Jason Lee Norman is one of the Edmonton's great writers. He has a glorious beard and is knowledgeable in almost any subject that exists. He has published words – #yegwords, more precisely – on the sleeves of coffee cups. He’s dispensed them from a short story vending machine at the Edmonton International Airport. And, he’s helped organize fun literary events like WordCrawl: a pub crawl for live readings, which gives some insight into Norman’s by-any-means-necessary devotion to writing. The Edmonton-based author wants literature to come out from under the covers and surprise people. His two-set winter anthology, 40 Below, is a compilation of stories, poems, and essays about or inspired by winter in Edmonton.
Jason is also the co-editor of the Funicular Magazine, which publishes short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry from emerging and established Canadian writers, as well as work from writers around the world.
Jason's publishing company, Monto Books, is Edmonton's newest (and most emerging!) independent publisher looking to capture the spirit of Edmonton and share it with the world. You can't spell Edmonton without M-O-N-T-O. Monto is the Cree word for the Creator's spirit, or the great mystery.