Current Team

Manahil Bandukwala

Manahil is a tea-loving writer and artist from Pakistan, currently living in Ottawa.  She finds talented people to perform at the reading series, oversees the writer’s circle, makes occasionally funny posts on In/Words’ Instagram and Twitter, sends a lot of emails, makes fun spreadsheets, and does graphic design for In/Words. Manahil likes shiny paper, Minion Pro, and the clone stamp tool on Photoshop. Her work has appeared in In/Words, Bywords, the Puritan, the shreeking violet press, battleaxe press, where is the river, and Ricepaper, among others. She is an English major at Carleton University. Find her work on her website,

Jaya Budhia

Jaya stumbled into the In/Words office, and the staff can’t figure out how to get rid of her so they let her format. She is mostly human, though her sleep schedule says otherwise. She is a psychology major who likes to think of herself as a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and poet. Her only published work is found in The Valley Below, a 2011 Young Writer’s Anthology (don’t read it – it’s from 8th grade).

Brittney Cooke

Brittney is a self-proclaimed writer who doesn’t have much to show for it – yet! She is an English major with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Her favourite part about university has been editing her friend’s essays, so she thought maybe she would give a shot at editing the stuff that’s actually interesting to read. She got involved with In/Words by being in the right place at the right time and somehow the team has taken her in and shown her the ropes.

Sonja Peters

Sonja is basically best described as a perpetually tired pigeon, but with tired energy that doesn’t really make it appear that she actually would rather sleep. An English major at Carleton, Sonja loves writing, singing, and attempting to keep the few plants she still has alive. Sonja likes meeting new people and tries to make people feel included. She also likes to joke in an attempt to put people at ease and break the ice, but also has a knack for making these situations more awkward because of it. Sonja strives for a career in the arts and has the oddly impossible goal to be the best old lady in the near, but far future.

Matlock Hargrove

Matlock kept bothering the rest of the In/Words team until they agreed to take him on as the token white boi. He’s an aspiring writer and editor who spent nine years in the Canadian Armed Forces before he decided he needed a change, so he now studies English and Medieval History.