Board & Staff

The Press is led by a dedicated and hard-working Board of Directors, which functions as the publisher. Counted among these are established writers, critics, academics, and journalists, who read and solicit manuscripts for the Press.

Board of Directors

• Sandra Anderson

• Douglas Barbour (President)

• Diane Bessai (Honourary Member)

• Thea Bowering
Thea Bowering is interested in writing that pushes against received ideas and forms of storytelling. She wrote an award-winning short story collection about urban outsiders called Love at Last Sight (NeWest Press, 2013) and has recently turned to bio-fiction. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and interviews have appeared in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies. Her master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the U of A has led her to sessional work as a film studies and creative writing instructor. She’s also a contract editor and freelance writer, and host of the literary radio talk show WORD on CJSR. She grew up in Vancouver but has lived in Edmonton within Treaty 6 territory for many years. Thea joined the NeWest board in 2018 and reads and edits fiction for the press.   

• Jenna Butler (Member-at-Large)
​Jenna Butler is the author of five award-winning books of poetry and essays. Her research into endangered environments has taken her from America’s Deep South to Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, and from volcanic Tenerife to the Arctic Circle, exploring human impact on lands under threat. A multiethnic woman interested in narratives of identity and place, Butler is a professor of creative writing and environmental literature at Red Deer College. She runs an off-grid organic farm in northern Alberta.

• Jennifer Bowering Delisle
Jennifer Bowering Delisle is the author of The Bosun Chair (2017), a hybrid of poetry and family memoir set in early twentieth-century Newfoundland. She has a PhD in English from UBC, and is also the author of The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration (2013). She regularly teaches creative writing at the U of A Faculty of Extension. She lives and writes on Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).

• Merrill Distad (Treasurer)

• Kit Dobson
Kit Dobson's most recent book is the non-fiction book Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017). He is the author / editor of four other books with academic presses— with two more forthcoming— and is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary. A member of the NeWest Editorial Board since 2013, he reads and edits primarily fiction and poetry for the Press. He can be found at

• Paul Hjartarson

• Smaro Kamboureli (Member-at-Large)

• Don Kerr (Honourary Member)

• Anne Nothof (Vice-President)
Anne Nothof PhD is Professor Emerita at Athabasca University, where she developed and tutored courses in literature and drama. She has published essays in Theatre Research in CanadaModern DramaMosaic, and the International Journal of Canadian Studies; and in Siting the OtherCrucible of CulturesCamden’s History of Literature in Canadaand the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. She has edited collections of essays on Sharon Pollock and on Alberta theatre; and a collection of Alberta plays. She is past president of the Canadian Association of Theatre Research, and editor for She has been a Board editor for NeWest Press since 1999, for which she has edited twenty-nine works.

• Michael Phair

• Sheila Pratt

• Eva Radford

• Leslie Vermeer (Secretary)
Dr. Leslie Vermeer, author of Last But Not Least and The Complete Canadian Book Editor, teaches grammar, editing and publishing, and communication theory at MacEwan University in Edmonton. She has worked as an editor for more than twenty-five years and has been extensively involved in Alberta’s cultural industries.


• Matt Bowes, General Manager (he/him)
Matt Bowes is the General Manager of NeWest Press. An avid film fan, he co-hosts Bollywood is For Lovers, a bi-weekly podcast on Hindi cinema. He has also presented two film series at Edmonton’s Metro Cinema Society, a monthly series comparing comic books and film called Graphic Content, and a retrospective on outlaw filmmaker Seijun Suzuki. His critical writing has appeared at The Pulp, Sequential Tart, and Luma Quarterly.

• Claire Kelly, Marketing and Production Coordinator (she/her)
Claire Kelly is a graduate of the master’s program in English – Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. She has worked in publishing for ten years and has written two collections of poetry, One Thing—Then Another (ECW Press 2019) and Maunder (Palimpsest Press 2017), and a chapbook, Another Final Girl: Horror Poems (Rahlia's Ghost Press, 2020). Her work has appeared in literary journals across Canada.

• Christine Kohler, Office Administrator (she/her)
Christine Kohler is a fine artist, and not-for-profit administrator. She has a Fine Arts Degree from GMCC and a Small Business Management & Administration Certificate from Lokken Career Training. A walk with a good coffee and her family is one of Christine’s favourite things to do.