Alissa York, Chair Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy, (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and, most recently, Fauna (short-listed for the Toronto Book Award). York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and Eighteen Bridges. York has been teaching and mentoring writers since 2007, working with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, The Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio, the Toronto Public Library and Diaspora Dialogues. She has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden. Her new novel, The Naturalist, is due out in 2016.
Crissy Calhoun is a writer and editor. At Toronto indie publisher ECW Press for over a decade, she has had the pleasure of working on a broad range of critically acclaimed literature, non-fiction, and fiction for young adults. She has also authored and co-authored twelve books on pop culture. She's lived in the GTA her entire life.
Patrick Lohier is a writer. His stories, book reviews, and essays have appeared in The Globe & Mail, National Post, African American Review, Harvard Review, Boing Boing, The Georgia Review, Callaloo and other publications. He is an alumnus of the Caldera Artists Residency program, in Sisters, Oregon, and is represented by Foundry Literary + Media. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids.
Derek McCormack is the author of the short story collections Dark Rides (1996) and Wish Book (1999), and of the novels The Haunted Hillbilly (2003) and The Show That Smells (2008). The Haunted Hillbilly was named one of the best books of 2004 by both the Globe & Mail and the Village Voice. In 2005, it was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Best International Gay Fiction. The Well-Dressed Wound, a new novel, is forthcoming from Semiotext(e) in 2016. Derek is also the author of five limited-edition art books, including Line 3, which was selected as a best book of the year by Artforum magazine in 2014. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies in Canada and the U.S.A., and his articles and book reviews have appeared in the National Post, the Globe & Mail, Elm Street, The Look, The Believer and nest.