NICOLE LEONA SMITH is a writer and theatre creator based in Cambridge, Ontario. Her work as a playwright has been supported by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the Shaw Festival, and Canadian Stage. Girls From Away is Nicole’s most recent play-in-progress – a co-creation with Newfoundland’s Berni Stapleton, in development through Newfoundland’s Arts and Culture Centres and set to premiere in 2021. Nicole’s essays and short fiction can most recently be found in The New Quarterly (Issue 155) and Ember Chasm Review (Issue 02). She is currently working on her first novel, with support from TNQ & the OAC.