Emma Treleaven

Emma Treleaven is a fourth-year UVIC student studying a Writing major with a focus in Creative Nonfiction, Indigenous Studies minor and an American Sign Language Certificate. She never writes without a cup of tea. Currently, she is working and living in Oak Bay on lək̓ʷəŋən lands, where the Songhees, W̱SÁNEĆ and Esquimalt First Nations relationship to the land continues to this day. Emma’s work centers the ideas of land, water, family, emotional and mental health, decolonization, trauma and healing. She serves as Editor-in-Chief for This Side of West.

Managing Editor

Mackenzie Stapleton

Mackenzie Stapleton is a writer originally from Vancouver who now resides in Victoria completing a double major in English and Writing. She has a focus in Fiction and enjoys reading and writing stories that explore the human condition, especially ones that are a little witchy. Her work has been featured in Literature Undressed and a Dragon Soul Press anthology. She serves as Managing Editor for This Side of West.

Director of Social Media

Maya Somogyi

Maya Somogyi (she/her) is a writer from the Sunshine Coast, B.C.. She placed second for poetry in UVic’s 2023 On the Verge Contest and more of her work can be found in the /t3mz/ Review. Currently, she’s working toward a BA for Writing and English Honours. She serves as Director of Social Media for This Side of West.

Director of Visual Art

Ben Johns

Ben Johns is an artist and graphic designer from Victoria, BC. He is in his third year of the Visual Arts program at UVic and has been making art his entire life. Ben specializes in photography and brand design, occasionally working with various other mediums. He serves as Director of Visual Art for This Side of West.

Director of Submissions

Lloyd Davis

He serves as Director of Submissions for This Side of West. 

Drama Editor

J Johnson

J Johnson (he/they) is a fifth year writing and theatre student originally from traditional Abenaki, Wabenaki, and Pennacook land (colonially known as New Hampshire). He is primarily a playwright, but has an additional long-standing love for screenwriting. Their work has been produced by UVic SATCo and Coffeehouse Theatre Society, and they have also acted for both companies, and in several short films. He likes to write about the ways the world could end and how we survive them, with a particular focus on crafting queer characters and narratives. They serve as a Drama Editor for This Side of West.

Drama Editor

Nolan Rollins

Nolan Rollins (he/they) is a third-year writing student who devotes his dwindling sanity to crafting comedic tales for the screen and stage. Do not let him touch your microphone stand, DJ your party or feed him after midnight. He was born in Richmond B.C. and still has no idea what he’s doing. He serves as Drama Editor for This Side of West.

Poetry Editor

Cate Freeborn

Cate Freeborn resides on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples and is pursuing a BFA in Writing at the University of Victoria. She is the winner of the 2020 Walrus/Amazon Youth Short Story Award, was shortlisted for This Side of West’s Poetry & Prose Contest, and has had her work recognized by the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest and Pandora’s Collective Poetry Contest, alongside various online publications. She is passionate about amplifying the stories of autistic and neurodivergent writers, and enjoys hiking, thrifting and concocting oat bars in her spare time. She serves as Poetry Editor for This Side of West. 

Poetry Editor

Irena Datcu-Romano

Irena Datcu-Romano is an artist of Romanian descent studying Religions & Cultures and 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. Her poetry has been published in Work in Progress Mag and VOICES/VOIX Poetry Journal. In 2022, she placed second in UVic’s On the Verge contest in creative non-fiction. Her work centers on experiences of grace. She serves as Poetry Editor for This Side of West.

Fiction Editor

Maddy Fricke

Madelaine Fricke is from Langley, B.C and is currently a second year Writing and English student at the University of Victoria. She loves poetry and short-fiction, and aspires to be a full-time writer and live at home with as many cats as she can legally fit in a tiny apartment. In writing she tends to explore themes of nostalgia, femininity, longing, and mental health, but also loves adding a touch of magic and witchy ambience. She serves as Fiction Editor for This Side of West.

Fiction Editor

Maeve Rose

Maeve Rose is a second year writing major with a focus on Fiction & CNF. Her writing explores themes of the Queer experience, mental illness, feminism, and connections to nature. She has been a speaker at Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival and helped to found her highschool’s first Writing Club. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, Agatha Christie novels, and defeating her roommates at Wii Sports Resort. She serves as Fiction Editor for This Side of West.

CNF Editor

Ana Saade

Ana Saade is an international writer from El Salvador currently double majoring in psychology and writing. Her focus is on fiction and screen, but CNF holds a special place in her heart. Her writing mainly explores human connection. She served as a ghostwriter for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Story Centre and her work has been featured in their website and promotional materials. In her spare time, she enjoys ice skating and baking with her roommates. She serves as a CNF editor for This Side of West.

CNF Editor

Elena Stalwick

Elena is grateful ad-infinitum to be able to live and write on the traditional lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Songhees Nations. She was raised in Waskasoo, colonially known as Red Deer, and is interested in how place and socioeconomic inequality shape identity. Momentarily, she writes plays, creative non-fiction essays, and studies psychology. Her work has been published in Existere Literary Journal. When she’s not rubbing her eyes from blue light, she can be found making soup, crying under the full moon, or making friends with anenomes.


Ruby Harris

Ruby Harris (she/her) is a first year at UVic studying writing and political science. She loves writing fiction and poetry, especially slam poetry. When not writing or reading, Ruby can be found exploring the outdoors, rewatching Harry Potter and Marvel movies or practicing debates she will never actually have. She is very excited to be interning for This Side of West!


Nora Trépanier

Nora Trépanier is a first year at UVIC majoring in creative writing, from the greater Vancouver area. She loves poetry, fiction, and occasionally writes some nonfiction. Her writing focuses on feminism, family connections and the bizarre. She hopes to become a full-time author but for now has to contend with writing in coffee shops in her free time. She enjoys thrifting, reading, watching, and analyzing movies, and most of all petting stray cats. She serves as an intern for This Side of West.


Eden Conti

Eden Conti is originally from Oregon, USA and is currently in her first year at UVic in the writing program. She has a deep-seated love for poetry and all things lyrical; particularly when it comes to CNF. She strives to find beauty in the ordinary and seemingly mundane through both her own writing and other’s. When she’s not escaping into fictional worlds, Eden can be found browsing the shelves of a local bookstore, baking for her friends, or wandering around in the woods. She serves as an intern for This Side of West.