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Julie Mannell is an author of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She taught creative writing at George Brown College and was acquisitions editor at Dundurn Press where she spearheaded their new literary imprint, Rare Machines. Mannell was named one of the Top 30 poets under 30 by In/Words Magazine, shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, and the recipient of the Lionel Shapiro Award for Excellency in Creative Writing and the Mona Adilman Poetry Prize. She currently lives in Welland, Ontario.

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“I have much to learn from Julie Mannell. I loved her letter nominating herself as a Rising Star and I can't wait to read and cheerlead her novel manuscript, Little Girls, and her poetry manuscript, Niagara. The word that I wrote down when I read her application was ‘velotic.’ I can already feel her velocity and hunger as a writer and composer of wonder. I feel that Mannell is already an incredible author who just needs that one step closer to a mentor who can introduce her to agents and publishers. I’m so proud to be able to help. Mahsi cho, Writers’ Trust, for pairing us together.”