The Rusty Toque | Issue 3 | Contributors | October 12, 2012
GABRIELLE BELL'S work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Houghton-Mifflin Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Vice magazines. “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” the title story of her most recent book, was adapted for the screen by Bell and director Michel Gondry in the film anthology Tokyo! Her newest book, The Voyeurs, is in stores September 2012. She lives in Brooklyn. Website: http://gabriellebell.com
GERARD BEIRNE is an Irish writer now living in Canada where he teaches at the University of New Brunswick and is a Fiction Editor with The Fiddlehead. His most recent collection of poetry Games of Chance: A Gambler’s Manual was published by Oberon Press, Fall 2011. His collection Digging My Own Grave (Dedalus Press) won second prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. He has published two novels including The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars) shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2004. His short story "Sightings of Bono" was adapted into a short film featuring Bono (U2).
ASHLEY-ELIZABETH BEST is from Cobourg, ON, Canada. She was on the poetry shortlist for the 2011 Matrix Litpop Awards and Prism's Poetry Prize 2012. She has poetry appearing, or forthcoming in the Red River Review, In/Words, The Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Prick of the Spindle, Tampa Review, Fox Chase Review, CV2, and Branch Magazine. She has a chapbook forthcoming from Cactus Press in Toronto called Slow States of Collapse.
GREGORY BETTS is the author of The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar Press 2009), a collection of 150 poems plundered from William Shakespeare's sonnet 150, and four other books of experimental poetry. He is the Director of Canadian Studies and the Graduate Program Director of Canadian and American Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Website: Brock University
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SEMI CHELLAS is a writer and supervising producer on the sixth season of TV’s Mad Men. She is nominated for two Emmys (with Matt Weiner) for her episodes in season five, “Far Away Places” and “The Other Woman”. She is also adapting Dr. Jill Bolte Talyor's best-selling My Stroke of Insight for Imagine Entertainment. Semi was the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of Canadian prime-time network drama THE ELEVENTH HOUR, two-time Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television winner for Best Series. The show ran three seasons and was nominated for 38 awards by the Canadian Academy, winning 9; Semi herself won for Best Writing (with Tassie Cameron). As a director, she's had three short films premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival: Green Door (written by Barbara Gowdy); Trouser Accidents (included in the Best Canadian Short Films Showcase) and Three Stories From the End of Everything (nominated by the Canadian Academy for best live-action short).
JENNIFER DORNER received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2003 to run the eyelevelgallery, an artist-run centre in downtown Halifax. Now based in Montreal, Quebec, Jennifer is pursuing her multi-disciplinary artistic career and in her spare time manages the Independent Media Arts Alliance, in the role of National Director. Jennifer is the recipient of several grants and awards including a production grant from the Conseil des arts et des letters du Quebec, a grant for emerging artists through the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art and has a strong passion for advocating for the arts with an emphasis on artist-run culture. Website: www.jenniferdorner.ca
ROXANE GAY lives and writes in the Midwest. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Salon, Oxford American, the Rumpus, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She is the author of Ayiti (Artistically Declined Press, 2011), a unique blend of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, all interwoven to represent the Haitian diaspora experience. Website: http://www.roxanegay.com
CATHERINE GRAHAM is the author of four acclaimed poetry collections: The Watch, and the poetry trilogy Pupa, The Red Element, and Winterkill. Her work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Joyland: a hub for short fiction, Poetry is Public is Poetry, LRC, and The New Quarterly. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Her next collection will appear fall, 2013 with Wolsak & Wynn. Website: http://www.catherinegraham.com
DAVID GROULX was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Native roots—his mother is Ojibwe and his father French Canadian. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre, Penticton, BC, in 1998–99, where he won the Simon J. Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. He is the author of Night in the Exude (Tyro Publications, 1997), The Long Dance (Kegedonce Press, 2000), Under God's Pale Bones (Kegedonce Press, 2010), A Difficult Beauty (Wolsak & Wynn, 2011), Rising With A Distant Dawn (Bookland Press, 2011), and Chant Terra Indigenia (forthcoming in 2013 with Bookland Press). David’s poetry has appeared in over a hundred periodicals in England, Australia, Germany, Austria, and the USA. He lives in a log home near Ottawa.
DANIEL MACIVOR has written and directed numerous award-winning productions including See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, 2-2-Tango, This Is A Play, The Soldier Dreams, You Are Here, How It Works, A Beautiful View, Communion, Bingo! and his work has been translated into French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, German and Japanese. Daniel won a GLAAD Award and a Village Voice Obie Award in 2002 for his play In On It, which was presented at PS 122 in New York. His play Marion Bridge received its off- Broadway premiere in New York in October of 2005. In 2006, Daniel received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his collection of plays I Still Love You. In 2007, his play His Greatness won the Jessie Richardson Award for Best New Play in Vancouver. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch prize in Theatre. Also a filmmaker, Daniel has written and directed the feature films Past Perfect, Wilby Wonderful and the short films Permission and Until I Hear From You, and he is the writer of the feature films Trigger, Marion Bridge and co-writer (with Amnon Buchbinder) of Whole New Thing. Currently, he is playwright in residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Website: http://danielmacivor.com
His mom's Elvis scrapbook and dad's homemade car ads got JASON MCLEAN into art. Now John Candy, Andy Kaufman and non-alcoholic beer are among the inspirations for the London, Canada transplant's drawings, sculptures, puppets, and mail art. McLean has exhibited locally and internationally.
AMBER MCMILLAN is a teacher and writer living in Toronto, Ontario. Her poems have recently appeared in fwriction: review, The Puritan, Emerge Literary Journal, and others.
AMY MITCHELL has a PhD in Modernist poetry from Western University. She is currently a Professor of English and Writing at Fanshawe College.
GEOFFREY NILSON is a poet and musician who at one time went by Geoff but now believes Geoffrey to be more adult. After much youthful procrastination, he is currently completing his BA in Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His poems have appeared in subTerrain, Copious Magazine, and as a finalist for The Malahat Review's Far Horizons Award for Poetry. He will only live in river cities and currently resides in New Westminster, BC.
PETER NORMAN'S first poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His second collection is forthcoming from Mansfield in 2013, and his first novel from Douglas & McIntyre in 2014. He lives in Toronto.
RYAN PARK uses shared objects, encounters, and cultural touchstones as starting points to produce work that oscillate between serious and playful, clinical and poetic. His interdisciplinary practice results in videos, photographs, and manipulations of found materials that suggest presences and absences, urges and constraints. His work has been presented at artist-run-centres, public and commercial galleries across Canada. He has produced a commissioned piece for the Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga) and has been the recipient of National, Provincial, and Municipal artist grants. He holds a B.Sc. from The University of British Columbia, a BFA from NSCAD University, and an MFA from The University of Guelph. He currently lives and works in Toronto. Website: http://inconclusiveresults.com
MATT RADER is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over the River Arno. "You Have to Think of Me What You Think of Me" references Larry Levis' poem "My Life in a Late Style of Fire" from the collection Winter Stars. He lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Website: http://mattrader.com
ROBYN READ is a freelance editor living in Calgary, Alberta. She was the Acquiring Editor of Freehand Books from 2009-2011, and she sat on the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Board of Directors from 2010-2012. This past winter she taught Canadian Dystopic Fiction at the University of Calgary, speculating with her students the various ways the world might end.
JESSICA ROHAN is a student of sociology and fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
REBECCA ROSENBLUM'S fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Danuta Gleed Award. Her collection, Once, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was one of Quill and Quire's 15 Books That Mattered in 2008. Her first chapbook, Road Trips, was published by Frogs Hollow Press in 2010. Her second full-length collection, The Big Dream, was released from Biblioasis in 2011 and was recently long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. Website: http://www.rebeccarosenblum.com
LEE SHEPPARD is a writer, musician, high school teacher, and contributing co-editor of Pilot, an illustrated literary magazine.
SUZANNE SUTHERLAND is a Toronto-based writer for children and adults. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including Descant and Steel Bananas. Her first book, When We Were Good--a young adult novel about girls, guitars and the Bloor Viaduct--will published by Sumach Press in 2013. She is also the founder of the Toronto Zine Library, as well as the Lovely Picnic concert series. You can find her on Twitter and read more of her work on her website.
SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA won the 2004 ReLit prize for her first book of poetry, Small Arguments. Her new book will be released September 2013.
HOPE THOMPSON is a playwright and screenwriter. Her theatre work includes the one-act plays She Walks the Line, Green and Hospital Green, all produced at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Hope also wrote Tyrolia, a tragicomedy in which a group of vacationers becomes trapped in a ski chalet under an avalanche. Tyrolia premiered at the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival, with Sky Gilbert directing. A resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writer’s Lab, Hope has written and directed several short films, including the award-winning mystery-comedies, Trailing Arbutus, It Happened in the Stacks and Switch, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hope has several new film and theatre projects in development.
LYNNE TILLMAN'S latest book is Someday This Will Be Funny, a collection of short stories, published by Red Lemonade Press (2012). Her most recent novel is American Genius, A Comedy, published by Soft Skull. She is the fiction editor at Fence Magazine and Professor/Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany.
JACOB WREN is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART, he has co-created: En francais comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize, Unrehearsed Beauty / Le genie des autres, La famille se cree en copulant, and the ongoing HOSPITALITE / HOSPITALITY series which includes Individualism Was A Mistake and The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information. In 2007 he was invited by Sophiensaele (Berlin) to adapt and direct Wolfgang Koeppen's 1954 novel Der Tod in Rom and in 2008 he was commissioned by Campo (Ghent) to collaborate with Pieter De Buysser on An Anthology of Optimism. He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art. Website: http://radicalcut.blogspot.ca