Dorsa Jabbari

Dorsa Jabbari is a University of Toronto student. Last updated Christmas, 1997.

Maureen Jennings

Maureen Jennings is the author of three series of crime-fiction novels, including one whose lead character, Detective William Murdoch, is the basis for the successful television drama Murdoch Mysteries. “Heat Wave,” which originally appeared in Taddle Creek No. 43, is now the basis for a new series of books, the first of which, Heat Wave: A Paradise Café Mystery, was published in 2019. That same year, her short story “Viaticum,” from Taddle Creek No. 2, was turned into a short film. Last updated summer, 2019.

Jim Johnstone

Jim Johnstone is a poet, editor, and critic. His latest books are The Essential D. G. Jones and Dog Ear. Recently, he won Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing. Last updated winter, 2016–2017.

Amy Jones

Amy Jones lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and recently published her debut novel, We’re All in This Together. She was the winner of the 2006 CBC Literary Award, and her first collection, What Boys Like, won the 2008–2009 Metcalf-Rooke Award and was short-listed for the 2010 ReLit Award. Last updated winter, 2016–2017.

Elissa Joy

Elissa Joy lives in Salem, Oregon. Her latest book, Drinking Songs, was published in 2004 by Pas de Chance. She is the author of What We Do Is Secret (Pas de Chance, 1998), Quinceañera (Pas de Chance, 1996), On Seeing Montgomery Clift Drunk As He Was (Pas de Chance, 1996), and other works of fiction, poetry, and cultural studies. Last updated summer, 2006.

Amelia Kahaney

Amelia Kahaney lives in Brooklyn. Her short stories have appeared in such journals as One Story and Crazyhorse, and the anthology Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She has ghostwritten three young adult novels and taught creative writing and other classes at Brooklyn College and Parsons the New School for Design. Her story “Fire Season” was recently optioned for film. Last updated summer, 2011.

  • Melt Summer, 2011

    (No. 26)

Shari Kasman

Shari Kasman writes short, medium, and extra-long sentences, which take up significant space on her hard drive. Her work has appeared in Joyland, Little Brother, and Chickadee.

Sandra Kasturi

Sandra Kasturi lives in York. She is the author of The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope, 2007). Last updated Halloween, 2008.

Fred Kelly

Fred Kelly was a comic artist best known for creating the original Mr. Monster, in 1946, for Bell Features, during the Canadian Whites era. He died in 2005.

Richard Kelly Kemick

Richard Kelly Kemick is a National Magazine Award–winning writer living in Calgary. His debut poetry collection, Caribou Run, was named one of CBC’s fifteen must-read poetry collections. Last updated summer, 2017.

Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy lives in Scarborough. He is a writer, Web designer, co-host of the Lexiconjury reading series, and director of the Scream in High Park poetry festival. Last updated Christmas, 2002.

Greg Kennedy

Greg Kennedy lives in the Palmerston area. Last updated Christmas, 1997.

  • How Carefully We Fail Christmas, 1997

    (No. 1)

Susan Kernohan

Susan Kernohan writes stories and poetry in Christie-Ossington and works at a library near Mel Lastman Square. Her poetry has appeared in Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, SubTerrain, the New Quarterly, and the Antigonish Review. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

Deirdre Kessler

Deirdre Kessler lives in Charlottetown and is the provincial poet laureate. She is the author of two dozen children’s novels and picture books, poetry and memoir. Last updated summer, 2017.

Jason Kieffer

Jason Kieffer has published two full-length books, Zanta: The Living Legend and The Rabble of Downtown Toronto. His most recent comic is Drawing Thinking of You Dancing, based on choreography by the dance artist Mairi Greig. Last updated winter, 2015–2016.

Sabina Kim

Sabina Kim lives in a leaning house on the border of High Park and the Junction. She is a writer and editor doing graduate work at York University, concentrating on poetry and the empty subject. Her work has appeared in Grain and Absinthe. Last updated Christmas, 2004.

  • Tilt Christmas, 2004

    (No. 13)

Lauren Kirshner

Lauren Kirshner lives in Dufferin Grove. She recently was named Toronto’s best emerging author by Now. Her debut novel, Where We Have to Go (M. & S., 2009) was short-listed for the 2010 Toronto Book Award, has been translated into German and Dutch, and soon will be published in the U.S. Recently, she was appointed the writer-in-residence for the County of Brant Public Library, and is at work on her second novel. Last updated, Christmas, 2011.

Luba Krekhovetsky

Luba Krekhovetsky lives in Toronto. Last updated summer, 2006.

    Sholem Krishtalka

    Sholem Krishtalka lives in Beaconsfield. He is a writer and a painter who made his New York debut with a solo show at Jack the Pelican Presents in spring, 2009, and recently launched a specially commissioned folio of prints with ARTinvestor magazine, based in Munich, Germany. Last updated Christmas, 2009.

    Chris Kuriata

    Chris Kuriata has published stories in Blank Fiction and the Feathertale Review.

    Liisa Ladouceur

    Liisa Ladouceur is a poet, arts reporter, and real live goth living in Parkdale who likes arcane words and dead things. Her dream date is Jack Skellington. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

    Brett Lamb

    Brett Lamb lives in Leslieville. He is a freelance cartoonist and graphic designer for film and television. He contributes regularly to the Annex Gleaner and Torontoist, and his cartoons have appeared on How I Met Your Mother and Tosh.0. Last updated summer, 2011.

    Dave Lapp

    Dave Lapp’s most recent book is People Around Here, a collection of his strips from Taddle Creek and elsewhere. He has contributed to the magazine since 2001. Last updated winter, 2017–2018.

    Allison LaSorda

    Allison LaSorda has recently published work in the Fiddlehead and Shenandoah, and on Haz­litt. Her debut collection, Stray, was published in 2017. Last updated, winter, 2017–2018.

    JonArno Lawson

    JonArno Lawson is the author of several books, including Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box, Enjoy It While It Hurts, and, most recently, Sidewalk Flowers (with the illustrator Sydney Smith). Last updated summer, 2015.

    David Lee

    David Lee lives in the Harbourfront area. He is a big nerd who loves video games, computers, and gadgets. When not geeking-out, he can usually be found eating French food or reading Haruki Murakami. Last updated summer, 2008.

      Dennis Lee

      Dennis Lee lives in Toronto. His next children’s book will be Melvis and Elvis. Last updated summer, 2014.

      Alexandra Leggat

      Alexandra Leggat’s short story collection Animal was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award. She has contributed to the magazine since 2000. Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

      Joshua Levy

      Joshua Levy has published work in the Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, the Puritan, and the Feathertale Review. He was CBC's 2018 writer-in-residence, and a winner of the CBC Nonfiction Prize and th Carte Blanche/CNFC Creative Nonfiction Prize. His debut poetry collection, The Loudest Thing, was published in 2019. Last updated winter, 2019–2020.

      Joanna Lilley

      Joanna Lilley lives in Whitehorse. She is the author of the poetry collections If There Were Roads and The Fleece Era, and The Birthday Books, a book of stories. Last updated summer, 2017.

      G. J. Lindeblom

      G. J. Lindeblom is a Seaton Village resident and a photographer with New York City gallery credits. He has recently completed his first novel, for which he is seeking a publisher. Last updated Christmas, 1999.

      James Lindsay

      James Lindsay is the author of the poetry collection Our Inland Sea. He writes regularly for Open Book, where he interviews poets about their work, and is the co-owner of Pleasence Records. Last updated summer, 2018.

      Jackie Linton

      Jackie Linton recently left Toronto to complete the master of science in publishing program at New York University. She is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she edited the Hart House Review. Currently, she publishes the independent arts and culture quarterly Bad Day. Last updated summer, 2011.

      Michael Lista

      Michael Lista is the author of the poetry collection Bloom. He lives in Toronto and is the poetry editor of The Walrus and the poetry columnist for the National Post. Last updated summer, 2013.

      Billie Livingston

      Billie Livingston won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for her short story collection, Greedy Little Eyes. Her latest novel, One Good Hustle, was long-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize. Last updated Winter, 2013–2014.

      Benjamin Lof

      Benjamin Lof lives in Edmonton and Toronto. He has been published in The Journey Prize Stories, won the Howard O’Hagan Award, and was a finalist for both the Bronwen Wallace Award and the Western Magazine Awards. Last updated winter, 2013–2014.

      Andrew Loung

      Andrew Loung lives in the Annex. His work has appeared in the Hart House Review, the U.C. Review, and Ça Met Égal. Last updated summer, 2002.

      Jennifer LoveGrove

      Jennifer LoveGrove recently published her first novel, Watch How We Walk, which was long-listed for the Giller Prize. Her other books include I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. Her first published short story appeared in the Christmas, 2001, issue of Taddle Creek. Her next collection of poetry, Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, will be published in spring, 2017. She has contributed to the magazine since 2001. Last updated summer, 2016.

      Mark Lyall

      Mark Lyall lives in Seaton Village. He works as a graphic designer for a Toronto marketing and communications firm. Last updated summer, 2008.

        Ian M.

        Ian M. was raised in Ajax, Ontario, and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. He currently lives in Japan, where he works and plays. His roughly annual comic, Square, is published by Big Ugly Robot Press. Last updated winter, 2018–2019.

        • Martin Winter, 2018–2019

          (No. 42)

        Nick Maandag

        Nick Maandag is a Toronto-based cartoonist whose books include The Oaf, Facility Integrity, and The Libertarian. Last updated winter, 2015–2015.

        Andrew MacDonald

        Andrew MacDonald has won a Western Magazine Award and been nominated four times for the Journey Prize. He is working on a novel. Last updated, summer, 2015.

        Jude MacDonald

        Jude MacDonald splits her time between Toronto and the former Huttonville, Ontario. She is the author of Jane (Mercury, 1999) and Grey (Arsenal Pulp, 2001), which she wrote when she was a “Judy.” She is working on a new collection of stories. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

        David Macfarlane

        David Macfarlane lives in Sussex-Ulster. He is the author of Summer Gone (Knopf, 1999) and The Danger Tree (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1991). Last updated summer, 2002.

        • Digging the Stump Christmas, 1997

          (No. 1)

        Dave MacKinnon

        Dave MacKinnon lives in Little Italy. He is one half of the musical group Fembots, and in 2000 he produced the Taddle Creek Disc of Laser-light Reflected Sound and the Taddle Creek Talking Magazine. FemBots’ new album will be released soon. Last updated summer, 2008.

          Michelle Magnan

          Michelle Magnan lives in Calgary, where she works for the Calgary Herald. Last updated summer, 2007.

            Pasha Malla

            Pasha Malla, until recently, lived in Riverdale. He is the author of The Withdrawal Method (Anansi, 2008) and All Our Grandfathers are Ghosts (Snare, 2008). Last updated, Halloween, 2008.

              Steven Charles Manale

              Steven Charles Manale lives in Trinity Bellwoods. A regular contributor to Chickadee, Steven draws monsters and robots, for business and pleasure, respectively. He is the creator of the Ignatz Award–nominated kids comic strip, Superslackers. Outside of print, Steven prefers to be called “Steve.” Last updated summer, 2014.

              Ruth Mandel

              Ruth Mandel lives in Seaton Village. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, the Fiddlehead, and Prairie Fire. Last updated Christmas, 1999.

              Jennifer Marston

              Jennifer Marston lives in Sussex-Ulster, the official name for that neighbourhood sandwiched between Kensington and the Annex. She is a recovering lawyer and the past editor-in-chief of two legal periodicals. She now works as a freelance writer and dabbles in the book arts. In 2009 she became one of the first two Taddle Creek protégés. Last updated summer, 2009.

              Rachelle Maynard

              Rachelle Maynard lives in the Annex. She has good hair. Her illustrations have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Last updated Christmas, 2006.

              Suzette Mayr

              Suzette Mayr is the author of four novels. Her most recent, Monoceros, won the ReLit Award and the W. O. Mitchell Book Prize, and was long-listed for the Giller Prize. Last updated summer, 2015.

              Jason McBride

              Jason McBride lives in Roncesvalles Village. He writes on pop culture for a number of publications. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

              Cory McCallum

              Cory McCallum has been slaving away for little or no pay within the music industry for more than twenty years, amassing quite a catalogue of material no one has much time for. Since being headhunted for word-wrangling duties at PlierPants, in 2011, Cory and the inimitable Matthew Daley have collaborated on a number of projects that both challenge the conventions of comic-osity (and English!) and exorcise (exercise!) their own artistic hang-ups. Their first full-length comic book collaboration, The Pig Sleep, won the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing at the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards. Cory lives in Orangeville, Ontario, with his wife and two kids (none of whom read his work or listen to his music). Last updated spring, 2014.

                Sue McCluskey

                Sue McCluskey lives in Toronto. Last updated summer, 2004.

                  J. R. McConvey

                  J. R. McConvey has had stories short-listed for the Journey Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize, and the Matrix Lit Pop award. His work has appeared in the Malahat Review, Joyland, the Puritan, and the New Quarterly. Last updated winter, 2019–2020.

                  • Retreat Winter, 2019–2020

                    (No. 44)

                  Derek McCormack

                  Derek McCormack has contributed to the magazine since 1997. His most recent novel is The Well-Dressed Wound. His upcoming book is titled Castle Faggot. Last updated summer, 2019.

                  Alison McCreesh

                  Alison McCreesh is a cartoonist, illustrator, and fibre artist from Chicoutimi, Quebec, now living in Yellowknife. She is the author of the graphic novel Ramshackle. Last updated summer, 2017.

                  Judy McCrosky

                  Judy McCrosky, when not circumnavigating the globe, lives in Saskatoon. She runs a creative writing program for Holland America cruise line’s world tour, and is the author of four books, with a fifth due this fall. Last updated summer, 2010.

                  Rod McDonald

                  Rod McDonald lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is a type designer and typographer who has produced typefaces that are sold worldwide by FontShop International and Agfa Monotype. He has also designed type for the range of Canadian periodicals, including Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Applied Arts, Saturday Night, and Canadian Business. Cartier Book, his reworking of Cartier, Canada’s first typeface, was chosen for inclusion in the Monotype Classics Library of typefaces. In 2002, he designed the magazine’s display typeface, TC Stillson, a modern recreation of Stillson, designed in 1899 by the renowned Chicago type foundry Barnhart Brothers & Spindler. Last updated Christmas, 2003.

                    Deanna McFadden

                    Deanna McFadden recently bought a fixer-upper in the Village of Brockton. Currently, not losing her mind is on the top of her list of priorities. She has contributed to the magazine since 1999. Last updated summer, 2006.

                    Dakota McFadzean

                    Dakota McFadzean is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Best American Comics and Mad, and on Funny or Die. His books include Other Stories and the Horse You Rode In On and Don’t Get Eaten By Anything. He co-edits, with Andy Warner and d.w., the comics anthology Irene. He lives with his wife in Toronto, where he works as a storyboard artist for DreamWorks. Last updated winter, 2015–2016.

                    Cassidy McFadzean

                    Cassidy McFadzean lives in Regina and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She published her first collection, Hacker Packer, in 2015. Last updated winter, 2016–2017.

                    David McGimpsey

                    David McGimpsey has written six collections of poetry, most recently Asbestos Heights, which won the A. M. Klein Prize. He is the Montreal fiction editor of the on-line journal Joyland. Last updated summer, 2016.

                    Catherine McGuire

                    Catherine McGuire lives in Sweet Home, Oregon. Her work has appeared in the Smoking Poet, the New Verse News, Folio:, and Adagio. Last updated summer, 2010.

                    Scott McIntyre

                    Scott McIntyre lives in Beaconsfield, with his wife, daughter, and beagle. His work has appeared in Crank, Descant, and Regina Weese. Last updated Christmas, 2005.

                    Sally McKay

                    Sally McKay lives in Little Italy. She is an artist, writer, and curator. Last updated summer, 2008.

                    Saro McKenna

                    Saro McKenna is a Seaton Village resident. She is a national science fair winner and has been awarded a scholarship to complete high school in Switzerland. Her first published work appeared in the Christmas, 1999, issue of Taddle Creek. Last updated Christmas, 2000.

                    Lauren McKeon

                    Lauren McKeon is the editor of This magazine. Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

                    Matthew McKinnon

                    Matthew McKinnon lives in Koreatown, though his heart belongs to Parkdale. He is the editor and designer of, the designer of, and an instructor of journalism. Updated November, 2013.

                      Brian McLachlan

                      Brian McLachlan lives in the Grange Park area. He writes for Owl, writes and draws the cartoon The Princess Planet, for the Toronto Star, and has written for Vice. He is the author of the graphic novel No Dead Time (Oni, 2004). Last updated summer, 2005.

                      Leanna McLennan

                      Leanna McLennan is from Saint John, New Brunswick, lived most of her life in Toronto, and currently lives in New York. Her writing has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Broken Pencil, Fiddlehead, and Geist. She has performed in the Second City touring company and currently writes and performs comedy. Last updated summer, 2019.

                      Mark Medley

                      Mark Medley lives near Little Italy, Toronto. He writes about arts and culture for the National Post. His writing has appeared in publications across North America, including the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Descant, This Magazine, Spacing, and the Mississippi Review. Last updated summer, 2010.

                      Shawn Micallef

                      Shawn Micallef lives in Downtown Toronto. He is a senior editor and co-owner of Spacing magazine, and the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (Coach House, 2010). He recently wrote the text for Patrick Cummins’s new photo book, Full Frontal T.O. (Coach House, 2012). Last updated summer, 2012.

                      Chris Michalski

                      Chris Michalski lives in Etobicoke. His poems and translations have appeared in Prism International, the Antigonish Review, the Spoon River Poetry Review, the Marlboro Review, Fire, and Puerto del Sol. Last updated summer, 2008.

                      Robb Mirsky

                      Robb Mirsky is one-third of the Read More Comix collective, whose eponymous comic features Robb's Lemon Brigade. Last updated winter, 2019–2020.

                      Alex Mlynek

                      Alex Mlynek is a former contributing editor of Taddle Creek. She is a writer, editor, and researcher. Her work has appeared in This Magazine, Azure, and Broken Pencil. Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

                      Susan Mockler

                      Susan Mockler lives in Summerhill. She has recently completed a collection of linked short stories, entitled Not Available in Canada. Last updated summer, 2007.

                      Susana Molinolo

                      Susana Molinolo lives between Little India and the Beach. She is a mom, wife, writer, and editor. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Now, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. She is currently the editor of Triathlete magazine and a columnist for, and is writing/editing a parenting anthology about nursing in public. Last updated summer, 2006.

                      John Montgomery

                      John Montgomery is the art director of Reader’s Digest. His work has won several National Magazine Awards. He has contributed to the magazine, originally without credit, since 2000. Last updated winter, 2017–2018.

                        Mary Ann Moore

                        Mary Ann Moore lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She facilitates Flying Mermaids, a women’s writing circle. Her poetry has appeared in the Church-Wellesley Review, Seeds, and Jones Ave. Last updated Christmas, 2006.

                        Nathaniel G. Moore

                        Nathaniel G. Moore lives in Christie-Ossington. His books include Wrong Bar (Tightrope, 2009) and Pastels Are Pretty Much the Polar Opposite of Chalk (DC Books, 2010). He also wrote the film Macho Girls, which was inspired in part by his short story “Savage.” He once held the record as the author most rejected by Taddle Creek. But not any more. Last updated winter, 2012–2013.

                        Lisa Moore

                        Lisa Moore lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is the author of three novels, Alligator, February, and Caught, and two story collections. Her latest book is the young adult novel Flannery. Last updated summer, 2017.

                        Jim Munroe

                        Jim Munroe has written graphic novels and prose novels praised by Pulitzer-winner Junot Diaz and comics legend Neil Gaiman, and lo-fi sci-fi feature films applauded by Wired and the Guardian. His political video games have appeared at Sundance and Cannes, and he co-founded the world's first videogame arts organization. He was an Art Gallery of Ontario Artist-in-Residence in 2014. He has contributed to the magazine since 2001. Last updated Winter, 2019–2020.

                        George Murray

                        George Murray lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is the author of three books, including The Cottage Builder’s Letter (M. & S., 2001). His work has appeared in publications in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Last updated summer, 2006.

                        Terry Murray

                        Terry Murray has been a medical journalist for more than 35 years. She has held staff positions at Canadian Family Physician and the Medical Post, and been a consultant for the World Health Organization. She also writes about non-medical subjects, including architectural history. Her specialty is reclaiming forgotten lives, including those of Toronto sculptor Merle Foster, and Murray’s own parents and their contributions to the civil-rights movement in the nineteen-sixties. Her book about gargoyles and other architectural sculpture, Faces on Places: A Grotesque Tour of Toronto, won the 2007 Heritage Toronto Award of Merit. Last updated summer, 2018.

                        Dimitri Nasrallah

                        Dimitri Nasrallah lives in Montreal. His second novel, Niko, was nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International impac Dublin Literary Award. Last updated summer, 2017.

                        Jacqueline Nelson

                        Jacqueline Nelson lives in Yorkville. She is a business reporter with the Globe and Mail’s Streetwise team, writing about market-moving news. Previously, she worked for Canadian Business, where she was a writer and fact checker (and sometimes even a model). Last updated summer, 2012.

                        Hal Niedzviecki

                        Hal Niedzviecki has published numerous books, including the short story collection Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened. He is the fiction editor, founder, and publisher of Broken Pencil. He has contributed to the magazine since 1997. Last updated winter, 2014–2015.

                        Erisa Niru

                        Erisa Niru lives in Mississauga. She is a writer, artist, and costume creator. Last updated Halloween, 2008.

                          Peter Norman

                          Peter Norman lives in Bloorcourt. His first book of poetry, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was published in 2010 by Mansfield. Douglas & McIntyre will publish his debut novel, Emberton, in 2011. Last updated summer, 2011.

                          Ronit Novak

                          Ronit Novak is a photo director, photographer, teacher, and animal lover. She has been observing squirrels all her life. Last updated summer, 2014.