magazine stage talent

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.


Mallory Amirault

Currently living on unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ nations, Acadian Mi’kmaw artist, Mallory Amirault was born in Mi’kma’ki, Nova Scotia, whose ancestry and inspiration belongs to the Gespugwi’tg district of Yarmouth, otherwise known as the lobster’s ass when referring to the shape of the province.

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Tawahum Bige

Two-Spirit, Nonbinary, Lutselk’e Dene and Plains Cree poet, Tawahum resides on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territory. A couple places their poems have been published include EVENT and Prairie Fire Magazines. In 2018 they completed the Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken Word program at Banff Centre, and in 2019 received their BA in Creative Writing from KPU.

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Shashi Bhat

Shashi Bhat’s fiction has appeared in publications across North America, including Best Canadian Stories and Journey Prize Stories. In 2018, she won the Journey Prize and was a National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Her debt novel was The Family Took Shape. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT.

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Anson Ching (Han Fusen)

Anson Ching (Han Fusen) works in municipal public engagement and volunteers at Geist. He dabbles in participatory art and writes dispatches based on his travels and experiences. He is currently working on a novel based on the memories passed onto him by his grandmother. He is from Vancouver.


Wayde Compton

Wayde Compton is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies. His collection of short stories, The Outer Harbour, won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2015 and he won a National Magazine Award (Silver) for Fiction in 2011. His work has been a finalist for two other City of Vancouver Book Awards as well as the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006 Compton co-founded Commodore Books, western Canada’s first Black Canadian literary press. Compton has been writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University, Green College at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Public Library. From 2012-18, he administrated the Creative Writing Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies, including the award-winning Writer’s Studio. Compton currently teaches in the faculty of Creative Writing at Douglas College.

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Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon worked as a daily news reporter for 10 years, the final eight of which were with The Globe and Mail. He left the paper last fall and has spoken to the challenges journalists of colour can face within Canadian media and beyond.


Evan Ducharme

Evan Ducharme is a Metis artist with ancestral ties to the Cree, Ojibwe, and Saulteaux peoples, and is from the historic Metis community of St. Ambroise, Manitoba (Treaty 1 Territory). His work explores Metis identity and its cultural iconography, with particular focus on creating images of contemporary Indigeneity, reclamation of Indigenous sexualities, and a commitment to environmentally conscious practices. Evan is also a co-host of the bi-weekly Fashion Hags podcast. His work has been featured in Discorder Magazine, National Geographic, FASHION Magazine, and Ducharme currently lives and creates with gratitude on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and Squamish Peoples (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

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francesca fionda

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Franz (the poet)

"Franz (the poet) is foremost a writer, performer, and arts community advocate. Currently, she’s completing her B.A. in creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she also runs Slamapalooza, a monthly poetry slam, The Creative Writing Guild and founded MELANIN, a BIPOC writer’s collective. She hopes you are dreaming."


Joy Gyamfi

Joy Gyamfi is a black, queer writer and photographer from Ghana. She is most likely to be found on Tinder dates at the Art Gallery. Her work has appeared in The Garden Statuary, SAD Mag, and The Capilano Review. You can find out more at


erika hiroko isomura

Erica Hiroko Isomura is a fourth-generation Japanese- and Chinese-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist. She explores the complexities of living as a settler who has experienced historical displacement through her writing and community organizing. Her work has appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, emerge 18 (SFU Publications, 2018), and Poetry is Dead, among other publications and zines.  erica hiroko won Briarpatch magazine’s 2018 Writing In The Margins contest for creative non-fiction, judged by Alicia Elliott. Follow her on instagram @ericahiroko.


Taslim Jaffer

Taslim Jaffer is a freelance writer with a special interest in culture and society. Her bylines include Maclean's, Unearth Women, Huffington Post, CBC, WestCoast Families and others. She is the culture columnist at Peace Arch News, and teaches writing classes in community and rehabilitative settings. Taslim is a Pacific Northwest girl who loves to explore her backyard and beyond with her husband and 3 kids.

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Jocelyn Kuang

Jocelyn Kuang is the operations manager of Geist. She lives in Vancouver. Read more of her work at

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Erin MacNair

Erin MacNair is a writer from North Vancouver, B.C. Her work has been published in EVENT magazine, The Walrus, Room, Feathertale Review, and other journals and anthologies. She is currently working on a short story collection and a graphic novel. Find her at

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Joseph Onodi

Joseph Onodi is of Cree and Austrian parents. He moved to Vancouver in 1989. He was awarded the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts: Creation Grant for Aboriginal Peoples Writers and Storytellers for his manuscript Woodland Creetures. His short story, “The Bicyle” is in the 2018 Writer’s Studio Anthology, Emerge.


Jane Silcott

Jane Silcott is the author of Everything Rustles, a collection of personal essays, and co-editor of the anthology Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage. She lives in Vancouver and is a mentor with the Creative Nonfiction MFA Program at the University of King’s College in Halifax.


Simran Singh

Simran Singh currently is a staff writer at Daily Hive Vancouver. She completed her Masters in Journalism at UBC. She enjoys writing about politics, culture, and social issues. She is particularly interested in sharing diverse and powerful stories from the South Asian diaspora in Metro Vancouver.

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Angela sterritt

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Elaine Woo

Elaine Woo is the author of the poetry collections, Put Your Hand in Mine, 2019, and Cycling with the Dragon, 2014, works brimming with sharp wit, humour, angst, and pain.  Her poem, "The Boss," featured in Event, is a tale of work woe that'll make you wring your hands in empathy.