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Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer, and his first book, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Caroline Adderson is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories, and a number of books for young readers. Her work has received numerous nominations for awards, including the Governor General’s Award, and has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Barbara Adler is a writer, musician, and spoken-word artist.

Anita Aguirre Nieveras is an educator, former school administrator, poet, author, former ESL volunteer, World Poetry Director and Head, health and wellness, Seniors Brigade Society of BC, performer – Filipino Golden Age Group.

Bong Ja Ahn is a bilingual poet and essayist born in Korea; Winner of W. P. Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Overseas Korean Poet Award; Author of 7 books.

Pablo Alperin is a multidisciplinary scholar with over eight years’ experience in online scholarly publishing. He is an instructor in Simon Fraser University’s publishing studies program and a collaborator on its Public Knowledge Project.

Iain Angus is a Quebec-born nomad, presently adhered to Vancouver, with a penchant for Stanley Kubrick films, beer, and hockey.

Joanne Arnott—a Métis/mixed-blood poet making Lulu Island her home—celebrates her fifth and sixth books of poetry, A Night for the Lady and Halfling Spring: An Internet Romance.

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Linda Bailey is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children, including the bestselling Stanley the dog series, The Farm Team, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and most recently, Toads on Toast. Known for her wonderful sense of humour, Bailey has garnered a long list of honours in Canada and the United States.

Dan Bar-el is a children’s author, educator, and storyteller. His books include both chapter books and picture books. Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill was the winner of the 2008 Silver Birch Express award.

Trevor Battye is a co-founder and partner at Clevers Media, a media-consulting firm, and a regular speaker in Simon Fraser University’s Publishing program.

Kathy Beliveau’s passion for yoga and nature shines through in her writing, presentations, and workshops. She has studied children’s yoga and yoga safety, and is a certified yoga instructor. Beliveau, who writes for both children and adults, has enjoyed recognition in literary magazines. She lives by the sea on Vancouver Island.

andrea bennett, a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, contributing editor at Geist, and former editor at Adbusters, has been published in several magazines across North America.

Geoff Berner graduated from the University of British Columbia’s 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, Berner is an international touring singer, songwriter, and accordionist who has played in 18 countries.

Yvonne Blomer lives in Victoria, where she is the artistic director of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series and works as a poet, memoirist, and writing teacher. Her poems have been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Prizes, and her first collection of poetry was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007.

Taryn Boyd has worked as managing editor at Whitecap Books and as a sales rep for the Literary Press Group, an association of independent Canadian literary presses. Presently, she is associate publisher of TouchWood Editions, an independent publisher.

C.P. Boyko lives and writes in Vancouver.

Colin Browne is a poet and filmmaker. His most recent book is The Properties (Talonbooks, 2012); a new collection will be published next year.

Grant Buday has published nine books and many articles, essays, and short stories in Canadian publications. While he has travelled throughout the world, he currently lives on Mayne Island with his wife and son.

Frances Bula is the chair of the Journalism department at Langara College and a regular freelancer for the The Globe and Mail and Vancouver Magazine.

Jane Byers lives with her wife and two children in Nelson, BC. She writes about human resilience in the context of raising children, lesbian and gay issues, sexism, local geography and health and safety in the workplace. She spent many years working for the City of Toronto in corporate health and safety and now works at WorkSafeBC where she continues to facilitate resilience in injured workers. She has had poems, essays and short fiction published in a variety of books and literary magazines in Canada, the US, and the UK, including Grain, Rattle, Descant, The Antigonish Review, and Our Times. She is a three-time winner of the Nelson and District Poetry Competition and the winner of the Richard Carver Emerging Writer Award.

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Rebecca Chaperon began to call Vancouver home after graduating from Emily Carr University in 2002. Her work has exhibited across Canada and has been awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Chaperon’s paintings and illustrations often follow the thread of a heroine’s misadventure through an enchanted landscape.

Norma Charles has written 18 books for kids—and is hard at work on several more.

Kevin Chong is the author of five books, including the memoir, My Year of the Racehorse, which was cited as a book of the year on amazon.ca and in The National Post. As a journalist, his work has appeared in a range of publications, including Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, and The Walrus. He teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver with his partner, Holly, and her son, Joe.

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.

Ian Cockfield is EVENT magazine’s managing editor running its reading service for writers and has been a freelance editor since 2003.

Peter Cocking is a Vancouver-based designer and design teacher. He is the creative director of PeterCo Design and the art director of Greystone Books. He has received more than 50 awards for his work and is an adjunct professor at Emily Carr.

Wayde Compton is the author of two poetry books, 49th Parallel Psalm (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize Finalist) and Performance Bond. His non-fiction book, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Compton is the director of the Writer’s Studio and Southbank Writers’ Program at Simon Fraser University.

Lucas Crawford is a rural Nova Scotia–raised poet and performer who teaches gender studies at Simon Fraser University. You can find his poetry in Room, Rattle, PRISM, The Antigonish Review, Other Voices, The Nashwaak Review, Rampike, Lost In Thought, and Chelsea Stations’ New Gay Poetry. His scholarly book, Transgender Architectonics, is forthcoming with Ashgate.

Jen Currin, the award-winning poet of The Inquisition Yours, currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and English at Vancouver Community College.

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Ruth Daniell currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches speech arts and writing at the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts and runs Swoon, a literary reading series on love and desire. Her writing appears in literary journals across Canada. Recently, she has been honoured in Contemporary Verse 2 as a runner-up for the 2013 Young Buck Poetry Prize and on CBC as the winner of the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge.

Dina Del Bucchia writes—and does many other things—in Vancouver. She won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in 2012. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

Derrick Stacey Denholm lives and works in the forests of northern BC. Dead Salmon Dialectics won the Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award for 2010.

Maggie de Vries’ novel, Hunger Journeys, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, and she has written eight other works for young readers. Presently, she teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Greg Dickson grew up in the Okanagan, hearing stories of the Great War from his grandfathers. In 2014, he travelled to Vimy Ridge to see where they served.

Connor Doyle is an author and poet from Surrey, BC, who has not stopped thinking about the word homunculus since he first heard it in a poem.

Phinder Dulai is the author of dream/arteries, Ragas from the Periphery, and Basmati Brown. He is co-founder of the interdisciplinary contemporary arts group South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective (SOFIA/c).

S.R. Duncan is a producer, publicist, writer, and poet. He was long-time owner of Pink Flamingo Works, a graphic design and small press publishing house specializing in
chapbooks and promotional material for limited budgets. His broadcasting credits include CKNW, CiTR, Shaw TV, CJSF, and Vancouver CO-OP radio, where he produced a weekly radio show called Wax Poetic for 12 years. Duncan has blazed a unique trail as a Vancouver arts community builder and a mentor to dozens of artists and small non-profits.

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Jane Eaton Hamilton is an award-winning author of eight books of fiction and poetry.

Sarah Ellis has won the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Robin Esrock’s stories have been published in over a dozen major newspapers worldwide. He is the creator and co-host of the 40-part television series Word Travels, seen on OLN and CityTV in Canada, on National Geographic International, and on Travel Channel in 100 countries and 21 languages.

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Laura Farina grew up in Ottawa and gradually made her way west. Her first book of poetry, This Woman Alphabetical (Pedlar Press, 2005), won the Archibald Lampman Prize.

Jesse Finkelstein is a co-founders of Page Two, a company that helps non-fiction authors navigate publishing options. She is the former COO of Douglas & McIntyre.

Mark Forsythe has hosted CBC Radio One’s BC Almanac since 1996, and currently lives in Fort Langley.

Tremaine Friske is a loud, reclusive writer with impeccable table manners who delights in doing things the best wrong way.

Kim Fu is the author of For Today I Am a Boy, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Warren Dean Fulton is a serious poetry collector with a substantial accumulation of thousands of Canadian poetry titles. For the past 20 years he has been publishing chapbooks, broadsides, and ephemera through his micro-poetry empire, pooka press. Fulton lives with poet Catherine Owen in New Westminster, where they co-run Above & Beyond Productions.

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Bree Galbraith is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and was thrilled when a class project became her first published children’s book. Surrounded by her amazing family, Galbraith works as a graphic designer in Vancouver.

Lauren Gargiulo is a writer of multiple genres, because she can’t pick only one.

Peter G-G is a circus artist, musician, and professional actor of 30 years. Peter has performed across Canada with Zero Gravity Circus, Heath Tarlin Entertainment, and Circus O range. Peter’s comically acrobatic ground and stilt characters have performed across Canada for: Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza promotion; the 100th Grey Cup, in Toronto; and the 2010 and 2014 O lympics. He currently plays soccer on stilts as Sammy Soccer for all Vancouver
Whitecaps games at BC Place. He also teaches stilting, juggling, and physical theatre skills.

Heidi Greco lives in Surrey, where she works as a writer and editor. She has a special affinity for chapbooks and has amassed a small collection of them. O ne of her favourites among her
own publications is A: The Amelia Poems (Lipstick Press), a chapbook of speculative poems about Amelia Earhart.

Bruce Grierson is a five-time Canadian National Magazine Award-winning feature writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, Eighteen Bridges, The Walrus, Psychology Today, Time Magazine, Scientific American , The Guardian, and elsewhere. He is the author of U-Turn, and co-author (with Kalle Lasn) of Culture Jam. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and 2 daughters.

Sandro Grison successfully operated and owned the internationally distributed Color magazine for 11 straight years, and contributed to the Canadian skateboard industry with projects such as Shoot To Thrill—a national film project (2005-2007).

Kai Gronberg won his first BC provincial championship in 2014 and was invited to compete for the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship.

Lia Gronberg, together with Kai Gronberg, has released three  CDs-on-demand, they’re number one on  the ReverbNation local Celtic charts, and they top the National Radio Chart.

Brett Josef Grubisic’s recent publications include This Location of Unknown Possibilities, and Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, and Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature. He teaches at the University of British Columbia.

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Jennica Harper’s previous books of poetry are What It Feels Like for a Girl and The Octopus and Other Poems. In 2012, What It Feels Like for a Girl was published as an e-book for Kindle and Kobo, and was adapted into one-third of the critically acclaimed theatrical experience Initiation Trilogy at the Vancouver International Writers Festival (Marita Dachsel/Electric Company). Her poems have been awarded a Silver National Magazine Award, and have been twice selected for the Poetry in Transit project. Jennica lives in Vancouver, where she also writes for film and television.

Cindy Heinrichs was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but grew up in Vancouver, BC, where she has lived most of her life. She majored in psychology at UBC where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and discovered a love of history. She has worked as a nanny, an art restoration assistant, an English teacher in South Korea and a writing tutor, but her favorite jobs are aunt, vagabond, and writer.

Guido Heistek is a teacher and Ukelele mentor.

Jane Hope is a magazine professional with ten years of experience in marketing, circulation and editorial. She loves how magazines speak to communities and tribes both digitally and in print.

Leah Horlick’s writing has appeared in So To Speak, GRAIN, and Poetry is Dead, to name a few. Her first poetry collection, Riot Lung, was shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Award and Saskatchewan Book Award. Originally from Saskatoon, Horlick currently lives on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, where she co-curates REVERB, a queer and anti-oppressive reading series. Her next collection is forthcoming from Caitlin Press in 2015.

C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third-generation actor and writer, he lives on Salt Spring Island.

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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 is the former managing editor of FRONT magazine, is the current editorial director of Pacific Rim magazine, and also teaches magazine publishing.

Hugh J.M. Johnston is a professor emeritus in history at Simon Fraser University and the author of Jewels of the Qila and The Four Quarters of the Night.

David C. Jones is the two-time winner of the Best Comedian in Vancouver award and Canadian Comedy Award nominee is taking time off from directing Meatloaf Jesus for the Vancouver Fringe to have some fun with books!

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Dr. Mia Kalef was a chiropractor and craniosacral therapist for 18 years. She has worked with hundreds of families, helping them resolve the health effects of challenging birth experiences. Currently, she mentors practitioners and the public in enhancing their skills in pre-birth, birth, and intuitive dynamics.

Michael Kenyon’s work has been shortlisted for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Journey Prize. His novel, The Beautiful Children, won the 2010 ReLit Award.

Jerry Kruz grew up in Vancouver’s east end. By his late teens he had opened one of the first psychedelic dance halls in North America, The Afterthought.

Rick “Big Love” Kumar began by writing poetry and transitioned into rapping in 2009. As a writer, he’s been published in various outlets, including locally in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s The Runner.

Synn Kune Loh is a visual artist and poet/song writer. 30 years of painting exhibitions in Canada, USA, and Mexico. Guest speaker for the Sivananda Yoga organization 2002 – 2012.

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Doretta Lau covers arts and culture for a wide variety of publications. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in PRISM international, Ricepaper, and subTerrain, among many others.

Evelyn Lau is currently serving as 2011-2014 Vancouver Poet Laureate. She has published eleven books, including six volumes of poetry; her poetry has received the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a National Magazine Award, and a Governor-General’s nomination. Her most recent collection is A Grain of Rice (Oolichan, 2012) which was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award.

Grant Lawrence is a CBC broadcaster, bestselling author, and the two-time winner of the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for Adventures in Solitude and The Lonely End of the Rink.

Eve Lazarus is an award-winning writer with a passion for history. Her book At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver’s Heritage Houses was a City of Vancouver book award finalist.

Karen J. Lee writes memoir, humour, and personal essay—often simultaneously. Her work has been published by PRISM international and The Globe and Mail. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and The Humber School of Writing.

Nancy Lee lived received her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, where she is now an assistant professor. Lee makes her home in Steveston.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the director of author relations at Kobo and the head of Kobo Writing Life. He has over 20 years of experience in bookselling and operating a successful self-publishing business.

Laifong Leung, is a Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta and is currently Chair of Chinese Canadian Writers Association.

Anna Ling Kaye is editor of Ricepaper magazine and a writer based in Vancouver.

Janet Love Morrison has written five books, including The Crazy Canucks: Canada’s Legendary Ski Team (winner of the 2009 O ne Book, O ne Vancouver award) foreword by Peter Mansbridge, Harbour Publishing; Radar the Rescue Dog, foreword by Justin Trudeau, Friesen Press; and her latest, The Lotus Farmer, Friesen Press.

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Jami Macarty is a recipient of a 2014 BC Arts Council project assistance for creative writers grant and an Arizona Commission on the Arts poetry fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Canadian and American journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, Grain, Grist, Quiddity, Beloit Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, Cimarron Review, Volt, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, and Interrupture. Her first manuscript, You Is to Door, has several times been a finalist in contests with US presses and is still seeking the right home. She’s currently at work on two additional manuscripts, one that chronicles traumatic brain injuries and the other PTSD. She earned an MFA from the University of Arizona, mentors writers in Vancouver’s vibrant literary community, and teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University.

Donato Mancini is a writer, critic, and visual artist. His most recent books include You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012) and Buffet World (2010). He lives in Vancouver.

W.N. Marach grew up in Ontario and worked as an architect in Vancouver, Yellowknife, and Surrey between seasonal work in the BC salmon fishery.

Danielle Marcotte was a Radio-Canada radio host, journalist, and producer in Vancouver. She lives in Delta.

Stacey Matson recently completed her Master of Arts in children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. This is her first novel in a planned trilogy about Arthur Bean. She lives in Vancouver.

John Maxwell has been involved with the Internet and new media since the early 1990s, through web design, content management, electronic publishing, and learning technologies. He is an alumnus of and assistant professor in Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing Program.

Tilar Mazzeo is a cultural historian, a biographer, and the bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5. In addition, Mazzeo has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews.

Mike McCardell—featured on CTV News’ “The Last Word”—is best known for his tongue-in-cheek investigative TV reporting and human-interest stories. He is also the author of 10 bestselling books.

Andrew McEwan is the author of repeater (BookThug, 2012), a finalist for the 2013 Gerald Lampert Award, and the chapbook Input / Output (Cactus Press, 2010). He is working on his M.A. at the University of British Columbia, where he is an organizer for the Play Cthonics reading series. repeater is his first book.

Lori McNulty has been long-listed for the CBC Literary Awards and the Edna Staebler personal essay contest. Her story “Monsoon Season” is in this year’s Journey Prize anthology.

Victoria Miles is the author of numerous awardwinning books for children, including Old Mother Bear, which received a Henry Bergh award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Victoria lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two daughters.

Roy Miki is a writer, poet, and editor who taught at Simon Fraser University until his recent retirement. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award, and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

Slavia Miki is the co-author of Dolphin SOS.

Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of five books including the Catullus novel in poems Let’s Pretend We Never Met (Pedlar Press, 2007) and most recently the novel Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press, 2013). He is currently living on Protection Island, BC after living in Toronto for most of his natural life.

Colin Moorhouse has been a freelance speechwriter since 1993, with clients in the public and private sectors around the world. He has two websites: one on making a living as a freelance writer (www.fearlessfreelancing.com), and the other on the craft of speech writing (www.weneedaspeech.com).

Jane Munro’s poetry has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award and the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, and was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award. Blue Sonoma is Jane’s sixth collection.

George Murray is the author of six acclaimed books of poetry for adults. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his four children, a novelist, and a border collie named Mitsou. Wow Wow and Haw Haw is his first work for children. He does not have fleas…anymore.

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Raymond Nakamura is the author of Peach Girl, a picture book based on a Japanese folk tale and inspired by his daughter.

William New is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for his poetry and a member of the Order of Canada. He recently received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Canadian literature. This is his first novel.

Todd Nickel has a post-baccalaureate in journalism and is the managing editor for The Capilano Review and CUE Books.

Billeh Nickerson is the author of several poetry collections. He is the co-editor of Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and former writer-in-residence at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and Berton House in Dawson City, YT. He is chair of the creative writing department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver.

Suzanne Norman is the director of SFU Publishing Workshops and of Special Initiatives in SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing. She also teaches in SFU’s undergraduate publishing minor program and holds a Master of Publishing degree from SFU.

Cynthia Nugent is a well-known author and illustrator with a dozen published titles, and three-time winner of the Chocolate Lily Award.

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Susan Oakey-Baker has 20 years of outdoor experience and has worked as a nationally certified backpacking guide in Africa, Nepal, and North America. She lives in Whistler with her husband, Joe, and their young son, Sam.

Juliane Okot Bitek lives and works with her family in Vancouver, BC.

Catherine Owen is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Frenzy, which won the Alberta Book Prize. Other collections have been nominated for the BC Book Prize, the ReLit, the CBC Literary Prize, and the George Ryga Award.

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Brian Payton has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness, The Ice Passage, Hail Mary Corner, and his newest novel The Wind is Not a River, a historical fiction, released in January 2014.

Jacqueline Pearce has written several books for children and teens, including Dog House Blues and The Truth about Rats (and Dogs). Her newest novel, Siege, will be out in October.

Danny Peart lives in Vancouver with his wife, Janette, two teen sons, Max and Nick, and their Yellow Lab, Mila. He enjoys cross-country skiing, cycling, and mountain hiking – especially while writing at the Banff Centre. Ruined By Love is his first book of poems. www.dannypeart.net

Dan Post is the Publications Manager at the BCIT Student Association and the publisher of Link Magazine — a monthly digest of student culture and ideas. Previously he has worked for Geist magazine and served as the Managing Editor at Color magazine from 2011-2013.

Gabrielle Prendergast is a UK-born Canadian/Australian who lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband and daughter. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. A part-time teacher and mentor, Gabrielle blogs and rants at www.angelhorn.com and www.versenovels.com.

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Allie Quelch is a poet and sailing instructor from Horseshoe Bay.

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Sheri Radford is the editor of two visitor magazines and the author of several silly, award-winning books for children. She lives in Vancouver with her messy husband and two cats.

Sirish Rao, Indian Summer’s Artistic Director, is a writer (author of 20 books, which have been translated into 17 languages), former publisher, and an adjunct professor at SFU’s Publishing Department.

Henry Rappaport, the co-founder of Intermedia Press in Vancouver, grew up in Monticello, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University, where he won the Whiffin Prize for Poetry. Rappaport is the author of three previous collections of poems. He writes full-time in Vancouver, where he has lived since 1968.

Angela Rebrec studies Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her work has been published in Pulp Magazine and filling Station. Apart from writing, she works as a longshoreman, sings in an all-women’s choir and moms her three children. She’s also been known to share her recipes for pork souvlaki and lemon potatoes.

Janet Rogers is a spoken-word media artist and radio host originally from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. In 2012, she was selected as the City of Victoria’s third poet laureate for a three-year term ending November 30, 2014.

Rachel Rose is currently at work on a book about police dogs. She has won awards for her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including a 2014 Pushcart Prize.

Daphne Roubini is the founder of Ruby’s Ukes.

Andrea Routley is the editor and founder of Plenitude magazine, Canada’s queer literary magazine.

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Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle. The first completed book from thecanadaproject is Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Award for poetry.

Lisa Sars’ natural charm and winning personality bring our tales to life. A naturally gifted storyteller and loving mother, Lisa captures the hearts of children wherever we go.

Tim Sars creates the music for Dixie Star. His infectious energy, warmth, and dedication keep us alive, and his soul keeps us dancing.

Carrie Schmidt has been a member of Room magazine’s editorial board since 2012 and a fan of literary journals for much longer.

Willie Sellars is a band member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc) and has been going dipnet fishing with his dad and uncles since he was seven years old.

Monique Sherrett has a passion for all things digital. She began her career at Raincoast Books, where she spearheaded online marketing strategies for various Harry Potter  ampaigns. She founded Boxcar Marketing in 2007 and is an associate professor in Simon Fraser University’s Publishing program.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming is a natural and accomplished author, educator, and performer. Her first picture book was aRHYTHMetic, published in 2009. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Nilofar Shidmehr, Ph.D., is an Iranian-Canadian poet, writer, and arts-based research scholar. Her first poetry book in English, Shirin and Salt Man, was nominated for a BC Book Prize in 2009.

Tetsuro Shigematsu is the current artist-in-residence for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. He wrote Empire of the Son, which will be a VACT 2015 production.

Kathryn Shoemaker, Ph.D. is an illustrator of over 40 books for children who teaches children’s literature at UBC.

David J. Smith is a classroom teacher with over 25 years experience. He is the author of the bestselling book If the World Were a Village.

Kevin Spenst loves creating games, poems, educational curriculum, micro-fictions, new accents, and most of all chapbooks.

Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of Larf, Small Saul, and the popular Binky the Space Cat series. The Most Magnificent Thing is her latest book. She lives in Delta, BC, with three cats, a dog, and her extremely patient fella.

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Jeremy Tankard is the award-winning author of Grumpy Bird and Boo Hoo Bird and the illustrator of some best-selling books.

Tommy Tao immigrated from Hong Kong in 1968 and has been a poet-translator since 2000. He’s a lawyer by profession.

Rob Taylor is the author of The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and the poetry editor at PRISM international.

Marie-Hélène Tessier is a visual artist and writer based in Vancouver. Her work is site-specific: a series of mise-en-scène. She is interested in blurring the distinctions between fiction and reality, in capturing the inherent logic of chaos, and the moires of a given situation.

Audrey Thomas has published 17 previous novels and short-story collections. Her novels Intertidal Life and Coming Down from Wa were nominated for Governor General’s Literary Awards and won BC’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In 2003, she won the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award.

Margaret Thompson is the author of seven books, including an award–winning YA novel, short stories, and two collections of personal essays. She now lives in Victoria, BC.

Russell Thornton’s Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; the latest collection from the North Vancouver poet is The Hundred Lives.

Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu has been rapping since 2005 and has a range of experience, from performing at the 2010 Winter O lympics to working with Grammy-winning producer Chin Injeti.

Diane Tucker is a Burnaby-based poet, fiction author, and playwright. Her poems have been published in more than 60 journals in Canada and abroad. Bonsai Love is her fourth book.

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Lilija Valis’ poems have been included in five anthologies and various magazines. Her book, Freedom on the Fault Line, published in 2012, explores political, personal and spiritual freedom. She is putting together her next book of poetry. She hosts poetry events and reads/performs her work, solo and with two musicians, at various literary, musical and philosophical events.

Michelle van der Merwe has worked as both an in-house and freelance editor. She is editor-in-chief of Homes & Living magazine, a long-time member of Geist magazine’s editorial board, a member-at-large on the Magazine Association of BC’s board of directors, and the 2013–2014 director of communications for the Editors’ Association of Canada.

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Naomi Beth Wakan, an essayist and the inaugural poet laureate of Nanaimo, has been facilitating memoir-writing workshops for some years. She is particularly skilled in helping bring memories to light and to life. Join Naomi for a fun-filled hour of regression and nostalgia.

Ann Walsh is a long-time Cariboo resident and many of her books are set during BC’s gold rush. She volunteers as a restorative justice facilitator and is a novice-spoken word poet.

Andrew Warner is a member of the team that just won the national youth poetry slam championship in Ottawa.

Ian Weir is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who launched his career as a novelist with the critically acclaimed novel, Daniel O’Thunder. Now he’s back with a rip-roaring tale of life, death, and (possibly) resurrection.

Sebastien Wen is the 2014 YouthCanSlam Underground Indies Champion and is a member of the team that just won the national youth poetry slam championship in Ottawa.

R.C. Weslowski is a veteran Vancouver-based spoken-word artist known for his surreal approach to performance poetry.

Alex Wetter is a writer with a taste for the strange, wonderful, and subverted.

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, author, and multimedia artist. She is the author of Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest and This Vanishing Land.

Trena White is a co-founder of Page Two, a company that helps non-fiction authors navigate publishing options. She is the former publisher of Douglas & McIntyre.

Rita Wong is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007,winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Wong has received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Investigating the relationships between contemporary poetics, social justice, ecology, and decolonization, she works with the poetics of water.

Elaine Woo is an award-winning poet, librettist, and nonfiction writer. Her first poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon, will be released from Nightwood Editions in September 2014.

Bryan Wood is a figure of mystery.

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Donna Yamamoto is the artistic director for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and has
over 25 years of experience in the theatre industry.

Andrea Yu has written and produced her own work. She is the artistic associate for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.

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Jennifer Zilm’s chapbook The Whole and Broken Yellows is available from Frog Hollow Press. Her manuscript Waiting Room was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

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Inspiring words.