I Heart Magazines is the podcast by the Magazine Association of BC.
In our third episode, All About Awards, published on June 23, 2022, you will be able to learn about the inner workings of the National Media Awards (NMA) and the foundation that presents them, from Leah Edwards. You can also hear Carleigh Baker’s NMA-winning story “Outraged on Your Behalf,” published in subTerrain Magazine. Plus, a rundown of the magazines getting award buzz and how publishers can get their work into the running.
Leah Edwards is a writer and communications professional living in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds a Masters in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in Room Magazine, and is forthcoming in Hazlitt.
Leah also worked at the National Media Awards Foundation as a Programs and Communications Manager until 2021.
Carleigh Baker is an author and teacher of Cree Métis and European descent. Born and raised on Stó:lō territory, she currently lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwəta (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Her debut story collection, Bad Endings, won the City of Vancouver Book Award, and was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Emerging Indigenous Voices Award for fiction. Her short stories and essays have been translated into several languages and anthologized in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her newest collection, Last Woman, and Mudlarkers, a novel, are forthcoming with McClelland & Stewart.
As a teacher and researcher, she is particularly interested in how contemporary fiction can be used to address the climate crisis. Her novel-in-progress, Mudlarkers, is a darkly satirical look at how modern conservationist movements have displaced Indigenous voices on issues of land stewardship. She was a 2019/20 Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities department at Simon Fraser University, where she also teaches creative writing.
Carleigh also won Silver in the Fiction category at the National Magazine Awards this year, for her story “Outraged on Your Behalf,” published in subTerrain magazine.
Asna Shaikh, with news by Sylvia Skene