Kiel Torres

Kiel Torres is an emerging writer, editor and curator working and living on unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ territories. She thinks a lot about friendship, reading, embodiment, and fandom as apparatuses to navigate social and emotional worlds. Her chapbook Swan Dives was published by Artspeak in 2018 during her residency in the Studio for Emerging Writers. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Talks & Events

  • Covers Launch & Reading

    March 19, 2022


    A private celebration for the launch of Covers.

  • Some Summer Reading, 2021

    August 6, 2021

    Some titles for summer, 2021.


    James Albers

    Belcourt, Billy-Ray. A History of My Brief Body: Essays. Two Dollar Radio, 2020.

    Russell, Legacy. Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto. Verso, 2020.

    Zauner, Michelle. Crying in h Mart. Random House Large Print Publishing, 2021.


    Whess Harman

    McDonald, Wren. SP4RX. Nobrow, 2016.

    Passmore, Ben. Sports Is Hell. Silver Sprocket, 2021.

    Robinson, Eden. Return of the Trickster. Knopf Canada, 2021.


    S F Ho

    Jones, Gayl. Mosquito. Beacon, 1999.


    Tiziana La Melia

    ho, sf. George the Parasite. SPEC/FIC, 2020.

    Maté, Gabor. When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. Vermilion, 2019.

    Sapienza, Goliarda. Art of Joy. Picador, 2014.


    Reed H. Reed

    Bombardier, Cooper Lee. Pass with Care. Dottir Press, 2020.


    Kiel Torres

    Carey, Mariah. The Meaning of Mariah Carey. Griffin, 2021.

    Low, Trisha. Socialist Realism. Coffee House Press, 2019.

    Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein. The Freezer Door. Semiotext(e), 2020.



    Austin, David. Dread Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution. Pluto Press, 2018.

    Collis, Stephen. The Commons. Talonbooks, 2014.

    Mailhot, Terese Marie. Heart Berries: A Memoir. Anchor Canada, 2020.

    Vergès, Françoise. A Decolonial Feminism. Pluto Press, 2021.

  • Book and Cider Launch

    April 24, 2018

    Please join us on at 7 pm to celebrate the launch of these publications:

    Glue by Claire Geddes Bailey
    Swan Dives by Kiel Torres
    a lot, a lot  by Christian Vistan
    Liminal Ziplock by Emma Metcalfe Hurst
    Stop Wincing/We’re Fine by Cristina Holman

    Over the past ten months, the Studio for Emerging Writers has been running weekly/bi-weekly workshops, with occasional site visits, discussions, meals, walks, edits, bus and boat rides, readings, and hang-outs. During this time together, we brewed a cider along side a set of five chapbooks, each written by a participant of the Studio.

    Publications and refreshments will be available for sale.

    Special thanks to Sheryda Warrener, Stephan Garneau and Erica Wilk.

    Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement program for their support of this initiative.

    Claire Geddes Bailey is a writer and artist from Edmonton currently living in Vancouver, where she studies English Literature and Visual Art at UBC. She recently attempted to cut her own hair into a 2000s-chic mullet, an experience that resulted in a pixie cut and a new appreciation for the creative power of scissors.

    Cristina Holman is a writer and artist who holds a degree from the University of British Columbia, where she studied Psychology and Creative Writing. She works as an arts administrator and volunteers as a literacy mentor. Cristina has a pixie haircut that her grandparents love. She had a recent urge to ask for a bowl cut at the salon, but suppressed it. She is at peace with this.

    Emma Metcalfe Hurst organizes, catalogues, records, writes, edits, reads, watches, talks, and walks, more or less interchangeably. In 2017, she was a curatorial intern at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, and now works at the Western Front on Acts of Transfer, a project that aims to highlight and annotate the performance art by women from its media archive. She is revelling in the lightness of a fresh three-inch trim.

    Kiel Torres calls Vancouver home. She studies art history at the University of British Columbia and dreams of one day becoming a contestant on Jeopardy! Her writing has previously appeared in SAD Mag, the UBC Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture, as well as in publications for the Hatch Gallery, and the Museum of Anthropology. Her bangs are not a phase.

    Christian Vistan is a Filipino-Canadian artist originally from Bataan, a peninsular province. He works out of his home, his studio and various libraries in Ladner and Vancouver, BC. From 2016 to 2017, he was a Curatorial Assistant at Centre A, where he contributed to the gallery’s programs and exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in Canada, US, and the Philippines. Currently, he has hair past his shoulders and is contemplating an internal layer in the back.

    Sheryda Warrener is the author of two poetry collections: Hard Feelings (Snare, 2010) and Floating is Everything (Nightwood, 2015). Her work can be found online or in print in Event, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Hazlitt, The Believer, among others. In 2017, she was the recipient of The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for poetry. Originally from Grimsby, Ontario, she lives in Vancouver, where she’s a lecturer in the Creative Writing program at UBC.

    Moniker Press is a risograph print and publishing studio in Vancouver, BC, that works collaboratively with artists , designers and writers to produce small editions of books, zines and print ephemera.

    Stephan Garneau is a designer and writer based in Vancouver. In his work he is interested in the two-dimensional visual representation of information through textual, graphic and photographic mediums. In addition to freelance and self-directed projects relating to contemporary art and design, he works as an instructional designer for software. He is beginning his Masters of Visual Communication with a major in Information Design at Aalto University in fall 2018.


  • Covers

    Title: Covers
    Category: Anthology
    Writers: Whess Harman, S F Ho, Chandra Melting Tallow, Reed H. Reed, James Albers and Tiziana La Melia
    Editor: Kiel Torres
    Design: Stephan Garneau
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printed by: Moniker Press
    Year Published: 2021
    Pages: 58pp
    Cover: soft
    Binding: staples
    Weight: 100 g
    Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
    Edition of: 200
    Process: Risograph
    ISBN: 978-1-927630-14-3
    Cost: $20

    If a cover song re-interprets, rearranges, cites, edits, and pays homage to an original work performed by another artist, how can this form be applied to writing? In Covers, S F Ho, Chandra Melting Tallow, Whess Harman, Reed H Reed, Tiziana la Melia and James Albers embody the cover form in text and image to trace their references, relations, and obsessions.

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  • Swan Dives

    Swan dives

    Artist: Kiel Torres
    Category: Studio for Emerging Writer Publication
    Design: Stephan Garneau
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Erica Wilk, Moniker Press
    Year published: 2018
    Edition: 50
    Pages: 18p
    Cover: soft
    Binding: perfect bound
    Dimensions: 260 x 182 mm
    Weight: 85g

    ISBN: 978-1-927630-05-1
    Cost: $15