Board of Directors

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 and librarians.

2020-2021 QWF Board of Directors

Christopher DiRaddo

President

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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

Vice President

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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. and Europe, including The New York Times, USA Today and the Courrier international. She is a contributing writer at L’actualité magazine and speaks about language and culture to audiences across North America and in Europe.

Jason Camlot

Treasurer

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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 analogue documentary poetry readings. He is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University.

Alyson Grant

Secretary

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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.

Directors

Crystal Chan

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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

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Formerly a lawyer, Jennifer DeLeskie is currently editing her first novel, a science fiction coming-of-age story called Everclear

Bryan Demchinsky

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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

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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.
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Ehab Lotayef

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

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B.A. Markus is a writer, teacher, and performer living in Montreal She writes song lyrics for Michael Jerome Browne, Bob Walsh, and Eric Bibb. In 2018 she won the Malahat Open Season Award for Creative Nonfiction and in 2014 she won the carte blanche CNFC prize. She has been on the shortlist for the QWF/CBC Quebec Writing Competition twice and the CBC Creative Non-Fiction Long List twice. Her essays and stories appear in literary journals and anthologies, and she enjoys telling stories in the Confabulation, Yarn and This Really Happened storytelling series. She is currently writing a collection of monologues entitled What Mommy Needs about what mothers do to survive mothering.

Domenica Martinello

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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

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Elise Moser has published short stories and two novels, Because I Have Loved and Hidden It and her YA novel Lily and Taylor. Her most recent book is What Milly Did, a nonfiction book for kids. She is a freelance editor. She has been both mentee and mentor in QWF’s Mentorship Program, and has led workshops for QWF. She is an Associate Editor for Linda Leith Publishing and the coordinator of the Atwater Writers Exhibition, and spearheaded the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair in support of English Quebec writers and publishers. She previously served on the QWF board from 2008 to 2013, including three years as president. She is a member of the board of PEN Canada.

Christopher Neal

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

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.