Meet the Team

The team behind untethered.

Co-founder/Consulting Editor

Stephanie McKechnie is a queer feminist writer, editor, and emcee extraordinaire. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of King’s College and a BA in professional and creative writing from York University. She is an expert cat snuggler who likes to spend most of her time with the trees. Though her (usually filthy) feet often lead her elsewhere, this untethered co-founder calls Toronto home.

Managing/Poetry Editor

Elena Bentley is a disabled, bi, and Métis/settler, poet, writer, editor, and book reviewer. She is a Citizen of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. She holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto. Her poetry has been published in various magazines and journals, including Arc PoetryKiiyaanaan Aykwaa: Us Now, Room, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, and Grain. Most recently, Elena was a shortlisted finalist for Vallum Magazine‘s 2022 Chapbook Award, and she received an Honourable Mention (poetry category) in Grain‘s 2022 Short Grain Contest.

Fiction Editor

Hollay Ghadery is a multi-genre writer living in rural Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and magazines around the world. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental illness, was published by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in 2021. Her debut collection of poetry, Rebellion Box, is due out with Radiant Press in spring 2023 and her short-fiction collection, Widow Fantasies, is scheduled for release with Gordon Hill Press in 2024. 

Nonfiction Editor

Conyer Clayton is an award-winning writer, editor, musician, and arts educator whose multi-genre work often explores grief, disability, the climate crisis, and gender-based violence through a surrealist lens. She is the author of But the sun, and the ships, and the fish, and the waves. (Finalist for the Pat Lowther Award and Raymond Souster Award), We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite (Winner of the 2021 Ottawa Book Award), and many solo and collaborative chapbooks. She is the Nonfiction Editor for untethered magazine, a Poetry Editor for Augur, and a member of VII, an Ottawa-based poetry collective.

Fiction Editor – Vol.13

Tanisha Khan was born in Bangladesh, raised in Toronto and across western Canada. She likes to think she has many homes, her most recent one being Regina, SK. Her writing often explores the elegiac and fractured workings of memory. When it comes to fiction, Tanisha looks for stories that place the shuffle of everyday life under a microscope. She searches for unexpected sentences, and for voices that haunt her day long after she’s finished reading. Tanisha has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the amazing support of our volunteer readers, proofreaders, and copy editors!

Past Readers

Holly Allen, Stephanie Barnes, Vannessa Barnier, Simon Boehm, Victoria Butler, Conyer Clayton, Megan Cole, Paul Dagonesev, Abbey Dobbin, Liana Ernszt, Jann Everard, Alison Fishburn, Chelsea Forbes, Hollay Ghadery, Tamara Gell, Tolmie Greaves, Meaghan Hackinen, Lana Hall, Sarah Hilton, Lesley Kenny, Rachel Laverdiere, Courtney Loberg, Laurie Mackie, Mike Madill, Hana Mason, Victoria Mbabazi, Christina McCallum, Khashayar Mohammadi, Kate O’Gorman, Geoff Pevlin, Anna Ralph, Jessica Anne Robinson, Shannon Scott, Sam Shelstad, Carolynne Siller, Kaitie Vanderschoor, and Kelsy Vivash.

Past Copy Editors

Elena Bentley, Simon Boehm, Michael Z. Chen, Claire Davis, Alison Fishburn, Joe Howell, Lesley Kenny, Tanisha Khan, Courtney Loberg, Zoe Marner, Emily Menary, Rachel Panico, Geoff Pevlin, Kaitie Vanderschoor, and Kelsy Vivash.

Past Proofreaders

Alasdair, Elena Bentley, C.E. Hoffman, Jack Howstrawser, Tanisha Khan, Lesley Kenny, C. Isa Lausas, Geoff Pevlin, Kendall Rude, Ruth Cowper Szamosi, and Tijana Zderic.

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