About Us

The Bolo Tie Collective is a SAMU student club whose mission is twofold: to bridge the gap between the students of the English and Communication Studies departments of MacEwan University and to foster a community within the broader MacEwan student body, comprised of those passionate about the process of creative writing.  The heart of the club, our creative writing circle, spawned the first anthology in 2016.

We call ourselves a community because we want to be that – a space where students with an interest in creative writing and editing can network, make connections and friends, and learn and practice new skills.

The Executives

Brendan Leach – President

Brendan is an English major and a Creative Writing minor from just east of the border and has been in Edmonton for six years now. Brendan is an avid reader and an aspiring author. It’s his first year with The Bolo Tie Collective and his final year at MacEwan University—he will be our acting president for the year. He enjoys writing satirical guides that are of absolutely no help to anyone.

Favourite book: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace  

Dream travel destination: Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Theodora MacLeod – Co VP (Communications)

Theodora has been a proud member of The Bolo Tie Collective for four years, and the Vice President – Communications three. After 10 years of university (having completed a B.A in English), she is preparing to hang up her backpack in April when she will earn her Bachelor of Communications in Journalism. When she’s not crafting pieces for school or working on one of her various writing projects under the pen name Atlee Bloom you can usually find Theodora on the rugby pitch or planning for her post-graduate adventure in vanlife.

Favourite Book: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Dream Travel Destination: U.K & Ireland

Sarah Hudson – Co VP (English)

If you’re looking for a true bibliophile, you’ve found one! As Co-Vice President in the English department, Sarah Jae ensures you don’t find any typos, taking the lead in editing and proofreading the club’s anthology.

Sarah Jae is in her fourth and final year at MacEwan as an English major, after spending two years in Professional Communications. With an undetermined path of authorship, she hopes to pursue a career in writing or editing. 

Favourite book: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Dream travel destination: Anywhere in Europe

Leane Mattson — Social Media Manager

Going into her final year at MacEwan as a Professional Communications major, Leane is excited to dive deeper into her passion for creative writing with the Bolo Tie Collective. After growing up surrounded by books, she entered MacEwan’s Communications program with a keen interest in editing and publishing. Leane loves all things fantasy, and she even has several different (unfinished) fantasy novel drafts saved on her hard drive.

Favourite book: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Dream travel destination: Rome

Ela Sakotic – Communications Manager

Ela comes up with the weekend writing prompts and keeps the blog posts coming. She has been an avid reader since she was a young girl, and the idea of publishing her own writing always excited her. Most of Ela’s current writing is creative non-fiction, but she is now experimenting with fiction and fantasy writing. 

Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Dream travel destination: Bali, Indonesia

Molly Staley – Events & Partnerships Manager 

After studying Contemporary Dance at Montreal’s Concordia University, Molly returned to Edmonton to explore her passion for the nonprofit sector through communications, administration, and advocacy. Molly has completed her diploma in Arts and Cultural Management at MacEwan University and is currently completing her degree in Journalism. Molly has also been Half-Blood recognized for her work in creative storytelling, filmmaking, and theatre. She is thrilled to join the Bolo Tie Collective!

Most importantly, Molly has a pug named Garry, who is the best boy in the whole world. 

Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Dream travel destination: Rātā, New Zealand.