Off the Page: A National Magazine Awards Interview Series

Off the Page is an interview series featuring National Magazine Award-winning Canadian writers, illustrators, photographers, art directors, editors, and other creators. Our goal is to peel back the curtain on some of the best and most engaging magazine stories and content, and to learn something about the process of creation, the approach of the creator, and the impact of a great story.

We love reading magazines; we love the stories that they bring to light, that entertain and inform us; we love the written word and the visual art and the dynamic packaging that make magazines unique. And we love to chat with National Magazine Award winners about their craft, their passion and their careers.

Here are the conversations we’ve had so far:

Writers
Julia Belluz, blogger and 2-time National Magazine Award winner
Genna Buck, 2015 winner of Best New Magazine Writer
Catherine Dubé, 7-time National Magazine Award winner [also in French]
Dominique Forget, science journalist and 2-time NMA winner [French only]
Sierra Skye Gemma, winner of the 2012 award for Best New Magazine Writer
Virgil Grandfield, 2016 NMA winner for Investigative Reporting
Liz Windhorst Harmer, author and National Magazine Award winner
Richard Kelly Kemick, poet and National Magazine Award winner
Jeremy Klaszus, winner of the 2007 award for Best New Magazine Writer
Joshua Knelman, author and National Magazine Award winner
Arno Kopecky, author and 2-time National Magazine Award finalist
Alex Leslie, novelist and National Magazine Award winner
J.B. MacKinnon, 11-time National Magazine Award winner
Catherine McIntyre, winner of the 2013 award for Best New Magazine Writer
Heather O’Neill, novelist and 2-time National Magazine Award winner
Michael Prior, NMA-nominated poet
Carol Shaben, author and 2-time National Magazine Award winner
Suzannah Showler, 2013 finalist for Best New Magazine Writer
Jonathan Trudel, 7-time National Magazine Award winner [also in French]
Emily Urquhart, author and National Magazine Award winner

Visual Artists
Isabelle Arsenault, 2-time NMA-winning illustrator [French only]
Roxanna Bikadoroff, 4-time NMA-winning illustrator
Hudson Christie, 2015 winner of Best New Magazine Illustrator
The Coveteur, 2011 Best New Visual Creator
Byron Eggenscwhiler, 6-time NMA winning-illustrator
Adrian Forrow, NMA-winning illustrator
Marta Iwanek, 2016 Best New Magazine Photographer
Gracia Lam, 2-time NMA winner for Spot Illustration
Roger LeMoyne, 3-time NMA-winning photojournalist
Jillian Tamaki, 5-time NMA-winning illustrator
Ian Willms, NMA-winning photojournalist
Selena Wong, 2-time NMA-winning illustrator

Editors & Publishers
Curtis Gillespie, award-winning writer and editor of Eighteen Bridges
Sasha Emmons, editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent
Nicolas Langelier, writer and editor of Nouveau Projet [also in French]
Pascale Millot, former editor of Québec Science [French only]
Jennifer Morse, general manager of Legion Magazine
Judith Pereira, senior editor of Report on Business magazine
Brett Popplewell, editor of The Feathertale Review
Mark Reid, editor of Canada’s History
Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada
Jennifer Varkoyni, publisher of Maisonneuve
Charles Yao, publisher and art director of Little Brother

Art Directors
Christine Dewairy, art director of Toronto Life
Eng Lau, art director of FASHION Magazine
Domenic Macri, art director of Report on Business
Catherine Mullaly, art director of BC Business
Jean-François Proulx, art director of Nouveau Projet
Paul Roelofs, art director of Western Living
Marlena Zuber, art director of subTerrain

en français
Isabelle Arsenault, illustratrice et lauréate de 2 Prix du magazine canadien
Simon Diotte, journaliste et rédacteur du magazine Oxygène
Catherine Dubé, journaliste et lauréate de 7 Prix du magazine canadien
Dominique Forget, journaliste et lauréate de 2 Prix du magazine canadien
Nicolas Langelier, journaliste et rédacteur en chef de Nouveau Projet
Pascale Millot, ancienne rédactrice en chef adjointe de Québec Science
Jean-François Proulx, directeur artistique de Nouveau Projet
Jonathan Trudel, journaliste et lauréat de 8 Prix du magazine canadien

If you’re a National Magazine Award winner and would like to chat with us about your work, your perspective on Canadian magazines and the impact of National Magazine Awards, please get in touch with us.

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