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Curtis John McRae


Curtis John McRae’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Soliloquies Anthology, Chronicling the Days anthology (Guernica Editions, 2021), and others. He has won the 2021/22 David McKeen Award, was a finalist in the 2019 QWF contest for emerging young writers, and has worked as a copy editor and proofreader for Véhicule Press. A Concordia University fellowship recipient, he holds an MA in Creative Writing. He swears that while writing one night, he levitated from his chair.
(Photo By Matthew Khalili)

Pamela Hensley

Managing Editor

Pamela Hensley is a writer, editor, engineer, consultant, and member of the board of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Her fiction has appeared in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, EVENT Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Litro Magazine, Montreal Writes, The Fieldstone Review, and elsewhere. For decades a nomad, she is now happily settled in Montreal.

Jessica Bebenek

Creative Director

Jessica Bebenek (she/her) is an interdisciplinary writer, teacher, and community organizer living in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Her writing has been nominated for the Journey Prize, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2021 she was a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in Poetry. Bebenek serves as Risograph Coordinator at the Centre for Expanded Poetics, where she prints the Documents book series and organized the infamous Occult Poetics Symposium (2017). She teaches poetry and bookmaking workshops with Vallum magazine and works as a freelance bookmaker. Her sixth poetry chapbook, I REMEMBER THE EXORCISM, was released Summer 2022 by Gap Riot Press.

Jeremy Audet

Communications Manager

Jeremy Audet (he/him) was raised in Saudi Arabia and Sweden before moving to Canada in 2008. He is the creator of Parting Words: A New Poetry Review, was editor for the 128th ed. of The Mitre, and fronts the musical project Now Beacon Now Sea. He is recipient of the Shauna Murray memorial prize in English and the Golden Mitre award from Bishop's University, where he holds a B.A. Hons. in English Literature. When he is not outdoors, he writes. His poetry and photography have previously appeared in yolk.

Ennie Gloom

Poetry Editor

Ennie Gloom (she/her) is a poet and a Scorpio currently living in Montreal with her two cats: Pluto and Stevie. Her writing focuses on girlhood, surrealism, and sardines. Ennie has been published in Yiara Magazine, Graphite Publications, and yolk before she hacked into their system (“I’m in!”). Ennie is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at Concordia University. Beyond this, she enjoys reading tarot cards at funerals, asking people what celebrity they’re most often compared to, and being a loving mother to her 73 children.

Alexandre Marceau

Fiction Editor

Alexandre Marceau is a French-Canadian writer and editor based in Edinburgh, UK. His work has appeared in The Inkwell, From Arthur's Seat, The Mitre, the QWF’s Chronicling the Days (Guernica Editions), and elsewhere. He holds an MSc Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, was the 2020-21 recipient of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Scholarship, and is the Creatives Editor for the Scottish Mountaineering Press. He spends the majority of his time outside, exploring Scotland's wild mountains, crags and sea cliffs.

Spencer Nafekh

Non-Fiction Editor

Spencer is a spectral figure in his third year of the Honours in English and Creative Writing program at Concordia University. He is probably the result of an incantation devised by an ancient magician-priest from the House of Life in the Temple of Edfu. When he’s not cooking stir-fries or engaging in self-loathing, he’s writing album reviews and concert coverage for Exclaim! magazine or theConcordian, and creating surreal pieces of short fiction. Spencer has no idea what will happen after he graduates, but he will be writing vehemently until the day he ceases to exist.

Sarah Piché

Visual Arts Editor

Based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), Sarah Piché holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Arts from Concordia University. Her interests in contemporary art expand from the practice to the politics of viewership and curatorial work. Since her membership with the Ethnocultural Art History Research Group at Concordia University in 2020, Piché has collaboratively curated several exhibitions. She finds any excuse to be surrounded by and in collaboration with artists, whether as a curator, coordinator, writer, copy editor, assistant, or fellow painter. Her exhibition history is inherently tied to the community of young artists; germinating within the nooks and crannies of ephemeral exhibition spaces.

Sarah Manuszak

Copy Editor

Sarah Manuszak slid into yolk's DMs with an Infinite Jest meme one fine Sunday afternoon. After reading her account on "The Queer Story of James McGill," the folk at yolk knew they wanted Sarah to occupy a spot on their masthead. She now serves as the journal's copy editor, and when she is not inserting oxford commas into stories, she is finding the typos in crossword puzzles, listening to her favourite music with her cat, and attempting to make the perfect pour-over. Sarah concurrently serves as the Arts & Culture Editor at The Bull & Bear.

Olivia Nitti

Grant Applications Assistant

Olivia Nitti is currently studying English Literature and Russian Culture at McGill University. Ever since her family left Halifax for Toronto when she was four, Olivia dreams only of the fiddle and spearheading the next urban folk revival. She is currently filling the void by living beside the Leonard Cohen memorial on Napoleon street and failing to mimic his prose. When avoiding her ever-present existential crises, Olivia edits for the Samizdat Russian paper, misses her 8:30s, and dances until absolute failure.

Sean Lee

Social Media Projects

Sean Lee is a Communications & Cultural Studies graduate from Concordia University. He's a poet—sometimes. He's a political junkie—usually. In Social Media Projects, Sean works to bring yolk's publication, content, and activities to the community we've got. His goal is to get the artists we publish in front of as many people as possible. His creative work deals with compulsion and quotidian fantasies. His ordinary work deals most often with finicky web design suites, obtuse graphic design tools, engagement analysis software, and lots of caffeine.

Josh Quirion

Strategic Initiatives

Josh is a French-Canadian writer from the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Concordia University. Quirion published his debut collection Towners & Other Stories with Shoreline Press in 2020. His writing has appeared in The Mitre and Prairie Fire, among others. He currently writes and resides in Montreal.

Caitlin Aboud

Web & Print Designer

Caitlin Aboud is a Montreal born artist who currently lives in Squamish, BC. While maintaining unique ideas and creativity across all her projects, her work varies from custom illustrations to web design. Her continued desire to learn has fuelled her growth as a designer. She is self-taught in web design, in HTML & CSS, in UI/UX design, and in how to run large-scale music/art events. In her free time, she often finds herself researching current design topics, such as inclusive design and visual trends.