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.

2018-2019 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.

Susi Lovell

Vice President

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Originally from England, Susi Lovell lived in Austria, South Africa, Colombia and Australia before settling in Montreal. She started writing fiction after a lifetime of performing and teaching movement and physical theatre, and a spell writing on dance for The Montreal Gazette. Her stories have appeared in carte blanche, Grain, Fiddlehead, Kudzu Review, and other literary journals and anthologies. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, MA, and is currently working on her first collection of stories through the Banff Arts Centre Wired Writers studio.

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

Julie Barlow

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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.

Dan David

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Dan David is Bear Clan, an award-winning journalist, journalism trainer, and writer. He began with CBC Radio and TV news, TVOntario, and Vision-TV. He became Chair of Diversity at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, the Head of TV Training at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in Johannesburg, and Director of News at the world’s first national Indigenous television network, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Dan has trained journalists across Canada, at Indigenous communications societies, and in South Africa, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan. He’s based at Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Territory in southern Québec.

Jennifer DeLeskie

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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.

Kym Dominique-Ferguson

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Kym Dominique-Ferguson is a poet by birth, a theatre performer by training, and a producer by nurture. For over a decade he has serenaded Montreal and international audiences with erotic poetry shows and open mic nights with a theatrical twist. In 2015, he produced and performed his first one-man show, The Born Jamhaitianadian, to a sold-out audience and joined the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop. In 2017 he was accepted into the prestigious Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre and had his directorial debut with his brainchild project, the Phenomenal 5IVE which saw a successful 5-day run at the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels). Ferguson is currently developing his first theatre play: The #DearBlackMan Project.

Bonnie Farmer

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Bonnie Farmer was born in Nova Scotia and raised in Montreal where she teaches Kindergarten and writes children’s books and plays. She’s written five picture books, the latest of which is entitled Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson’s Childhood (Owlkids, 2015). It won the 2016 Quebec Writers’ Federation prize for children’s literature. Her two most recent plays, Gollywog and Big Feelin’, have been workshopped at Black Theatre Workshop and Playwright’s Workshop of Montreal, respectively. She also has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. Bonnie enjoys scrapbooking and watching British dramas and mysteries.

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.

Robert Schwartzwald

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Robert Schwartzwald is a Professor in the soon-to-be-renamed Département de littératures et de langues du monde at the Université de Montréal, where he teaches in the fields of English Studies and Comparative Literature. He holds an MA in Comparative Literature (Toronto) and a PhD in Littérature québécoise (Laval), and is a former Professor or French and Francophone Studies and Director of the Center for Crossroads in the Study of the Americas in Amherst, Massachusetts. His research focuses on the interfaces between cultural and national notions of modernity, cities and literature, and sexuality and gender studies. Currently he serves as the Chair of the J.I. Segal Awards Committee for the Jewish Public Library and is a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire en littérature et culture québécoises (CRILCQ – Université de Montréal) and the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en études montréalaises (CRIEM – McGill University). In 2008 he was the recipient of the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies. His forthcoming book is on the film C.R.A.Z.Y. for the Queer Film Classics series published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Blossom Thom

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Blossom Thom’s poetry explores the constructs of language and of society by examining the disparity between the limits we set for ourselves and the limits that others, or society, set for us. The subject of her poems is the experiences of Black people. Her perspective creates work that presents an alternative to the preferred narrative. She is the author of #HashtagRelief (Gaspereau Press, 2017) and her poetry has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Blossom trains her critical eye as poetry co-editor and diversity consultant for Jonah magazine. She shares her love of poetry by designing and leading poetry workshops.