Listed in alphabetical
order by the Author's surname.
Clicking on the story title brings you to the book in which the story
is most recently published.
"Rosa Parks Had the Right Idea"
"Swimming in Mud"
Born in 1948, in Montreal, Arnie Achtman worked as a store clerk,
a short-order cook, a dance studio caretaker and an independent
performance artist. He worked as an actor and taught Expressive
Writing at George Brown College and the University of Toronto.
Arnie Achtman died of lung cancer on March 7, 2005.
"The Roti Shop"
"They Called Me Mad"
Selina Africaine immigrated to Canada from Guyana at the age of
twenty in 1970. Five years later, an accident left her with a mobility disability. At
forty-seven, with her children grown, Africaine returned to school and graduated with an English BA from the University of Toronto
in 2004. Selina spends her time writing and painting. She is in the
process of revising a book that she has completed. Selina plans to
get her T.O.E.S.L. certificate to enable her to help low-income adults
further their education.
"Nice Boys Say No" (with Arnie Achtman)
"Which Side Are You On?
"BK Variety: A Story in
"Garbage Man Selling DuMauriers"
"My Valentine's Day Rant"
"One Night in a Basement Apartment"
"Night Shift at BK Variety"
"SkyDome: Death of a Thousand Cuts"
"Tattoo--Blow Job Story"
"You Got a Hairy Back"
"You Got a Hairy Back" plus introduction
Sultan Ameerali, born in Toronto to Sri Lankan immigrants, in
1977, the third of four boys, financed his education with “bottom-feeder” jobs. He earned his undergraduate degree from the
University of Toronto and postgraduate diploma in journalism
from Centennial College. Earlier this year, Ameerali made his debut
as a professional boxer in Tijuana, Mexico. He currently lives in To -
ronto and works for CTV Newsnet.
"If You Miss Me"
"Dinner and a Movie"
Virginia Ashberry, born in Toronto in 1952, says that life was good until
age five, when things went downhill until she took charge of her destiny
at 40. Ashberry has been writing for six years and works for the city
"John Grierson: Father of Documentary"
Hopes for Human Organ Transplantation"
Syndrome: Biological Broken Telephone"
"The Cradle of Filth
"South of Assiniboia"
"Days With Dad"
"The Ban of Tryptophan
"How Many Points"
"Dipping History Into Chai"
Born in 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta, to parents of Ukrainian and Finnish
backgrounds, Bracco received her BA in English Literature from the University
of Alberta in 1985 and her MA in French Literature from the same university
Bracco taught English for one year in Paris, France, and then French and
Spanish for eight years in a University Studies program in British Columbia.
When she’s not riding her Suzuki Savage motorcycle, Bracco’s
passions include knitting and beadwork. Carole Bracco lives and writes
in Toronto, where she is enrolled in a PhD program in Second Language
Blood Balloon Bombs"
"The Fall of Man: A Brief Look at Male Menopause"
Aline Burke, born in 1960 in Blanc Sablon, Quebec, the eighth of
eleven children, moved fifteen-hundred miles from her home to attend grade nine in the Eastern Townships—the only option for
someone from her village who wanted to attend high school. Burke boarded with a number of families for three years and returned to
Blanc Sablon when she graduated from high school.
At eighteen, Aline moved to Montreal where she worked as a housekeeper for a wealthy family in the Town of Mount Royal.
When she couldn’t stand it any more, she came to Toronto. She
worked in restaurants, as a nanny, at the Women’s Movement
Archives and as a labourer doing demolition and construction. She
also went to university for three years. Aline Burke became a
painter and started her own business called Just Paint in 1987.
"My Classical Clarinet
"In A New York Minute"
Valerie Campbell, born in Jamaica, lived with her grandmother after her
parents separated, then moved to Oshawa, Ontario to reunite with her mother.
As a young adult, Campbell spent time in New York City before returning
to Canada, where she lives and works in Toronto as a Contract Administrator.
"Boat 52/110 Mindanao"
"New Year's Eve"
"The Prisoners of the Sea"
Queen of the Lake"
"The Red Tricycle"
"We Need Water"
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, Cianca immigrated to Canada in 1979 with her
husband and five children. She earned a B Sc degree from Tennessee Temple
University, a BA from the University of Western Ontario and both an MA
and a PhD from the University of Toronto.
Raised on an island in Lake Superior, Cianca’s love for wildlife
and the outdoors continues to this day. Other special interests include
children’s literature, writing and photography.
After years of teaching in both public and private elementary schools,
Sherri Cianca currently teaches Math Methods and special topics in Language
Arts to preservice teachers at Heritage College in Cambridge, Ontario.
"Chris or College"
"The Day Dad Died"
"Girl's Day Out"
"Santa and Other Lies"
"The Stovepipe Hole"
"The Day Dad Died"
Born in 1961 in the farming community of Campbellford, Ontario, Clark
worked as a nurse in Toronto for over a decade before she moved back to
"When the Knife Turned
"Waves Against Rocks"
"Travelling Black and White Across
In 1984, at eighteen, Clarke, her mother and two sisters emigrated from
Jamaica to live in Toronto with her older sister and brother-in-law. Clarke,
the mother of a thirteen-year-old boy, recently began her doctoral studies
In 1995, Life Rattle published Clarke’s Waves Against Rocks, a collection
of short stories. Clarke now works on a second book about her teenage
years in Jamaica.
In 2004, two years after she travelled from Toronto to Vancouver with
John, Clarke made the return trip with him. They are still together.
Teresa Coome grew up in North York, the daughter of Italian immigrants.
When Teresa was fifteen, her severely depressed mother abandoned the family.
Shortly after, her father did the same. Coome married at twenty-one, lived
in Texas, Florida, and Thailand and now resides in Stouffville, Ontario,
with her husband and two children, and studies psychology at York University.
"On The Floor"
Born in 1944, Glovertown, Newfoundland (before it joined Canada), the
eldest of four children, Coward left Newfoundland in 1968, lived, worked
and travelled all over the place before moving to Toronto in 1980. Coward
describes herself as feeling “like an emigrant from a country that
no longer exists.” She still considers herself as having one foot
in Toronto and one foot in Newfoundland, where her family roots run deep—her
great, grandfather Briffett came by ship from St. Malo, France as a stowaway.
Her mother’s family emigrated from England.
Married, with one son, Coward earned a degree in Arts and Education from
Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a postgraduate
certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College in Toronto,
and an MS (OD) from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Interested in education, business, human resources management, organizational
change consulting and coaching, Coward is an active member of the Open
Space Institute Canada and The Association for Creative Change in Organizational
Renewal and Development. Audrey Coward writes and works as a change consultant
and coach in Toronto.
"God Knows Where that Thing’s Been"
"In the Middle of a War Zone"
"Who Was Tom Thomson?"
"The Day After"
"History and Film"
"In Search of the
"The Christmas Clown"
"A Bright Nighttime"
"The Dead Cow and the Hay Soldiers"
"Spaghetti, Eggs and Signorinas"
"Going to My Brother's
"How I Became a Teacher"
"The Marlboro Man
"Mini Heart break Festival"
"Tapes Bad, CDs Good"
While working towards a minor in Professional Writing at University of Toronto at Mississauga, Adam spent five years writing and
editing for UTM’s student newspaper, The Medium. He then attended Sheridan College, earning a post-graduate diploma in Journalism-New Media.
Adam has written for the web, for several print publications, for
CTV Newsnet and read his short story “Christine” on CBC Radio
One. He has now returned to the University of Toronto at
Mississauga, where he works as an examination coordinator and
"You Catch More Flies
"The Benefits of Biotechnology"
"Biotechnology: Genetic Cut and Paste"
"Farmageddon: Biotechnology and Human Safety"
"Hurt Not the Earth: Biotechnology and Environmental Safety"
"I Never Knew the Man"
"On the GO"
"The Spelling Test"
"There But for Blueberry Pie"
Karen Graham spent the first eighteen years of her life with a
tight-knit family in Enilda, a small Northern Alberta town where
nothing ever happened. Then she moved to the big city of Edmonton and met her husband Ken. Together they have lived under a
dozen different roofs, traveled to dozens of countries and parented
Karen writes stories about travel, stories about her children, and most of all, stories
about a tight-knit family in a small town where nothing happens.
Graham's book, Will I Have
Hair for Grad? One Family’s Experience with Adolescent Cancer was introduced last fall through the Life Rattle New Publishers Series.
"Now Playing: 1930-1981"
"The C-Tube: No
"Tethered Cord Syndrome"
"When a Neural Tube Defect Splits The Spine: Spina Bifida"
"You're Doing Great"
"One Dollar Host"
"The Pink Dress"
Born in 1970, in Village Jiantou, Linyi, Shandong Province, P.R. China,
Han spent eleven years at East China Normal University in Shanghai, where
she earned a BA in Chinese Language and Literature, and an MA in Chinese
Linguistics and lectured and taught Chinese as a second language.
Han immigrated to Toronto in 1999, taught in Heritage Language programs
and now researches immigrants’ experiences with language use and
learning, particularly within the Chinese community in Toronto.
Huamei Han lives and writes in downtown Toronto, where she completed her
PhD in Second Language Education at the University of Toronto, while doing
two assistantships and teaching Mandarin Chinese.
Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology (with Allan Peterkin)
Julie Hann is a registered occupational therapist and professional practice leader who has worked in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital for nineteen years. She provides service to the Clinic fo HIV-Related Concerns and the General Psychiatry Day Treatment Program.
"Ears That Stay
Where You Put Them"
"Why I Hate Tang"
"Computers and the
Hubble Space Telescope"
"The Coal Mine Disaster"
"The Home Visit"
"The Phone Call"
In 1967, Denny Hunte, age twelve, and his four siblings (one older
brother and three younger sisters) immigrated to Canada from Barbados. Rather than sending him to a Brockton Trade School (the
recommendation of the guidance counselor at Harbor Collegiate
Institute) his mother enrolled him in grade eight at King Edward
Public School. The following school year, Denny Hunte was accepted into highschool at the same Harbord Collegiate Institute.
Denny Hunte attended the Social Work Program at the then
Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. He currently works as a Case
Worker for the City of Toronto Social Services Division in an Ontario Works Program Office.
Denny spends his spare time writing and taking photography
courses. Stay tuned.
The Case of Sexual Selection"
"Inti Wara Yassi"
"On the Way to Uyuni"
Born in 1979, in Toronto, the middle daughter of three girls, Iscove has
always lived in Canada, aside from a semester abroad at Hebrew University
in Jerusalem and months of travel in South East Asia, the Middle East
and South America.
Iscove earned an honours BA in Economics, with minors in Management and
Jewish Studies from McGill University in Montreal and a Master of Teaching
from the University of Toronto.
Naomi Iscove lives, writes and dances in Toronto, where she teaches grades
four language arts and grade five math/science/social studies.
"Under the Van"
for Suicidal, Depressed, Psychotic and Schizophrenic Patients"
"Bow and Arrow"
"Three, Two, One"
Born in 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario, Kallis, a mother of two, writes stories,
makes and exhibits visual art, and campaigns to save trees from developers
"The Front Line"
"Paper, Rock, Scissors"
"Perspectives Speak Volumes"
"The Last Days"
"Where the Beautiful Birds Come From"
"A Casual Encounter"
Born to Polish immigrants in 1961, in Hamilton, Ontario, the elder sister
to two brothers, Kielar moved to Toronto to pursue her education in 1980.
She ended up staying—except for one year in London, Ontario where
she earned her BEd at the University of Western Ontario. In Toronto, Kielar
graduated with a BA in English and History from the University of Toronto
and an MA in Teaching from OISE.
Julia Kielar lives and writes in downtown Toronto, where she works as
an English teacher.
"The Funeral and the Mistress"
"Aquifers and Wells"
"Brain Aneurysm Strikes Suddenly"
"How Scientists Study the Moraine"
"Oak Ridges Moraine"
"Love, Kindness and
"The Red Brick Path"
"Going to Chinese School"
Born in 1975 in Ajax, Ontario, Lee spent a year in China, teaching English
and improving her fluency in Mandarin after graduating from university.
Lee works as an environmental writer and editor.
"Kung Fu Guy"
Seung Wan Lee, born in Seoul, Korea, the youngest of seven, came to Canada
at nineteen and studied design at the Ontario College of Arts, then practised
her art at the Harbourfront Craft Studio for three years. Lee lives in
Toronto and works as an interpreter and freelance artist.
"The East is
"A Fish Who Invited Itself to Dinner"
"The Godfather of Chinatown"
"Long Live Mao Tse Tung"
"Police Raid on Moonshine Pond"
"Woody and Mei Ling"
Born in India, to Hakka parents who emigrated from China in the 1920s,
Li grew up in the Chinatown of Calcutta. Li immigrated to Canada in 1972,
became a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario and now
works part-time in accounting while studying Religion and Professional
Writing at the University of Toronto. Li received a Canada Council writing
grant in 1998.
"Tent City Was Here '02"
"You Won't Be Interested"
"29 Carnation Avenue"
"The Solar Wind Creates The Northern Lights"
"A Starless Sky"
"F^%!ing South Asians"
Damian Mangat, born in England, immigrated to Canada in 1985. She has
worked and travelled abroad for most of her adult years. Mangat teaches
academic writing in a private school and works as a freelance editor and
writer as she completes a collection of poetry and her first novel.
"The Euchre Game"
"Bobby and Pinky"
Marie Margis, born in Ottawa, grew up in rural Ontario with twenty-one
siblings. After leaving home at sixteen, Margis moved to Toronto where
she lives with her husband and family and where she has just become a
"The Colour of Time"
"Colin and His Two
"Yes, Arnie, Sir"
Victoria Martinez, born in Manila, the Philippines, in 1953 the second
and feistiest in a brood of six, started travelling after college. She
visited Asia and Europe, then lived in Muscat, Oman, for three years.
Martinez arrived in Toronto in 1988 where she works for a law firm.
"Sharing Life Experiences"
Marilli Martyn, born in the small vil lage of Taufkirchen, Austria,
was raised by her paternal grand parents, former circus owners and
acrobats, after her parents separated soon after her birth. Her father
emigrated to Australia and her mother to Canada. At eighteen,
Martyn came to live with her mother in Canada, where she learned
English on the street and at her job as a sales clerk at Eaton’s.
In 1970 Marilli Martyn met her husband, and, from 1973 until
1977, they travelled through North, Central and South America.
They separated in 1984, leaving Martyn with two small children.
In 1985, Martyn enrolled in the Tran si tional Year Programme at
UofT. She graduated with a degree in Drama and English in 1990.
In 1991, Martyn became the Programme Secretary and Special
Events Coordinator for the Transitional Year Programme where she
assists students from all walks of life. She also tutors international
students and immigrants in ESL.
"Mrs. Doyle's Hurling Stick"
Donna McFarlane, born in 1958, the middle of three children and
the only daughter, in Rosemount, Quebec, moved with her family
to Ottawa when she was six. In 1977, McFarlane came to Toronto
to attend York University as a visual arts student. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982.
McFarlane found her self in increasing abdominal pain with no
definable explanation. As a result, she endured many misdiagnosis,
hospitalizations and surgeries, which she later chronicled in her first
novel, Division of Surgery, published by Women’s Press in 1994.
Prior to publication, segments were broadcast on Life Rattle.
Division of Surgery, short-listed in 1994 for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, is dedicated to Arnie Achtman.
Jillian McKelvey, ‘a late bloomer,’ in herited two passions from her
father. Writing and Scotch. Four years ago—shortly after his
death—she discovered them both. With collected credits from Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto, she studied
Professional Writing and Women’s Gender at UTM.
"My Mom and Bramalea"
"The Misty Trail"
"My Father’s Son"
"Scattered Bright Lights"
Eloi Minka, born in Cameroon, the second of seven children, grew up in
Douala, Cameroon’s largest city. Having earned a scholarship to
study in Canada, Minka arrived in Ottawa in 1989, where he earned a BSc
in Mechanical Engineering, then moved on to Queensland, Australia where
he earned a M Sc in Information Technology. Minka returned to Toronto,
where he works as a software engineer.
Kitty Molefe, born in Brakpan Old Location, Gauteng, South Africa, lived
in a community that was forcibly removed to Tsakane in 1974. Molefe now
lives in Toronto with her two teenage children. She works with human rights
"Human Cloning: A New Recipe for Human Life"
"Yes, I Can Cook on Time"
Zamerul Neshaw, born in Guyana, South America, arrived in Calgary, Alberta
in 1964, travelled by train to Toronto in 1966 and graduated from Seneca
College as a Library Technician in 1987. Neshaw, a proud new grandmother,
works as a library technician in Toronto.
"In Pencil Lightly"
"Fate by Numbers"
"Two Hard Years"
"Across the Street"
"Why Did He Say That"
"The Gravel Road"
"The Coat Hanger"
Born in 1976 in Toronto, Palladini left school at fifteen and lived on
Toronto streets for almost six years. Palladini recently graduated with
a master’s degree in philosophy.
"Cleaning the Bathroom"
"Walking on Harboard"
Born in 1976, in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, Pearce moved
from Newfoundland to Manitoba, from Manitoba to Ontario and from Ontario
to…? Along the way, she earned her MEd from the University of Toronto.
Tyler Pearce is not sure where she’s going but she is sure surprises
await. In the scant hours after her current job as an office lacky, she
takes pictures, re-arranges her bedroom furniture and dreams little dreams.
She is the Toronto editor for Tart magazine, an on-the-street culture
magazine published in Winnipeg.
Still Here: A Post-Cocktail AIDS Anthology (with Julie Hann)
Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of six books on medicine and cultural history. He is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities. (www.ars-medica.ca)
"Why Good Drugs
“Expressive Writing and Specialized Prose were the two most important courses I took at university. What I learned in the Professional Writing Program influences everything I read and everything
I write,” says Robert Price, a UTM graduate who works as a freelance writer in Toronto.
While studying at university, Robert worked five years as a
writer and editor of The Medium, UTM’s student newspaper. Since
graduation, Robert has written newspaper journalism, marketing
copy, sales proposals, training manuals, business communications,
fiction and non-fiction prose and teaches writing.
"Burying the Bibles"
An Application of Quantum Technology"
"The News Report"
"One Sunday Night"
"Two Days, Two Jobs"
"The Altropane Test
for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder"
Born in 1978, in Lublin, Poland, the elder of two girls to an English
teacher mother, and an Archaeologist father, Rejniewicz attended the Karol
Lipinski School of Music and Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Poland,
where she earned her MA in Linguistics.
She came to Toronto in 2002, where she earned her MA in Curriculum Teaching
and Learning, from OISE at the University of Toronto.
In addition to her studies and writing activities in Toronto, Rejniewicz
has travelled abroad and worked in England as a tour guide and a bartender.
She has taught English to children and adults in Poland, and worked at
OISE as a research assistant for the Language and Literacy program.
Paulina Rejniewicz lives, writes, plays violin and piano, participates
in the “Back End of the Donkey Theatre Group” and teaches
writing at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
"Dinner at Tom's"
"Sorry' Yes, Thank You"
Born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, Robbin came with her family to Toronto
in 1960. A stay-at-home mom, she makes time to paint and write.
Onezimo Rodrigues, born on a farm in Central Brazil, moved at the age
of ten to the city of Belo Horizonte and left school at the age of thirteen
to help his family. Three years later he completed his secondary education.
In 1987 Rodrigues moved to Canada, where he lives and works for the City
"My Secret Identity"
"An Orange and a Kiss"
"The Other Side of the Fence"
"Rendezvous in Montreal"
"Please Tell Me Your Memories"
"Prisoner of War in Camp #28"
"The Greek God and the
"My Mother's Underpants"
"Green Eyes Blue"
Claire Saunders was born in 1960 in Aylesbury, England and moved to Canada
with her adoptive parents and older brother, Simon, in 1962. She grew
up in St. Catharines, Ontario and moved to Kingston in 1982. For the next
twenty-one years, Saunders worked as a nurse, a physiotherapy assistant
and an administrative assistant in a long-term care and rehabilitation
teaching hospital in Kingston.
Claire Saunders lives in Etobicoke with her partner David, her two daughters
Emily and Laura, and Popcorn, their cat, “the little furry kid”.
Claire welcomes David’s children, Crystal and Stewart, into her
"The Future in
Born in 1974, in Montreal, Quebec, Sauvé moved to Ontario at the
age of two, with her Canadian father, Venezuelan mother and four-year-old
sister. In Ontario, she earned her BSc in Occupational Therapy and her
MA in Education, with a specialization in holistic and aesthetic education
and a thesis on stories and the imagination. From this educational base,
Sauvé found herself in a career that alternates between international
development work and writing and editing.
Stephanie Sauvé moved to Vancouver at the age of twenty-nine, where
she now writes, reads, enjoys the ocean and works in the International
Office at Simon Fraser University.
"When Milk Does
the Body Harm"
"Drive to the Jani
"Snoring and Sleep Apnea"
"The Polar Vortex
and the Ozone Layer"
Born in 1971 in Tehran, Iran, the eldest of four children in a Persian
family, Shayan earned her degree in English from Tehran University, and
a TESOL certificate from Abbey College, London, England.
After experiencing the difficulties of living in Iran as a female, Shayan
immigrated to Canada in 1999 and settled in Toronto, where she has earned
her MEd from the University of Toronto.
Faraz Shayan lives in Toronto, where she writes, reads and works as an
ESL teacher and as a translator for an Iranian newspaper.
"Give and Take"
"A Big Drum in a Small Blue Room"
"Fruits and Vegetables for the Russian People"
"The Kitchen Table"
"Ocean and Sky"
"A Trip to Israel"
"Under the Evergreen Roof"
Natasha Sigalov left home at thirteen years of age and has lived all
over Canada. Mostly she rambled about Toronto and Vancouver
and every highway in between. Sigalov lived on the streets, in rooming houses, deep in the woods on mountains, on the sand in
hidden beaches and in abandoned buildings—squats. Sometimes
she held down an apartment for a few months—but, mostly, she
She pan handled, begged and read for tunes for money. She ate
at the Salvation Army and any other soup kitchens or food vans she
found. Sigalov hitchhiked across Canada and entertained tired
truckers with her stories. She babysat children in winter, in
exchange for a spot to sleep on their parents’ floor. She trained dogs, chalked on cement, painted faces on rocks and glued pennies
Now she writes.
"To Whom it May Concern"
"DNA: How Does It
Tell Its Forensic Story?"
How It Kills"
"The Evolutionary Arms Race Between Bats and Moths"
Born in Scarborough, Ontario, in 1971, the middle child between an older
sister and a younger brother, St-Onge has a diverse background: a maternal
grandfather who emigrated from Lebanon in the 1920s, a maternal grandmother
who emigrated from Tchecoslovakia in the same decade, an Acadian paternal
grandfather from New Brunswick and a Native Indian paternal grandmother.
St-Onge has experienced both rural and city life. With her family, St-Onge
moved to a farm in Port Hope in the 1970s, then to another farm in St-Joseph,
New Brunswick in the 80s, and returned to Scarborough in the 90s where
she finished high school.
St-Onge settled in Toronto, earned a bilingual degree with honours in
Sociology and Psychology from Glendon College, York University, a BEd
from York University and a MEd in Educational Administration from the
University of Toronto. Her thesis for an EdD in Educational Administration
at the University of Toronto is in progress.
St-Onge’s love of travel and culture has taken her to the Caribbean
nine times, Europe eight times and Africa three times.
Engaged to be married, St-Onge looks forward to raising a family near
Toronto’s Harbourfront, where she lives, writes and works as a grade
four French Immersion teacher.
"Bobby and the Hearse"
"Husbands by Numbers, or Why Lucy Never Got Married"
"Saturdays and Little Boys"
"Six Where There Should Only Be Five"
"The Way We Crochet"
"Ebola Virus 101"
"Bananas, Chalgozas, and the History of East Africa"
"Expressive Writing with Arnie Achtman"
Heather Taylor spent her childhood divided between England and Canada
before her family settled in Southern Ontario in 1977. Taylor works in
Toronto where she lives with her husband and sons.
"Kielbasa and Candy Floss"
"Bridging Two Cities"
"A Member of the Cast"
Wendy Thatcher was born in England—no relation to that other
Thatcher—and came to Canada with her family in the early fifties,
when she was less than two years old. Thatcher grew up and went
to school in Richmond Hill. She started acting when she was eleven
years old, turned professional at sixteen and has been acting ever
She has appeared in every kind of theatre from Oscar Wilde
ingénues, to original alternative productions in the ’70s, touring
across the country and as a member of the Shaw Festival Repertory
Company. Wendy Thatcher has also written some very funny sto -
ries that have appeared on Life Rattle, displaying a well developed
sense for the absurd in the grimmest situations.
"From a Mountain Top"
"The Chief's Perspective"
"A Child's Perspective"
"The Mayor's Perspective"
"Latter Day Saints"
"Together in the Garden of the Last Supper"
"We're All Mad, I Tell You"
"Fifteen-Two and a Ghost"
"The Ladies' Annex"
"Tipper's Fruit Market"
"Half a Case of Oranges"
"A Heater and a Fan"
"A Ballerina and a Nurse"
Born in Toronto in 1976, the youngest of three and the only daughter to
parents who emigrated from a small Italian village, Veltri teaches grade
school in Toronto and lives in Mississauga.
"Driessena Polymorpha--Zebra Mussells"
"The Zebra Mussell Life Cycle"
"My Last Confession"
About Local Food: Four Conversations with Toronto Food Activists
Born in 1963, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to a Dutch-American father and
a Dutch-Canadian mother, Westerhof moved to Amsterdam shortly after birth
and then immigrated to Canada in 1967.
Westerhof earned her BA in English at Calven College in Michigan, then
a BEd at the University of Toronto. In 2004 she completed an MA in Education
For the past eighteen years, Westerhof has taught English in both public
and independent schools. In 2003, she co-wrote a textbook for secondary
school creative writing classes: The Writer’s Craft by Sue Harper
and Patricia Westerhof (Harcourt).
Patricia Westerhof lives in Toronto with a husband, two daughters, a cat
and a gecko. She teaches English and writes short stories.
"A Valentine's Adventure"
"Two Sides to One Story"