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About Prairie fire

Staff and Editors


Carolyn Gray

Carolyn Gray recently achieved her MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan and is published in drama, fiction, and non-fiction.  She won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the Manitoba Day Award for Excellence in Archival Research for her play, The Elmwood Visitation. Her latest book is a biography, Dean Gunnarson: The Making of an Escape Artist.  She teaches creative writing and is a story editor. She’s the current Winnipeg Public Library Writer-in-Residence.

Assistant Editor:

Lindsey Childs

Lindsey was Office Manager for The Arts And Cultural Industries of Manitoba for four years before joining Prairie Fire. She was also a student in our 2009-10 Practicum in Publishing Communication and Leadership. Lindsey holds a B.A. in English and Creative writing from the University of Winnipeg. She is a writer, artist and crafter who explores themes of nature and whimsy.

Managing Editor:

Janine Tschuncky

Janine Tschuncky has had the pleasure of working with Prairie Fire Press since 2001. For the preceding seven years, she was the managing editor for Contemporary Verse 2. Her work has been published in various journals and she is the author of Queen of Rice Lake, a series of fictional stories set in the Bissett area, published in chapbook form. She has a passion for collaboration and is the coordinator of the Boreality Project.

Fiction Editors:

Marjorie Poor & Lindsey Childs

Marjorie Poor is a publications editor for Manitoba Education and Training, the editor of Prairie books NOW, and now a fiction editor at Prairie Fire. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire and at Theatre by the River’s annual fundraiser, Wine & Words, and is forthcoming in the digital edition of Vallum and in the fall 2019 issue of Cv2. She lives in Winnipeg.

Poetry Editors:

Barbara Schott & Lindsey Childs

Barbara Schott has always lived in Winnipeg, although her work as a fashion stylist frequently takes her to Asia. She is the author of The Waterlily Pickers (chapbook, Turnstone, 1989) and Memoirs of an Almost Expedition (Brick, 1999). In 2010 she won Descant’s Winston Collins “Canadian Poem of the Year” contest for “Thin Ice.”

Creative Non-Fiction Editor:

Janine Tschuncky

Book Reviews Editor:

Lindsey Childs

Drama Reviews Editor:

Rory Runnells

Rory Runnells is Artistic Director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press, and essayist for the Manitoba Opera program.

Advertising Sales:

Janine Tschuncky


Heidi Harms