About

Off Topic celebrates good writing by forging a community of readers and storytellers. We do this in a bunch of ways – through our monthly contest, where every submission receives feedback, through our Facebook group, and through select publications by a diverse array of writers.

Editor-in-Chief – Marion Lougheed

Marion Lougheed grew up in Canada, Benin, Belgium, and Germany. She remains hard to pin down. She is a writer, editor, and anthropologist. Her work has appeared in a variety of outlets and she has won or listed in several writing contests, including the 2021 Prime 53 Poem Summer Challenge (Press 53, Prime Number Magazine) and the 2021 Poem In Your Pocket Day Contest (League of Canadian Poets). Tweets @MarionLougheed

Production Manager (Canada) – Jennifer Mariani

Jennifer Mariani was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her poetry has been featured in Mosi oa Tunya Literary Review, Uproar (The Lawrence House Centre For The Arts), Off Topic Publishing, The League of Canadian Poets and Wingless Dreamer. She has been a guest judge for Off Topic Publishing’s monthly poetry contest. Jennifer writes about Africa; both the landscape and being white in post-independent Zimbabwe. She also writes about women’s issues including domestic violence and eating disorders. Jennifer currently resides in Calgary, Alberta with her two daughters, three cats and numerous volumes of Pablo Neruda’s poetry. She teaches ballet and her favorite poems are written for her children. Her chapbook All Forgotten Now (2022) is available from Off Topic Publishing

Editorial Assistant – Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson has lived in Ottawa, Ontario, all his life. He is a 4th-year student studying English and Professional Writing at Carleton University, a budding editor, and an aspiring writer who has been a reccurring judge for Off Topic’s monthly writing competitions since early 2022. Garrett is a fan of all things creative writing, but especially fantasy and anything that can be described as “Tolkien-esque”. He likes to sing and do voice impressions of fictional characters (to varying degrees of success).