Who's in Gifted 2018? The team behind Glass Buffalo

By Michelle Ferguson December 4, 2018

Matthew Stepanic reads from a Glass Buffalo publication -- (Shayne Woodsmith/EEDC)

Need a local gift? Shop Gifted 2018 the Edmonton Made catalogue. There are over 100 products featured in the catalogue by over 80 different Edmonton businesses. Below is a profile of one of them:

With no literary magazine to submit to, students in the University of Alberta’s creative writing program took it upon themselves to create one in 2012. Despite donning cap and gown, editor Matthew Stepanic and designer Joseph Siracky continue to publish the magazine six years later.

“Most of my writing from those classes are tucked under my bed," says editor and co-founder Matthew Stepanic. "It would have been really cool to see if it was of value to anyone.”

Many promising writers have submitted to Glass Buffalo, including Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Benjamin Hertwig and Writer’s Guild of Alberta award winner Sadia Masud.

As Edmonton welcomes more and more immigrants, Glass Buffalo aims to better reflect these new voices. The literary publisher’s first foray into chap books, Water explores the lives of four spoken word poets from different cultures.

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