Journal. His writing occurs in the place where the ideas of classic science fiction meet the interpersonal concerns of all literature. @inkstainedwreck
SYD LAZARUS believes in order to best understand them, you should know they once cried over an episode of Rugrats. Being Disabled, Jewish, non-binary, queer, and a Pisces is reflective in their work is deeply. They have been published in print and online publications such as Shameless Mag, Trash Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and Bad Dog Review. They have had the privilege of attending the Banff Centre’s Spring Writing Retreat 2019 and are super thrilled have their first chapbook How to Lose Friends Without Really Trying coming out with Frog Hollow Press later this year. Feel free to follow them on instagram or Twitter @yourmonstergf, they are always happy to make new friends.
Dorianne Emmerton grew up in the woods on the North Channel of Lake Huron and currently lives in the metropolis of Toronto. She loves both of those environments, but wishes the drive between them didn’t take so long. Two of her short stories will be featured in the upcoming 2018 anthologies Ink Stains and Tesseracts Twenty-One, and previous work has been included in the anthology Friend. Follow. Text #storiesFromLivingOnline; and Issue #1 of Beer And Butter Tarts, as well as a personal essay in A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. She is currently working on a space opera novella in collaboration with Ottawa band Saturnfly, and a novel about occult magic in Northern Ontario. She has a wonderful chosen family, an adorable son, and a black cat.