Rachel M. Friars, Editor-in-Chief
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Rachel is a PhD Student at Queen’s University with a focus on Victorian/neo-Victorian studies. During her undergraduate degree, she edited campus literary journals and local magazines. In her spare time, Rachel writes poetry about sex and short fiction about monsters. She also has a cat named Gus.
Jesyka Traynor, Editor-in-Chief
Jesyka Traynor is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Queen’s University. Her work examines contemporary Californian literature, with a focus on representations of the Californian landscape by Californian authors. Jesyka’s secondary research interest focuses on true crime narratives, particularly women’s interventions in the genre. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of True Crime Index, a site dedicated to reviewing both popular and academic true crime texts. In her spare time, Jesyka enjoys cross stitching, watching documentaries, and hanging out with her adorable pets.
Sabrina Masud, Incoming Editor-in-Chief
Sabrina Masud is an international PhD student at the Department of English, Queen’s University. She began as a playwright writing in English from Bangladesh when she became the regional winner for the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition in 2001. Her research area is focused on environmental justice and literature. An avid fan of sci-fi fantasy, she spends her spare time investigating apocalyptic scenarios and obsessing over kittens.
Connor DeMerchant, Editor
My name is Connor DeMerchant and I have been a student at Queen’s since the fall of 2019 when I moved to Kingston from New Brunswick. I grew up in the rural community of Kingston, NB just outside of Saint John and completed my undergraduate degree (Honours in History and English) at the University of New Brunswick – Saint John. At Queen’s I am working to complete my MA degree in History under the supervision of Dr. Sandra den Otter. My thesis, titled A Musical Monarch: Queen Victoria’s Influence on Music and the Composers of Her Age, examines the monarch’s personal interest in music and the extent of her impact on British music during the Victorian period. My interests outside of university include travelling when I can, journaling daily, genealogy, going on weekend thrifting adventures, and growing houseplants.
Rachel Fernandes, Editor
Rachel Fernandes is a PhD student in the English Department at Queen’s University. Her research is focused on contemporary North American fiction about the mixed race experience. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is usually in the kitchen, trying out new recipes under the watchful eye of her dog, Abby.
Skylar Kovacs, Editor
Skylar Kovacs is a PhD candidate in the English department at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on depictions of trauma and resilience in modernist women’s literature. During intervals between reading and writing, she can be found baking, thrifting, and exploring the outdoors.
Emma McTavish, Editor
Emma McTavish is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at Queen’s University. Her research interests include dirt, disgust, sexuality, and working women in Victorian literature. In her spare time, she enjoys woodburning, watching British period dramas with a strong female lead, and obsessing over her cat Minerva.
Alyce Soulodre, Editor
Alyce Soulodre is completing her PhD in English at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on the depictions of bugs and entomologists in nineteenth-century fiction, especially horror and mystery. She enjoys terrible monster movies, quaint detective novels, and tries to keep Halloween in her heart all throughout the year.
Jenny Sullivan, Editor
Jenny Sullivan is a PhD student in English Literature at Queen’s University. In addition to this, she writes novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction, some of which you can find on her website at jensul.ca. Her reading interests include Romantic poetry and Russian novels, but she also loves singing, listening to classical music, running and watching hockey!
Nicole Szklarczyk, Editor
Nicole Szklarczyk (she/her) is a MA student in the English Department at Queen’s University. Her introduction to Comics studies changed her life and she now studies visual representations of the body in women’s comics on sexual trauma. To wind down, Nicole likes to enjoy a strong cup of black tea while she listens to her favourite true crime podcasts
Michaela Wipond, Editor
Michaela Wipond is a first-year Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature at Queen’s University, specializing in Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature. She has a particular interest in Canadian children’s author Lucy Maud Montgomery. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, with her partner and their two cats, Austen and Dickens.