Department of English

University of Toronto

MACRW Students

   


Kornelia Drianovski
MA CRW Candidate
Email: kornelia.drianovski@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction
Supervisor: Camilla Gibb

Kornelia Drianovski writes fiction in an attempt to meditate on childhood, family life, loss, desire, and immigration. She is currently working on a manuscript.

List of Publications:
  • "Stories About You." The Puritan. (February 28, 2022)
  • "Arrivals: How my mother's journey became my own." Canadian Notes & Queries. (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)
  • "Domestic Fever." Hart House Review. (February 2021)
  • "Pericles?" Hart House Review. (February 2020)
  • "Story as told by a human-headed centipede." Hart House Review. (February 2020)
  • "1989-1999." Half a Grapefruit Magazine. (January 2020)
  • "Coralie." Trinity Review. (Winter 2020)

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Sabryna R. Ekstein
MA CRW Candidate

Email: sabryna.ekstein@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Food & Beverage Studies
Supervisor: Michael Redhill


Sabryna R. Ekstein (she/her) is currently working on her MA in Creative Writing, holding a graduate degree in Museum Studies. Her characters are witty, impulsive and sometimes unreliable. She has a strong interest in Food Studies, specifically in relation to the craft beer and hospitality industries.

List of Publications:

Sabryna's work has been published online and in print, in places such as The Growler, Goose Fiction, Greenwood Gallery, ladySTUDIOS, Feels Zine, and Sophomore Mag.

  Sabryna Ekstein
Juliann Garisto
MA CRW Candidate
 
Email: juliann.garisto@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Literary Fiction, Memoir, Psychological Realism

Juliann Garisto is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her interests include literary fiction, multivocality, pseudonymity, and body horror. Her writing may serve as an act of resurrection. It is funded by SSHRC CGS-M.
 
List of Publications:

  • "Take Your Damn Medicine." Decent Exposure Journal 1. 2020.
  • “Liar, Liar.” Half a Grapefruit Magazine. 2019.
  • “Lay It Like It Is.” Half a Grapefruit Magazine. 2019.
  • “So Much of This and So Little of That.” Half a Grapefruit Magazine. 2018.
  • “Fighting for Our Library Workers with Maureen O’Reilly.” Women in Toronto Politics. 2016.
  • “Politics is a Language Game.” Women in Toronto Politics. 2015.

  Juliann Garisto
Mina Ivosev
MA CRW Candidate
Email
: mina.ivosev@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Literary fiction

Mina Ivosev is a second-year student in the Master’s of Creative Writing program specializing in literary fiction. Under the guidance and support of her mentor, Rebecca Rosenblum, she is currently writing a novel focusing on female identity and gender relations. Mina’s work has previously been published and awarded in various competitions, most recently winning first place in Hart House’s 2021 Literary Competition for her short story “Birth By Landscape,” a reflection on being a second-generation immigrant. She hopes to pursue a career in editing.

List of Publications:
  • “Birth By Landscape” - 1st-place winner of Hart House’s Literary Competition 2021 (forthcoming)
  • “‘LARA’ AS MEN, BOYS, AND GUYS” - 2nd-place winner of Hart House’s Literary Competition 2020 (forthcoming)
  • “How” - Hart House’s Decent Exposure online magazine (2019)
  • “Lizard” - 2nd-place winner of Online Writing Tips’ Short Story Competition (2019)
  • “Beyond Safety” - Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices magazine (2015)

 

Mina Ivosev

Sarah MacKenzie
MA CRW Candidate

Email
: sar.mackenzie@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction

Sarah MacKenzie writes fiction, and her stories have appeared in places like Bad Nudes, The Puritan and Queen Mob’s Tea House. For her Master’s thesis/novel she is exploring how animal interiority allows her to think about narrative construction and form differently.
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Ali Pinkney
MA CRW Candidate
Email
: alexandra.pinkney@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Fiction, Hybridity, Poetry, Poetics

A structural experiment in poetic representation based on Heidegger's concept of Gestell (Enframing) inspired by a marine worm called "osedax muciflora."

Ali’s current research and writing at the University of Toronto is supported by a SSHRC CGS-M award and an Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Award. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English Literature (2017) and a Master of Arts in English Literature (2021) from Concordia University in Montréal. At Concordia, Ali specialized in writing poetry, then in the study of the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was supported by her year's Steinberg Scholarship and David McKeen award for top creative writing.

List of Publications:
  • Roadkill Croque Monsieur (Bad Books Press 2021);
  • Tampion (Metatron Press 2014)

  Ali Pinkney
Finlay Pogue
MA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Historical fiction, historiographic metafiction

Finlay Pogue is a fiction writer whose work explores the boundaries between fact and fiction in the context of historical narrative.

List of Publications:
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Isabel Yang
MA CRW Candidate
Email: bel.yang@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry

Isabel Yang/Z.Y. Yang/杨振宇 (they/her) is a poet and their work explores experimental lyric form, posthumanism, critical media studies, and race and queer theories. In a previous life they worked in marketing at an independent book publisher.

List of Publications:
Isabel's poems have been published in Room, Contemporary Verse 2, This Magazine, Poetry is Dead and other literary journals across Canada.
 

Isabel Yang

K Zimmer
MA CRW Candidate

Email: kristen.zimmer@mail.utoronto.ca
they/she pronouns
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Creative nonfiction, Poetry, Critical Disability & Mad Studies, Trauma Theory, Psychoanalysis

I’m a writer, musician, actor, digital humanities research assistant, and Mad Hatter. I have poetry and prose published in Feels Zine, The Vault, and the League of Canadian Poets. My poetry placed in the Norma Epstein competitions from 2017-2020. I’m writing a memoir funded by the Toronto Arts Council. In my disability advocacy, I’ve given talks about trauma-informed pedagogy and sanism at university symposia and a conference for the MHCC. The Toronto Star featured my work on dismantling ableist academic policies. The minor fourth to major tonic is my favourite chord progression. As a Jackman Scholar alumnus, I gave a talk about the minor fourth for the 2021 Scholars-in-Residence. I’m currently writing music and monologues for a play directed by Judith Thompson. I have an impressive collection of writing rejections.

List of Publications:

  • “Finding Room.” With/out Pretend’s The Vault. (2019) https://www.vaultzine.com/findingroom
  • “Tiny Cups and Minor Fourths: A Conversation on Pleasure after Trauma.” Co-authored with Margeaux Feldman. With/outPretend’s A Collection from The Vault, Issue Two, On Pleasure. (2019)
  • “My smile hooks only my pleasure.” League of Canadian Poets. (2019) https://poets.ca/2019/11/19/my-smile-hooks-only-my-pleasure-by-kristen-zimmer/
  • “Screen.” Feels Zine. Anxiety Issue. (2021)
  • “Kinship in Madness and Meaning-Making.” Feels Zine. Kinship Issue. (2020)
  • “Architexture.” Feels Zine. Aging Issue. (2019)
  • “My smile hooks only my pleasure.” Feels Zine. Pleasure Issue. (2019)
  • “Afraid of the Small Stuff.” Feels Zine. Fear Issue. (2019)
  • “The blue hours.” Feels Zine. Calm Issue. (2018)
  • “Angering Advice.” Feels Zine. Anger Issue. (2018)
  • “[ gloves ]” University College Perspectives on COVID-19 magazine. (2020) https://www.uc.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/2021-03/UC%20Perspectives%20on%20COVID-19-finalwebspreads_0.pdf
  • “Empathetic Identification through Non-Semantic Sound in Cave’s ‘Poem for Children’ and Barbauld’s ‘The Mouse’s Petition.’” IDIOM English Undergraduate Academic Journal. (2019)
  • “Priority Investments: the board meeting after Bahen.” The Varsity. (2019)
  • “Story Against Policy.” The Varsity. (2018) https://thevarsity.ca/author/kristenzimmer/
  • “Vignettes.” The Varsity Magazine. Anonymity Issue. (2019)
  • “Seemingly optional.” The Varsity Magazine. Seams Issue. (2018) Poetry in the UC Review. (2016, 2017)

 

 

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