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.

Sabrina Masud, 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.

Jesyka Traynor, Editor

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.

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.

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.

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.     

Emma Rhodes, Editor

Emma Rhodes in an emerging queer writer currently living on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee people. A comprehensive list of her work and where she’s been published can be found at emmarhodes.net. She loves elephants, muffins, and naming her plants.

Jake Morrow, Editor

Jake Morrow is a current poet and former brunch cook based in Toronto and Kingston, Ontario. Jake is a PhD English student at Queen’s University and a graduate of the Creative Writing Master’s program at University of Toronto. His poetry and writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in BAD NUDES, The Puritan, Half a Grapefruit Magazine, Hart House Review, Bad Dog Mag, Funicular, and elsewhere.

Michael Zhang, Editor 

Michael is a master’s student in the English Department at Queen’s University. His research interests include post-modernism and American literature. Throughout his life, creative writing has been a facet for his imagination, which has always been quite sizeable even as a child! He has won a few awards for his writing, which has appeared in anthologies and online literary magazines. He looks forward to reading your writing!

Valentina Gaio, Editor 

Valentina Gaio is a first year PhD student at Queen’s University. She has a particular interest for monsters and the concept of grief, which tends to find its way in most of her writing. She likes to cook and bake, and spends most of her free time obsessing over her two cats.