Emma Treleaven

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

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 (they/he) is a fourth year writing and theatre student originally from traditional Abenaki, Wabenaki, and Pennacook land (colonially known as New Hampshire). They are primarily a playwright, but also greatly enjoy screenwriting. Their work has been produced by UVic SATCo and Coffeehouse Theatre Society, and they have also acted for both companies, as well as in several short films. Much of their writing focuses on queer characters and themes, and they have a deep love for and fascination with the collaborative aspects of theatre and film.

Drama Editor

Nolan Rollins

Self-Proclaimed Oscar the Grouch sympathizer, Nolan Rollins devotes his dwindling sanity into crafting comedic tales for the stage and screen. He is a second-year student with the department of Writing at UVIC. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting hats and firmly believes that two percent milk is 98 percent water. He was born in Richmond B.C. and 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.

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 undergoing her first year as a Writing and English double major at the University of Victoria. She has passion for both 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 her writing she tends to explore themes of nostalgia, femininity, homesickness, 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

She serves as Fiction Editor with This Side of West.

CNF Editor

Ana Saade

Ana Saade is an international writer from El Salvador. She is currently double majoring in psychology and writing at UVic. Her favourite genre to write is contemporary fiction, but she also enjoys screenplay. She loves ice skating almost as much as she loves writing. She serves as a CNF editor for This Side of West.

CNF Editor

Elena Stalwick

She serves as CNF editor for This Side of West.