Senior Prose Editor
Lena Belova is a writer, poet, and activist. They are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), are the Chair of KPU’s Creative Writing Guild, and the proud recipient of the 2019 PIPS Wordsmith Endowed Award. Lena’s writing explores freedom and the lack-there-of, and all the resilient ways people can reclaim their identities in the face of trauma, oppression, and mental illness. Through their writing and community work, Lena wants to guide people to a connection with themselves and their communities. In the words of their role model Kathleen Hanna, Lena hopes you’ll get off the internet, meet them in the street, and destroy the right wing.
Junior Prose Editor
Alix Girodat is an aspiring novelist and Creative Writing major/English minor at KPU. When she isn’t spending her time trying to get over her life-long bout of writer’s block, she blogs about her life and the things she loves. In her free time, she plays her favourite video games and scrolls through the Instagram explore page. Her main goal as a writer is to give a voice to those who have yet to be heard.
Senior Poetry Editor
Zach Allan enjoys things such as words, punctuation, and the sounds words make. He is a second-year creative writing student pursuing a bachelor’s degree. In a past life, he was a reed that was almost made into a sheet of paper but instead fell off the back of the cart. In a future life, he would like to be a bolt of lightning or the dramatic pause in a monologue. In his spare time away from reading and writing poetry, he likes to read and write poetry. He would also like everyone else to read and write poetry.
Junior Poetry Editor
Harpreet Kang is a Creative Writing major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She creates poetry while eating cake, while taking long showers, while baking cupcakes at midnight, basically all the time. Her goal as a writer is to create work that makes readers clutch their chest and smile. Just like her favourite poet Rudy Francisco, she too writes the best when she’s either falling in love or falling apart.
Senior Arts Editor
Alison Curtis is a visual artist exploring the interlaced relationships between identity and creative agency, through acrylic paint and mixed media. She is the recipient of the KPU Faculty of Arts Multimedia Art Contest People’s Choice Award, and the Margaretha Bootsma Award for Visual Excellence. She has also worked in gallery settings and has assisted with prepping and hanging art exhibitions. Her work explores the relationships between identity and the ability to create, specifically women creating art with their hands and life with their bodies. Curtis is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, while living and working in Surrey, BC.
Junior Arts Editor
Steven Robinson is a visual artist who focuses on the professional presentation by looking at the correlation between an art piece and the setting it is displayed in. He received the Deena C. Duggan Endowed Award from the for his knowledge of colour theory and applying it to his practices in acrylic painting. His knowledge in woodworking helps while displaying works in exhibitions. His own art practice plays with properties that create a physical space that does not exist, pushing it towards boundaries of abstraction.
Mikayla Fawcett makes things. Sometimes they work alone—with poetry, fiction, mixed/new media arts, and other assemblages. Frequently they collaborate on larger projects. They enjoy an ongoing collaboration with partner Gabriel Craven as Cannery Rat Comics. The Here After Now, a series of post apocalyptic shorts, is their longest running comic project. Mikayla is enthralled with natural science, human-environment relationships, and things that thrive in abandoned places. They are miniscule within the universe; they cope by falling ever more in love with the void and all the tiny things that live there.
Cassidy Brodie is a third year information technology student. She hopes to be a super cool software engineer after finishing school. You can usually find her in the library, learning about anything and everything. Her favourite things include: cats, Lord of the Rings, sleeping, shopping, pasta, pizza, and popcorn. She hopes one day everyone will learn to move the cursor off the screen.
Social Media Coordinator
Mariyam Bashir is a first-year Creative Writing student. You don’t need to know anything else.
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