BIPOC Writers Mentorship Program Current Mentors

Adnan Khan has written non-fiction for The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, The Awl, and others. His debut novel, There Has to Be a Knife, was named a best novel of 2019 by CBC. He has served as fiction editor for The Puritan literary magazine and has taught creative non-fiction at the University of Guelph.


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.


David Ly is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in PRISM international, The Puritan, carte blanche, The Temz Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Augur Magazine, and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press, 2020), was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award. His sophomore poetry collection, Dream of Me as Water, is forthcoming in 2022. David is the Poetry Editor at This Magazine, part of the Anstruther Press Editorial Collective, and a Poetry Manuscript Consultant with The Writers’ Studio at SFU. 


Lily Wang is the founder and editor of Half a Grapefruit Magazine, an online literary magazine, and teaches creative writing workshops. She has her MA in English with a focus on Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Lily is the author of Saturn Peach (Gordon Hill Press, 2020).


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.


Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill and Quire, and Strange Horizons, among others. Her work has been nominated for the Rhysling Award and Best of the Net. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. Terese has previously volunteered with poetry reading series and facilitated creative writing workshops. She is the author of Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


Zarmina Rafi is a Pakistani-Canadian editor, writer, and curator. Her focus is on the substantive editing of literary fiction. In 2021, Rafi was on the jury for the inaugural Pavlick Poetry Prize in Canada. She has worked at Oxford University Press (with Katherine Barber), The Mercury Press, the Toronto Star, and Ryerson University.