Our Writers & Creative Team

jk business headshotJenna Kalinsky, Editor, Instructor, Principal & Founder, One Lit Place

Jenna holds an MFA from Columbia University and has taught creative and academic writing at University of Toronto Scarborough, Humber College, and Western University, where she redesigned the Continuing Studies Creative Writing program.  Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appear in mainstream and literary magazines, including in the LA Times best-selling The Modern Jewish Girls’ Guide to Guilt (Penguin). Originally from Los Angeles, Jenna has lived in New York, Germany, and now makes her home in Toronto, Canada.

  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: instruction & coaching in craft and practice
  • Academic articles & dissertations: structural consultation & editing
  • Grammatical instruction
  • Manuscript consultation: developmental feedback & substantive editing
  • Copyediting & Proofreading
  • Web Copy: writing & editing
  • Business documentation

Marcia Walker, Writing Instructor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comMarcia Walker, Instructor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times, Fiddlehead, Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux fiction award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.

Anna Sonser, Instructor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Anna holds a Ph.D from the University of Toronto in English Literature. In addition to her non-fiction book, A Passion for Consumption: The Gothic Novel in America, she has published six novels under a pseudonym with Kensington Publishing in New York. She also has numerous newspaper, magazine and academic articles to her credit. She has taught at the university and college levels as well as taking on a coaching role as marketing and communications branding and change management consultant for financial and IT organizations. Fluent in French and German, Anna divides her time between Toronto and Southern California.

Rebecca Hales, screenwriting instructor at One Lit Place onelitplace.com

Rebecca Hales, Instructor, Screenwriting & Poetry

Rebecca Hales is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Bell Media Prime Time TV program and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. In 2016 she was awarded the Telefilm New Voices award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and was one of the Corus Entertainment Writer’s Apprentice Program participants at the Banff World Media Festival. Her credits include an episode of Travelers, the Showcase/Netflix sci-fi series from showrunner Brad Wright (Stargate franchise), working in the development room of Solstice, another Brad Wright original series, interning on the CTV drama series Saving Hope, and the Women in Film and Television Toronto Showcase award winning short film “Dissecting Gwen.” She is currently developing a political crime thriller with Rusty Halo Productions, a half-hour comedy series with creative partners in Toronto and LA, and multiple solo projects.

Vaishali Patel for Writing Wellness Workshops at One Lit Place onelitplace.comVaishali Patel, Instructor, Wellness Writing

Vaishali is a Registered Psychotherapist and narrative practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), and currently holds certification with The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has been counselling since 2003, and worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programming (EAP) for more than six of those years, gaining experience and a greater understanding of the importance of work-life balance, and overall wellness of individuals. In addition to individual therapy in her private practice, Vaishali runs RAW (Revealing Authentic Women) Support Circles and “good for you Ladies Night Out” events.

 AliceNeiley Writing Instructor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comAlice Neiley, Instructor, Nonfiction

Alice’s creative non-fiction prose has appeared in Eckleburg ReviewProvincetown Arts Magazine, and Underwater New York, and her poetry in Vantage PointNashville Review, and Tahoma Review. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Vermont and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog fellow and a teaching fellow. She is currently an adjunct professor of writing and literature at Champlain College, and regularly writes album reviews for a handful of independent musician clientele.

Kenneth Rosen Headshot journalist and nonfiction writer and instructor at One Lit Place onelitplace.comKenneth R. Rosen, Instructor, Nonfiction

Kenneth R. Rosen, a senior news assistant at The New York Times, is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a Robert Novak fellow, and a 2019 MacDowell Colony fellow. He is a contributing writer for WIRED, and is at work on two books: a work of literary nonfiction about tough love treatment programs for juveniles (Little A, 2020) and a book on the synthetic fiber known as Kevlar (Bloomsbury, 2019).

  • Query letters & book proposals
  • Nonfiction book consultation & editing

Keri Bertino headshot online writing instructor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comKeri Bertino, Instructor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Keri teaches in the MFA Writing program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. For eight years, she directed the Writing Center at Baruch College, CUNY, supporting both student and professional writers, and has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, humor, journalism, academic writing, and professional development for teachers at Columbia University, Baruch College, The Cooper Union, New York City Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, and in many other settings. She’s a fiction, nonfiction, and picture book writer completing her first novel. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Fametracker. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia, and a BA from Vassar College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches Writing through Motherhood workshops and is a mom to Sullivan and Willa.


Dr. Liat Radcliffe Ross, Editor, Nonfiction

For more than 15 years, Liat has been a freelance editor specializing in academic and non-profit work. She has worked in academia, print journalism, policy research and finance in the US, UK and Canada. Liat earned her doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford.


  • Academic Articles
  • Business documentation, writing & editing

Krista Foss, editor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comKrista Foss, Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Krista Foss is a writer of novels, short stories and creative non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and has twice been a finalist for the Journey Prize. Krista’s essay writing, which won the PRISM International creative non-fiction contest in 2016, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and featured in Best Canadian Essays. Her first novel, Smoke River, published by McClelland & Stewart, won the Hamilton Literary Award. She is a senior editor at Hamilton Review of Books, at work on her second novel,  a collection of essays about cycling and a television project.  She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Teresa D. headshot poetry editor at One Lit Place onelitplace.comTeresa Dzieglewicz, Editor, Poetry

Teresa Dzieglewicz is an educator, Pushcart Prize-winning poet, and a co-director of the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa (Defenders of the Water School) at Standing Rock Reservation. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the winner of the 2018 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize and she has received fellowships from Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, New Harmony Writer’s Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the NY Mills Arts Retreat. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize XLII,  Best New Poets 2018Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere.

Lori A. May, Instructor, Editor, Fiction and Nonfiction 

 Lori is the author of several books including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life (Bloomsbury), which was nominated for a Michigan Notable Book Award and named a “best book for writers” by Poets & Writers magazine. She writes across the genres, with publications including The Atlantic, Brevity, Midwestern Gothic, and Writer’s Digest. She is also a contributing writer for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. Her nonfiction specialties include travel, food, and memoir. For fiction, she seeks compelling characters and smart structure. For poetry, it’s all about lyricism. As a freelance editor, Lori has worked with Kaylie Jones Books (an Akashic Books imprint), Creative Nonfiction, Poets’ Quarterly, and other presses and journals. She teaches in the creative nonfiction low-residency MFA program at University of King’s College-Halifax. Originally from Ontario, Lori now calls the Pacific Northwest home.

  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: instruction & coaching in craft and practice
  • Manuscript Consultation: developmental feedback & substantive editing
  • Copyediting & Proofreading
  • Nonfiction Book Proposal: editing & consultation

Erica Fyvie, Editor at One Lit Place onelitplace.com

Erica Fyvie, Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Erica holds an M.A. from York University in film, and a B.A. from the University of Guelph in English and Drama. After working as a script editor at a family film company, she turned to educational editing and freelance writing. She’s worked with everyone from graduate students, marketing professionals, first-time writers, and grade school students to help them find their writer voices. Her first published book, Trash Revolution, for Kids Can Press, was released in April 2018.

  • Children’s, YA fiction & non-fiction
  • Academic dissertations & articles
  • General fiction & non-fiction
  • Copyediting & proofreading

Melissa Campeau, Freelance Writer

Melissa’s articles have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and association publications including the Financial PostCanadian LivingProfit and HR Professional. Having worked in both the private and not-for-profit worlds, she creates marketing, PR, web and branded content for a range of clients including Royal Bank, Humana, Great Place to Work and Engineers Canada. Melissa lives, works and treks about in Toronto, Canada with her husband, son and dog. melissacampeau.contently.com

  • Journalistic writing: editing, coaching and instruction
  • Marketing and public relations: writing and coaching
  • Web Copy: writing and coaching
  • Social media: writing and coaching
  • Pitch coaching for magazine and newspaper articles

Our Creative Team

Pascale Potvin Assistant for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comPascale Potvin, Assistant & Associate Website Designer & Social Media Manager

Pascale is a writer and actor with a BAH in Stage & Screen Studies from Queen’s University, Canada. She has published fiction in The Writing Disorder‘s Summer 2018 issue, and she is currently working on a novel trilogy. One of the award-winning films that she wrote, “Beat”, is being distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.  


Razili Datta, Programming Consultant

Razili is a program management and communications consultant specializing in international development programs who moonlights as a virtual community facilitator and content curator. She earned a BA in Economics and Government from Smith College and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Born and raised in northern California, Razili has lived in western Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and New Delhi, and currently resides in Toronto where she has learned to complain about the winters like a native.

  • Corporate and nonprofit report writing
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Presentation writing and development

Janet Hoy The Book Activist for the One Lit Place Online Book Club at onelitplace.comJanet Hoy, The Book Activist for One Lit Place

Janet Hoy is a social worker by day and an editor/blogger by night at wholelottataradiddle, where she reviews current books, podcasts, and TV shows. For the past five years, she has been hosting book clubs in Toronto. Currently, Janet is writing a folk horror podcast about the village she grew up in. She is often held hostage on her couch by her cat, Olive.


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Tamara Sztainbok, web designer and developer, Puzzle Box Communications

Having worked in the publishing industry for almost 20 years, Tamara well understands writers’ unique needs. She created Puzzle Box Communications, a web design studio, to give writers and creatives a professional and strategic online presence. Puzzle Box Communications provides sales funnel, email marketing, social media, and content marketing. Tamara lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. www.puzzleboxcommunications.com


  • Web design and development
  • Online strategy
  • Email marketing