2024 Festival:
October 21–27

76: Emerge

76: Emerge


Join us at this free event to celebrate two new books coming out of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University: emerge 22: The Writer’s Studio Anthology and Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing. Hear a taste of work from those who have participated in the illustrious studio this year, and insights from the writers who mentored them along the way. Find out more about the practices that fuel creative work, and see the results of those practices in the form of new work from exciting emerging voices. It’s an immersive celebration of new talent and established community.

The featured student writers are Abby Pelaez, Rachelle Jones, Marin Nelson, Gerald Williams, Moira Elliott, Tamar Haytayan, Alisen Santa Ana , Jaeyun Yoo, Claire Nicol, Jenny Liu, Christina Walsh, Denise Adele, Nicole Dumas, Veronika Gorlova, and Pammila Ruth.

Presented in collaboration with SFU Creative Writing.

Event Participants:

Claudia Casper

CLAUDIA CASPER is the author of four novels, including The Mercy Journals, winner of the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction, and The Reconstruction, which is being adapted for film. She has taught writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and been a long-time mentor for Vancouver Manuscript Intensive.
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Leanne Dunic

Leanne Dunic is the winner of the 2015 Alice Munro Short Story prize and the fiction editor at the Tahoma Literary Review. Her writing has been described as genre-fluid, experimental, poignant, provocative, elegant and brutal. If there is a unifying aspect to her diverse work as an artist, it’s a persistent interest in crossing boundaries, both in terms of form and content. As a biracial, bisexual woman, she's spent her life navigating liminal spaces, inspiring her to produce trans-media projects such her novel in micro-chapters, To Love the Coming End (Book*hug/Chin Music Press 2017,) and her short story and companion album, The Gift (Book*hug 2019). Her poetic memoir, One and Half of You, comes out with Talonbooks in February 2021. She is currently working on a lyric novel. Leanne has been artist-in-residence in Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S. She is the leader of the band The Deep Cove. She lives on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh people.
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Stella Harvey

Stella Harvey is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in The Literary Leanings AnthologyThe New Orphic ReviewEmerge Magazine and the Dalhousie Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in Pique NewsmagazineThe Question and The Globe and Mail. Signature Editions published her first novel, Nicolai’s Daughters, in 2012, and Psichogios Publications of Athens published the Greek translation in 2014. The Brink of Freedom was published by Signature Editions in 2015. Finding Callidora is Stella’s third novel. Stella was born in Cairo, Egypt, and moved with her family to Calgary as a child. These days she makes her home in Whistler, B.C. Stella founded the Whistler Writing Society, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival and other literary programming under her direction. She also mentors students in the Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University.
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JJ Lee

JJ Lee is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2012, he was awarded GOLD for Best Short Feature by the National Magazine Awards for his essay "ELLE First: You are beautiful." Since 2013, he has written and performed a Christmas ghost story for CBC Radio's On The Coast. In 2014, he hosted the CBC Radio summer show, Head to Toe. In 2015, he served on the jury for the Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2019, his horror-fantasy character The Man In The Long Black Coat, a.k.a. Bekker, made his second appearance in Pulp Literature. He lives in New Westminster where he is working on a sequel to The Measure of a Man.