Literary Committee

Alissa York, Chair Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy, (short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and, most recently, Fauna (short-listed for the Toronto Book Award). York is also the author of the short fiction collection, Any Given Power, stories from which have won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in such periodicals as The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and Eighteen Bridges. York has been teaching and mentoring writers since 2007, working with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, The Banff Centre's Wired Writing Studio, the Toronto Public Library and Diaspora Dialogues. She has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden. Her new novel, The Naturalist, is due out in 2016.

Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story published by Kegedonce Press. He is a writer and artist who works in many different mediums, including audio & video, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He also has several short stories published; The Ghost Rattle, in The Playground of Lost Toys published by Exile Editions, Tyner's Creek in Those Who Make Us ~ Canadian Creatures, Monsters and Myth (Exile); and Valediction at The Star View Motel, in Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time, (Bedside Press ). He is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC and is co-editing Bawajigan a dream-themed anthology of Indigenous Literature for Exile. Nathan was the first-place winner of the 2010 Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient for the Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature in 2017. He has had his writing published in Redwire magazine, Canada’s History magazine, as a part of the Ode’min Giizis Festival, Shtetl Magazine, Kimiwan Zine, Shameless magazine as well as in various blogs, and anthologies. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.

Elizabeth Ruth is the author of three novels, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, (Dundurn) Smoke, (Penguin) and Matadora. (Cormorant) She has also written a novella for adult literacy learners entitled, Love You To Death.  Elizabeth's work has been recognized by the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, The Amazon Best First Novel Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and One Book, One Community. CBC named her "One of the Ten Women Writers You Need to Read. Elizabeth teaches creative writing at U of T. She holds an MA in Counselling Psychology, and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is currently finishing a fourth novel, and a poetry collection, for which she was chosen to be the 2019 Berton House Writer, in Dawson City, Yukon.