Editorial Team

The Volume 12 [spaces] Team

Heather Twele, Editor-in-Chief

Heather is a third-year undergrad pursuing an English Honours degree with a minor in Fine Arts. Her dual passions for creative writing and acrylic painting have led her to explore the integration of art and literature. Last year, she held the position of Associate Art & Design Editor, and she is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of [spaces] Vol. 12. Her short story titled “The Donation” was published in [spaces] Vol. 11. She plans to complete her Masters degree in English and make creative writing a lifelong pursuit.


Jade Coon, Associate Editor

Jade is a third-year English major and Media & Communication minor. She is a second generation TWU English major who has spent much time reading and writing on the BC Ferries trips between school and her home on Vancouver Island. Jade has published one piece of short fiction in [spaces] Vol. 11 and is Associate Editor on [spaces] Vol. 12 this year. Jade plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies and a career as a notary public after she graduates from TWU.


Riya Khurana, Associate Editor

Riya is passionate about her faith rooted in Jesus Christ. Born in India and raised in Nigeria, Riya has traveled worldwide and possesses an appreciation for many cultures. She moved to Canada in 2013, where she completed high school. She is now working on her B.Ed. with a Major in English and Minor in Special Education. Along with her passions for writing and working with kids, Riya desires to connect with her community and be a positive influence to everyone she meets.


Kirsten McAllister, Managing Editor

Besides working with [spaces], Kirsten has served as the Arts and Culture Editor for the Mars’ Hill student newspaper. Her interests range from the intersection of literature and theology, to philosophical children’s books. As a word-nerd, she is going into her fourth year as an English Lit major, and usually tells people that she is going to become a teacher when they ask her "What are you going to do with that?" Her ideal day would be riding her bike throughout the UK and having a beer where her favourite authors scrawled their ideas onto napkins.


Jemimah Fernando, Managing Editor

Jemimah is a fourth-year English Major, and this is her third and final year on the [spaces] team. She started out as Associate Editor on [spaces] Vol. 10, followed by Co-Events Coordinator on Vol. 11, and is currently Co-Managing Editor on Vol. 12 this year. Jemimah has a passion for editing and creative writing and would like to pursue a career in the publishing field. Jemimah is also passionate about teaching English as a second language to children, and she plans to travel the globe before she settles down in one place.


Caleb Spyksma, Art & Design Editor

A third-year Art & Design major and Sociology minor, Caleb has his sights set on the field of architecture and urban planning. His focus while at TWU has been primarily graphic design, however he has had the opportunity to engage with the campus through leadership roles, as SAMC representative on TWUSA and as a Discipleship group leader. Caleb has “too many hobbies and interests to keep track of” but has a soft spot for ecclesial architecture, a good beverage (tea, coffee, beer, wine, the list goes on…), anything outdoors, and late-night conversation about theology, literature, or the arts.


Sarah Dickens, Associate Art & Design Editor

Sarah is a second-year English major and Media & Communication minor, and is so excited to be the Associate Art & Design Editor this year! Her poem “Wibble, Wobble” was featured in [spaces] Vol. 11. As a teen, she wrote for the local newspaper in her hometown of Williams Lake and is passionate about hiking, playing piano, and writing. Ever since she was young, Sarah has dreamed of becoming a published author and hopes to one day merge her love of traveling and writing as a journalist.


Meilani Southern, Media Manager

Meilani is a third-year Applied Linguistics major and Theatre minor. She has traveled to over 20 countries, in search of new challenges, unexpected conversations with strangers, good food, and inspiration for her writing. She writes poetry mostly, and some plays and short fiction. Her poem “alley” is published in [spaces] Vol. 11. Before coming to TWU, she studied at Baptist Theological Seminary in Singapore. In the future she hopes to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators, doing language & ethnic arts development.



Madison Evans, Events Coordinator

Madison is in her fourth year at TWU studying English Literature and pole vaulting for the Spartans Track and Field team. She was a part of the 2016-2017 Mars' Hill team as Sports Editor, and in September 2016 was one of three undergraduates presenting papers at the Verge Arts + The Inklings conference. She is looking forward to building into a fantastic new volume of [spaces] in the position of Events Coordinator.


Matthew Steem, Advertising & Marketing Consultant

Matthew is passionate about exploring the intellectual, imaginative and emotional vibrancy at the heart of the Christian tradition: a tradition which should be perceived, from both inside and out, as full-to-bursting with joyous wonder. A graduate of TWU (MAIH), Matthew regularly writes for Off the Page (a ministry of Our Daily Bread) and Relief Journal: Art and Faith Unbound. His essays can also be found in White Gulls & Wild Birds: Essays on C.S. Lewis, Inklings and Friends & Thomas Merton (St. Macrina Press), Converge, Fathom, Altarwork, Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, and Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics.