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.
Molly Staley – President
Molly is thrilled to return to The Bolo Tie Collective, now serving as Club President. 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 recognized for her creative storytelling, filmmaking, and theatre work.
Most importantly, Molly has a pug named Garry, the best boy in the world.
Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favourite Movie: Muriel’s Wedding
Mya Colwell – VP (Communications)
Mya is in her fourth year at MacEwan as a Professional Communications major, and she is thrilled to spend her final year neck-deep in creative writing with the Bolo Tie Collective. She loves anything to do with editing, whether that’s critiquing recipes on the back of a cereal box or working with student journalists at the griff. When she’s not editing or writing an article for a fast-approaching deadline, Mya can usually be found baking something gluten-free or forcing someone to play a board game with her.
Favourite Book: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Favourite TV Series: Fleabag or Good Omens (Something Funny!)
Derek Lantz – VP (English)
Derek Lantz is an English student somewhere near the end of his degree. Reaching writing by the long way around, Derek decided to take a break from Macewan to become a carpenter before returning to take on the Creative Writing program. He is happy that, in the interim, The Bolo Tie Collective has come about.
Favourite Book: The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Canadian Author Steven Erickson
Favourite TV Series: He is grateful the Sandman series didn’t suck
Ashley Alton – VP Student Engagement
Being a secret creative since she was a child, Ashley decided to change her direction in University from Psychology to English and Creative Writing. She has two pieces published in this upcoming Bolo Tie Anthology and will continue to submit and publish her work. She hopes to add to her writing skills by taking stand-up comedy, sketch-writing and theatre classes in the Winter.
Favourite Book: Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
Favourite TV Series: Frasier
Solange Bégin — Social Media & Submissions Manager
Entering her last year at MacEwan as a Professional Communications major and Journalism minor, Solange is a dedicated writer and editor with a passion for everything literary. As a long-term career goal, she hopes to become a publisher with House of Anasi Press based in Toronto. In the interim, she is excited to work closely with her team here at Bolo Tie.
Favourite Book: Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
Chelsey Karran – Treasurer
Chelsey is a 3rd year accounting major in the Bachelor of Commerce program at MacEwan. Looking to expand her interests and become more involved on campus, Chelsey saw the role as Treasurer as an opportunity to expand her interests in creative writing while also gaining experience in accounting. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family and cats, caring for her plants, and training with her Dragon Boating team.
Favourite Book: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Favourite TV Series: WandaVision
Brandon Lang – Communications Manager
After traveling and some introspection, Brandon has returned to MacEwan as a Philosophy major and a Creative Writing minor. Being a book hoarder and gaining an interest in creative writing through TTRPGs, he has decided to join the Bolo Tie Collective to be more involved with the writing community of MacEwan. Brandon likes to write horror, mystery, and some pulpy fiction.
He is also prepared to run a game of Call of Cthulhu RPG anytime, anywhere.
Favourite Book: King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Favourite TV Series: Godzilla: Singular Point
Brooklyn Byers – Events Manager
For Brooklyn, it all started in the fifth grade; a tempting cover on a corner table at her elementary school’s book fair. A geek was born from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. She got her start on fanfiction.net at the age of fourteen (she can neither bring herself to delete nor read them) but gave up in the tenth grade.
After several aimless years in university, Brooklyn returned to the only passion she ever had and one she decided she had the nerve to pursue – writing. Brooklyn is in her third year at Macewan and expects to graduate in December 2023 and arise from the ashes of academic burnout with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and with a double minor in French and History. She could not be more excited to share (and double!) her passion with the Bolo Tie Collective.
Favourite Book: The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Favourite Move: Thor: Ragnorok