About

I’m an award-winning New York-based print and audio journalist. I currently work as a producer on Crimetown for Gimlet Media.

Previously, I was a senior editor at the Walrus Magazine in Toronto, where I won a 2016 National Magazine Award for this feature about the singer Tanya Tagaq. I was also the editor-in-chief of the Montreal-based quarterly Maisonneuve, which, during my tenure, won Magazine of the Year at the 2012 National Magazine Awards. My journalism and fiction have been published in the the Awl,  the Globe and Mail, the National PostReader’s Digest, n+1HazlittJoyland, PRISM international, the anthology The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?, and many other outlets. 

In the past, I’ve worked as an editor at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a freelance book copy editor, a web editor at Reader’s Digest Canada, and a staff writer at Newser. I’ve spoken at conferences for organizations such as Magazines Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Professional Writers Association of Canada, and I participated in the Banff Centre’s 2012 Literary Journalism Residency.

I was first published in the Toronto Star, at the age of twelve, after winning a short fiction contest.

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Contact: drew.nelles [at] gmail.com