Upstart Press is based in Kingston, Ontario, and was founded by Christina Decarie, writer and editor, and DJ Berger, writer, artist, and graphic designer, as a way to combine their skills and passions to further their love of the art and writing communities in Kingston.
Among other projects, it publishes annually If I Knew Then: St Lawrence College Students Interview Business Professionals, a collection of interviews and essays used as a business communications textbook.
Christina Decarie is a freelance writer and editor, contributing regularly to Shameless Magazine, Quill & Quire, and Profile Kingston. Her fiction and other writing have appeared in Pottersfield Portfolio, Antigonish Review, The Puritan, All Rights Reserved (and other journals), and the anthologies Writing on the Edge (Siren Song Publishing) and Lake Effect (Artful Codger Press). Her chapbook, Nemesis Girls, is published by Black Bile Press.
DJ Berger is a graphic designer, artist and writer in Kingston, Ontario. His work has appeared in Prairie Fire, The Windsor Review, Geist, Subterrain, The Fiddlehead, Queen Street Quarterly, The New Quarterly, Event and others. The unpublished manuscript for his short-story collection - called Punishing Ugly Children - won the 2007 David Adams Richards Prize. This same manuscript will be published by Killick Press in fall 2010. His short story Scissors was a finalist in the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. His work and thoughts can be found at www.red-handed.blogspot.com.