Our alumni and students are the heart of the production process. Each team works on an aspect of emerge, from book production and marketing to the book launch and sales.
Reese Kim Carrozzini has spent much of her adult life traveling and living abroad where she worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, and was an English instructor in Italy. She has a Political Science degree from UBC and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2017). Reese is a co-host of the TWS Reading Series, and was a member of the production team for emerge 17 and 18. She is excited to be part of it again. Her experiences and great curiosity about people, family and society, and above all, her imagination, are the inspiration for her stories. She is currently working on multiple stories and a crime novel. Visit her website: www.reesecarrozzini.com
Alessia Yaworsky was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a minor in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2016). Working in the world of internal communications by day, she can be found scribbling away at her first novel and a number of short stories by night. Alessia joined the emerge team in 2017 as fiction editor, and looks forward to working alongside inspiring writers again this year.
Speculative / YA Fiction Editor
Rebecca A. Coates spent almost twenty years in the trenches of independent bookstores before becoming a writer and freelance editor. A graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2015), she has been editing for emerge since 2016. After living in Portland and San Francisco, she settled in Vancouver because too much sunshine makes her burst into flames. Her helpful writing tips — as well as aliens, werewolves, and cowboys — can be found at grammarlandia.com.
Christina Myers is a former journalist turned freelancer, and a creative writer of both fiction and non-fiction – a role that fits (most of the time) in between her duties as a stay-at-home parent. She is currently working on an anthology collection, expected to be published in 2020, and her first novel is forthcoming . She has been a contributor to a number of anthologies and has won or been shortlisted for several writing awards, and both provincial and national journalism awards.
Sylvia Symons (TWS 2016) grew up in northern British Columbia. Her writing appears in EVENT, Geist, Room,Best Canadian Poetry 2016, CV2, Prairie Fire, and the Sustenance anthology (Anvil Press). She lives with her husband and teenage sons in Vancouver, where she volunteers as a collective member at Room magazine and teaches ESL at Langara College. She is excited to be working as this year’s poetry section editor.