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Alanna Yaraskavitch

Thesis supervisor: Charles Acland

Alanna Yaraskavitch is culture and fiction writer from Ottawa. Her culture writing has appeared in Canthius, Minola Review and PRISM, as well as in her Substack newsletter, Why’s World. In 2022, she self-published her novella Amy of Suburbia, about a 12-year-old girl's obsession with Green Day. She graduated from Carleton University with a BA Honours in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2017. Her research interests include feminist media studies, popular culture, fandom and television.



  • Amy of Suburbia: A Novella (August 2022)


  • Why’s World (January 2021-Present)

Literary Criticism

  • Any Other City by Hazel Jane Plante (Canthius, Spring 2023)
  • What We Both Know by Fawn Parker (Canthius, Fall 2022)
  • Made-Up: A True Story of Beauty Under Capitalism by Daphné B. (PRISM International, Winter 2022)
  • Personal Attention Roleplay by H Felix Chau Bradley (Minola Review, 2021)
  • A Dream of a Woman by Casey Plett (Canthius, 2021)
  • Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi (The /t3mz/ Review, 2020)
  • Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante (The /t3mz/ Review, 2020)

Film Diaries for In The Mood Magazine

  • Sound of Metal (2021)
  • Josie and the Pussycats (2021)
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