Helen Walsh, President

Photo of Helen Walsh by Betty Wang
Photo by Betty Wang

Helen Walsh is a publisher, producer and writer. She founded Diaspora Dialogues in 2005. From 1998-2017 she was president of Literary Review of Canada and director of the Spur festivals. She has worked as a film and digital producer in the US and Canada, and her films have played festivals around the world, and been broadcast on television.

Zalika Reid-Benta, Program Manager, Mentorship

Photo by: Michele Comeau

Zalika Reid-Benta is a born and bred Toronto writer, TV fanatic and cheeseburger enthusiast. Her collection of linked short stories, Frying Plantain, was published by the Anansi imprint, Astoria, on June 4th 2019.  Her debut collection was named to the Giller Prize long list, and has been featured in many outlets, such as CBC, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Refinery29, Quill and Quire, NOW Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine and more. In 2011 George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch”. She is an alum of the 2017 Banff Writer’s Studio and a Columbia University MFA fiction graduate.

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.

Hailee Mah, Manager, Events and Marketing

Hailee Mah is a graduate from Western University’s Media and the Public Interest. Hailee has developed promotional graphics, social media and website updates for Diaspora Dialogues and hopes to continue further work in the communications industry. During her spare time, you can catch Hailee enjoying happy hour, running or eating pavlova.