Draft Reading Series
Reading Series … In process since 2005

Who are we?

Here are some of the folks who make Draft tick …

Gloria Blizzard is a non-fiction writer, poet and penner of songs, whose essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous literary publications, magazines and sound recordings. She is currently working on her MFA at University of King’s College, and working on her first book of essays. She also works as a grant-writer and communications specialist.

Kern Carter is a writer and author who has written and published two novels — Thoughts of a Fractured Soul and Beauty Scars. Kern is also a ghostwriter with credits in Forbes, the New York Times, Global Citizen and Fatherly.com, along with having ghostwritten several books. When he’s not penning novels or ghostwriting, Kern creates and curates stories through CRY Creative Group, his content creation brand that specializes in written storytelling.

Ron Edding was born in Montreal. He was educated at Dawson College, Concordia University and the University of Western Ontario. Ron has exhibited artwork and presented performances in Canada, England, Chile, Serbia and Mexico. Along with a lifelong individual art practice, Ron has always had strong collaborative relationships with other artists and writers. His latest collaborative venture is in the area of graphic novels. For over a decade, Ron has been involved, at a variety of levels (from board room to bake sales) in Toronto’s lively world of artist run culture. His work with the Draft Collective is the latest example. creators@coxwellstation.ca

Janet Macmillan is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked and volunteered in her children’s schools, dance companies, TIFF, animation studios and non-profit organizations. Janet is exploring an interest in literary art.

Maria Meindl is the author of The Work (Stonehouse) and Outside the Box (McGill Queen’s). Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals including The Literary Review of Canada, Descant, The New Quarterly and The Temz Review. She teaches movement classes in downtown Toronto.

Rolf Meindl was raised in rural Nova Scotia and has lived and worked in downtown Toronto for the last 30 years. He works in the IT field for Diabetes Canada and has a background in Programming, Project Management, Urban Planning and Cartography. Previously he has spent time in Europe, South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. You will usually find him cruising the streets of Toronto on his bike, sailing in the outer harbour on a Laser or in studious concentration over a Go Board.

Joshua P’ng lives in Toronto, Canada and has honourable mentions from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) writing competition. His work has appeared in the filling station, Dead Beats, untethered and the Great Lakes Review. While he is not writing he enjoys sketching people on the TTC, learning how to play the guitar and volunteering to stave off boredom.

Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt who is currently working in law in Toronto, Ontario. Their poetry, short fiction, and essays have been published internationally, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Antigonish Review, and The Stockholm Review. Their most recent chapbook is Rituals of Parsing (Anstruther Press 2018). They are a member of the band The Leafy Greens, which has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.”