Staff 2018/2019

Editor-in-Chief katie bio

KATIE SCHMIDT is a third year English major with minors in German Language and Writing and Rhetoric. She’s thrilled to be coming back for her third year at the Spec as Co-Editor-in-Chief and is looking forward helping curate work from the vibrant Speculative community at U of T. Katie is an avid coffee drinker, a tyrannical comma user, and a lover of all things unreal.


kelly bio

KELLY BILENKIS is a third year student at the University of Toronto specializing in English and majoring in Linguistics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, speculative horror, and stories where the two meet. This is also her third year at the Spectatorial, where her aspirations for this year’s journal are to emphasize a diverse representation of literature and art; letting the Spectatorial be a medium for the stories that need to be told.


 Senior Editor                                lawrence - cropped

LAWRENCE STEWEN is a fourth-year student pursuing an English major and two minors in History and Writing and Rhetoric. In his spare time, he enjoys indulging in pulp-era sci-fi and fantasy stories, playing and designing table-top roleplaying games, and learning as much as possible about the elusive sub-genre known as the Weird. He is excited to begin his third year in The Spectatorial as a Senior Editor. He hopes that all the words and sentences he cuts from your submissions will not come back to haunt him.

Senior Editorabhi bio

AVI DASGUPTA is a third year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student bent on the pursuit of mad science. He is an avid reader of comics and epic fantasy and sings the praises of Malazan and Berserk to any who will listen. When he’s not catching power naps on the subway, Avi can be found writing offbeat riffs on his trusty guitar and trying to rip off Mike Mignola’s art style. This will be his first year on board the Spectatorial as a Senior Editor  and he couldn’t be more stoked, not even if GRRM himself finally dropped a new novel.  

                                       Senior Editor 


VIVIAN LI (@eliktherain) is currently majoring in English and Philosophy. She is curious about most things and loves to learn and explore writing, music, and invention ideas. She has recently finished writing her short story collection, and is editing her novel. This year, she’s excited to be working with a team that loves the spooky and the magical.



20181020_171722Online Editor/Communications Manager  

GRUSHA SINGH is a second year student majoring in English, with a double minor in Book & Media Studies and Creative Expression & Society. Other than reading and writing, she enjoys listening to music and drinking copious amounts of tea. She is very excited to be managing/editing the Spec blog and social media this year and is also looking forward to another year on the Spec editorial board where she will have the privilege to read all of your spooky and otherworldly submissions.

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AMBER YE is a second-year student of Anthropology, Contemporary Asian Studies, and Philosophy. She apparently likes to study people but she doesn’t mind aliens either. She is ecstatic to return to the Spec as co-Online/Communications manager and a part of the editorial board. Besides making posters and reading submissions this year, she’ll also be watching sci-fi films, playing music, and trying to draw a planet on your latte.


First Year Editorial Board 

      ava bioAVA FATHI is a first year student looking to major in English or Middle Eastern History. She’s addicted to high fantasy and lives for the romance subplots. Ava wholeheartedly believes in all things supernatural, and has dressed up as a faerie for Halloween a total of six times. She’s looking forward to putting the “unreal” on paper this year with the Spec.




RScreenshot_20181105-161828_Snapchat (2).jpgILEY SWITZMAN is a first year aspiring to major in English. She is also interested in the disciplines of film and classics studies currently, and admittedly spends too much time watching movies, although arguably that is impossible. She likes to read pretty much anything, although mostly seeks out science fiction. Overall, she is very glad to be a part of the Spec’s editorial board this year, and looks forward to reading whatever will be submitted this year




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