What does it mean to be a publicist? I’ll be thinking about this question a lot as I start in this position, filling the shoes of a dear friend, and collaborating with so many great editors and authors in my future at carte blanche! I’m so excited that I get to help people discover this journal daily, and see the progress we make as we grow, as we highlight important literature and art, and as we continue to work towards something we can be proud of.
I’m also excited to be working on a journal once again, after having finished my time at Spectra (a queer lit journal) a couple of years ago and excited for the opportunity to be working with new and exciting literature and art. Publicists seem to have that special role of helping people discover and gain access to literature in the world that is brimming with new content. I’m also excited to help give a face to all of our lovely editors and to remind you that we are writers and creators as well, not just faceless red pens (the horror!) marking the work you send us. We are a vibrant and talented team, grateful that you trust us with your work and so excited to do some of our favorite things, read and edit. —Eli Tareq Lynch
Eli Tareq Lynch is a poet working in Montreal. Their work has appeared in The Puritan, carte blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, and elsewhere, and they have participated in the Banff Centre’s ‘Centering Ourselves’ BIPOC residency. They are currently the Publicist at carte blanche, and the Events Coordinator at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.