The Artisanal Writer

Exploring the Craft and Practice of Writing

Editorial Board

Fiction Reviews Editor

Lucy E.M. Black is the author of The Marzipan Fruit Basket, a collection of short stories (Inanna Publications, 2017) and Eleanor Courtown, a work of historical fiction (Seraphim Editions, 2017).  Her novel, Stella’s Carpet (Now or Never Publishing, 2021) is a study of intergenerational trauma. The Brickworks (Now or Never Publishing) will be released in the Fall 2023. Her short stories have been published in Britain, Ireland, USA and Canada. A former educator, she studied creative writing at university and has an M.A. in nineteenth-century British fiction. Her current writing projects include work on the expropriation of farmland, and a collection of CNF stories called Class Lessons about vulnerable young people without agency. Lucy lives with her partner in the small lakeside town of Port Perry, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, First Nations. 

Fiction Reviews Editor

Debbie Bateman is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio and a former teaching assistant in that program. Her work has appeared in Descant, Phoebe, Qwerty, and the “Shy Anthology” published by the University of Alberta Press. Two of her stories are included in “You Look Good For Your Age“, an anthology edited by Rona  Altrows, and recently released by the University of Alberta Press. Debbie lives with her husband in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island where she works as a freelance curriculum writer and plain language editor. She is a Buddhist of Scottish/Irish descent and a quiet rebel.

Managing Editor

Sabyasachi (Sachi) Nag is the author of Hands Like Trees (Ronsdale Press, 2023) and three previous collections of poetry including Uncharted (Mansfield Press, 2020). His fiction and poetry has appeared in several journals worldwide. He is an alumnus of the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, Humber School for Writers and the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at University of British Columbia. He was born in Calcutta, India and writes from Mississauga, Ontario the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Nonfiction Reviews Editor

Shelly Kawaja is the author of The Raw Light of Morning. Her work has appeared in several magazines such as Riddlefence, The Humber Literary Review, The Dalhousie Review, and PACE. She was longlisted for the Bridge Prize, the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fresh Fish Award, and won the GritLIT 2020 short fiction contest. Shelly is a creative writing student in the University of British Columbia’s optional residency MFA program, and a graduate of The Humber School for Writers, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. The Raw Light of Morning is available from Breakwater Books.

Poetry Reviews Editor

Hollay Ghadery has her BAH in English Language and Literature from Queen’s University, as well as her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and reviews have appeared in literary journals across Canada, including The Malahat Review, Grain, Understorey, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, and Room. Her work of non-fiction, Fuse, was released by Guernica Edition’s new Miroland Imprint in 2021

Poetry Reviews Editor

Sharon Berg writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She founded the International Literary E-Zine, Big Pond Rumours (January 2006 to September 2019) which ran contests and published chapbooks for Canadian authors. Sharon has published three poetry books: To A Young Horse (Borealis Press, 1979), The Body Labyrinth (Coach House Press, 1984), and Stars in the Junkyard (Cyberwit, 2020); as well as three chapbooks (2006, 2016, 2017). She also released a debut short fiction collection, Naming the Shadows (Porcupine’s Quill, 2019) and a cross genre history, The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019): She lives in Charlottetown, NL (Terra Nova National Park) where she runs Oceanview Writers Retreat.