Our wonderful readers

Renaissance is privileged to benefit from the help of our extraordinary volunteer acquisitions readers. They are the ones who go through the huge amount of great manuscripts we receive and help filter down what makes it to the acquisitions committee. We would be lost without their help!

Jade Benjamin

Jade Benjamin is a Canadian writer and editor who is fiercely in love with language, words, and magical worlds. After acquiring a double undergraduate degree in English (and Environmental Sciences), a Postgraduate Certificate in Book Publishing, and interning as an Editorial Assistant at Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. (Markham, Ontario) she discovered that freelancing allows her to fit work for independent author clients around her 9-5 expenses-paying job. She has a penchant for collecting interesting names and a fondness for projects that expand her knowledge of story structure and use of evocative language. When she isn’t working, writing, or editing, Jade can be found reading, keeping up with an inordinate number of podcasts, adopting furry family members, and contributing to Weeknight Writers events.


Connie Cook

Connie Cook is a semi-retired social worker with experience in families and children. She is currently employed part-time as a library aide, and has won a number of awards in the short story genre, including 2nd prize in the Stratford Rotary Club contest and 3rd prize in the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story. She has written a weekly column for a local newspaper, and has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. She belongs to a local Writers Group. Currently, she is working on her first fiction novel.

She has 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, writing, bicycling, walking, and volunteering in her local community.


Tea Gerbeza

Tea Gerbeza (she/her) is a queer disabled and neurodivergent poet, writer, editor, and multimedia artist creating in oskana kâ-asastêki, Treaty 4 territory (Regina, SK). Tea holds an MFA in Writing (University of Saskatchewan) and an MA in English & Creative Writing (University of Regina). Most recently, her scanograph, “My Father Catches Me Confronting Memory,” won an Honourable Mention in Room magazine’s 2020 Cover Art Contest, and she was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s 2021 Emerging Poet Prize. New work appears in the Literary Review of CanadaContemporary Verse 2, and untethered magazine. Tea is a 2022 Zoeglossia Fellow. She resides in the Canadian prairies with her spouse and three corgis.


Lin Lune

A Toronto based generator of art with words. Her/their work invokes deep thought about the human condition.


Cara Moynes

Cara has a B.A. in English and Linguistics and an Editing Skills Certificate. She loves fiction because it reminds her that change and growth are possible. That’s also why she really into houseplants.