Jennifer Landels (she/they) 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 2002, and co-founded Pulp Literature Press in 2013. She is a frequent lecturer, blue penciller, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator 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. She has travelled to France, Germany, the UK, and the US to speak and teach at conferences. In addition to her literary activities she also teaches swordplay from horseback with Academie Cavallo at Cornwall Ridge Farm in Langley BC. Her debut novel, Allaigna’s Song: Overture was an Amazon bestseller, and the sequel Aria was published in 2020.
Mel is a senior acquisitions editor with Pulp Literature and co-founded Pulp Literature magazine in 2013. Mel helps writers develop through structural editing, an online writing tips column for the Pulp Literature homepage, the popular ‘Writing Muse’ twitter feed, and two workbooks, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Toward and Extraordinary Manuscript, and The Writer’s Friend and Confidante. Her fiction includes the Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, the Monument Studio Mysteries, and the Stella Ryman Mysteries, the first volume of which series won a Literary Titan Gold book award and was longlisted for the Leacock Medal.
In addition to her editorial work with Pulp Literature, Genevieve Wynand is a writer and poet with work in, among other publications, PRISM international, Frogpond, First Frost, Modern Haiku, Kingfisher, Presence, Haiku Canada Review, Paper Mountains, and The Helping Hand Anthology; and online at Tricycle, Complete Sentence, The Heron’s Nest, Unlost, Prune Juice, and Introvert, Dear. Links to her work can be found at genevievewynand.com. Writing and editing short-form work inspires her to pack as much life as possible into as few syllables as necessary. She is delighted to be a member of the Pulp Literature team and that, under the guise of ‘research’, she can continue to add to her already groaning bookshelves.
Daniel Cowper is from Bowen Island, BC. After studying medieval literature, philosophy, and law in Vancouver, Manhattan, and Toronto, Daniel is building a cabin on Bowen Island. Daniel’s poetry has appeared in Arc Poetry, Literary Review of Canada, Prairie Fire, Vallum, and other reviews and anthologies in Canada, the US, and Ireland. Daniel is the author of The God of Doors, published in 2017 as co-winner of Frog Hollow Press’s Chapbook Contest, and Grotesque Tenderness, published in 2019 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Emily Osborne is the author of the poetry chapbook Biometrical (Anstruther Press, 2018) and the forthcoming book of Old Norse to English verse translations, Quarrel of Arrows (Junction Books, 2020). She is the winner of The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018, and her poetry has been published in CV2, The Malahat Review, Barren Magazine, Canthius, The Literary Review of Canada and elsewhere. She earned a PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature from the University of Cambridge and held a postdoctoral fellowship in medieval literature and linguistics at The University of British Columbia.
Samantha Olson is a third-year student at the University of Victoria, pursuing a bachelor of arts with a double major in writing and history. She hopes to one day be a reclusive university professor with almost completely inaccessible office hours and an unfindable office. Until then, Sam enjoys collecting antiquarian books, drinking tea, and pretending that thinking about writing is the same as actually cranking out ten thousand words a day.
Brooklynn is a white settler living on Snuneymuxw First Nation land (Vancouver Island) with her two cats, Edna and Matrim. She holds two undergraduate degrees, one in criminology and sociology, and one in English and creative writing. Her writing is often inspired by a combination of her education and her day job, which is somewhere at the intersection of community corrections and social services. You can find her short story ‘Lost and Found’ in Portal Magazine 2020. She’s glad to have found and joined the Pulp Literature team as an assistant editor.
Melisa (she/they) is a white settler living on unceded Snuneymuxw First Nation Land (Vancouver Island). She lives with her cat Athena, who she affectionately calls a goblin more often than not. She has an undergraduate degree in creative writing, with a focus on longer fiction, and sometimes calls herself a poet. They write a combination of myth retellings, New Adult fantasy, and poetry. They’re grateful to have joined the Pulp Literature team as an assistant editor and have enjoyed the opportunity to learn sound editing for the podcast.
Copy Editor and Layout Designer
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.
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
Chair: Mel Anastasiou
Treasurer: JM Landels
Secretary: Genevieve Wynand
Director at large: Mary Rykov
Director at large: Melisa Gruger
Former Editorial Team Members
Susan Pieters, Founding Co-editor
Sue has a Masters degree in English, and has taught the language in China, the US and Canada. She writes in a variety of genres and has won awards for her short stories and essays.
Sue got her degree during the “lost generation” of English majors who were subjected to so much philosophy and debate over meaning that most abandoned the field. This magazine is her revenge. Look for her award winning short story “The Glass Curtain” and other of her contemporary, horror, and spec fic works between the pages of Pulp Literature.
Jessica holds undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Gender Studies, and a masters in Publishing Science. It’s thanks to that last one that she was taken into the warm embrace of Pulp Literature Press. It’s also thanks to that last one that she has one of those pesky “day jobs”. She has a penchant for writing sad cat stories, a desire to read (and publish) things off the beaten path, and finds solace in both squat and oven racks.
Jasmin Nyack, Communications Director
Moving from a career as a film makeup artist, Jasmin Nyack has taken 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.