The Soap Box

Meet the Team

Tali Voron
editor in chief // founder

An Undergraduate student majoring in English at the University of Toronto, Tali spends most of her time in the heart of the city, usually accompanied by a cup of coffee, her laptop, and the book she is currently reading. In her spare time, she pens down prose on her blog and is excitedly working on her second book. Tali’s other interests include fawning over any place with a patio or fairy lights, binge watching Netflix, laughing, spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying terrible puns. 

Katherine (katie) KL wong
Creative director

As an aspiring graphic designer, part time illustrator, and current undergraduate student studying architecture at Carleton University, Katie is passionate about all things related to art and design. Her interests include painting and drawing (understandably), playing video games, reading, singing, and practicing combat sports. Katie is proud to support a publication that generates excitement, exposure and inspiration for independent writers and artists alike. 

Alexa Stanislav
Graphic Designer

Alexa Stanislav is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer, working out of the middle of an Iowa corn field. When she's not navigating deadlines, you can usually find her tripping over the nearest curb, knitting, caffeinating, thrift shopping, or writing and reading poetry (hopefully not all at the same time). She's an avid believer that there is more to life than surviving an 8-5 week, which means she is always accepting new clients to keep the "starving artist" motif afloat. If you have a publication, flyer, PSA, exercise regimen, manifesto, novel, postcard, recipe book, or absolutely anything that you need beautified, give her a shout at

Shelly Zevlever

Shelly Zevlever is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles. 

Reilly Ballantyne

Reilly is a Humanities student at the University of Toronto studying English and Philosophy. She spends most of her time outside the lecture hall daydreaming, penning her original works, scribbling away in a sketchbook, and editing for independent writers in the online community. Although most of her résumé is dedicated to theatre, Reilly’s aspirations are targeted in literature and she looks forward to working in The Soap Box community. Her creative outlets include writing, theatre, fine arts, and thinking of six impossible things before breakfast.

Anna maria

Anna Maria is studying Ethics, Society and Law and English at the University of Toronto. When she isn't browsing books at a book store or satisfying her coffee addiction at one of the many cafés in downtown Toronto, she can be found cuddling with her cat. Anna Maria loves to read, write, play the guitar and quote Oscar Wilde. 

Carine lee

Carine is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English, French, and Women & Gender Studies. She is currently a blog writer and a copy editor for The Spectatorial, and hopes to one day write and publish her own novel. She is very excited to be a part of The Soap Box team. Her hobbies include writing music, trying new food with friends, and wondering exactly why a raven is like a writing desk.

Lamees Shah

An undergraduate student at University of Toronto Scarborough, double majoring in Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Disease; and Health Studies. Although she studies science, her curiosity and passion moves her ever so often into the realms of art and literature. She also loves taking photos and noting down inspiring words from anywhere and everywhere.

Faith hwang

My name is Faith Hwang and I am an English specialist at the University of Toronto. I am a copy editor for The Spectatorial as well as The Strand. I enjoy music, food, reading, and socializing with others. If not found outside, then I am most likely chilling on my bed cuddling my dog. 

zoe schmilovich
External relations

Zoe is a Life Sciences student at Queen’s University with marketing, photography, video production, and research experience under her belt. She loves to travel, read, hike, and is looking forward to seeing The Soap Box grow! 

aleks petlahs

Aleks enjoys coding and helped bring The Soap Box to life. He attends the University of Waterloo and is studying Mathematics and Computer Science. Aleks loves going for runs, biking, and eating delicious foods to satisfy his hunger.