Hello Emerging Writers and Emerging Writers supporters,
For a while, we’ve been discussing expanding the collective, and we finally decided to do so for 2015!
Jess Taylor (me)- Host, Founder, Head Curator
Sofia Mostaghimi – Associate Fiction Curator
Jessica Bebenek – Associate Poetry Curator
Amanda Childs – PR/Social Media Representative
Ralph Kolewe – Show Photographer
Sofia Mostaghimi has been working with Emerging Writers since 2013 and will continue on for 2015. Thank you for all your hard work, Sofia! A talented fiction writer in her own right, Sofia has a sharp eye for the work EW loves to see from fiction writers — writing that shows a strong sense of play and an energy that will be easily carried into a reading performance. Read one of Sofia’s short stories on Joyland Magazine to get a feel for the type of work she writes.
Ralph Kolewe joined the collective for our Fall season as our show photographer. He’s contributed some great photographs to Emerging Writers already and is known in the community for his great show photography and his artistic photography. Ralph also put out a strong book of poetry this fall, Afterletters, which you can order from BookThug. (There’s also a free sample).
Jessica Bebenek is one of our new members for 2015, but she’s no stranger to Emerging Writers. As well as performing her fantastic poetry at an Emerging Writers show, Jessica was our show photographer for about a year and half before she moved overseas. She returned to the Toronto community just a couple months ago and was welcomed back to Emerging Writers, where she will now have a curatorial role as Associate Poetry Curator. She was an obvious choice for her knowledge of the Emerging Writers brand, but also for her own poetic ability and involvement in the poetry community. Jessica also runs a micropress called Grow & Grow. You can read some of her poetry on The Puritan.
Amanda Childs is our other new member for 2015. Emerging Writers has long been looking for someone to take over social media and public relations, and when Amanda expressed an interest in moving into this field, I knew she would be the perfect fit for our collective. Amanda has read for Emerging Writers, read for me at The High Park Reading Festival, and has been a regular attendee of EW. She’s also super fun and personable! Read her work on her official website.
The website will also hopefully get brought all up to date very soon!
Have a great holiday season!
All the best,
The EW Reading Series.