From Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory, Evan J is a white male and the descendant of several settler families. During recent years while living in Toronto, Evan was an Editorial Assistant at Brick, A Literary Journal, and the Literary Director and Founder of Slackline Creative Arts Series, a popular showcase series and collective for emerging writers and artists. Evan now lives and writes in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, where he works as a literacy educator for Indigenous adults experiencing homelessness and/or addictions. Today, Evan is likely on a lake with no cell service.

Formal Education

Master of Arts, York University, 2017
Honours Year, Carleton University, 2016
Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba, 2012

Awards, Nominations, and Recognition

Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Writers 2019 – 3x recipient
Jury Committee Member for Ontario Arts Council Literary Project Grants in 2019
Vallum Award for Poetry 2018 – Winner
Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Writers 2018

Interviews and Media

“Interview with Evan J,” by Jordan Prato, (publication unknown), Fall 2019.
Want to be part of Toronto’s art scene? New monthly event encourages emerging artists to join in,” by Allyson Aritcheta, This Magazine, April 2017.
Interview with Evan Hoskins,” by Jason Freure, The Town Crier / The Puritan, February 2017.

Publishing History

Poetry Chapbooks

UrchinIn/Words Press, March 2018
Eugenie, The River Publishing, November 2017
BreadThe River Publishing, September 2017


“This poem is both thank-you and erotic,” subTerrain magazine, issue 83, Fall 2019
“Today’s news,” trash magazine, issue 2, Fall 2019
“Invaders: Mystery Space Riders,” subTerrain magazine, issue 82, May 2019
Bloor-Yonge,” Vallum magazine, issue 16.1, May 2019
“Prison’s Great Threat is Creative Constriction,” Grain magazine, issue 46.2, January 2019
“Wil, a Front Runner,” Echolocation magazine, October 2018
“The cyclist managed Patagonia,” Echolocation magazine, October 2018
“The sun sets, etc.” Vallum magazine, issue 15.1, May 2018
“Ignite! We are Fire, then Blackness,” untethered magazine, issue 4.1, April 2018
“A poem for the bagel-master,” The Veg fall 2017 issue, November 2017
“I sleep with mountains and politics and think of you once,” Soliloquies Anthology, issue 22.1November 2017
“David Harvey wears a t-shirt,” Soliloquies Anthology, issue 22.1, November 2017
“Mérida,” In/Words magazine, issue 17.1November 2017
Maché,” Scrivener Creative Review, volume 42April 2017
SUNFLOWERS,” Bywords magazine, April 2017
March,” Artichoke magazine, issue 6.6March 2017
“WHIP,” Ottawa Arts Review, issue 9.2February 2017
“Our books line the shore,” Apparatus (anthology of creative literature from Inspiritus Press), January 2017
“Fins for the Sickle,” Soliloquies Anthology, issue 21.1December 2016
“Marks on the ice,” Vallum magazine, issue 13.2November 2016
I want you to see the sky,” Bywords magazine, September 2016
“Sittin’ on a boat,” Bywords magazine, February 2016
so, anxiety,” In/Words magazine, issue 15.1October 2015
“County Sligo,” Spring’s Gentle Rain (anthology of writing from the Canadian Poetry Institute), 2015
“The Turbid Moment,” The Tracery of Trees (anthology of writing from the Canadian Poetry Institute), 2015


“Review of Tonguebreaker,” Hamilton Review of Books, Fall 2019
“The Curriculum Won’t Change For Us: A Review of Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves,” Existere, A Journal of Arts and Literature, issue 38.1, December 2018
“Review of Wendy McGrath’s A Revision of Forward,” Existere, A Journal of Arts and Literature, issue 37.2, March 2018
Review of Laurie D. Graham’s Settler Education,” Bywords magazine, February 2018
“Review of Jordan Scott’s Night & Ox,” Existere, A Journal of Arts and Literature, issue 36.1, October 2016
Fishing for an Asian carp solution,” Illinois Country Living magazine, June 2014
Traveling On A Budget,” The Manitoban newspaper, April 2014
O(H) NO! It’s Music Festival Time!,” The Manitoban newspaper, March 2014

Editing, Copywriting, and/or Proofing

Proofing and social media posts for Sioux Lookout’s Be Free, Be Me Conference in 2018.
Editing and proofing of Sara Mang’s short stories in 2018.
Editing, proofing, and social media management for Brick, A Literary Journal in Toronto from 2016-2018.

Writing Courses Facilitated

“Zine Making and Poetry” at Sioux Lookout’s Be Free, Be Me Conference in 2018.
“Poetry 101” at Urban International School of Toronto in 2017 and 2018.

Writing Courses Attended/Completed

“Poetry as Trauma Therapy,” WHEAT Institute (Winnipeg/Sioux Lookout), Winter 2019, Facilitator: Di Brandt
“Introduction to Poetry,” Carleton University (Ottawa), Spring 2016, Facilitator: Mark Frutkin
“Poetry 101,” University of Toronto (Toronto), Spring 2014, Facilitators: Ken Babstock and Jeff Latosik
“Introduction to Creative Writing,” University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), Spring 2012, Facilitator: Melissa Steele

Photography Publications

“Burnt-building skeleton near Igance, ON,” Brick, A Literary Journal, issue 102, December 2018