Elizabeth is a fourth-generation Hamiltonian, and her passion for this city, much like her roots, runs deep. She is an avid reader of CanLit, a lifelong Tiger-Cats fan, and longtime supporter of the local music scene, which mostly means she likes to listen to bands in bars. Elizabeth has worked as a library technician in libraries in and around Hamilton for 20+ years, and this is her second year on the gritLIT committee. She also writes the blog The Urban Info Girl, and apologizes in advance for all the swearing.
Elizabeth DiEmanuele joined gritLIT’s marketing team in 2016 and is thrilled to be contributing to Hamilton’s vibrant literary community. When she’s not hiding behind her books, you can find her working in marketing and communications at McMaster University and freelancing as an editor, writer, and coach in the Hamilton Area. Recent creative publications include Hamilton Arts & Letters and The Paper Street Journal.
Lindsay is an event planner and editor. In her early twenties, she worked in Toronto’s theatre scene and in her late twenties she became a Hamiltonian. She started to work with gritLIT for its 2015/16 season and is happy to continue for many more years. Her favourite quote changes as much as her hair style. Today, she loves, “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn.
Elysha Ardelean has worked at McMaster University as a Learning Support Librarian since 2014. Outside of work she serves on the gritLIT committee. Elysha is passionate about public libraries, local economy, cycling, textile arts, and community gardening. Her favourite Canadian writer is Miriam Toews whose combined humour and authenticity inspires her to look at daily life through a lens tinted with both grace and beauty.
William Dorey is a Marketing Committee Member for gritLIT. In his life outside of the literary festival scene, William is a writer and editor, as well as a co-founder of The Paper Street Journal. His short fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in The PSJ and Hamilton Arts & Letters. When he’s not reading or writing, you can find him buying books, talking about books, working at a bookstore, and rapping along to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Jessica Rose is a writer, editor, and book reviewer whose work has appeared in publications across Canada, including Hamilton Magazine, Quill and Quire, Room, Ricepaper, and This. Her blog, Not My Typewriter, explores local literature, history, and the arts. Jessica is also an editor at the Hamilton Review of Books and is the social media coordinator at YWCA Hamilton.