Malika Welsh has a dedication to art studies that is complemented by her academic knowledge, experience in theatrical production, as well as a flair for event management but she also loves playing video games and getting lol coaching sessions. Born in Grenada, Ms. Welsh majored in visual arts at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. In 2012 she achieved an Honours degree from Carleton University in Art History and Mass Communications, focusing on Canadian Art and Post-colonial Theory. Ms. Welsh has worked with the CentreTown Community Health Centre, helping to facilitate an art therapy program for children. She currently works with the Ottawa School of Art as their Development & Fundraising Coordinator and a visual arts instructor and is helping to revive the Ottawa Black Art Collective. For 3 years Ms.Welsh was the Curator in Residence at the Fritzi Gallery, in Ottawa. She has curated on behalf of BAND Gallery and TD Canada Trust. Ms.Welsh aspires to work in collaboration with other artists, continuing to promote art and education.
I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at NSCAD University and a Certificate of Computer Animation at Sheridan College. I now work at Guru Studio in Toronto as a surfacing artist on television shows, including BBC’s BAFTA-nominated cartoon Dinopaws. In December 2014 I crowd-funded the publication of my first graphic novel, Chirault, and illustrated an entry in the Toronto Comics Anthology. I’m an incorrigible cat person, and a brush-pen and marker enthusiast.
Stefanie completed her degree in fashion design at Ryerson University, while taking time to study couture techniques abroad in Paris. She spent two years as a Design Assistant at Greta Constantine, and completed interships with couturiere Christine Phung in Paris, and as an embroidery and print design specialist at Phillip Lim. Her illustration work has been featured in publications such as The Walrus, Fashion Magazine, Alphabet City, and Quill&Quire. She loves vintage botanical books, all white outfits, black ink drawings, strong coffee, Japanese wood block prints, and dogs.
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Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in various North American sources, including Descant, CV2, Canadian Woman Studies and the Toronto Star. She won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate. In 2008, she attended the summer writing program at Naropa University, where she mentored with Anne Waldman and the late Amiri Baraka. Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010) was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty. Her second full-length poetry collection, Terra Incognita, will be published May 2015. Titled after the Latin term for “unknown land”—a cartographical expression referring to regions that have not yet been mapped or documented—Terra Incognita is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings buried in history’s grand narratives.