Helen Walsh, President

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Photo by Betty Wang

Helen Walsh is a publisher, producer and writer. Walsh took over the Literary Review of Canada in 1998 and, along with a small group of passionate literati, re-launched the magazine later that year. She has since grown the readership, reach and influence of the magazine by producing a highly popular series of public readings and talks. In 2005, Walsh founded Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society, an arts organization that supports the creation of new fiction, poetry and drama by culturally diverse writers. With the design and launch of the Ideas institute, Walsh aspires to build a broad-based public forum where Canadians can meet each other in a robust and respectful conversation about the future of Canada, and actively participate in the building of its future.

Zalika Reid-Benta, Program Manager, Mentorship

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Zalika Reid-Benta is a born and bred Toronto writer, TV fanatic and cheeseburger enthusiast. In 2011 George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch”. Her work has appeared on the CBC website, in the TOK 7 anthology and in Apogee Journal. She is an alum of the 2017 Banff Writer’s Studio and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in 2014.  Her collection of linked short stories, Frying Plantain, will be published by the Anansi imprint, Astoria, in Spring 2019.

Christian Sharpe, Manager, Business Operations

An arts administrator and manager for the past 10 years, Christian comes to Diaspora Dialogues from a performance background, and a strong belief in the power of mentoring in allowing the artist the keenest opportunity to emerge and find their own identity and voice. As a professional musician Christian has had the good fortune to have wonderful role models and to pass his own experiences on to nurture the next generation of musicians, and is proud to have a hand in growing this capacity for the writers who come to DD and leave transformed.

Miranda Newman, Manager, Events and Marketing

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Brice Ferré

Miranda Newman is a Toronto-based writer and co-editor of AFTERNOON. Her work has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Literary Review of Canada, The Walrus, Torontoist, and more. When she’s not writing, she supports the arts through event production for literary nonprofits like Diaspora Dialogues.