Our Writers & Creative Team

Our Writers

jk business headshotJenna Kalinsky, 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

AliceNeiley Writing Instructor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.com Alice Neiley, Writing Instructor

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.

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

Marcia holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her writing has appeared in 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 by House of Anansi. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize and was a finalist for the 2017 Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux Fiction Award. In 2016, her play, Recess, was part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival. Currently she also co-organizes the Emerging Writer Reading Series in Toronto.

Lori A. May, Writing Instructor & Editor

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

Anna Sonser, Writing Instructor

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.

Dr. Liat Radcliffe Ross, Academic & Business Editor

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.

 

Melissa Campeau, Freelance Journalist

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

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.

 

Pascale Potvin Assistant for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comPascale Potvin, Assistant

Pascale is a writer and actor from Toronto currently completing her BAH in Stage & Screen Studies at Queen’s University. She has taken on major roles in stage productions such as Hairspray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also acted in and written the award-winning short films “Walk of Fame” and “Beat.”

 

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

One Lit Place Associates

 

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