Curtis John McRae’s (he/him) debut short story collection, Quietly, Loving Everyone, is forthcoming (Véhicule Press). His fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Chronicling the Days anthology (Guernica Editions, 2021), and others. He won the 2021/22 David McKeen Award and was a finalist in the 2019 Quebec Writers' Federation contest for emerging young writers. Curtis sits on the board of directors for the Quebec Writers Federation, teaches English literature at John Abbott College, and serves as an Editorial Intern at Dzanc Books. A Concordia University fellowship recipient, he holds an MA in Creative Writing.
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Pamela Hensley (she/her) is a Montreal-based writer and host of the new podcast How I Wrote This. Her writing has appeared in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, The Montreal Review, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, EVENT Magazine, and elsewhere. Previously she worked as an automotive engineer and management consultant in Germany, Japan, the US, and Canada.
A Graduate Fellow in English at the University of Victoria, Jeremy Audet (he/him) is also a musician, photographer, and writer raised in Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Canada. He is the creator of Parting Words: A New Poetry Review, fronts the musical project Now Beacon Now Sea, and is recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Grant (2024) and the President’s Research Scholarship from the University of Victoria, and, from Bishop's University where he holds a B.A. Hons. in Literature, the Shauna Murray Memorial Prize in English and the Golden Mitre Award. His work has appeared in various journals and was shortlisted for The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize (2023).
Ennie Gloom (she/her) is a poet currently residing in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). She holds a BA Hons. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Concordia University and is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing at Concordia. Her essays have been featured in Yiara Magazine and the Literature Undergraduates’ Colloquium at Concordia’s (LUCC) Academic Journal, and her poetry has been featured in Graphite Publications and, prior to her infiltration into their system, in yolk. Unhappy that she is, she cannot heave her heart into her mouth.
Alexandre Marceau (he/him) 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.
Arusha Bruns (she/her) is a Montreal-based multi-disciplinary artist raised in British Columbia. Arusha has worked closely within the Montreal art community in collaboration with local band “Les Shirley”. In addition, she has been featured in LBRNTH and My Friend Frankie publications among other projects. Arusha has always had a passion for volunteer work within the arts sector and she continues to contribute her time and dedication to the arts community for organizations such as KickDrum, La Chapelle Performance Art Theatre, and yolk. During her spare time Arusha pursues her love for writing poetry, music and photography.
Sariah Hossain (she/her) is a writer and editor currently residing in Montreal and pursuing degrees in English Literature and Psychology at McGill University. She has roots in California and Canada, born in Ottawa but spending her formative years in San Diego, where the saltwater air dizzied her, and so Montreal called her back. Her background is in journalism and publishing, writing and editing extensively for award-winning publications like The Tower and the Stanford Daily. Dreams of following Joan Didion’s trajectory from journalistic writing to creative prose have led her now to yolk.
Mitra Thompson (she/her) is a writer and copy editor. Her research and journalism has been published by the Oxford University Press, Global News, Le Figaro and AFP. Her fiction explores themes of urban transformation, isolation, belonging, and selves as yet unrealized. Mitra was a 2018 mentee in the Quebec Writers Federation Mentorship Program, and is working on her first novel. She lives in Montreal, where she can be found poking her nose into places where visitors aren’t welcome, sniffing out the tales within.
Paige LaPierre, born and raised in Montreal, has a thorough history working in the non-profit sector. She holds a BA from Bishop’s University, where she majored in Sociology and minored in English Literature, and an MA from McGill in International Development. Paige has been raising funds since the age of 6, gathering change at her lemonade stand for various charities. She has worked at the Douglas Foundation, Skateboards for Hope and Catalyste+ in proposal development and grant making. In her spare time, she can usually be found doing two of favourite things: reading, or reconnecting with Mother Earth and uncovering her many hidden secrets.
Christie Martin, originally from Toronto and now living in Montreal, entered into the world of publishing in 2021. Specializing in Marketing and Event Management, they have worked with Canadian Scholars’ and Women’s Press, the Literary Press Group of Canada, and Brick Books. They are an active member of the Awards Gala Committee at the Quebec Writers' Federation. With a versatile background in event planning, spanning from performance art to academic conferences, Christie currently serves as the Events Manager at yolk.
Olivia Nitti (she/her) 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.
Bronwyn Garden-Smith (she/they) is a Montreal-based writer of poetry and fiction from Stratford, ON. She has an Hons. B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, where she founded an undergraduate publication called ROVE and developed a fascination with the southern Ontario gothic literary genre. When she realised she had enough egregious landlord stories to fill a lengthy novel, she started writing it. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Goose, Acta Victoriana, Hardwire, and Garbage Day. She hopes she’ll one day make it on the Wikipedia list of notable Bronwyns.
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.
Fiction: Mitra Thompson, Sariah Hossain, Olivia Nitti, Ceilidh Michelle,
Paz O’Farrell, Natalka Proszak, Pamela Hensley, Inuya Schultz
Poetry: Bronwyn Garden-Smith, Alana Dunlop, Jess Tran, Jade Palmer,
Sabrina Papandrea, Willow Loveday Little
Non-Fiction: Emmie Nicholson, Christie Martin, Olivia Nitti,
Bronwyn Garden-Smith, Carrie Lynn Hatland
Visual Arts: Essie Soma, Jake Bowen, Morgan Gordon
Josh Quirion (Editor-in-Chief)
Chelsea Moore (Managing Editor)
Sean Lee (Communications Manager)
Sarah Manuszak (Copy Editor)
Sarah Desrosiers-Legault (Poetry Editor)
Spencer Nafekh (Non-Fiction Editor)
Sean Smallwood, Sarah Piché (Visual Arts Editors)
Curtis John McRae