Glenn Davis Howard is a writer from Toronto, Ontario. His writing has been published in the San Joaquin Review, The Martlet, and has been commended by the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation. He has received the Hazel Partridge-Smith Scholarship in Creative Writing and the UVic Bookstore Scholarship in Writing among other scholarships. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for This Side of West.
Rachel Lachmansingh is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto and third-year UVic Writing student. She was recently shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and nominated for the 2021 Rhysling Award. In 2020, she placed first in UVic’s on the Verge contest for poetry. Her work has also appeared in the Fiddlehead, Minola Review, Grain Magazine, The Malahat Review, Augur Magazine, carte blanche, filling Station, and Fractured Lit, among others. She serves as Managing Editor for This Side of West.
Director of Visual Art
Rita is an aspiring artist and curator with diverse cultural background. At the University of Victoria, she is a double-major fine arts student studying Art History and Visual Arts. She has a great appreciation for modern art, while she maintains to have a traditionalist spirit of an artist in her practice. Her artwork has been featured in Issue 19 of This Side of West. She was also a guest speaker of a student-run podcast published by Carleton University discussing about Asian art and its representation in Canada in June 2021. When you find her not making art or reading about art, she will either be checking out local café or swimming at the beach. She serves as Director of Visual Art for This Side of West.
Director of Submissions
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.
Director of Social Media
Ashlee Levy is a fourth-year Creative and Professional Writing student at UVic, originally from Okotoks, Alberta. Though she dreamed of writing fiction as a kid, she fell in love with memoir when she came to UVic. Since then, creative nonfiction and journalism have become her focus. The Martlet and Her Campus UVic have both published her work. She serves as Director of Social Media for This Side of West.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Julya Van Der Sloot
Julya van der Sloot is a third year UVic Writing student focused in Creative Non Fiction. She hopes to complete a double major in Creative Writing and Social Work. She works as a stand up comedian around Vancouver Island and serves as a Creative Nonfiction Editor for This Side of West.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Matisse Edgar Yoshihara
Matisse Edgar-Yoshihara is a poet from the traditional territories of the Katzie, Stó:lō, WSÁNEĆ, and Tsawwassen First Nations (colonially known as “Delta, BC”). She has been performing poetry since January 2020. She writes nonfiction to reminisce, rant, clown on her past self, philosophize, answer questions no one was asking, and make the banal at least a tiny bit more interesting.
She also likes to say that her poetry—which covers topics like nature, unrequited love, bad relationships, and feminism—is for both the page and the stage. Matisse is also a Capricorn Sun, Sagittarius Moon, Pisces Rising, and a proud member of Gen Z. She serves as a Creative Nonfiction Editor for This Side of West.
Jo Brady Quinton
Jo is in her fourth year of UVic’s writing program, focussing on screenwriting and creative nonfiction. She is from Guelph, Ontario but is a west coaster at heart. Jo love’s going on polar swims in the ocean and hiking in the woods. Nature always gets her creative juices flowing. She loves to sew and watch movies. She has wanted to be a writer ever since she can remember and she loves being able to take people’s lives and turn them into lyricism or project them onto a screen. Her favourite part of writing is being able to process the ideas in her head onto the page. She serves as a Drama Editor 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.
Sarah Androsoff is a third year Writing student at the University of Victoria. She is specializing in creative nonfiction at UVic, but also loves writing poetry because of its ambiguity. Her writing has been published in Monday Magazine, and Saskatoon Home Magazine. Besides writing, Sarah is passionate about photography, soccer and traveling. After graduation, Sarah aims to become a travel writer so she can share inspiring stories about different cultures and communities. She serves as a Poetry Editor 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.
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.
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.