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 Grain, FreeFall, and Wax Poetry and Art. You can follow him on twitter @jTonyBae.
- Scythe by Neal Shusterman
- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
- Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Illus. by Gabriel Picolo
- King of King Court by Travis Dandro
Louise Brecht is a Creative Writing and English Literature student at the University of British Columbia. An avid reader and aspiring author, Louise has published works of non-fiction, fiction and poetry in nineteenquestions, Pearls, Collage, and Sweatink.
Valeria De La Vega
Valeria De La Vega is a Colombian who has recently immigrated to Canada to peruse a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature. She is interested in stories that she can relate to from her life experience as an immigrant, Latin American, and stories she can relate to from her country’s history.
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 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.
Laura Anne Harris
Laura Anne Harris is a writer/performer/director/reviewer, born and raised in Victoria, B.C. She currently is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Since 2016, she has contributed reviews and interviews with the online magazines: The Seventh Row, My Entertainment World, and Prism International.
Jennifer Irvine is currently working towards a 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.
- The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
- The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
- The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
- Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher
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.
Elizabeth Leung is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at UBC. In addition to editing Young Adulting, she is a teaching assistant for introduction to writing comics and is currently writing a middle grade space opera about sentient AI and teenagers with dyslexia. Follow her on twitter @ezlabeth.
- Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison with Randi Hampson, Illus. by Qin Leng
Tze Liew is a Malaysian Chinese dodo who is graduating with a BFA in Creative Writing. She grew up on fantasy YA and Studio Ghibli, loves music, squawking, and dancing like a sea slug. Currently growing her wings to become a singer, composer and writer.
Lauren Maguire recently completed her master’s degree in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia. She currently works as a tutor and writing mentor for middle school and high school students.
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.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- No One Here Is Lonely by Sarah Everett
- Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Kelsey Elisabeth Moorhouse
Kelsey Moorhouse is pursuing an MA in Children’s Literature, with a focus on Young Adult fantasy and the magic of creativity, emotion, and art. Her work has been published in NoD Magazine and Contiki 6-2. Having worked as a piano teacher, lifeguard, archival assistant, and barista, she is now dedicating her time to writing her YA novel.
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.
Shyamala Parthasarathy is an MA Literature graduate, currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Hailing from Chennai, India, she is currently working on a young adult urban fantasy novel, and can be found in her natural habitat: the corner of a room, typing away on her laptop or angrily glaring at it.
- Accessing Austen—a Review of Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
- All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
- Chicken Girl by Heather Smith
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.
Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author. His novel, The Clothesline Swing, continues its success, and is translated to multiple languages. He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, and a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook. His children book, Salma the Syrian Chef is forthcoming in 2020.
Peter Takach is a writer and teacher whose works have surfaced in some of the nation’s finest magazines, literary festivals, and recycling bins. Banished from his hometown for crimes against humanities, he can be found at the University of British Columbia toiling away at his MFA in Creative Writing or perched on driftwood staring out at great Neptune’s ocean.
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.