who we are

Free Lit Magazine is currently comprised of an Editor-in-Chief, a Literary Editor, three Staff Writers, and a plethora of contributors. Each individual puts in their time and talents to this magazine to make it the incredible publication that it is. 

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Ashley newton (creator/editor-in-chief)

Ashley is a writer, editor, and graphic designer based in Toronto and Kingston, ON. She holds an Honours BA in English and History, a Post-Graduate Honours Certificate in Scriptwriting, and a Certificate in Publishing. Her dedication to books and reading has led her to an aspiring career in publishing. She was most recently an intern and Production Assistant at Penguin Random House Canada.


eunice kim (literary editor)

Eunice Kim is a budding writer/poet and photographer. She is an active supporter of local arts communities and organizations. Eunice graduated from Queen's University in 2017 with an Art History degree and currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.



kyle climans (staff writer)

Kyle Climans is a published author, and freelance scriptwriter. His passion for writing drew him to earn a B.A. in English at the University of Ottawa, and a postgraduate certificate in Scriptwriting from Algonquin College. As the Social Media Coordinator for the Mississauga Writers Group, he provided three short stories for the group's 2016 anthology. Aside from that, Climans participated in the group's 2016 Write On Festival; he co-wrote, directed, and co-starred in a short comedy play put on by himself and other members of the group. Climans has also done rewriting work on three independent screenplays, two of which are currently in production.


alyssa cooper (staff writer)

Alyssa Cooper is an eclectic writer, dabbling in literary fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry with equal fervor. She is the author of three novels, a short story collection, and a poetry collection, with a poetry chapbook slated for release in 2017. She is currently living in Kingston, Ontario with her partner, two cats, and a Boston Terrier, where she is an active spoken word performer and a passionate member of the literary community. 

bruce kauffman (staff writer)

Bruce Kauffman lives in Kingston and is a local poet, editor, radio show host, workshop facilitator and an avid organizer of literary and occasionally music events. His work has been published in a number of anthologies, journals, and a chapbook in addition to his three full collections of poetry.

He has been facilitating his ‘intuitive writing workshop’ both in Kingston and areas outside it for the past 5 years. He originated and founded the monthly ‘and the journey continues’ open mic reading series nearly 8 years ago, and has hosted his weekly spoken word radio show, ‘finding a voice’ on CFRC 101.9fm for the past 7 years.