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. In 2021, He received 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. She is in her third year of her writing degree and writes mostly fiction. She was recently shortlisted for The Malahat Review‘s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Minola Review, Grain Magazine, The Malahat Review, Augur Magazine, and elsewhere. She serves as Managing Editor 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.
Sarah Androsoff is a third year writing major at the University of Victoria. She joined This Side of West as a Drama Editor for Issue 19. Her favourite genres are creative nonfiction and screenwriting, but she also writes the odd poem. She believes you can turn anything into a compelling story when thinking about it from a deeper perspective. When Sarah isn’t writing she enjoys photography, playing soccer and staying active outside. She loves travelling for the adventure and to learn about different cultures. A few places have been crossed off her bucket list, although she has many more she wishes to visit in the future. 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.