The Quebec Writers’ Federation is guided by a board of seven to twenty directors who are elected to a renewable one-year term at an annual general meeting in March. Each board member may serve up to five consecutive terms and then must step down for at least two years before standing for the board again. This formula ensures both continuity and the regular infusion of new ideas and energy. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the work of the executive director and staff.
The QWF Board of Directors is composed primarily of writers, but it can also include members of the broader literary community, such as publishers, editors, academics, booksellers
2020-2021 QWF Board of Directors
Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.
Julie Barlow is the co-author of four books: The Bonjour Effect (St. Martin’s Press), The Story of French (Knopf Canada), The Story of Spanish (St. Martin’s Press) and Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong (Sourcebooks). Winner of the QWF’s Mavis Gallant Prize and France’s Prix La Renaissance française, Barlow has written for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S.
Jason Camlot is the author of four collections of poetry, Attention All Typewriters, The Animal Library, The Debaucher, and most recently, What the World Said. His critical works include Style and the Nineteenth-Century British Critic and the co-edited collection, Language Acts: Anglo-Québec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century. His recent research projects have focused on the history of literary sound recordings and the digital presentation of
Alyson Grant is a native Montreal teacher and writer. She has taught at Dawson College for twenty years, focusing mainly on contemporary American Drama and Contemporary Irish Literature. She has had three plays produced in Montreal and was a general assignment reporter and freelance writer for The Montreal Gazette for several years.
Crystal Chan is a writer, journalist, and editor. She edits QWF Writes as well as RavenSpace, a publishing platform and book series by Indigenous authors and their collaborators. She was a writer-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is also a producer in the cultural and non-profit sectors.
Jennifer DeLeskie is a Montreal writer currently working on a YA science fiction novel about a teenage girl with an archive of extinct languages in her head. She’s a member of the Barreau du Quebec and has a background in corporate and insurance law. Before law, she studied archaeology at McGill and the University of Calgary, and she has worked on digs from the Vézère Valley to Qikiqtaaluk and beyond. When she’s not revising, she can be found on Mount Royal, running the trails and stalking the elusive white morph.
Bryan Demchinsky is a Montreal freelance editor and writer who has written or co-written five books. Since leaving a career job at the Montreal Gazette in 2011, he has published in various magazines and newspapers. Much of what Bryan learned in the word trade came from working at The Gazette and five other Canadian newspapers over 35 years. He has adapted his experience into teaching and mentorship roles, and has conducted workshops in editing, memoir writing, and publishing for the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian writer and performer from Tiotià:ke/Montreal. She has presented spoken word in over a dozen countries, released four studio albums and two videopoems, and is Program Director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word residency. In addition to work in journals and anthologies, her two published poetry collections are Bothism (Ekstasis, 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac, 2018). She moonlights as a whirling dervish.
Ehab Lotayef is a poet and writer. His poetry book To Love a Palestinian Woman was published by TSAR in 2010. His works have appeared in multiple anthologies, papers and webzines. Ehab, who was born in Cairo, Egypt, also writes in classical Arabic and colloquial Egyptian. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and is an IT and Technical Services Manager at McGill University, where he is also a member of the Board of Governors. Ehab has been, and continues to be, dedicated to social justice and is a founding and active member of a number of NGOs.
B.A. Markus is a writer, teacher, and performer living in Montreal She writes song lyrics for Michael Jerome Browne, Bob Walsh,
Domenica Martinello is a writer from Montreal and the author of All Day I Dream About Sirens (Coach House Books, 2019). In 2017 she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the winner of the carte blanche 3Macs Prize. Recent poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Columbia Review, Poetry Northwest, The Montreal Review of Books, Canadian Notes & Queries, The Globe & Mail, THIS Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman Prize for Poetry.
Elise Moser has published short stories and two
Upon ending an 18-year career as a communications manager at the World Bank, Christopher Neal returned from Washington D.C. to his native Montreal in 2016. He had started that career in the 1980s as a journalist with the Montreal Gazette, followed by the Ottawa Citizen, and several years as a freelance correspondent in Latin America. He has also served in communications management roles, including as Director-General of Communications for the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as at two international development NGOs. Throughout, he has edited and contributed to numerous corporate publications, while also publishing occasional essays in books, specialized journals, and mainstream newspapers in English, French, and Spanish.
Rahul Varma is a playwright and Artistic Director of Teesri Duniya Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. In 1998, he co-founded the theatre quarterly alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. He writes in both Hindi and English, a language he acquired as an adult. He is a recipient of a Juror’s Award from the Quebec Drama Federation, an award for promoting interculturalism from the Montréal English Critics Circle, a South Asian Theatre Festival Award, and a Montreal English Theatre Award for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. He was a finalist for the 2019 QWF prize for Playwriting.