Our reviewers are current and past students of the UBC Creative Writing Program and Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program.

Juhyun Tony Bae

Juhyun Tony Bae is a Korean-Canadian writer currently studying at UBC. He’s been working on a dystopian YA novel that he says will be completed between the next one to fifty years. His work has been published in GrainFreeFall, and Wax Poetry and Art. You can find him at

Jocelyne Gregory

Jocelyne Gregory is a UBC MFA creative writing candidate and a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio. She’s an author and editor and has provided manuscript consultations with the Sechelt Public Library and the Writer’s Studio. A lifelong gamer and fan of comics, she lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Lauren Hathaway

Lauren Hathaway studies in the M.A. in Children’s Literature program at the University of British Columbia and works as a tutor and pre-college advisor for middle school and high school students. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Lauren gets cold in 20°C weather and has an unhealthy obsession with cacti.

Jennifer Irvine

In 2016, Jennifer Irvine quit her job of 31 years to finish her BFA in Creative Writing at UBC where she writes fiction, YA and is even dabbling in graphic novel writing. She has been published in York University’s Existere Magazine and UBC’s online Garden Statuary Magazine.

Shanleigh Klassen

Shanleigh Klassen hails from the frozen metropolis of Winnipeg, MB, pursuing an M.A. in Children’s Literature at UBC. She is a bookseller at heart and a scholar in practice. Shanleigh loves anything with a fairy tale spin, some dark magic for flavour, and an anti-hero at the centre, but she’s not picky.

Emily-Anne Mikos

Emily-Anne Mikos is a graduating student from the UBC Creative Writing BFA. She is currently writing her own novel and hopes to continue writing stories about women that don’t involve saviour complexes. She has decidedly abandoned real life for fictional worlds where bees are still thriving. #Savethebees.

Tessa Mouzourakis

Tessa Mouzourakis is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia studying History and Creative Writing. As a massive book worm, Tessa aspires to be a published writer of poems and stories. In the summer, Tessa spends her time in Nashville, Tennessee, writing songs, seeing shows, and avoiding honky-tonks.

Joseph Pooley

Joseph Pooley is a vile creature from the depths of the ocean that somehow crawled its way up onto the shores of Vancouver. It now spends its days shambling aimlessly about the University of British Columbia in a perverse mockery of human existence.

Laura Ward

Laura Ward finished her undergraduate at UBC with a focus in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and Creative Writing. She hopes she can bridge these two subjects in her writing, especially for younger readers. Laura enjoys going for walks in quiet forests, eating copious amounts of pasta, and watching cartoons, in no particular order.