E Martin Nolan is a poet, essayist and editor. He edits interviews at The Puritan, where he’s also published numerous essays, interviews and blog posts. His non-fiction writing focuses on literature, sports and music. His first book of poems, Still Point, was published with Invisible Publishing in Fall, 2017. More at emartinnolan.com.
Romila Verma lectures on water and environmental issues in the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and School of the Environment. An innovative teacher, researcher, speaker and author, she is also a founder of Water Speaks, an organization that seeks to find solutions to the global water crisis through research, education and action. Romila’s acrylic paintings, which draw on the various shades and forms of water in nature, combine her love of visual art and passion for teaching and research on environmental and water issues.
Nataliya Lapteva is a mathematician, and a competitive Irish dancer. She has been dancing for 13 years and has participated in professional company shows, including a performance at the Opening Ceremonies of the Toronto PanAm Games 2015. She will perform a Contemporary Set Dance, which is one of the three dances performed at a competition.
Clarinetist Peter Stoll has been an instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music since 1993. He will play a short unaccompanied piece in an improvisatory, jazz/folk style from an unknown Russian composer. The piece was once played in an entrance audition, and has remained a mystery ever since!
Catriona Wright is the author of the poetry collection Table Manners (Véhicule Press, 2017) and the short story collection Difficult People (Nightwood Editions, 2018). She works in the Engineering Communication Program.
Omar Ha-Redeye is a lawyer who practices civil litigation, including employment and labour law. He is a contract faculty member at Ryerson University, and Trustee for CUPE 3904. He has received numerous recognitions for advocacy on behalf of marginalized members of society. Omar is deeply concerned about the plight of precarious employment in academia, and will give a brief presentation on the Premier's new directive to universities requiring them to impose discipline on students for protesting hate speech on campus.
Judith Muster is a Writing Instructor at the University of Toronto. Her musical project, within, is a Toronto trio that embraces complexity. Over the past five years, they have crafted a unique, poetic sound, grounded in minimalist folk. within’s meticulous and unconventional song structures explore desire, disillusionment and vulnerability, and blend tradition with an avant-garde sensibility.