Sean Doherty is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Guelph. Originally from Alberta, he moved to Ontario in 2011 to complete a Bachelor's degree in Biology (concentration in Genetics) from Queen’s University. He has published in Lake Effect 7, Undergraduate Review and The Queen’s Journal. He currently works in research at St. Michael's Hospital, and lives in Toronto.
Khalida Hassan was born on the side of the road in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her mother had to carry her, shoeless, through the mountains for three days to get her to Canada. Her older sister tried to choke her by force-feeding her a tomato when she was three years-old. At 24, she was cornered by a taxi mafia on the outskirts of a Thai border town. She’s been to both of the demilitarized zones in the world. It’s a fucking miracle she’s even here.
Kilby Smith-McGregor has contributed writing across genres to publications like Brick, Conjunctions, The Kenyon Review, Descant, The Malahat Review, and The Puritan. Her work has also been included in Best Canadian Essays and Best Canadian Poetry. She is a University of Guelph MFA grad (2009 cohort) and was recognized with the 2010 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Kids in Triage, her debut poetry collection, will be released by Wolsak & Wynn in the coming weeks, and throughout May she’ll be curating a series of essays and interviews on ‘writing the body’ for The Puritan’s Town Crier.
Allison LaSorda grew up in Campbellville, Ontario. Her poetry and critical writing has appeared in Grain, The National Post, Brick: A Literary Journal, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, [PANK], and others. She currently lives in Parkdale, Toronto.
Michael Winter has won the Writers' Trust Notable Author Award, and his work has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He divides his time between Toronto and St. John’s.
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