Saturday, May 6, 2023
Varscona Hotel Edmonton
Thomas Bennett Room
Join the WGA as we present readings from the emerging writers of the 2023 Mentorship Program. The writers will be introduced by their mentors and will read from writing that they have been working on with their mentor for the past few months.
The event is free and open to the public, friends, and family!
- Katherine Abbass
- Falon Fayant
- Tracy Fox
- Saraswoti Lamichhane
- Anna Shannon
- Felicia Zuniga
Katherine Abbass (she/her) is a writer whose work has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Room, Riddle Fence, and Funicular. She currently resides with her dog, Angelou, on Treaty 6 territory.
Falon Fayant is a Métis writer from Redwater, Alberta. She lives with her partner, their four children, two dogs, and as many books as she can fit inside the house. In March 2022, ECW Press chose her young adult fantasy novel, Shadow of the Moon, for the shortlist of their Best New Speculative Fiction Contest. Shadow of the Moon also made the shortlist for the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers Writing for Children Competition in 2017. Her creative non-fiction essay “Sometimes I’m Afraid” appeared on the shortlist for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2019. As well in 2019, Falon placed first in the 2nd annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Mothers Who Write. She is working on her Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Calgary Continuing Education program.
Tracy Fox writes young adult dark fantasy, and explores the experience of growing up in Calgary in the 1970’s and 80’s through creative nonfiction. The two just might be related. She lives in Calgary with her husband, a ridiculous golden retriever puppy, and a complicated orange tabby.
Saraswoti Lamichhane is a life celebrator who honours the earth. Her work is influenced by landscape and life. She is a co-author of Six String : A Joint Anthology of Poems and her work appears in various anthologies including Of Nepaleae Clay, Stroll of Poets, and Outlying Voices along with journals in the USA, Canada, UK, India and Nepal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tribhuvan University and a Masters degree from Pokhara University. Sara is currently a student for a certificate in Creative Writing Program with University of Toronto. She has lived in Nepal, Toronto and now calls St. Albert, Alberta home.
Anna Shannon (she/her) is a writer with publications in Book of Matches, Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, NōD, Past Ten, Regulus Press, Remington Review and The Coachella Review. In addition to short prose, she is writing a novel about a female photographer’s adventures in post-confederation Canada. She holds credentials in psychology and professional writing from the University of Calgary and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To learn more, visit www.annawordsgood.com.
Felicia Zuniga is a poet, freelance writer, communication director, mom and wife. Felicia works full-time in communications. She is also a senior contributor to Birthing Magazine, where she has a regular column called #realmomtalk. Felicia freelances for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She has published 45+ articles, as well as over a dozen poems, in literary publications across the country. Her work can be viewed on her website at www.feliciazuniga.com. Felicia has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English, with a Creative Writing Concentration, from the University of Calgary. When she isn’t working or writing, you’ll find Felicia spending time with family and friends, spinning on her Peloton, volunteering with the Cure Cancer Foundation or planning her next vacation. Felicia is a born and raised Calgarian and lives in Calgary with her husband and two young sons.