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The Contributors

Salgood Sam

Salgood Sam lives in Montreal. His independently produced anthology, Revolver (Spilt Ink, 2004), garnered him a nomination for best emerging talent at the 2005 Doug Wright Awards. Last updated Christmas, 2006.

Jeff Sanford

Jeff Sanford was a Toronto-based journalist whose work appeared in Canadian Business, National Post Business, Investment Executive, and Wealth Professional. He died in 2018. Last updated winter, 2018–2019.

Brett Alexander Savory

Brett Alexander Savory lives in York. He is the Bram Stoker Award–winning editor of ChiZine, the publisher of ChiZine Publications, and a senior editor at Scholastic Canada. He has published two novels and nearly fifty short stories, and writes for Rue Morgue magazine. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

Emily Schultz

Emily Schultz is the author of the novels The Blondes and, most recently, Little Threats. She first contributed to the magazine in 2003. Last updated fall, 2022.

Dianne Scott

Dianne Scott is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. Her first stab at the mystery genre, Devastation, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished crime fiction. She has contributed to the magazine since 2001. Last updated summer, 2019.

Douglas G. Scott

Douglas G. Scott lives in Seaton Village. He works at a Toronto design firm. Last updated summer, 2007.

Walter Scott

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist who works across writing, video, performance, and sculpture. His comic book series, Wendy, explores the life of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre who aspires to global success and art stardom, but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Wendy has appeared in Canadian Art, Art in America, and Best American Comics, and been published online by the New Yorker. He first contributed to the magazine in 2018. Last updated fall, 2022.


Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario. He is a cartoonist and book designer. He also writes and draws the comic book Palookaville. His recent works include George Sprott (1894–1975) (Drawn & Quarterly, 2009) and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists (Drawn & Quarterly, 2011). Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

Sam Shelstad

Sam Shelstad is the author of the short story collection Cop House. Last updated winter, 2020–2021.

R. Sikoryak

R. Sikoryak is a New York–based cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Onion, Mad, and SpongeBob Comics, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His books include Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump, and, most recently Constitution Illustrated. He teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School. Last updated summer, 2020.

Sarah Meehan Sirk

Sarah Meehan Sirk as nominated for the Journey Prize for her story “Ozk.” Her work has appeared in the New Quarterly, Room, and Joyland. Last updated winter, 2014–2015.

Rebekah Skochinski

Rebekah Skochinski is a freelance writer and editor living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her work has appeared in Grain, the New Quarterly, and Room. Last updated spring, 2022.

Lou Skuce

Lou Skuce was known during much of the twentieth century as Canada’s greatest cartoonist. He died in 1951. Last updated spring, 2022.

Carolyn Smart

Carolyn Smart lives in Sydenham, Ontario. Her fifth collection of poems, Hooked, was published in 2009 by Brick Books. She is the founder of the R.B.C. Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and teaches creative writing at Queen’s University. Her Her next book, Careen, will be published in 2015. Last updated winter, 2014–2015.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith lives in Sussex-Ulster. She is a marketing manager at a book publishing company. Last updated Christmas, 1997.

Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith is the director of the Google News Initiative Startups Boot Camp, providing coaching to early stage news and information startups. He was the magazine’s Web manager from 2000 to 2007, and also held the position of photo editor from 1999 to 2005. Last updated fall, 2022.

Russell Smith

Russell Smith writes on the arts for the Globe and Mail and teaches creative writing at the University of Guelph. His most recent book is the collection Confidence. Last updated winter, 2016–2017.

Fiona Smyth

Fiona Smyth is a feminist painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and comics educator. Somnambulance, a thirty-year collection of her comics, was published in 2018. She is a member of the Doug Wright Awards' Giants of the North Canadian cartoonist hall of fame. Last updated spring, 2022.

Jay Somerset

Jay Somerset is a writer and editor living in York. From his Spadina Avenue office, he writes about everything from golf to New Age music. “Local Hero,” his profile of the music promoter Dan Burke, from Taddle Creek No. 27, won the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s 2012 features writing award. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Reader’s Digest, Signal to Noise, and Maclean’s. Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

James Spencer

James Spencer was one-third of the anthology series Read More Comix. He lives in Toronto with his family. Last updated spring, 2022.

Kevin Spenst

Kevin Spenst is the author of Ignite, Jabbering with Bing Bong, and more than a dozen chapbooks, most recently Upend. His next book of poetry, Hearts Amok: A Memoir in Verse, will be published in 2020. Last updated winter, 2019–2020.

Eric Squair

Eric Squair lives in Huron-Sussex. He works in communications and Web design for a multinational environmental organization. Last updated summer, 2007.

Jay Stephens

Jay Stephens is back to creating grassroots, small-press comics, with the cute-looking horror title Dwellings, which recently won a Doug Wright Award. He first contributed to the magazine in 2014. Last updated fall, 2022.

John Stiles

John Stiles is a writer and filmmaker living in London. He is the author of Scouts are Cancelled (Insomniac, 2002) and The Insolent Boy (Insomniac, 2001). His work has appeared in Pagitica, the Literary Review of Canada, Lichen, Storyteller, the Web zine Another Toronto Quarterly, and the anthology The IV Lounge Reader (Insomniac, 2001). Last updated Christmas, 2006.

Philip Street

Philip Street grew up in Blyth, Ontario, reading comic books and Mad magazine. By the time he was in high school he had decided he would be a cartoonist. He studied English at the University of Toronto and then animation at Sheridan College. His comic strip Fisher appeared in the Globe and Mail for twenty years, starting in 1992, and is now archived on-line. In 2013 the first Fisher collection, When Tom Met Alison, was published by Nestlings Press. Since 1998 Philip has moonlighted during the day as an animator and graphic designer at the CBC in Toronto, where he lives with his wife and son. Last updated winter, 2015–2016.

Meaghan Strimas

Meaghan Strimas lives in Davenport. She works for Quill & Quire and the University of Guelph’s creative writing master-of-fine-arts program. She is the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen (Exile, 2008), and the author of two collections of poetry, Junkman’s Daughter (Exile, 2004) and A Good Time Had by All (Exile, 2010). She is currently at work on a novel. Last updated summer, 2011.

Amy Stupavsky

Amy Stupavsky lives in Cabbagetown. She has worked for Brick and was the production editor for a recent issue of Descant. She was also a graduate of the Taddle Creek protégé program. Last updated summer, 2012.

Kate Sutherland

Kate Sutherland used to live in the Annex, but bought a house somewhere else. She is the author of the short story collections All in Together Girls (Thistledown, 2007) and Summer Reading (Thistledown, 1995) and has appeared in the New Quarterly, Queen Street Quarterly, Write, and the anthology The IV Lounge Reader (Insomniac, 2001). She is currently working on a second collection. Last updated summer, 2007.

Susan Swan

Susan Swan lives in Sussex-Ulster. She is the author of Stupid Boys are Good to Relax With (Somerville, 1996) and The Wives of Bath (Knopf, 1993), which was adapted into the 2001 film Lost and Delirious. Last updated summer, 2002.

Shawn Syms

Shawn Syms is the author of the short-story collection Nothing Looks Familiar, which was seized by the Michigan Department of Corrections for its potential to “encourage criminal activity.” Last updated summer, 2016.

Ania Szado

Ania Szado lives in Riverdale. Her fiction has appeared in This, Lichen, and (Ex)cite. Her first novel, Beginning of Was, was published by Penguin in 2004. Last updated summer, 2003.

Taddle Creek

Taddle Creek was Toronto’s general-interest literary magazine. Last updated fall, 2022.

Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali lives in the Junction. He is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in many major magazines. He is the proprietor of Chump Toys, and teaches and lectures at various arts organizations and schools. He contributed cover and interior artwork for Aimee Mann’s 2008 album, @#%&*! Smilers, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best package design. His first children’s book, This Is Silly!, was recently released by Scholastic. Last updated Christmas, 2010.

Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor is the author of the short story collection Pauls, the opening story from which received a National Magazine Award. She is the founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and the fiction editor of Little Brother magazine. Last updated summer, 2016.

Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Light. Last updated winter, 2016–2017.

Yasuko Thanh

Yasuko Thanh won the Journey Prize for the title story in her collection Floating Like the Dead. Her upcoming novel is To the bridge. She first contributed to the magazine in 2017. Last updated fall, 2022.

Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. From 1991 to 1992 he was the editor of Acta Victoriana, a publication to which he introduced the future founder of Taddle Creek, an event that indirectly led to this magazine’s creation. Last updated summer, 2013.

Nick Thran

Nick Thran is the author of the poetry collections Earworm and Every Inadequate Name. Last updated summer, 2013.

Matthew Tierney

Matthew Tierney lives in Danforth Village. His most recent book is The Hayflick Limit (Coach House, 2009), which was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection, Probably Inevitable, will be published this fall by Coach House. Last updated summer, 2012.

Conan Tobias

Conan Tobias founded Taddle Creek in 1997 and was its editor-in-chief, publisher, and art director for twenty-five years. Last updated fall, 2022.

Tony Tobias

Tony Tobias lives in Summerhill, Toronto. He is a producer and writer with a strong interest in the dynamics of urban life and in what makes a healthy city. He co-produced the award-winning documentary Cities Fit to Live In: Toronto—Struggle for Neighbourhood. Last updated summer, 2010.

Laura Trethewey

Laura Trethewey lives in Parkdale. She is the assistant editor of Broken Pencil and still manages to churn out the occasional zine every few years. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Life. Last updated Christmas, 2011.

Jason Turner

Jason Turner lives in North Vancouver. He has drawn two volumes of True Loves (New Reliable, 2006 and 2009), co-written with his wife, Manien Bothma. He also writes a column for Broken Pencil. Last updated summer, 2010.