Emerging Writers’ Biographies

Phillip Dwight Morgan is a journalist, poet, and essayist. His poetry and short essays have appeared in Briarpatch and Spacing magazines as well as macleans.ca, cbc.ca, and rabble.ca. His poem “Free Trade Agreement” was runner-up for best poem in Briarpatch Magazine’s 2016 Writing from the Margins contest and his poem “Shades of America” received honourable mention for the 2016 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Phillip’s current project, Portraits in Black Face, is being written under the guidance of Moez Surani through the Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program and with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and Banff Centre. 

Hon Lu was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam and his refugee family came to Canada when he was five. He came of age in Toronto’s Regent Park and went to public school in the leafy Victorian neighbourhood of Cabbagetown. His recent return to creative writing is fueled by a desire to write queer narratives of immigration in context of transnational identities. He has also written on issues focused on industrial contamination, ecology, and environmental restoration. His recently published works include an award winning short story entitled “Spirited Away,” first published in Toronto Life, and reprinted in Reader’s Digest. The short story won the 2016 Gold Prize (National Magazine Award) from the NMAF for Best Short Story Feature. 

Terry Abrahams lives and writes quietly in Toronto. His work has been a part of BALDHIP, (parenthetical), the Puritan, and Peach Mag (among others), & is forthcoming in tenderness, yea and ÖMËGÄ (among others). 

Khalida Hussain is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, where she completed a short story collection called Complicit for her thesis. The stories in Complicit deal with themes of surveillance and digitally mediated communications. Hassan has travelled extensively, working in development, education, and literary outreach. She now lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant.

Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa based writer who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe. She has 3 chapbooks out or forthcoming: Undergrowth(bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press), and For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press). Her collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, will be released August 2018. Her work appears in ARC, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, In/Words, Puddle of Sky Press, Coven Editions, Bywords, Transom, and others. She won Arc’s 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, 3rd place in Prairie Fire’s 2017 Poetry Contest, and honorable mention in The Fiddlehead’s 2018 poetry prize. She is a member of the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor. Check out conyerclayton.com for updates on her endeavors.

Nisha Eswaran is an academic and writer based in Toronto. She’ll be reading some creative non-fiction and (possibly) some poetry.

Nickolas Hadzis is a O.C.A.D graduate where he majored in fine arts painting drawing & sculpture.  He has a work studio in the Historic Distillery district 15 Case Goods Lane Studio 303 Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 3C4.   A true Renaissance man.  He has been writing in a journal almost every day since 2002 stream of consciousness poetry, raps and journaling of short stories.  He also loves acting and singing and has been recently writing lyrics to some love songs that are sometimes of gay subject matter the style is jazz blues rock pop and is looking for musicians to collaborate with.

Tea Mutonji is a writer and poet in Toronto. She has been published in the Scarborough Fair and has been named Scarborough’s emerging writer of the year by the Ontario Book Publishers. Currently, she is finishing her minor in creative writing at the University of Toronto and is working on a collection of essays.

Laboni Islam was born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents. She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences. Her poem “Lunar Landing, 1966” was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2017).

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