Meet the Team

The Word On The Street is more than a festival, it’s a community! Get to know our team, working year-round to help you discover great books by Canadian and Indigenous authors.

Sienna Tristen

director of programming

Sienna Tristen (they/them) is a poet, author, cultural worker, and perhaps secretly also a prunella plant! They love stories that feel nourishing and discussions that brighten the mind. Sienna’s had a hand in every WOTS department, but now calls Programming home.

Sienna sets the organization’s overall artistic vision and continues to shape the festival’s annual program.

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Haley Richardson

director of communications

Haley Richardson (she/they) is an artist and creative who moved to Canada from the US in 2019. She enjoys reading an endless amount of romance novels, crocheting, birdwatching,  playing cozy video games, and cheering on her hometown Carolina Hurricanes.

Haley crafts the festival’s identity and digital strategy.

Sarah Mosher

director of Community engagement

Sarah Mosher (she/her) is a lover of artistic storytelling. She enjoys diving into book-to-film adaptations, romance novels and feminist texts. A newcomer to the CanLit world, Sarah is excited to expand her literary tastebuds!

Sarah spearheads fundraising initiatives and cultivates community engagement.

A photo of Rebecca Diem with a text banner that reads 'On Leave Until August 2024'

Rebecca Diem

Rebecca Diem (she/her) writes hopeful speculative fiction and poetry. Her work includes contributions to and Write Magazine, as well as the indie steampunk series, Tales of the Captain Duke. She is the host of WOTS’ Read The North podcast, and loves getting to know people through their stories.

*on parental leave July 2023- August 2024*

Linh Vu

marketplace coordinator

Linh Vu (she/her) is a fiction and non-fiction book lover of various genres, from teen novels to food science! She has been working as a Project Manager and Event Manager for 7 years and is excited to be a part of WOTS 2024 to help enrich Toronto’s arts and culture scenes.

Linh coordinates with exhibitors and vendors, and assists with marketplace production.

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Kim Robinson



Kent Robinson



Lindsay Zier-Vogel


Board of Directors

David Leonard, President

Amanda Olson, Vice President

Evan Dickson, Treasurer

Nancy Cooper

Lauren Hummel

Cindy Ma

Grace O’Connell

Alex Snider

David Torcheti

Paul Nazareth

Program Advisory Committee

Cody Caetano
Dominik Parisien
Hana Shafi
Phoebe Wang