5.2 Launch Reader Profiles

Check out the incredible contributors who will be reading at the untethered vol. 5.2 virtual launch party on February 3rd, 2021 @ 7 PM EST! Find out more info about the launch party here.


Hilary Ball’s writing has been published in PRISM International and has been shortlisted for The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. She grew up in Fredericton, holds a Master’s in English literature from UBC, and currently lives in Montreal. 

Vannessa Barnier is an instigator, community organizer, book publicist, workshop facilitator, and the host of Legible Intelligibles: a summer open mic poetry reading series in the park. Vannessa lives, laughs, and isolates in Toronto.

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is an award-winning poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. The author of two poetry chapbooks, Unlucky Fours (Anstruther Press, 2020) and Assimilation Tactics (Coven Editions, forthcoming), Ellen’s work has appeared in many publications including long con magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Puritan’s Town Crier and Vallum Contemporary. She currently lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional, unceded territories of The Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. Find out more at https://ehjchang.com.

Megan Cole is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Megan has been published in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Kootenay Mountain Culture, The Growler and more. She’s currently working on her first book titled Crazy Making: Surviving the Shipwreck of Male Mental Health. When Megan isn’t writing, reading or cooking, she’s working as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and recording interviews for the podcast Writing the Coast.

Katherine FitzHywel has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Creative Writing at RMIT and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She is studying the representation of animals through the language used in contemporary poetry, but she also likes potatoes and soup. She lives in Melbourne and has performed her poetry for Ms Millie’s Pop up Poetry Café at Afro Hub and Next Level Studios. 

Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet! He uses the mundane to give a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. His poetry has been featured at many festivals in Canada including Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Naked Heart, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street. He was also an opening act for as Carlos Andres Gomez. He is the Artistic Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and Lead Poetry Editor at Textile Magazine.

Margo LaPierre (www.margolapierreeditor.com) is a queer, bipolar Canadian poet and editor. Her debut collection, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, was published by Guernica Editions in 2017. She is newsletter editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, membership chair of the Editors Canada Ottawa-Gatineau branch, member of poetry collective VII, and a poetry selector for Bywords.ca. She is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in the Temz Review, Room Magazine, filling Station, CAROUSEL, PRISM, Train Journal, and others. She lives in Ottawa. @margolapierre

Deirdre Maultsaid has been published in Canthius, CV2, Filling Station, Grain, Prairie Fire, the Puritan, White Wall Review, and many others.  Deirdre Maultsaid (she/her) is a queer white writer living in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. More information at https://deirdremaultsaid.com/ and @deirdmaultsaid

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based poet, writer, translator and photographer. He is the  author of poetry chapbooks Moe’s Skin (ZED press, 2018),  Dear Kestrel (knife | fork | book, 2019) and Solitude is an Acrobatic Act (above/ground press 2020). His debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press.

Michael Russell (he / they) is Mama Bear to chapbook Grindr Opera (Frog Hollow Press). He’s queer, has BPD, Bipolar Disorder and way too much anxiety. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc Poetry Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Homology Lit, Plenitude among other places. He lives in Toronto and thinks you’re fantabulous. @michael.russell.poet

Gillian Turnbull holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and is the author of Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town. She also holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she now teaches as a mentor in the program. She has written for The Walrus, The National Post, The Conversation, Hazlitt, No Depression, Penguin Eggs, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. She teaches music at Ryerson University, co-founded the Wide Cut Weekend Roots Festival in Calgary, and has hosted radio shows in Edmonton and Toronto.

Elizabeth Vondrak holds an MA in English Literature from Boston College and an MFA in
Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her work has appeared in The Antietam Review, Transitions Abroad, Tigertail: A South Florida Poetry Annual and is forthcoming in The Sandy River Review and Watershed Review. In her past life, she was a teacher to English-language learners, high school literature students, and university writing students. Originally from Iowa, she resides in Boston with her husband and three children.

Jade Wallace’s poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming internationally, including in This Magazine, Canadian Literature, The South Carolina Review, and The Stockholm Review. Their sophomore collaborative chapbook, ZZOO is forthcoming with Collusion Books in October 2020 under the moniker MA|DE. <jadewallace.ca> <ma-de.ca>

Join us at our launch party on February 3rd, 2021 @ 7 PM EST.

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