Crystal Chan is a writer and editor.
Why 'hooked on culture'?
I love the dual meanings of the word: culture as in arts and creativity, and culture as in society, identity and heritage. I cover both sides and am particularly interested in the intersection between the two.
Bylines // CBC, Reader's Digest, Sight & Sound, Maisonneuve, The Forward, The Montreal Gazette, The Montreal Mirror, Nightlife, La Scena Musicale, Musicworks, Opera Canada, Cult MTL, Alt.theatre, Yankee, The Rover, The Huffington Post, The Montreal Review of Books, Side Street Review, Strut, Naked Eye, Ioncinema (among other publications)
Recognitions // 2012 CBC Edible Nonfiction Challenge winner; 2010 Quebec Magazines Awards Prix de la relève runner-up; 2008 Quebec Writers' Federation Ann McGregor Memorial Cultural Journalism scholarship winner
Experience // Currently editor of the "QWF Writes" (Quebec Writers' Federation) digital column, I was formerly the Managing Editor of La Scena Musicale magazine and Program Coordinator of ELAN (English-Language Arts Network). I was also the Managing Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor and Copy Editor for the McGill Tribune. I've juried journalism awards and been asked to speak about writing and media.
I can take photos to accompany my stories. You can see sample photography here, including shots from the Bastille during the 2012 French presidential elections and the one-year anniversary of the 15-M Movement in Spain, one of the major inspirations for Occupy Wall Street.
I also write, edit, lay out and translate (French to English) copy for organizations, websites and academics.