Hello! We believe in celebrating women every day, so obviously we’re celebrating international women’s day!
Specifically, we want to take today to thank all the women who have helped us get started–those women who share our vision for a new system of CanLit that celebrates minorities and emerging artists. Thank you. Thank you for talking to us and hearing our ideas. Thank you for encouraging us to take the risk. Thank you for being literal beacons in this system that can be discouraging and disheartening–you are the reason we persist and the reason we keep trying. Thank you for being our friends and allies and mentors. And thank you for trusting us with your work.
We wouldn’t exist as a magazine (or as editors or maybe even as writers) without all the amazing women who helped us get here. (Yes, that sounds cliched, but there aren’t enough cliches about women that cast us in good light, so we figure it can stay.)
And here’s a picture of the Queen Bee who took up residence in our yard last summer, because women and bees and why not? (Fun fact: bumblebees hibernate underground during the winter, and sometimes you lift a concrete slab to try to rearrange your yard and then whoops- there’s a hive! and the bees mark you as dangerous and follow you around for days until they decide you are not going to harm them even though both your parents tried to relocate their nest on separate occasions.)
Calgary born and raised, Allie completed two BAs (English, with a creative writing concentration and honours; Law and Society with honours) at the University of Calgary. She left for colder climes to pursue a MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Allie writes novel(la)s that explore female experiences in Western society (or futuristic dystopian societies). She favours prose, with excerpts from her manuscripts appearing in filling Station Magazine, Nōd Magazine, and forthcoming in In Medias Res. However, various sources have accused Allie of being a poet in disguise, and her poetry can be found in The Boston Accent, Hooligan Mag, and FOUND, the second chapbook by Malform Press.
During the last year of her BAs, Allie was the managing editor at Nōd Magazine (the undergraduate-run literary magazine on campus). She works odd jobs such as copy-editing a manuscript about the history of women’s prisons in Canada, researching environmentally inclined artistic endeavours in Vancouver, enforcing Chicago-style citations on legal papers for an upcoming collection, and teaching first-year creative writing.
Although Allie has no musical talent she often insists on singing while writing (her roommates go to class and are grateful to avoid Allie’s ‘metalicizing’ of country songs). When forced to interact with people, Allie will offer snacks in an attempt to trick unsuspecting persons into playing card games.