Emerging Writers is growing!!!

Originally just a one-person outfit composed of founder and host Jess Taylor, EW now has readers and volunteers that help make everything run smoothly.

Meet The Team!

EW is run entirely by volunteers. Here they are.

Volunteers, thank you for giving EW your most valuable resource: your time.


Current Organizers and Hosts

Mahak Jain


Mahak Jain is the author of the picture book Maya, which was a CBC Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens starred selection. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Journey Prize Stories 28, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, and Room Magazine. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. Born in Delhi, she has also lived in Dubai, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Montreal. She currently resides in Toronto.

Marcia Walker


Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared in Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project by House of Anansi. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize and was a finalist for the Lascaux Fiction award. Her play, Recess, was part of Nightwood’s Write From the Hip playwright development program and the 2016 Groundswell Festival. She is the 2016-2017 Jessie London Writer-in-residence.


Previous Team Members

Jess Taylor – Founder, host, fiction and poetry curator


Photo credit Brian St. Denis

Sofia Mostaghimi – Associate fiction curator

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Jessica Bebenek  Associate poetry curator


Amanda Childs – Social Media/PR Representative


Hannah Peck – Special Projects Assistant


Ralph Kolewe – Show photographer



Past Volunteers

Jessica Bebenek (show photographer for over a year), Marsha Courneya, Victoria Hetherington, Thomas Dearnley-Davison, Lauren Mitchell, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Jane Ozkowski, Suzanne Sutherland, Naomi Freeman, Zani Showler, Daria Garvrilina, Vicki Zhang, Bardia Sinaee, Matthew Walsh, Stephanie Coffey, Steve Cassidee (DJ for EW party shows), Nicole Royer. THANK YOU.