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.

David Alexander

Festival Director

David Alexander is the Festival Director for The Word On The Street Toronto. A published poet with over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience, David helped build Toronto’s Veg Food Fest, North America’s largest annual vegetarian food festival. His first book, After the Hatching Oven, was released by Nightwood Editions in 2018.

David manages artistic programming and overall festival production.

Maya Baumann

Programming Manager

Maya Baumann joined the WOTS team in 2017, excited to braid together her passion for the literary arts and her background in arts management, diaspora and Indigenous studies. Since, she has been helping connect diverse thinkers and creating platforms for them to share their ideas.

Maya manages artistic programming and relations with programming partners.

Rebecca Diem


Rebecca Diem writes smart and hopeful speculative fiction and poetry. She is the author of the indie steampunk series Tales of the Captain Duke and a contributor. An avid bookworm, Rebecca was once honoured to receive the ‘Nose in a Book’ award from her elementary school librarian. Somewhere between reading Virginia Woolf and Neil Gaiman she began to write her own stories, and has no plans to stop.

Rebecca manages communications, marketing strategy, and social media.

Sienna Tristen

Event Coordinator

Sienna Tristen is an author of speculative fiction and poetry who explores queer platonic partnership, radical compassion, and mythmaking in their work. A purveyor of many skills and talents, Sienna can lead a yoga class, speak to you in three and a half languages, and climb forty feet in the air on a pair of silks. She joined WOTS as an assistant in 2019 and wouldn’t stop bothering them until they gave her a full-time job in 2020.

Sienna manages event logistics and the festival’s exhibitor marketplace.

Board of Directors

Sarah Dunn, President
Amanda Olson, Vice President
Masood Abid, Treasurer
Nancy Cooper
Evan Dickson
Lauren Hummel
David Leonard
Cindy Ma
Grace O’Connell
Mary Sadlier
Alex Snider
David Torchetti