Talent

Check out this year’s roster of internationally celebrated Canadian writers, editors, publishers, and artists. These talented individuals will be participating in readings, performances, and talks during the annual Word Vancouver festival.


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Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mysteries. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies and on BBC Radio 4.

Caroline Adderson is the author of three novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Caroline lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

Barbara Adler is a writer and accordionist for the band FANG.

Anita Aguirre Nieveras, an educator, writer and poet with published books, and World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ambassador and Director and performer.

Théodora Armstrong is a fiction writer, poet, and photographer. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines across the country such as Event, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Descant, The New Quarterly, and Contemporary Verse 2. In 2008, she won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, and her stories have been included in both The Journey Prize Anthology 20 and Coming Attractions 10. Her debut fiction collection, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility, is a depiction of families, friendship and human frailty set against the landscape of British Columbia. Théodora lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter. She is at work on her first novel.

Oana Avasilichioaei Wigrum’s translator, is a poet and essayist.

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Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author and educator. His books for young readers are funny, sometimes satirical, and always enjoyable for adults too.

Catherine Roscoe Barr is a writer and fitness professional. Before settling on the West Coast, she lived in Sydney, Toronto, Oregon, Montana, and practically everywhere in Alberta. When she isn’t working she can be found jogging with her adorable dog, dining with her fabulous husband, or voraciously reading.

Andrea Bennett’s work has been published in magazines across North America including Ms. magazine, Adbusters and Maisonneuve. She has been nominated for National Magazine Awards and the Journey Prize, and her poetry appears in anthologies from McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Ooligan Press. She’s currently at work on a non-fiction book about faith in Canada.

Geoff Berner graduated from the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program, where he received the Harry and Hilda Smith Foundation scholarship for top undergraduate student. He has written TV scripts for Sesame Street. Signed to Mint Records, he is an international touring singer/songwriter/accordionist who has played in eighteen countries. He lives in Vancouver.

bill bissett has exhibited his paintings in galleries throughout Canada and has published more than 70 books.

Dennis E. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher, and journalist, first published in 1975. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. (Writing) from the University of British Columbia. He taught Introductory Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia from 1995 to 1997.

Sa Boothroyd discovered that she enjoyed printmaking. Her home studio overlooks the harbour.

Peter Boychuk is a Vancouver-based playwright and is adapting Dante’s Inferno for a five-minute elevator ride as part of Theatre Yes’s National Elevator Project.

Carellin Brooks is the author of Wreck Beach and of Every Inch a Woman.

Una Bruhns is a poet and documentarian. She teaches creative writing at the John Braithwaite Community Centre in North Vancouver. She has collaborated with her students on two anthologies.

Robert “Lucky” Budd shares stories and documents oral histories. His book Voices of British Columbia is full of first-hand accounts of this province’s people and places.

Chris Bullock & Kay Stewart are a husband and wife team who write the Danutia Dranchuck mysteries.

Aaron Bushkowsky is a Vancouver-based film writer, playwright, and novelist and he is also a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.

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Kevan Cameron (aka “Scruffmouth the Scribe”) is a Canadian-Jamaican spoken poet, performer and scribe with the ability to condense issues of social justice, knowledge of self, identity, philosophy, history and freedom into creative poems for the page and the stage.

Daniel Canty is an author and director living in Montreal. His work touches upon the realms of literature, film, new media, theatre, visual arts and design. His first book was Êtres artificiels (Liber, 1997), a history of automata in American literature, his directorial debut, a Web adaptation of Alan Lightman’s novel, Einstein’s Dreams (DNA, 1999). Wigrum (La Peuplade, 2011), his first novel, soon to be published by Talonbooks in a translation by Oana Avisilichioaei, evolved from a 1998 web fiction. Its publication follows up on La table des matières, a trilogy of collective books of intricate graphical confection, on the topics of the city, food, and sleep. He is also the translator of books of poetry by Stephanie Bolster, Charles Simic, Michael Ondaatje and Erín Moure. In 2012, he wrote a libretto for Operator, an electroluminescent automata by Mikko Hynninen presented at Lux Helsinki, as well as Ad Nauseam, a play inspired by Annie Descôteaux collages.

Janie Chang was born in Taiwan and spent parts of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran, and Thailand before ultimately settling in Canada. She has a degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University. Recently, she attended The Writer’s Studio at SFU. Three Souls is her first novel.

Elsie Chapman graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. She lives with her husband and two children.

Winnie Cheung writes in English and Chinese. She has taken early retirement to create more personal space for reading and writing. “Poetry, flowing from our inner fount and distilled from lived experiences, is the ultimate expression of humanity”, says Winnie. She wants to celebrate and share it with other kindred spirits.

Jillian Christmas has won Grand Poetry-Slam Championship titles at both the Vancouver BedRocc poetry-slam (2011), as well as the Vancouver Poetry Slam (2012). An enthusiastic organizer within the Canadian poetry community, Jillian has facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country. She is currently experimenting with music/poetry fusion, collaborating with other musicians and poets.

Kim Clark lives on Vancouver Island. Disease and desire, mothering and the mundane propel her ongoing journey between poetry and prose. Kim’s work can be found in Body Breakdowns (Anvil Press), the Malahat Review, and e-zines and other publications in Canada and the US. A story from her short fiction collection Attemptations has been optioned for a feature film and her play “Chicken in Mourning” was a finalist in the 2013 BC Playwriting Competition. She was a 2010 winner in the scratch Poetry and Fiction Contests and was short-listed in the Malahat Review 2010 Novella Contest. Kim holds a BA in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University and has edited for Artistry and Portal.

Mark Cochrane practices law and teaches in the English Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He wrote Change Room a long time ago and Cat. not long after that.

Stephen Collis is the author of five books of poetry, including the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winning On the Material (Talonbooks 2010) and three parts of the on-going “Barricades Project”: Anarchive (New Star 2005), The Commons (Talonbooks 2008), and the now To the Barricades (2013). An activist and social critic, his writing on the Occupy movement is collected in Dispatches from the Occupation (Talonbooks 2012). Collis is also the author of two book-length studies, Phyllis Webb and the Common Good (Talonbooks 2007) and Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism (ELS Editions 2006), as well as the editor, with Graham Lyons, of Reading Duncan Reading: Robert Duncan and the Poetics of Derivation (Iowa University Press 2012). He teaches contemporary poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University, where he was a 2011/12 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow.

Cynthia Connell is the store manager of G Adventures, a concept store located in Vancouver. Attracting travellers young, old, new or experienced, all will find a home away from home with passionate staff who love to talk about travel, inspiring and fun travel seminars and photo slideshow events.

Eileen Cook is a multi-published young adult writer with her books appearing in eight countries and optioned for film.

Karen Correia Da Silva author of Neo-Harmonics (SB), Fuck Irony (SB), and editor of Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Prose (Tightrope Books). She is the executive director of Steel Bananas.

Brad Cran is a social entrepreneur, author of The Good Life, and co-author of Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Sean Cranbury is a writer, broadcaster and digital media creator based in Vancouver. He works with the publishing and health care industries, helping organizations adapt to digital change and integrate social media into their workflows. Sean is the creator and regulator of Books on the Radio, a radio show and website dedicated to featuring new voices and ideas in books and book publishing. BOTR is broadcast on CJSF 90.1 FM. Sean also curates the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series.

Peter Culley is a poet and art critic.

Jen Currin has published three collections of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities; Hagiography; and The Inquisition Yours, which was a finalist for four awards and won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. She teaches writing at Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Simon Fraser University.

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Peter Darbyshire is the author of the novel Please, which won the ReLit Prize, and the critically acclaimed The Warhol Gang. He also writes under the pen name Peter Roman.

Adelene da Soul Poet is who I be/I’m the descendent of the Black Pioneers/On Salt Spring Island B.C. / The matriarchs have instilled in me/The importance of my poetry/To keep our history alive! / Women we move forward with strength, pride and grace!

Amber Dawn is also the author of the Lambda award-winning novel Sub Rosa. She received the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2012.

Annie Daylon was born and raised in Newfoundland. After thirty years teaching, she delved into her passion for writing. Annie has written forty short stories and two novels, Maggie of the Marshes and Castles in the Sand.

Dead City Scandal: JB Mason, lead vocalist; Jimmy Feedback, lead guitarist; Sean Dyer-Rhythm, guitarist; Michael Vanderlans, bassist; and Matty Carole, drummer.

Michael de Courcy, born in Montreal, PQ in 1944, studied at the École des Beaux Arts, Montreal and the Vancouver School of Art. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous public collections, including those of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. He has lectured and given workshops at many cultural institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of British Columbia, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Rachelle Delaney’s first novel, The Ship of Lost Souls (2009), was shortlisted for numerous awards. In 2010, the Canadian Authors Association named Rachelle the top Canadian writer under the age of 30.

Dina Del Bucchia was born in the Trail Regional Hospital and grew up in the small village of Fruitvale, BC. She spent much of her formative years watching all manner of television and most of her working life has been spent in bookstores, both independent and big box. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She writes a monthly column for Canada Arts Connect magazine, and her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition, Funny Business. She is a literary event coordinator and host, has performed a one-woman show at the 2005 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and has appeared at comedy events around Vancouver. She has taught creative writing to children and teens at the Vancouver Public Library and as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program. Del Bucchia was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Vancouver.

Chad Dickson has produced several video parts and graced the cover of nearly every skateboard magazine in Canada.

Jesse Donaldson is an author, playwright, journalist, historian, and general layabout whose work has appeared online with The Tyee, OpenFile.ca, and in print with Beatroute and subTerrain. He also serves as an editor and regular contributor to The Dependent Magazine (which he co-founded), and, in 2009, wrote material for, and served as co-host of the B.C. Tourism Awards. His first book, This Day In Vancouver, came out this May with Anvil Press.

Henry Doyle is a Downtown Eastside poet and member of Thursdays Writing Collective who has been published in Geist, Poetry is Dead, Megaphone Street Magazine and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press: 2012). “Laundry Day with Charles Bukowski” won the 2011 Downtown Eastside Jamboree Writing contest. Most recently his poems appear in The Stanza Project (Otter Press, 2013).

Stephen Drover is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre, and the director for Rumble’s upcoming production of Penelope by Enda Walsh, a contemporary adaptation of The Odyssey.

Heather Duff is an interdisciplinary artist working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in arts-based research, interweaving poetry, music, dance, and theatre. Her writing has been published in TREK Magazine, PRISM international, Dalhousie Review, and other literary journals. She is Artistic Director of Vancouver Youth Theatre.

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George Fetherling is a Vancouver novelist, poet, and cultural commentator. His most recent book is The Writing Life: Journals, 1975-2005.

Anne Fleming author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Award, and author of Gay Dwarves of America.

Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Cynthia Flood’s stories have won numerous awards and have been widely anthologized.

Dennis Foon is a successful playwright and screenwriter whose plays—which include The Rick Hansen Story and Scar Tissue—have been produced across North America, Europe, and Australia. His screenplay Life, Above All—inspired by a South African girl’s courage facing AIDS—received a 10-minute standing ovation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film.

Patrick Friesen has published more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently Jumping in the Asylum, 2011. He is also the author of a volume of essays, a play, and co-translations, with P.K. Brask, of Danish poets Niels Hav, Ulrikka Gernes and Klaus Høeck. Patrick was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for A Broken Bowl, received the Manitoba Book Award for Blasphemer’s Wheel, and has twice been short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes). Friesen has also written several stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. A former resident of Winnipeg, Patrick now lives on Vancouver Island.

Kim Fu is the author of For Today I Am a Boy (HarperCollins, January 2014), a novel which follows the lives of four Chinese-Canadian sisters, one of them born biologically male. Her poetry, essays, and long-form journalism have appeared in journals across Canada and the US. Fu is Columns Editor for This Magazine, and divides her time between Vancouver and Seattle.

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Steven Galloway is the author of three novels published in over thirty countries and Acting Chair of UBC Creative Writing.

Kallie George is an author and editor. Her picture book, The Melancholic Mermaid, illustrated by Abigail Halpin, was published by Simply Read Books. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops to kids. She loves toasting marshmallows (but not drying dishes). Kallie lives near the sea.

Peter G-G is a professional actor/musician/circus artist. He is a 25-year veteran of the entertainment scene and a proud member of SOCAN, CAEA, ACTRA/UBCP and Clowns Canada.

Ari Goelman has published many science fiction and fantasy short stories. The New York Times has covered his academic work.

Kagan Goh was born in Singapore in 1969. After years of traveling, he migrated to Canada in 1986 and now resides in Vancouver. He is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a spoken word poet, novelist, journalist and mental health activist. His work has been published in anthologies such as Strike the Wok: an Asian Canadian anthology of short fiction (TSAR Publications); Henry Chow and Other Stories from the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop (Tradewinds Books) and the Writer’s Studio 2010 emerge (Simon Fraser University). Who Let In the Sky? is his first book.

Andrew Gray author of the short fiction collection Small Accidents and coordinator of the UBC Creative Writing program.

Heidi Greco works in nearly every genre, from essays and reviews to poetry and fiction. Her most recent full-length book is the novella, Shrinking Violets, published by Toronto’s Quattro Books in 2011. She was Surrey’s resident poet in 2012 and was published in three new anthologies in 2013: Alive at the Center: An Anthology of Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan), Jack Layton: Art in Action (Quattro Books), and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (Mother Tongue). Heidi has been an on-and-off member of the subTerrain Literary Collective since 1990, and currently serves as the collective’s president, a position she hopes is mostly honorary.

Catherine Greenwood’s first book, The Pearl King and Other Poems, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book.

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Rawi Hage is Vancouver Public Library’s ninth writer in residence. Born in Beirut, Hage moved to New York City in 1984 and relocated to Montreal in 1991. Hage’s first novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the McAuslan First Book Prize, and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It has been translated into 29 languages. His most recent novel, Carnival, is a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Award and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize.

Adam Hart is a living food champion, author, and professional speaker. In 2003, Adam founded Power of Food, a nutrition and lifestyle company devoted to studying and promoting foods that nurture health and happiness.

Stella Harvey writes fiction and non-fiction and Nicolai’s Daughters is her first published novel. Harvey is the executive director of the Whistler Writer’s Festival. She visits her many relatives in Greece often.

Robert Heidbreder was born on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1947. In 1970, he moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Classical Languages. Soon after, he started teaching primary children and began writing children’s books. In 2002 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Guido Heistek is a teacher and Ukelele mentor.

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Bong Ja Ahn is a poet, columnist, and essayist who has published seven books. She is the World Poetry Ambassador to Korea and won the World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Shelagh Jamieson is the managing editor of Mind Publishing.

Mariner Janes works in the Downtown Eastside district of Vancouver. He incorporates the multitude of voices from this community into his work through found poetry, transcription, and storytelling.

Wanda John-Kehewin has attended Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio program. Her writing responds to the near decimation of First Nations’ culture, language, and tradition.

Chelsea D. E. Johnson is a singer who has appeared in the top forty-five in Canadian Idol and has generated over fourteen million hits on Youtube. Chelsea has toured all across Canada with various groups: as a member of Hard Love Tours, a soul and poetry based duo; High Society, a Rock and Roll, Motown group; and participant in ANU 3 times, a multi-disciplinary performance troupe (originally headed by Iraqi artist, Jabbar Janabi), for two years.

Leanne Johnson has been working in the publishing industry for over eighteen years. She teaches magazine publishing at Simon Fraser University and Langara.

Leslie Johnstone & Shar Levine have collaborated on books encouraging hands-on science. They are best friends who live within walking distance of each other.

Moreka Jolar has been a chef at Hollyhock for 15 years, where she also teaches cooking workshops.

David C. Jones is an artistic producer, actor, director, writer, teacher, and improv artist—he has been called a “Comic Chameleon.” He is a graduate of Studio 58 and will be directing the original Literary Larceny there in February 2014.

Sheila Johnston was raised in Stratford, Ontario and during a career in arts marketing worked at the Stratford Festival, the Globe Theatre (Regina), and the Grand Theatre (London).

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Daniel Kalla is the author of the internationally bestselling books Of Flesh and Blood and The Far Side of The Sky. He practices emergency medicine and lives with his family

Hiro Kanagawa, actor and writer, currently working on an adaptation of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf set on the shores of Indian Arm.

Brian Kaufman founded subTerrain in 1988 to promote emerging and experimental writers and has, to date, published 65 issues of the edgy literary magazine.

Jake Kennedy is orange with a tall blond superego. Recently he was ordered to erase Trixie and Spud’s memories of the truth. Big Jake, according to McClelland and Stewart, is a 1971 Western film, really. His books are entitled Adventure Time and Baby Jake.

Gary Kent was a commercial fisherman and salmon troller for ten years. He is now a furniture maker and instructor. He is the author of two acclaimed children’s books.

klipschutz is the pen name of Kurt Lipschutz. klipschutz is a poet, songwriter, and occasional freelance journalist. He has published three collections. His work has also appeared in several international periodicals and in numerous anthologies. He has co-penned over a hundred songs, chiefly with Chuck Prophet.

Arno Kopecky is a travel writer and environmental journalist whose dispatches have spanned five continents. He writes for The Walrus, The Tyee, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, and other publications.

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Shaena Lambert’s first book of stories, The Falling Woman, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and her first novel, Radiance, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize.

Evelyn Lau’s work has appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, garnering several magazine awards. She mentors aspiring writers through the University of British Columbia’s Booming Ground Program and Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program.

Sara Leach is a writer and teacher-librarian. She loves hiking alpine trails with her family.

Christine Leclerc is the author of Counterfeit and an editor of The Enpipe Line, 70,000+ km of poetry written in resistance to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.

Nancy Lee is Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing department and the author of Dead Girls, a collection of short stories, and a forthcoming novel, The Age.

Dr. Carl Leggo is a poet and professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.

Mark Leiren-Young is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and comedian. His memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was recently adapted for the stage.

Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone have collaborated on books encouraging hands-on science. They are best friends who live within walking distance of each other.

Robyn Michele Levy is a visual artist, radio broadcaster, and writer. Her first book, Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown, was shortlisted for the 2012 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour & the 2012 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. She is currently writing her second book. Robyn lives with her family and her remaining body parts in Vancouver and on Saturna Island.

Julia Lin was born in Taiwan and lived there before her family immigrated to Vancouver when she was nine. Miah is her first short story collection.

Janet Love Morrison is a Vancouver-based author and editor, has written five books including Canada’s Legendary Ski Team – The Crazy Canucks (winner of the 2009 One Book, One Vancouver Award) with a foreword by Peter Mansbridge (Harbour Publishing) and her latest book, Radar the Rescue Dog, with a foreword by Justin Trudeau (Friesen Press), has just been released. Love Morrison has worked with a traditional publisher, a trade publisher and has self-published. Her workshop will guide you through the different publishing possibilities that may help you to understand the process and decide which route is best for you to take. Love Morrison is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Friends to Mankind, an international non-profit foundation that works with individuals, corporation and philanthropic organizations towards the betterment of humanity.

Annabel Lyon is an assistant professor and author of seven books.

Susan Lyons (also writing as Susan Fox and Savanna Fox) is the author of “emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly) and has more than twenty titles in print.

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Cameron MacDonald has worked as a wildlife biologist across North America. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Georgia Straight, and elsewhere.

Robert Mackwood is a literary agent and long-time publishing professional.

Keith Maillard is a UBC Creative Writing professor and the author of thirteen novels and one book of poetry.

Lisa Manfield is the editor of BCLiving.ca, Canada Wide Media’s first online-only magazine. She has also been managing editor at Orato.com, marketing manager at TheTyee.ca, and contributing editor for Backbone Magazine and Suite101.com. She teaches Writing and Editing for the Web in Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Communications program.

Ainslie Manson is the author of ten books for children, two biographies, and two chapter books for nine- to thirteen-year-olds.

Andrew McEwan author of Repeater (BookThug) and finalist for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

Kevin McPherson Eckhoff author of Rhapsodomancy (Coach House), Easy Peasy (Snare) and Forge (Invisible). He is also a winner of the Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award.

Maureen Medved a writer of fiction, screenplays, drama, and film reviews.

Victoria Miles is the award-winning author of Magnifico, Old Mother Bear, and other books for children. She lives with her family.

Kim Minkus has had work published in The Capilano Review, FRONT Magazine, West Coast Line, The Poetic Front, and Jacket. Kim is currently a Creative Writing instructor at Capilano University and a Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University.

Colin Moorhouse has been a freelance speechwriter since 1993; he has many international clients in the public and private sectors. He has two web sites: one on making a living as a freelance writer (www.fearlessfreelancing.com); the other on the craft of speech writing (www.weneedaspeech.com).

Julie Morstad is a children’s book illustrator and fine artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. She lives with her family.

Nicardo “Charlie Bobus” Murray is an internationally-recognized Jamaican motivational dub poet, based in Toronto. A multicultured performer/ youth activist of mixed race. Related to the Vernon family of Toronto. Released Creative Energy poetry book, album & video to much acclaim.

Shana Myara writes, cycles, and departs for her day job as programmer of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival well after rush hour. Her fiction has won several awards, including subTerrain‘s LUSH Triumphant Fiction Prize and PRISM international‘s Fiction Award, and been shortlisted twice for the CBC Literary Awards. She’s at work completing her first collection of stories, I Love You Just Fine.

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Billeh Nickerson is the Chair of Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, McPoems, and Impact.

Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club is currently in a process we call Public Research all over Vancouver, with all kinds of partners. Darcy McMurray, Justine Chambers + Billy Marchenski.

Mary Novik’s debut novel, Conceit, about the daughter of the poet John Donne, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

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Paola Opal is the illustrator and co-author of the Simply Small board book series.

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Pamela Porter’s work has won more than a dozen awards, including the Governor General’s Award.

Dan Post managing editor of Color magazine.

Debra Purdy Kong author of the Vancouver-based Casey Holland Transit Security mysteries.

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Kyeren Regehr is currently finishing her first poetry collection with the help of a grant from Canada Council of the Arts. The title poem from her manuscript Cult Life was longlisted for the 2012 CBC Literary Awards. Her work has appeared in Canadian and Australian literary journals and anthologies including, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, and Hecate (Australia’s oldest feminist journal.) One of her poems in Room Magazine was nominated for Best New Poets 2012. Kyeren recently earned her MFA from the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing Program (as Lorna Crozier’s last grad student) and she serves on the poetry board of The Malahat Review.

Al Rempel’s books of poetry are This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For (Caitlin Press, 2013), understories (Caitlin Press, 2010) and a chapbook called The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press, 2010). His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, GRAIN, CV2 and Event, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011, Rocksalt, 4Poets and Half in the Sun. He currently lives in Prince George where he teaches at a high school.

Ingrid Rose teaches memoir and wordplay in the continuing studies programs at Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr. She writes from the body to scores of ‘moving’ writers.

Peter Roman — see Peter Darbyshire.

Daphne Roubini is the founder of Ruby’s Ukes.

Lenore Rowntree‘s short stories and poetry have appeared in several magazines and publications including Room, Geist, The New Quarterly, Exile Quarterly, Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions 2012), and Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books 2010). She is a contributor to and co-editor of the anthology Hidden Lives (Brindle & Glass 2012), and her novel Muddy Cluck was shortlisted in the Great BC novel contest (Mother Tongue 2013).

David Russell author of Deadly Lessons and Last Dance.

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Susan Safyan is the associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver. She has edited cookbooks, award-winning novels and short stories, memoirs and history titles, graphic novels, anthologies both erotic and academic, and more. She is also the author of All Roads Lead to Wells, a history of the colourful 1970s in Wells, BC. She is currently researching a history of the counterculture in British Columbia.

Ariadne Sawyer M.A. (C. P.) is a poet, writer and a Peak Performance Plus Trainer. She specializes in creativity and enhancing performance. She has worked with writers, musicians, screenwriters and performers from Canada, the US and Europe. Ariadne has been published in various journals and anthologies and has been a judge and evaluator for poetry contests. Her books include The Best of Creativity Rocks! Answers to Your Creative Questions, World Poetry Publishing, Bits and Pieces, and Post Polio Treatment. She is the co-founder and co- host of The World Poetry Reading Series, World Poetry Café Radio Show.

Heidi Scheifley is a certified gourmet natural foods chef. Heidi and Moreka co-own and operate Cook’s Cooperative.

Andreas Schroeder is the author of 23 books and holds the Rogers Chair in Creative Nonfiction in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

My Name Is Scot works with text, installation, video and performance to explore issues of agency and authenticity. His work has been seen in exhibitions, screenings and performances in Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the United States, and Latin America. His texts have been published in the Capilano Review, dANDelion, Front Magazine, Valeveil, Geist, and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. DIY, a screening of his collected video works will be presented at the Liu Institute for Global Issues this September.

Loretta Seto is a fiction author, screenwriter, and playwright. She is excited by the challenges she faces writing in different genres. Mooncakes is her first children’s book.

Mina Shum is a multiple-award winning filmmaker and has written and directed three feature films, as well as many shorts, docs, installations, and essays.

Bren Simmers has worked in libraries, fire lookouts, and as a park naturalist. Winner of the Arc Poem of the Year Award and finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, her first book of poems, Night Gears, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2010. She is currently working on a book about her East Vancouver neighbourhood.

Giles Slade is an award-winning environmentalist concerned about the diminishing quality of life that awaits his children under climate change. His rich and colorful history also includes stints as a college lecturer, a Harlequin adventure novel writer, an illegal alien, a convicted felon and a college professor. The father of three, Giles is a passionate believer in the vital importance of leaving the smallest possible environmental debt to be resolved and accommodated in our children’s century. He is regularly published in a variety of other print and online journals. He is the author of Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America and The Big Disconnect: The Story of Technology and Loneliness.

Roxanne Snopek has written five contemporary Western romances.

Dr. Celeste Snowber is a dancer, poet, and professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Nora Snowdon is a writer of elegant smut, with four books published by Crimson Romance and Rebel Ink Press.

Robin Spano author of the Clare Vengel Undercover novels.

George Stanley has been living in BC since the early 1970s. He is the recipient of the 2006 Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry and has published seven books.

Kay Stewart & Chris Bullock a husband and wife team who write the Danutia Dranchuck mysteries.

Tiffany Stone is a children’s poet and the author of two collections of rhyming poetry: Floyd the Flamingo and his flock of friends and Baad Animals. She has had poems published in children’s magazines, including Chirp, and is a contributing poet to And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. Her poetry picture book, Rainbow Shoes, was a finalist for the 2013 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge with her husband and three children.

Linda Svendsen is a professor for UBC Creative Writing and her most recent book is Sussex Drive (Random House Canada).

George Szanto is the author of several books of essays and half a dozen novels. He is also co-author of the Island Investigations International mystery series.

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Tommy Tao is a lawyer and writer. He has received the 2005 Liang Shih-Chiu Literary Award for poetry translation in Taiwan. His translation of the classical Chinese poems of Florence Yeh, entitled Ode to the Lotus, is collected by many public libraries in North America and China.

Timothy Taylor is a novelist and journalist.

Russell Thornton’s books include The Fifth Window, A Tunisian Notebook, House Built of Rain (shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the ReLit Award for poetry), The Human Shore, and his latest collection, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain. He won the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000 and The Fiddlehead‘s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize in 2009. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, among them Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Open Wide A Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems, the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2011 Anthology, and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012. His poems have twice been featured on Vancouver buses as part of BC’s Poetry in Transit. For several years he divided his life between Vancouver and Aberystwyth, Wales, and then Salonica, Greece. For the past number of years he has lived where he was born and grew up, in North Vancouver.

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Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team: Victoria Fraser, Jacob Gebrewold, Mariah Dear, Floyd VB and Andrew Warner

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter, and printmaker, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

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Bryan Wade a playwright and radio dramatist who has had numerous plays and radio dramas produced nationally and internationally.

Holman Wang is an artist and former middle school teacher, holds a B.A. in education and an M.A. in architecture history, both from the University of British Columbia.

Irene Watts was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1938, at the age of seven, she arrived alone in England via Kindertransport. She has published many award-winning books for children.

Ian Weir is creator and executive producer of the CBC hit drama series Arctic Air, and his new novel The Doomsday Man will be published in 2014 by Goose Lane Editions.

Charles Wilkins is the award-winning author of several books of non-fiction, including Paddle to the Amazon with Don Starkell, In the Land of Long Fingernails, and The Circus at the Edge of the Earth.

Todd Wong, also known as “Toddish McWong” is a literary and cultural activist.

Elaine Woo facilitates creative writing classes for Megaphone Magazine‘s Community Program. She is also Membership Coordinator for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. She is a regular contributor to Ricepaper. Her recent work can be found in Arc, Earthwalk, The Enpipe Line, Megaphone Magazine, Poetry Pacific, and V6A, a finalist for the City of Vancouver’s Book Award 2012.

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Gavin Youngash is an electric guitarist.

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