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.
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 MacLeod is on her third year as a member of The Bolo Tie Collective and is proud to fill the role of V.P. Communications for the second year in a row. Her love for the written word has been a prominent part of her life for well over two decades and she penned her first novel at age eleven. Though that book will never see the eyes of readers, she is working to publish a series under the pen name, Atlee Bloom. When she’s not studying Journalism at MacEwan or working on a book, Theodora enjoys rugby and hanging out with her cat.
Favourite Book: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Favourite Hot Drink: Apple Cider
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.