The Cross-Stitch Team


Amber Gallant wrote a couple of poems when she was six years old, but deemed them awful and switched to writing short stories instead. Nowadays, she explores culture, environment, and the tangible wonders of the everyday through her writing. She cites Lucia Berlin and Anthony Doerr among her influences; her work often features a precise naturalism paired with the intricacies of psychological transformation. She finds deep empathy in the written word, and enjoys providing access to books to college students through her work at the UC San Diego Library.
Chase Boisjolie is a writer and teacher from San Diego, California. His poetry has been featured in A Literation and The Ignation magazines. Having always had a deep reverence for world religions, Chase enjoys writing stories grounded in reality, but that verge on themes of spirituality and mysticism. He moved to Vancouver, Canada, in the spring of 2018 where he now teaches English as a second language.


Briana Tarmas is an administrator by day, writer and editor by night. She moved from California to England in 2018 and enjoys surrounding herself with young professionals and artists alike. She loves collaborating on creative processes and helping to craft a writer’s story into the best version it can be.


Carli Erin Boisjolie is a Vancouver-based printmaker and bookbinder, and holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her practice often explores ideas of identity in relation to place, using letterpress, drawing, and the form of artist books. As a printmaker, her work explores process, pattern, sequence, and repetition, which are inherent to the discipline. Her work has been exhibited in Vancouver, Portland, and Japan.