Publishing what no one else will.
Since its incorporation in 1993, filling Station has encouraged dialogue among local and national writers through publication of their work. The magazine is dedicated to publishing high-quality experimental literature and the professionalization of its volunteer members.
Meet the team.
Omar Ramadan he/him
Omar (he/him) is a Muslim Lebanese Canadian poet, writer, and University of Calgary PhD student based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. Omar's poetry has been published in Lida Literary Magazine, and his first chapbook titled Sesame Love was published with Moon Jelly House. His forthcoming work include a novella titled Jerrycan Jinn (2023) with That Painted Horse Press and a poem "Lebanese Zaatar Mix" in The Exquisite Corpse: Anthology with One Button Press (2022). He's excited to be taking over as managing editor at fillingStation, and is looking forward to working alongside the collective in the next two years.
Tasnuva Hayden she/her
Tasnuva Hayden is a writer based in Calgary, Alberta, where she works as a consulting engineer and editor for filling Station, Canada’s experimental literary magazine. Her work has appeared in Nōd, J’aipur Journal, Anti-Lang, carte blanche, Qwerty, and more. She is also the author of An Orchid Astronomy (University of Calgary Press), a book of experimental poetry cataloguing a migrating requiem of memories, mythologies, and science in the face of climate catastrophe and personal collapse.
Rachel Shabalin she/her
Rachel Shabalin is a writer who loves discovering and sharing the work of emerging artists and creatives. Her work has appeared in Prism, the Minola Review, untethered, Dream Pop Journal, subTerrain, and others. She has been the 2nd-Runner-Up for the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction, and shortlisted for Room's CNF contest. She is currently working on a short story collection.
Kyle Flemmer he/him
Director at Large, Board of Directors
Kyle Flemmer is an author, editor, and publisher from Calgary in Treaty 7 territory. He studies digital poetics at the University of Calgary. Kyle's first book, Barcode Poetry, was published by The Blasted Tree in 2021.
Ethan Vilu they/them
Poetry Editor and Circulation Manager
Ethan Vilu (they/them) is a poet and editor from Calgary. Their longsheet A Decision Re: Zurich was published by The Blasted Tree in 2020, and their poetry and reviews have been featured in a variety of outlets. In addition to their role as filling Station's poetry editor, Ethan also serves as the magazine's circulation manager, and has previously worked as managing editor for NōD Magazine. Their number one dream is to own and campaign a racehorse named Imaginary Friend.
Maryam Gowralli she/her
Maryam Gowralli is a poet, writer and editor of Trinidadian-Indian and Indonesian descent. Her debut poetry collection, Citizenship in Water is forthcoming with That Painted Horse Press in late 2022. Her works have appeared in PRISM International, Freefall, The Selkie, The Caribbean Writer and more. She is currently pursuing a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. You can find her at: www.maryamgowralli.com.
Cristalle Smith she/her
President, Board of Directors
Cristalle Smith is published in Arc Poetry Magazine, Room Magazine, QWERTY Magazine, The Maynard, and elsewhere. Cristalle won subTerrain Magazine’s Lush Triumphant Literary Awards for Creative Nonfiction in 2020. She has a chapbook with Frog Hollow Press and is a PhD student at the University of Calgary in Creative Writing.
Jani Krulc she/her
Director at Large, Board of Directors
Jani Krulc's first book, The Jesus Year, was published in 2013. She is the co-host of Flywheel Reading Series and sits on the board of filling Station Magazine. Jani lives with her family in Moh'kins'tsis, on Treaty 7 Territory, Alberta, and is at work on a novel.
Marc Herman Lynch he/him
Vice-President , Board of Directors
Marc Herman Lynch is a PhD student at the University of Calgary and the president of filling Station magazine. Between 2014 and 2019, he was the curator of flywheel Reading Series. Every summer he works with the creative team at Wordsworth Youth Writing Camp to work with young writers. He resides in Moh'kins'tsis, otherwise known as Calgary, in Treaty 7 Territory, Alberta. His debut novel, Arborescent, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2020.