2019 Festival Staff

Festival Director—Chelene Knight
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Chelene Knight lives in Vancouver, B.C. and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio in multiple genres. Chelene is managing editor at Room. Chelene has worked as a manuscript consultant through SFU and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her second book, Dear Current Occupant, a memoir, was published by Book*hug in 2018, and her first book, Braided Skin, was published by Mother Tongue Publishing in Spring 2015. Chelene is now working on a novel set in the 1940’s in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley. cheleneknight.com / @poetchelene

Marketing and Development Manager / Graphic Design—Meghan Bell
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Meghan Bell’s writing has appeared in over a dozen literary magazines and publications across Canada, including JoylandGrainThe Puritan, The New QuarterlyCarousel, Prairie Fire, and the anthology Tesseracts 21, as well as a small number of film and theatre festivals. Meghan has worked in marketing and fundraising for multiple arts organizations in the Lower Mainland, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Just For Laughs NorthWest. She is currently the publisher and graphic designer of Roommeghanbell.com / @meghanlbell

Kayi WongMarketing Coordinator—Kayi Wong
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Kayi Wong graduated from UBC in 2014 with a BA in English literature. She has worked at a children’s library, an independent bookstore, interned at the Vancouver International Film Festival, coordinated a non-profit women’s rights campaign, and worked as a writing tutor. After living in Hong Kong and Singapore for many years, she is currently writing, editing, and doing graphic design in Vancouver, B.C.  @kayitypes

Publicity—ZG Communications
zoe [at] zgcommunications [dot] com

ZG Communications is a feminist, full service marketing agency dedicated to promoting ideas that can transform the world. Prior to founding ZG Communications, Zoe Grams managed marketing campaigns for national and international clients at PR agencies in London and Vancouver, in addition to providing publicity to award-winning authors at D&M Publishers, at the time the largest independent publisher in Canada. She has arranged nationwide tours for leading authors; launched challenging social justice initiatives; and secured hundreds of media opportunities for clients. While earning an MA in Philosophy, she was responsible for managing and redesigning two culture magazines, both of which won national magazine awards during her editorship. Via ZG Communications, Zoe also manages all marketing and publicity at the Vancouver Writers Fest—one of the world’s largest literary festivals—and, as marketing associate, handles marketing strategy and execution for publishing strategies company, Page Twozgcommunications.com

Hospitality Coordinator—Mica Lemiski
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Mica Lemiski is the host of “Fainting Couch Feminists,” a new podcast with Room, and the magazine’s productions coordinator. Her writing has been published in RoomThe Walrus, and Vice, among others. She is originally from Vernon, B.C. but is currently based in Vancouver. @micalemiski

Yilin WangVolunteer Coordinator / Programming Committee—Yilin Wang
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Yilin Wang is a fiction writer, journalist, and poet who has lived in China, the U.S., Scotland, and Canada. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, LooseLeaf Magazine, Abyss & Apex, Cerebration, Matador Network, The Tyee, and Business Insider, as well as in the anthology The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol.2. Her short story “Drifters” was a finalist in The Malahat Review‘s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. A Creative Writing MFA candidate at UBC, Yilin is the assistant editor for Room issues 40.4 (Let’s Make Contact) and 42.1 (Magic).  yilinwang.com / @yilinwriter

Jessica JohnsProgramming Committee—Jessica Johns
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Jessica Johns is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory of Northern Alberta. She is the poetry editor for PRISM international, living and working on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series, a collaborative series between Room Magazine and Massy Books celebrating Indigenous women/2SQ storytellers. @stellaabrenda 

Arielle SpenceProgramming Committee—Arielle Spence

Arielle Spence is an arts administrator and wanna-be writer originally from Coldstream, B.C. (unceded Okanagan Territory). Since moving to Vancouver to attend university in 2010, they have worked at UBC, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and the Vancouver Writers Fest. Life goals include consuming every piece of media with a bisexual and/or genderqueer character and petting every cat and dog. @RELspence

jaye simpsonDevelopment and Programming Consultant—jaye simpson

jaye simpson is a libra sun, sagittarius rising, scorpio moon. jaye is a displaced indigenous person living, creating & occupying on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories. they are a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series, a collaborative series between Room Magazine and Massy Books celebrating Indigenous women/2SQ storytellers. @jayesimpson94

Isabella WangYouth Programming Consultant / Festival Intern—Isabella Wang
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Isabella Wang is a young, emerging Chinese-Canadian writer from Vancouver, B.C. Her poetry is published/forthcoming in Looseleaf magazine and Train Journal. At 17, she was the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s 2017 Edna Staebler Essay Contest. She is studying at SFU in the fall of 2018, working with Books on the Radio and interning at Room.

Indigenous Brilliance Assistant—Emily Dundas Oke

Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging artist and curator. She works between mediums to navigate conceptions and interventions of public spaces, often employing photography and installation to address complicated embodied relationships to land. A 2018 graduate of Philosophy and Visual Art (BA) from Thompson Rivers University, Emily has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is currently an artist in residence at Nida Art Colony (Lithuania). She is a grateful Cree, Métis, Scottish, and English visitor on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.