Emily Pohl-Weary, Founding Editor, Editor-in-chief
Emily is an assistant professor in the UBC Creative Writing Program, where she teaches writing for YA and speculative fiction. She has written several books for young readers, including Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (YA), Strange Times at Western High (MG), A Girl Like Sugar (NA). Her other books include two poetry collections (Ghost Sick, Iron-on Constellations), a superhero anthology (Girls Who Bite Back), and the Hugo Award-winning biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril (co-authored with Merril).
Elizabeth Leung, Founding Editor, Editor-at-Large
Elizabeth Leung is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL) Program at UBC where she completed a hybrid thesis producing both a middle grade novel and an accompanying academic article. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge where she is researching representations of dyslexia in children’s and young adult speculative fiction. When not working on her creative or academic projects, she can be found reading, dancing, and consuming lots of coffee. Follow her on twitter @ezlabeth.
RJ McDaniel, Editor
RJ is an MFA student at UBC, where their primary focus is writing for the stage. They have worked in digital media as a writer and editor since 2017, and they are currently at work on their debut novel. A recovering sports journalist, they still watch more baseball than any well-adjusted person should. Other passions include bird-spotting, cat-bothering, knitting, and Succession.
Verena Rodríguez, Graphic Designer
Verena graduated from the BA in Visual Communication at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in 2015. She specialized in illustration and has been working as a graphic designer since 2014. She also works as a freelance illustrator for children’s books and textbooks and occasionally does animation projects. She is currently doing an MA in Children’s Literature at UBC.
Elina Taillon, Associate Editor
Elina Taillon is working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She’s a former Managing Editor at PRISM Magazine and current freelance French-English translator for House of Anansi. When not writing something vaguely surreal, she can be found brewing tea, playing tabletop RPGs, or doing digital illustrations of food. Follow her @ElinaTaillon on Twitter.
Emily Stringer, Editor (2020-2021)
Emily Stringer is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC. She is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio at SFU (2015), where she focused on young adult and speculative fiction writing. She has worked in publishing in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in production and editing roles.
Jieun Lee, Associate Editor
Jieun Lee is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and completing a middle-grade novel for her thesis project. She received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship this year for her thesis proposal, which is inspired by Anne of Green Gables, the resiliency of migrant children, and the importance of building community. Jieun has been involved in community work both in Toronto and Vancouver, working with kids in diverse communities to build their confidence and inspire joy in reading and writing. When she is not writing or working, she is usually lost in a pile of yarn, crocheting or knitting a new project while fussing over her growing houseplant collection.