The Team

Raven

H’lo! I’m Raven (he\him). I’m a 4th year Visual Arts student, I can be overly enthusiastic about the em dash (“—”), and I think writing is the closest thing to telepathy that we’ve got. For now.

I write fiction. I’m always writing at least one short story, and writing\drawing comics. You might catch me writing on the seabus.

I know writing can be a tough process, and I want to help make it fun, or\and less painful for you. I have experience writing academically, writing poetry, and prose (fiction and nonfiction), writing RPG rules, and writing in screenplay format. But I also love to learn, think, and talk about any forms or genres—especially those new to me—so bring it on.


Elijah

Greetings! My name is Elijah (he/him) and I’m a 3rd year Illustration major. I’m originally from the United States, currently living in Vancouver on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. I feel really lucky to be able to study at Emily Carr among such a thoughtful and creative group of people.

In my spare time I like to journal, write poetry, create characters, and worldbuild. Primarily my writing practice concerns story-telling, mythography, and interactive fiction. I’m a *huge* fan of role-playing games. Some of my favorite games include The Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Pathologic, Dishonored, and Disco Elysium. I’m an experienced dungeon master as well! I believe any piece of writing can be made to tell an interesting story, and I’m really invested in getting people excited about writing and celebrating a passion for the written word.

I’m able to assist with both academic and creative writing — as well as any melding of the two!
Even just talking about writing is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m really looking forward
to the future.


Cherry

Nice to meet you, I’m Cherry (like the fruit)! Currently I’m a 3D animation student at Emily Carr, and an aspiring illustrator in my free time. I use she / her pronouns, and as you can probably tell, my favorite colour is pastel pink!

I was born in Taiwan, and lived in China for a few years before coming to Canada at grade 5. So in addition to English, I know both Traditional and Simplified Mandarin, as well as a tiny bit of basic Japanese too! Learning languages has definitely been a big part of my adventure in Canada — especially through writing. Sometimes it can be scary and stressful too, but I always loved to think of writing as another fun art medium to explore, express, and get creative with!

I’d love to get to know you and your writing journey too! Feel free to chat with me whenever, I’ll be sure to bring you some happiness and pinkiness 🙂


Weijin

Hello everyone! My name is Weijin and I use she/her pronouns. I am currently a 3rd year interaction design student. Though admittedly I am not the best with technology, I love learning about how the objects and systems around us change the way we think and act in our environment.

I have experience in academic writing, creative writing, and design-related writing (things like process books, personas, and user testing plans). Watching ideas grow and develop is my favourite thing in the world and I’m excited to accompany others on their journey of exploration!

Apart from writing, I’m also very interested in printmaking, textiles, collage, or any pastime that a grandma might enjoy.


Thiseni

Hi! My name is Thiseni (the “Th” as the “th” in thin, “iseni” as “ee-say-knee”) and I use she/her pronouns. Currently, I’m a 2nd-year visual arts student!

I was born and raised in Sri Lanka for the first 10 years of my life. This has shaped the way I approach my art practice as well as writing. I was taught English growing up, but I wasn’t prepared for the “type” of English that is spoken and written here. It was a steep learning curve, and even now I’m still learning! This has made me really interested in all the “Englishes” that exist out there, and I’m also learning how we can make space for all
these different forms in academia!

Apart from English, I’m pretty fluent in Sinhala and I know a tiny bit of Spanish (when I say tiny, I mean like minuscule). Also, I adore cats and plants! It is my ultimate goal in life to adopt as many cats as I can care for. A little writing-related fact about me: I actually used to write to a kids’ newspaper back in Sri Lanka and have gotten some pieces published!


Thu

Thu is in her 3rd year at ECU, studying Critical and Cultural Practices. She sees writing as a way  of making sense of the very complex human experience. She takes special interest in and write most extensively about cultural nuances through stories. Fluent in Vietnamese, English, and Korean, she recognizes the fears and issues with writing in English for multilingual students and believes that once they are addressed properly, writing is not as scary as many think it is.

She recommends The Very Hungry Caterpillar for anyone new to writing. One misconception many people have about writing is that it needs to be polished to the nine, when in fact, good writing is comprehensible writing. Children books have found that exact equilibrium between comprehensibility and mystery that many other books cannot. Therefore, she believes all fictions are merely intricate layers of children books.

She also enjoys dogspotting whenever she can, yet has never had the courage to pet one.


Vance

My name is Vance, I was born and raised on the traditional territories of the S’inixt, Syilx/Okanagan and the Ktunaxa people in Nelson, British Columbia. I am from the Dakelh nation, hailing from the Tl’azt’en nation. I am a textile artist interested in embroidery, beadwork and natural dyes, a writer and an organizer. I sit on the board of directors for a small contemporary arts gallery called “Oxygen Art Centre” and help co-ordinate a queer arts festival in Nelson called “Bent on Art.” I have experience in writing grants, academic papers, nonfiction pieces and poetry. I read a lot of books in queer and feminist theory as well as Canadian/Indigenous literature.


Mathew

Mathew (he/him) is a 4th year Visual Arts student, from Toronto, Ontario. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design before transferring to Emily Carr in 2017.

Mathew began his time at the writing centre tutoring online in 2020. During this time, he also worked with Emily Carr’s Teaching and Learning Centre as an Online Learning Mentor, where he helped students develop learning strategies such as time management and goal setting. Through these experiences, he has developed an understanding of how different students learn and how to help them communicate their ideas.

As a mature student, he understands that learning is a lifelong process and his patient, thoughtful tutoring style can help students develop their writing skills.


Zoë

Aniin! Howdy Doo! Zoë nindizhinikaaz; My name is Zoë. I am a 4th year BFA Visual Arts major and SPACE minor. I’m into all kinds of writing and more so, building confidence in others to succeed and thrive in the world of literature and text, however that may look. I’m Anishinaabe Métis, born and raised in Métis Region 3. Prior to my time at Emily Carr I worked many years as a youth & family worker with my family run non-profit organization supporting our urban indigenous community in Calgary, AB. I take pride advocating for the many circles I am a part of, and I am always delighted to lend an ear, or an eye to help folks refine a passion and voice for whatever they’re writing about.

I dig reading science fiction and poetry, text as/in art, and graphic novels. I’m into a lot of very weird movies, the paranormal and I deeply value connecting with the land and territory I’m on while honouring traditional knowledge.


Thymian

Thymian (they/them) is a 4th year visual arts student with a a focus on writing, drawing and performance. Through their work they explore themes of the body (often reflecting on their genderqueer body), time, healing, and what it means to embody knowledge. Writing has come to play a central role in their life. It helps them move through the world with gratitude, to move more easily in the direction of healing, and to find places to play. They are a dyslexic writer who sees and celebrates the magic of neuro-divergence.


Mercedes

Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Mercenary English, a poem about sex work, violence, and resistance in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and my yt mama, which documents a childhood under white supremacy in Canadian prairies. Her writing has appeared on the sides of the Burrard and Granville Bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the Lambda-nominated anthology Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry, Jacket 2, Asian American Literary Review, The Abolitionist, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), and Survaillance and M’aidez (Press Release).

Soph!

Hi, I’m Soph! I use she/they pronouns, and I’m in my 2nd year! I’m in the 2D animation major, but I grew up as a more interdisciplinary artist, with more of a focus around painting, drawing, and crafting. I’m interested in storyboarding, character design, and background/landscape designs! Funnily enough, I’m not the most hyped about writing. I prefer reading more! When I’m not working on assignments, I’m either: A) reading fanfiction, B) drawing my characters in fancy and silly clothes, C) talking to friends, D) daydreaming, or E) playing some mobile games! And when I’m not doing any of those things, you can catch me around trying to help others, or trying not to fall asleep in random places.

I’m barely conversational in Mandarin, fluent in English and French (though it’s a bit rusty for French – I haven’t followed my streak on Duolingo for a while now so I’m surprised the owl hasn’t haunted me yet), and unfortunately, very familiar with internet English as well.

I have no pets and zero fear on asking others if I can pet their dogs or cats. In fact, if you show me pet pictures (especially cats) it’s a 100% guaranteed way to befriend me. I’m also fond of some marine animals—ask me about sea slugs; I promise I’ll show you some interesting drawings I’ve done.


Sunny

My name is Sunny and I’m an artist, writer and humble guest living on unceded Coast Salish territories  belonging to the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

My past work includes gallery exhibitions, collaborative animation, community-led arts programming, a recent municipal commission, and eight years of teaching drawing and science courses at ECU. I also spent thirteen years co-managing community bike shops in collective-run spaces, where I learned about using consensus, and facilitating small groups in skill sharing environments.

I have been making artist’s books and zines for over ten years, but I have only thought of myself as a capital w Writer more recently. I am a founder of the Tempe Zine Fest (Phoenix AZ, 2010), contributor to the first Underground Publishers Convention (Phoenix AZ, 2009) and I regularly participate in book fairs in Vancouver. I sat on the board of UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness until recently, and I love participating in different communities as my interests are constantly shifting (aka I’m a bit of a binge learner.) I like to bring a lot of energy to a space and I love when the feeling is mutual.

I am looking forward to developing a community engagement project with the writing centre as one of this year’s Faculty Writing Associates.


Sandy

Sandy has supported the Writing Centre team since Fall 2018. She has a BFA in Media Arts & Digital Technology from Alberta College of Art + Design (now Alberta University of the Arts), level 9 Royal Conversatory of Music piano certification, and used to play drums in a band many moons ago. Her great pandemic achievements include completing the whole Dark Souls series and Sekiro while homeschooling a kid (it was a rough year).

She appreciates the opportunity to work with the many kind and funny people who make up the team each semester, and to watch students be helped and grow in their writing journey.

Bonus Fun Fact: She can solve a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in about two minutes.


Sara

Hi! My name is Sara and I’ve just returned to live, work, and play on the unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ(Tsleil-Waututh) territories as the new Learning Specialist.

After attending Emily Carr as an undergraduate (where you were most likely to find me in the ceramics studio), I studied East Asian art history at the University of Toronto. There, as a graduate student, I researched and wrote on the Second Sino-Japanese war’s effects on contemporary art, mostly centred around the imaginary Cyborg. I read and speak Japanese, and have spent several years studying Mandarin but mostly for reading.

During covid, my project has been to knit and send people I can’t visit with cowls (like circular scarves). So far I’ve done about 20, and I’ve really enjoyed the process of meditating on friendships and past memories and moments as I stitch. I’m looking forward to meeting you, and hearing your story at Emily Carr, as a student, writer, thinker, and maker.


Heather

Bio coming soon!


Jacqueline

Jacqueline Turner is the author of five books, most recently Flourish (ECW Press, 2019) and a Writing Specialist focusing on Foundation and Grad students. She is the developer of the WRTG curriculum and Co-coordinator of the Writing Centre. Her recent writing-related research investigates the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration. She is a co-researcher in a SSHRC-funded project exploring the potential of critical literacies and pedagogy-as-gift in post-secondary learning environments. She has held writing residencies in Brisbane, Tasmania, Granada, and Berlin. Over the years she was a founding member of filling Station magazine, on the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, co-curated an early webzine with Meredith Quartermain called The News, and is still part of a group that runs the On Edge Reading Series at Emily Carr.