Reader Profiles: Vol.12 Virtual Launch Party

Meet the featured readers who will be gracing our virtual stage at the Vol. 12 Poetry Special Issue Launch Party!

Don’t forget — We launch THIS WEEK on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 @ 7 – 8 30 PM EST on Zoom. If you haven’t already registered for the launch, register here!

Visit the Virutal Launch Hub for all other launch related info including how you can win some amazing raffle prizes!

Christine Wu is a Chinese-Canadian poet whose work has appeared in various publications including The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review and Contemporary Verse 2. Originally from the West Coast, she now makes her home in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she is working on a full-length poetry collection.

Guy Elston is a British language teacher and poet who lives in Toronto. His poetry has been included by The Moth, Anthropocene, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Honest Ulsterman and other journals on both sides of the Atlantic. Twitter: @guy_elston.

Sheri Doyle (she/her) is a poet, writer and editor who has worked in the publishing industry for the last two decades. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers and book format through both trade and educational publishers. Sheri’s poems have appeared most recently in The Antigonish Review and the Rhapsody anthology. Her first chapbook is forthcoming with Vocamus Press.

Dawn Steiner began writing poetry under the guidance of Stephanie Bolster. She has collaborated on five chapbooks as well as a collection in book form called Oblique Strokes. She was the winner of Arc’s Diane Brebner Prize in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Bywords, In/Words, Feral, Prairie Fire and in the anthology Heartbeat.

Wren Jones is a writer and outdoor enthusiast, likely walking the ravines of Toronto right now. She obtained her BA and B.Ed from York University and is now studying writing at Simon Fraser University. Her young adult novel, The Real Dealio, was a finalist in the 2021 CANSCAIP National Writing for Children contest. Several of her pieces are published or forthcoming in The Embrace of Dawn, PS I Love You and Drunk Monkeys.

T. Best (‘tam-ra’/she/they) is a graduate of the Community Worker program at George Brown College and a former student of SEED Alternative in Toronto and the Integrated Arts program in Peterborough. Queer by nature and a performer by habit, Tamara enjoys wondering and wandering past historic places in rural Ontario. You can watch more of Tamara’s poetry in two videos produced by Shatterbox Theatre or read it in the Waterwheel Review, Sparked Literary Magazine, NonBinary Review, Queer Toronto Literary Magazine and a forthcoming anthology with Caitlin Press.

McKenna James Boeckner (they/them) is a writer serotinously transplanted from Thunder Bay, Ontario. They are pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people. Their most recent play, Skylark Song, is scheduled as the mainstage production of Halifax’s OutFest in May of 2022. Follow and find more at

Toast Wong is an activist, engineer and butch idiot living in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up on the Credit River, she writes about diaspora and gender, divorce and science with a lack of regard for her physical integrity. Sometimes, late at night, you can see her drive like an asshole in the west end.

Michael Russell (he/they) is the author of chapbook Grindr Opera (Frog Hollow Press). He’s queer, has BPD, Bipolar Disorder, and way too much anxiety. His work has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Heavy Feather Review and SICK Magazine among other places. He lives in Toronto and thinks you’re fantabulous. Instagram: @michael.russell.poet.

Kayleigh Cline has been previously published in Grain, FreeFall and Understorey. Her work has also appeared on a bus and on a beer: her contribution to the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s “Poetry Route” contest was displayed on a bus and her contribution to Jason Lee Norman’s “Summer Sessions” project with Blindman Brewing and CKUA Radio was displayed on a beer. An active member of the Stroll of Poets Society and the Canty Collective of Writerly Women, she lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lauren Prousky is a Kitchener-based play and research-based artist, writer and curator working primarily in sculpture, fibres and zines. Lauren’s work spans a variety of topics and generally consists of a fluctuating rotation of three to five projects. These currently include the aesthetics and linguistics of cultural Judaism, sudoku puzzles as a type of generative art, and slime as a cultural phenomenon.

Tea Gerbeza (she/her) is a disabled and neurodivergent queer poet, writer and multimediaartist creating in Treaty 4 territory (Regina, Saskatchewan). Tea holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Regina. Tea’s most recent work appears or is forthcoming in Literary Review of Canada, Contemporary Verse 2, Release All the Words Stuck Inside You III and Room. Her two corgis, Tonks and Ghost, bark their reminders to have a snack and keep her feet warm as she writes. Find out more on

Jill Michelle teaches at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Her latest poems appear, or are forthcoming, in DMQ Review, Please See Me, Delmarva Review, Coffee People and Drunk Monkeys. Recent anthology credits include The Book of Bad Betties (Bad Betty Press, United Kingdom) and Words from the Brink (Arachne Press Limited, United Kingdom). To check out more of her work, visit

Vera Hadzic (she/her) is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario and is currently studying English and history at the University of Ottawa. Recently, her work has appeared in Minola Review, Hexagon Magazine, Idle Ink, Okay Donkey Magazine and elsewhere. She can be found on Twitter @HadzicVera or through her website,

Andrea Margaret Martineau is a poet, bibliophile and phytomaniac with a penchant for heritage buildings and their paranormal tenants. She left her hometown of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to complete her BA in English at the University of Regina. She now resides in the Queen City with her family, rescue cats, Horsfield tortoise and collection of houseplants. Her poetry has previously been published in BlankSpaces, [SPACE], Figroot Press and Freshwater Literary Journal.

Lana Crossman grew up in rural New Brunswick and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Her debut chapbook, Buoyant, at last, will be published by Rose Garden Press in fall 2022. Lana’s poetry has been published in FEED, FERAL, flo., The Light Ekphrastic, Bywords, G U E S T and Apt613. She won Carleton University’s Lilian I. Found Award for Poetry in 2020 and was on the shortlist for the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2018.

Pauline Peters is an African-Canadian writer living in Toronto, the territory of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She has been published in Canadian Literature, The Antigonish Review, Room, The Fiddlehead, The Windsor Review, The Nashwaak Review, The Literary Review of Canada and Blank Spaces. She was short-listed for the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition sponsored by Exile Quarterly and her chapbook The Salted Woman was published last year by the British publisher Hedgespoken Press.

Kate Marshall Flaherty was shortlisted for the Mitchell Poetry Prize 2021, Arc’s Poem of the Year 2019 and the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize 2018. She has published five books of poetry and has been published in numerous Canadian and international journals such as Contemporary Verse 2, Vallum, Grain, Room, Trinity Review, The Literary Review of Canada and American Academy of Poets. She writes spontaneous “Poems Of the Extraordinary Moment” (P.O.E.M.s) for charity, in person and online, and guides StillPoint Writing and Poetry Editing Circles online. See her performance poetry online at   

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