The amazing and talented two-time novelist Jeffrey Ricker, co-host for Swoon: Spring 2014, has had to return to his life and love in St. Louis, Missouri, and Vancouver will miss him. Especially Swoon. Especially me. But I am thrilled to let you know that while Jeffrey can’t host Swoon in person anymore, he’s agreed to continue doing some long-distance work for Swoon in the form of his wonderful graphic design. Thank you, Jeffrey, for all that you have done and continue to do for Swoon. It’s clearly a labour of love.
Taking up the co-host reins is the wonderful Sierra Skye Gemma! For those of you who were at Swoon: Spring 2014, you’ll remember Sierra for her hilarious and moving nonfiction essay about teaching sex ed to her son. I am pleased to announce that Sierra’s bringing her energy, insight, and love to her new role as co-host for Swoon.
Sierra is an award-winning writer and journalist recently honoured with a National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer, the top creative non-fiction award in Rhubarb’s Taboo Literary Contest, a long-list nod in House of Anansi’s Broken Social Scene Story Contest, and a BC Arts Council scholarship. She is an Executive Editor of PRISM international, western Canada’s oldest literary magazine. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, The Vancouver Sun, Plenitude, and elsewhere. Her essay “The Wrong Way” was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2013 anthology.
I’m so excited that Swoon is lucky enough to have such a fabulous addition to its team! I could go on and on about how much I’m looking forward to working with Sierra, but I thought I’d better check to make sure that the feeling is mutual. So I asked Sierra to say a few words about why she’s excited about Swoon’s little-big project of love:
The feeling is most definitely mutual!
I was thrilled when Ruth approached me with the opportunity to co-host Swoon. I really enjoyed reading at the Spring 2014 Swoon because it brought all my favourite things together: love, sex, chocolate, amazing writing, and wonderful people. The night was filled with passion and pleasure and, well, who doesn’t want more of that in their lives?
I’ve organized other readings in the past and had a great time bringing writers and their work to Vancouver and its vibrant literary community. One thing I look forward to in the future is working with Ruth to champion the new books of first-time authors and help these up-and-coming literary voices find their audiences.
I can’t wait to share love, laughter, desire, and some very sexy stories with the Swoon community this fall!
Thank you for your lovely words, Sierra! I, too, am so proud that we’ll be bringing our audience exciting work from emerging writers, those still waiting for their first books and those with their first books, and all those between and beyond. It’s going to be amazing to have you help Swoon spread the love! Once again, a very hearty welcome to the Swoon team, Sierra!