Rachel Lachmansingh is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto and a fourth-year UVic Writing student. Her writing has been considered for various awards, including the 2022 CBC Short Story Prize for which she was longlisted, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction for which she was shortlisted, the National Magazine Awards, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards, the Aurora Awards, and the Rhysling Awards. In 2020, she placed first in UVic’s on the Verge contest in poetry. She’s been published in Minola Review, Grain Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, CV2, Augur Magazine, CAROUSEL, carte blanche, filling Station, Fractured Lit, and The Temz Review, among others. She formerly volunteered on the Toronto Public Library’s Editorial Youth Advisory Group to curate Young Voices magazine after twice appearing in the annual publication. In 2021, she was selected as a mentee for BIPOC of publishing in Canada’s mentorship program. she currently reads for Minola Review, Split Lip Magazine, and PRISM international. She serves as editor-in-chief for this side of west.
Emma is entering her second year of creative writing at UVic. She loves the ocean and cannot wait to be closer to it when she moves to Victoria. She is currently working and living on the unceded and traditional lands of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Peoples in Langley, BC. You will never find her writing without a cup of tea. Her favourite genre to write in is creative nonfiction, although she is excited to learn about more genres this year. She serves as a Poetry Editor for This Side of West.
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Sarah Lachmansingh is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto. She is a third-year Writing student and placed 1st in UVic’s on the Verge contest for CNF. Her work has appeared in Issue 18 and 19 of This Side of West, Homology Lit, filling Station, Augur Magazine (forthcoming), and elsewhere. She serves as a Fiction Editor for This Side of West.
Jesse Norman is a UVic student, born in Comox, BC, on unceded K’ómoks first nation territory. He is in his third year of a double major in Writing and English, and predominantly writes poetry. He serves as Director of Submissions for This Side of West.
J Johnson is a third year Writing and Theatre student originally from New Hampshire and currently living in Victoria. Much of their writing focuses on queer themes and characters, and they are deeply drawn to the sensory, collaborative, and interactive aspects involved in writing for film and theatre. Their playwriting has previously been produced by Coffeehouse Theatre Society and twice by UVic SATCo, and they have additionally acted for both companies. J serves as a Drama Editor for This Side of West.
Tosh Sherkat studies poetry and fiction at UVic. From Nelson, BC, Sinixt and Ktunaxa territory, Tosh writes about contemplative thought in the mountains, race as a dark skinned settler, and reforming his own masculinity. His publications include: This Side of West journal for poetry and CNF, and forthcoming publications in EVENT Poetry, and Plenitude magazine. He serves as a Fiction Editor for This Side of West.
Meghan Romano is a Romanian-Canadian artist studying Religions & Cultures and Creative Writing at UVic, specializing in poetry and creative nonfiction. She was raised on the unceded territories of the Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Stz’minus, Sto:lo, and Semiahmoo First Nations. She serves as an intern for This Side of West.
Ana Saade is an international writer from El Salvador. She is currently in her first year of the Writing major at UVic. Her favourite genre to write is contemporary fiction, but she also enjoys screenplay. She serves as an intern for This Side of West.
Kyla is a first-year UVic Writing student. She was born on the traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations (Langley, B.C.) She loves writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You can find her outdoors writing on a beach, playing soccer, or reading in a forest. She serves as an intern for This Side of West.