BIPOC Writers Mentorship Program Current Mentors

Adnan Khan has written non-fiction for The Walrus, the Globe and MailThe Awl, and others. His debut novel, There Has to Be a Knife, was named a best novel of 2019 by CBC.



Anam Ahmed worked at John Wiley & Sons for five years before branching out and becoming a freelance copywriter, content strategist, and editor, working with a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to professional athletes, and entrepreneurs to academics.



Leanne Dunic is the author of the transmedia projects To Love the Coming EndThe Gift, and One and Half of You. She is the Fiction and Hybrid-forms mentor at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, and the fiction editor at Tahoma Literary Review. She is also the leader of the band The Deep Cove, and lives on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səl̓il̓wətaʔł (Tsleil-Waututh) people.


Lily Wang’s debut poetry collection Saturn Peach was published by Gordon Hill Press in 2020. Their debut novel, Silver Recognition, will be published by House of Anansi in 2023. They received both their BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto.



Nour Mallouh is a freelance editor/creative consultant, who straddles both the publishing and television industries. On the publishing side, she completed an internship at Scholastic Canada, where she honed her pitching skills and learned how to build campaigns to promote books. During her time at The Rights Factory, she substantively edited manuscripts and drafted pitch letters to publishers. On the television side, she has worked on a diverse slate of projects, including children’s/teen shows, educational series, and a documentary film.