Editors – in – Chief
Jennifer Landels is the Managing Editor of Pulp Literature. She holds a BA in Mediaeval English Literature from UBC and may some day return to her doctorate in Arthurian Romance at University College London. She has been a freelance editor since 2003, and co-founded Pulp Literature Press in 2013. She is a frequent lecturer, blue penciller, and workshop facilitor at local writing events such as Write Vancouver, the Golden Ears Writers Lobby Nights, The Royal City Literary Arts Society, VCON, and the Creative Ink Festival where she was the 2017 keynote speaker. In addition to her literary activities she also teaches swordplay from horseback at Academie Duello and manages Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op. Her debut novel, Allaigna’s Song: Overture is due out in July 2017.
Acquisitions editor Mel Anastasiou co-founded Pulp Literature magazine in 2013. She helps writers develop through structural editing with the magazine, in addition to her weekly writing tips on melanastasiou.wordpress.com, the popular ‘Writing Muse’ twitter feed, and through her non-fiction workbooks, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Toward and Extraordinary Volume, and The Writer’s Friend and Confidante. Her fiction includes Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, the Monument Studio Mysteries, and the Stella Ryman Mysteries. In addition she is the chief illustrator for Pulp Literature and has produced two colouring books of renaissance-inspired artwork: Colouring Paradise and Dragon Rock.
Sue is a short story and novel writer who was part of the founding team for Pulp Literature, and one of her stories can be found in every issue. Sue has an MA in English Literature, but considers her experience as editor for the magazine to have been worth far more than any diploma. She invites (nay, challenges!) other writers to join the party and get their feet wet by volunteering for the magazine.
Daniel Cowper is from Bowen Island, BC. After studying medieval literature, philosophy, and law in Vancouver, Manhattan, and Toronto, Daniel has returned to Bowen Island, where he is finishing his cabin with an eye to his wife’s comfort. Daniel’s poetry has appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, Vallum, CV2, Dalhousie Review, Freefall, the Hart House Review, and is forthcoming in Noise Anthology; his poetry chapbook, The God of Doors was a winner of Frog Hollow Press’s Second Chapbook Contest. His non-fiction has appeared in the Puritan’s Town Crier.
Janet Eastwood studied English, history, and editing before pursuing a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia. In between editing manuscripts, she writes about children’s and young adult literature at The Book Wars, reviews for Canadian Materials, and keeps on plotting at a weekly writer’s circle. Janet has served on the Red Cedar Award Fiction Selection Committee for the past two years and hopes to make a third.
Katherine Howard hold a BA in English Literature from UBC, as well as having taken courses with the SFU Publishing Workshops and the Sauder School of Business. She has worked as a freelance proofreader and copy-editor and has performed those duties for Pulp Literature in addition to slush reading, and judging contest entries. Her management and bookkeeping experience are assets in the creative field.
Wendy Christensen is still trying to discover exactly who she is but enjoys sharing her adventures and ‘life lessons’ as a feature columnist in Ecoparent magazine, a casual blogger for Tesseracuxd, and in her partially complete children’s stories and novel. In her journey to discover herself, she has taught both elementary and high school for over 15 years in Yukon and BC, travelled extensively, completed her masters degree, developed her own consulting business and website, while attempting to raise three sane, creative, somewhat grounded children. She joined the team at Pulp Literature Press because she believes, as Henry Ward Beecher says, stories are the windows through which the soul looks out, and the magazine gives her the opportunity to take a peek.
Amanda Bidnall is a professional writer and editor. She has edited more than 100 novels, dissertations, non-fiction works, and short stories for individual clients as well as online and traditional presses. As a freelance writer, she researches and writes creative strategic and fundraising documents for the University of British Columbia. She has also worked as an instructor and online course author for Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD in History from Boston College in 2010, and her historical monograph, The West Indian Generation: Remaking British Culture in London, 1945–1965, is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press (2017). Her mission in all this work is to find the story in everything.
Designer Kris Sayer received her Bachelor of Design with Honours from York University/Sheridan College back in 2007. Since then she has worked as an independent game developer, illustrator, graphic designer, and comic writer and artist. Kris’s primary occupation is as the artistic half and co-owner of Dingo Games Inc, where she is the Art Director, Chief Cartoonist, Lead Illustrator and any other art-related title you can think of at the company. Outside of game development she sometimes accepts commissions of an artistic or design nature – if she has the time! Recently she created the cover designs for Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, and currently she is working with the City of Vancouver on a climate change comic. A regular contributor to Weald Comics, she self-publishes her own comic endeavors and has had pieces published in anthologies and magazines like Cloudscape Comics and Pulp Literature. In the rare times she’s away from her drawing tablet, she can be found making elaborate costumes and studying HEMA swordplay (and not-quite-HEMA-spoonplay).
Mary H. Auerbach Rykov is a Toronto music therapist-researcher, editor, educator, and writer. She holds a PhD in Adult Education (OISE/UT), an MA in music therapy (New York University), and has studied short story with Alyssa York and poetry, formally and informally, with Don Summerhayes, Ken Babstock, Kenneth Sherman, Stuart Ross, Marilyn Dumont, Steven Heighton and Lillian Allen.
Mary’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction appears or is forthcoming in literary, academic, and professional venues such as Literary Review of Canada, Crap Orgasm, The Caribbean Writer, Canadian Notes & Queries, Numéro Cinq, The Windsor Review, Carousel, Journal of Health Psychology, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Palliative Care, The Arts and Psychotherapy, Ars Medica — and Pulp Literature. Mary serves as proofreader on the Pulp Literature masthead and freelances as a writing mentor and editor in multiple genres. She has been a League of Canadian Poets Associate since 2010.
Board of Directors
Mel Anastasiou – Chair
Jennifer Landels – Treasurer
Susan Pieters – Secretary
Janet Eastwood – Director at Large
Jasmin Nyack – Communications Director
Moving from a career as a film makeup artist, Jasmin Nyack has taking on the task of being a creative writer. Well-equipped with tools and experience gained in the makeup world, she knows how to use social media to find audiences and how to find trends. Currently taking courses at Langara College for an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing, Jasmin widens her understanding of the written world as well as looking into the humanities. She writes short stories, novels, and screen plays, all of them exploring different voices. Through studying the art of storytelling and the role narratives play in our everyday lives, Jasmin hopes to bring stories to all walks of life. She is currently the communications director for Pulp Literature Press.