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Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood author/activist, poetry editor for EVENT Magazine. Nine books published, most recently A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale) and Halfling Spring (Kegedonce).

 

After receiving a degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University, Paula Ayer has written or co-written four children’s books. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter.

 

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Carleigh Baker is a Metis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM international, Joyland, and This Magazine. In 2012 she won subTerrain‘s 2012 Lush Triumphant Award for short fiction.

 

Adèle Barclay’s debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You, was the winner of the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She received the Walrus Poetry Prize Reader’s Choice Award in 2016, and was the winner of the 2016 LitPop Award for Poetry.

Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and storyteller. Dan is the author of Audrey (cow), It’s Great Being a Dad, Nine Words Max, and many other books.

 

Wendy Barron is a freelance editor and proofreader of fiction and nonfiction. Visit wendybarron.com.

 

 

Gurjinder Basran’s debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2011 and named as a Chatelaine Magazine Book Club pick in 2012.  Gurjinder was named by the CBC as one of “Ten Canadian women writers you need to read.”

Trevor Battye is a partner at Clevers Media, a consulting firm specializing in marketing, branding, and website development.

 

 

Judson Beaumont is a Canadian-born designer and a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His engaging, unique, and often surreal approach to furniture, design, and public installations have garnered him worldwide acclaim and many awards.

 

Meghan Bell is the publisher of Room. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines across Canada, most recently in The Puritan, The New Quarterly, Grain, and Carousel.

 

Koyali Berman is a Kathak Indian interpretative dancer.

 

 

Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of the bestselling Vancouver in the Seventies.

 

Selina Boan lives on unceded Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land. She is the Circulation Editor at PRISM international.

 

 

Dennis E. Bolen has published five novels, two books of short fiction, and a poetry collection. He was fiction editor at subTerrain magazine for ten years, has been a part-time editorial writer and reviewer for The Vancouver Sun, literary reviewer for the Georgia Straight, and a freelance critic for numerous publications. His next novel, Nineteen Sixty-Seven, is forthcoming.

Eric Bowers is an author, musician, relationship coach, and Nonviolent Communication Trainer who loves to inspire and support people to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: creating successful relationships.

 

Apart from appearing as a main character in novels that he has written, Tim Bowling also works in many other genres of literature. His eighteen books have been shortlisted for multiple national prizes.

 

Trine Bronken, author of The Bloody Business of Luck, writes gritty thrillers based on Canada’s west coast.

 

 

Chris Bullock is co-author, with Kay Stewart, of Tour de Mort and other Danutia Dranchuk mysteries.

 

 

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First Nations author Nicola I. Campbell lives in BC with her son. Her books have won many awards, including the TD, the Marilyn Baillie, and the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year awards.

 

Bridget Canning’s short fiction has been short-listed for The Cuffer Prize and won awards with the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a College Instructor.

Terry Ann Carter is president of Haiku Canada. She has published five collections of lyric poetry (including A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris, Black Moss Press, 2010, shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award), and five chapbooks of haiku.

 

Aidan Chafe is the author of the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth. His full-length debut collection of poetry, Short Histories of Light, is forthcoming through McGill-Queen’s in 2018.

 

Janie Chang is the author of Three Souls (2013) and Dragon Springs Road, released in January 2017, which is a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller.

 

Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician who often writes about the history of Vancouver after-dark. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town and Live at the Commodore, winner of the 2015 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

 

Circus Lab is a circus school in Langley encouraging creativity, physical literacy, and confidence through circus arts. Know a toddler or child interested in oodles of acrobatic fun? Curious about programs for teens, adults, children with special needs, home learners, future ninjas, camps, or birthdays parties? Visit www.thecircuslab.ca or follow us on Instagram @thecircuslab!

Katherine Collins was known as Arn Saba until 1993 when she came out as a trans-woman. Arn’s character Neil the Horse ran in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982, and subsequently starred in fifteen comic books, from 1983–88. Katherine was inducted into the Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame at the 2017 Doug Wright Awards.

Stephen Collis’ many books of poetry include The Commons (Talonbooks 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talonbooks 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), and Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016—nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature).

Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Quills, CV2, The Maynard, and BUST magazine. In 2015 she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook competition. In 2016 she won second prize in the poetry category of the Vancouver Writers Fest contest.

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Lucy Dabbs lives on Denman Island and has been to China twice. A passionate writer, and a jack-of-all-trades.

 

 

Jonathon Dalton is a comics creator by night and an elementary school teacher by day. His first graphic novel, Lords of Death and Life, won a Xeric award in 2010. He is the president of the Cloudscape Comics Society and one fifth of the TradeWaiters podcast.

 

Amber Dawn is the award-winning author of three books and editor of two anthologies. Her newest book, Where the words end and my body begins, is a collection of glosa form poems.

 

Rodney DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and poet. He has released a previous collection of poetry, Allegheny, BC, and seven music albums that have received critical acclaim in Canada, the USA, and Europe. Music critics have named him one of Canada’s best folk/alt-country songwriters.

Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle-grade novels, including the award-winning The Metro Dogs of Moscow.

 

 

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, and co-author of Rom Com (with Daniel Zomparelli). She is an editor at Poetry Is Dead magazine and co-hosts the Can’t Lit podcast.

 

Linda DeMeulemeester’s award-winning middle-grade Grim Hill series combines Celtic myth and fairy lore with action and adventure.

 

 

William Deverell‘s first legal thriller, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Prize. His subsequent 18 novels include award-winners Trial of Passion and April Fool. His life and works can be viewed at www.deverell.com.

 

Formerly a museum curator in Barbados, Wendy Donawa now lives in Victoria. Her poems have appeared in various Canadian journals, and Thin Air of the Knowable is her first collection.

 

Leanne Dunic is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the Alice Munro Story Contest. To Love the Coming End is her first book.

 

Janet Dunnett’s The Dwindling chronicles a decade of family caregiving with Janet as “daughter at a distance.” She lives on Vancouver Island and now advocates for caregivers. She has an identical twin.

 

Meagan Dyer is a freelance editor, indexer, and content writer in Vancouver, B.C. Visit www.meagandyer.com.

 

 

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Written from insightful memories of her own childhood and keen observations of the world around her, Sarah Ellis‘ stories masterfully reflect her readers’ own experiences. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

 

Author of Mercenary English and Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories.

 

Rachel Enomoto, originally from Japan, is a winner of the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) Haiku Invitational. As a translator, she enjoys the power of words and finding the most appropriate ones.

 

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Emma Field is a spoken-word artist that hopes to coax the tormented and playful parts of her audiences out into the open. She is currently Vancouver’s Youth Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the 2016 championship team of Hullabaloo, BC’s Provincial Youth Poetry Festival.

Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author, illustrator, and artist. She has received many awards, including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You, written by Richard Van Camp, and the 2017 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for My Heart Fills with Happiness, written by Monique Gray Smith.

Lee Edward Födi is a children’s author, illustrator, and educator—in other words, a daydreaming expert.

 

 

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Bree Galbraith is the author of Milo and Georgie and Once Upon a Balloon. She is a masters student in UBC’s Creative Writing program. She lives in Vancouver with her two boys.

 

Rhonda Ganz is a graphic designer and editor from Victoria. She speaks German and has been known to write poems on the spot for people in hotel lobbies, parks and cemeteries.

 

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the book of poems serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), nominated for the Raymound Souster Award. Her second book of poems Tunica Intima (forthcoming 2018), has already been shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

Kallie George is the author of many books for young readers, including the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series.

 

 

Meharoona Ghani, a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio (2013) and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive (2014), is a poetess who has been featured in six anthologies and has won writing competitions. Meharoona is working on her book Letters to Rumi, in which she re-claims, re-occupies the space between Canadian-South Asian, her hybrid identity found in this hyphen and on the margins.

Manda Aufochs Gillespie is an ecological designer, researcher, and author of the Green Mama series of books. She has been dubbed the “green guru” and has appeared on HBO, ABC, and CBC. She lives in BC.

 

Frank Goudie is from Courtenay, BC. He primarily writes fantasy stories and is planning on starting a Youtube channel soon.

 

 

John MacLachlan Gray is a renowned author and playwright. His most well-known work, the award-winning Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978), was produced for film and stage.

 

Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey and advocate for the literary arts. She writes in many genres—with poems, fiction, essays, and book reviews to her credit.

 

Louise Green is a plus-size athlete, the founder of the plus-size fitness boot camp Body Exchange, and the author of Big Fit Girl, an inspiring account of how plus-size women can become fit and healthy.

 

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Darren Groth now lives in Vancouver, BC. His books have been published on both sides of the Pacific. For more information, visit www.darrengroth.com.

 

 

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Heather Haley’s writing appears in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of poetry collections Sideways, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, plus debut novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter.

 

Robyn Harding is the author of the domestic drama The Party. She has also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction, a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. Her books have been translated into seven languages.

 

Carollyne HaynesA Matter of Issue is her second novel, following her award winning autobiographical book Raised by Committee. Her stories shine a spotlight on contemporary issues and lays them bare.

 

Ace Hillyer has been writing her whole life and has always loved stories. She hopes to be an English teacher and author.

 

 

Alberta born, Saskatchewan raised farm boy, singer/songwriter Ryon Holmedal has been playing, writing, drawing, and creating for most of his life, but never pushed much beyond a weekend hobby, until recently. He created a multimedia presentation in musical storytelling titled “Tethers,” and a debut CD titled “Shelter In Place” with lyrics, narratives, and story drawn from observation and life experience.

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Dietrich Kalteis is an award-winning author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His latest novel Zero Avenue will be released on October 2, and his current novel House of Blazes recently won an Independent Publishers award for best historical fiction.

 

Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Kamal has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry—academic knowledge and experience that inspired her debut novel. She lives in Vancouver.

Hiro Kanagawa has forged a career wearing many hats:  actor, playwright, screenwriter, teacher. His plays range from the war crimes drama Tiger of Malaya to the Christmas fable The Patron Saint of Stanley Park. His most recent play, Indian Arm, received the 2015 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. He teaches playwriting at Capilano University.

Azmina Kassam is a Canadian Ismaili Muslim. Born In Nairobi, Kenya, she immigrated to Canada in 1982. Kassam holds a certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. She believes that writing has offered her a means to understand and decode information as well as being a powerful tool to communicate ideas, thoughts, and stories.

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction can be found in The Journey Prize Anthology. She has been editor at Ricepaper, PRISM international, and The New Quarterly magazines.

 

 

Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author, and facilitator. In 2016, Jónína received Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.

 

Theresa Kishkan is an acclaimed author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

 

 

Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. In addition to being a workshop facilitator for teens, she is also a regular literary event organizer and host. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Chelene is currently the Managing Editor at Room magazine. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, Dear Current Occupant (forthcoming with BookThug, 2018), She’s now working with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee on a novel set in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver in the 1930s-50’s known as Hogan’s Alley.

Debra Purdy Kong has published three locally based mystery series. To learn more, visit www.debrapurdykong.com.

 

 

Tanya Lloyd Kyi started writing in high school and continued at the University of Victoria. She’s now written more than fifteen books for young readers, on topics ranging from poison to underwear.

 

 

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Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized, alongside Anahita Jamali Rad, the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. A new book of poetry and experimental prose is in development, currently titled JUST LIKE I LIKE IT. She believes in putting an end to what she doesn’t like.

Evelyn Lau is the author of twelve books, including seven volumes of poetry. Her most recent is Tumour (Oolichan, 2016).

 

 

Grant Lawrence is the author of The Lonely End of the Rink and Adventures in Solitude. Host of the award-winning CBC Radio 3 Podcast, he lives in Vancouver, BC.

 

Eve Lazarus was a 2016 BC Book Prize finalist for Cold Case Vancouver. She serves on the board of the Vancouver Historical Society and blogs at Every Place has a Story.

 

Jen Sookfong Lee writes, talks on the radio, and loves her slow cooker. Born and raised in East Vancouver, Jen now lives in North Burnaby with her son and dog.

 

Alex Leslie is the author of a book of short stories, People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012) and two books of poetry, The things I heard about you (Nightwood, 2014) and Vancouver for Beginners (BookThug, forthcoming). Alex’s writing is in the 2016 edition of the Journey Prize Stories and is forthcoming in Granta‘s issue of Canadian writing in fall 2017.

Miriam Libicki is a nonfiction graphic novelist from Coquitlam, BC. Her most recent graphic novel, Toward a Hot Jew, was named a top ten graphic novel of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Miriam’s comics are based on nonfiction and documentary techniques, such as interviews and photo reference, and also deal with themes of identity and culture clash. Miriam is Vancouver Public Library’s 2017 Writer in Residence.

Julia Lin is the author of Miah and Shadows of the Crimson Sun as well as co-editor of AlliterAsian: Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine. Please visit www.julialinbooks.com for more information.

 

Tyler Lynch writes short stories. He grew up in China and loves to travel. He lives in Nanaimo, BC.

 

 

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Jami Macarty is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, June 2017) and Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (forthcoming fall 2017).

 

Dan MacIsaac’s poetry, verse translations, and fiction have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines.

 

 

John Mavin has been nominated for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize. He is a creative writing instructor. His work has been translated, studied, and published internationally. To learn more, visit www.johnmavin.com.

 

Susan McCaslin has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna Publications, Toronto, 2017). Susan resides in Fort Langley, BC.

 

Lori McNulty has been a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize, the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, and has twice been nominated for the Journey Prize. She lives in Vancouver.

 

Anita Miettunen published her first children’s picture/information book, Big Blue Forever (Red Deer Press), in 2017.

 

 

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Mahtab Narsimhan is an acclaimed author of four middle-grade titles, including her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Third Eye, and The Tiffin. Mahtab recently moved to Vancouver, BC. www.mahtabnarsimhan.com.

 

Ulrike Narwani, of Baltic-German heritage, grew up in Edmonton. Her poetry has appeared in Island Writer, CV2, FreeFall, Vallum, and Poems for Planet Earth. She lives in North Saanich, BC.

 

Larry Nicholson (Cree) is a writer, performer, consultant, and First Nations child and family support worker.

 

 

Anita Aguirre Nieveras is a poet, humanitarian, and educator.

 

 

Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. She has been widely published worldwide. Her first book of poetry Love and Bones was released by Karma Press in 2013.

 

Suzanne Norman is a lecturer in the publishing program at SFU.

 

 

Shahla and Peter Nygaard teamed up to pursue their life’s dreams, conquering one obstacle at a time. By spending months walking and years on bicycles they made their way through 77 countries on 6 continents. This world tour took them to the brink of death, the pinnacle of health and vigour, and everywhere in between. In the process, their connection with each other and with the Earth matured to become an unbreakable bond.

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Carmen Ostrander is an Australian narrative and expressive arts therapist, with a long history of engagement in the arts.

 

 

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Shekhar Paleja was born in India and moved to Canada when he was eight. An Extraordinary Destiny is his debut novel. Shekhar is also a professional actor.

 

Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist who has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry.

 

 

Marguerite Pigeon fell for fashion as a young person perusing the magazine rack in her hometown of Blind River, in Northern Ontario. She later studied journalism, travelled, and worked in TV news before moving west to take up the unfashionable writing life. She has since published three books and, this year, three chapbooks, all drawn from a long poem she is completing, called The Endless Garment.

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Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, storyteller, public speaker, and an LGBTQ refugees activist. He was the grand marshal for the Vancouver Pride Parade 2016 and won the RBC’s Top Immigrant Award for 2017.

 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Award for Poetry. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Metratron’s OMEGA, subTerrain, and Quill & Quire. She is the poetry editor for PRISM international. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, will be published in 2018.

Angela Rebrec‘s writing has appeared in places such as Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, and EVENT. Her work has been shortlisted for PULP Literature’s Magpie Award and PRISM International’s Creative Nonfiction Contest.

 

Carol Reid is a long-time resident of Vancouver, retired from educational and publishing sectors, a watercolour painter/sketch artist, married to Jamie Reid from 1963 to 2015.

 

Shaun Robinson’s poems have appeared in Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, Poetry is Dead, and The Rusty Toque. He lives in Vancouver.

 

Merrilee Robson is a Crime Writers of Canada regional representative and the author of Murder is Uncooperative.

 

 

Renee Rodin is a writer living in Vancouver. She loved Jamie as a poet, as an activist, and especially as a friend.

 

 

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Doug Sarti has been a feature and news writer for more than 20 years. While at the Georgia Straight, he has specialized in US politics, books, movies, and pop culture, but he has written for every section of the paper.

 

Ariadne Sawyer is the founder of World Poetry.

 

 

Jayne Seagrave is an academic, entrepreneur, and bestselling writer of guidebooks on women’s travel and camping. She attended her first Bard performance in 1991 and has been an avid fan ever since. Learn more at jayneseagrave.com.

 

Cynthia Sharp‘s work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. She is the author of How to Write Poetry, a community workshop resource, and the editor of Poetic Portions, an anthology of poems and recipes from across Canada.

 

Timothy Shay’s poetry has appeared in many Canadian publications, CBC Radio, The Rolling Stone, several chapbooks, broadsheets, and anthologies. He has published two collections of his work. The most recent, The Dirty Knees of Prayer, was published by Caitlin Press in 2016.

Lori Sherritt-Fleming writes poetry, non-fiction, plays, and picture books and owns and operates Tickle Trunk Publications.

 

 

Kathryn E. Shoemaker is the illustrator of many books for children, among them A Telling Time and My Animal Friends. She teaches children’s literature at the University of British Columbia.

 

Catherine Shrubshall is 16 and is profoundly deaf. She has a huge passion for science, music, and learning. Catherine loves writing!

 

 

Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist, and occasional clown. He is the author of several books including My Body Is Yours (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is also the winner of the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers and was nominated for the Journey Prize. He lives and works in Kelowna, BC.

Spillious, the newly crowned Grand Slam Champion of the Vancouver Poetry Slam, is a Trans-feminine poetic creature from Vancouver. They are sometimes loud, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always brutally honest. They touch on what it is to be queer, Trans femme, a father, and an educator all at the same time.

Ashley Spires is the best-selling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, the Binky Adventure series, and Small Saul. She lives in Delta, BC.

 

George Stanley is ‘a West Coast boy’ and ‘a third-generation modernist poet.’ He has published ten books of poetry; the most recent is North of California St. (New Star, 2014).

 

David Starr is a prize-winning author of four books, including The Nor’Wester, Bombs to Books, and Golden Goal. He is a high school principal who lives in Coquitlam. Visit www.davidstarr.org.

 

Jeff Steudel’s poetry has appeared in several publications including, PRISM international, CV2, The Fiddlehead, subTerrain, and Canadian Literature. He received the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and his work was chosen as a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards. Foreign Park is his first book of poetry.

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Bevan Thomas is a board member of Cloudscape Comics as well as a frequent contributor to their anthologies as both a writer and editor. He is also the driving force behind Epic Canadiana, Cloudscape’s Schuster-award-winning anthologies of Canadian superheroes.

 

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Colin Upton has been creating small press mini-comics, comic strips, editorial cartoons, comic books, paintings, illustrations, models, cartoons for a play, cartoons for a movie, written about comics, reviewed comics, and lectured about comics since 1985. Colin likes comics.

Kozue Uzawa is a tanka poet and editor/publisher of GUSTS, Canada’s first tanka journal. Her haiku appeared in Haiku Canada Members’ Anthology 2015.

 

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Programs at Vancouver Youth Theatre include Teen Ensemble, which creates innovative, original productions on social justice themes. Kids’ Writes, the writing-acting collaboration, promotes literacy and artistic expression for young actors as well as authors (grades K-7) whose creative writing is selected for dramatization.

Lara Varesi has helped co-ordinate Pandora’s Collective’s Summer Dream’s Festival, as well as fundraising events. Lara is currently the president of Burnaby Writers’ Society and runs and hosts their monthly reading series Spoken INK.

 

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Yilin Wang is a fiction writer, poet, and journalist who serves on Room‘s Editorial Collective and is Ricepaper Magazine’s Poetry Editor.

 

Irene N. Watts is the author of numerous award-winning books and plays for children and young people, among them Goodbye Marianne and No Pets Allowed. She lives in Vancouver.

 

RC Weslowski is a 2 time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist (2007 and 2013) and seven time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam. RC has been published in CV2, Arc Magazine, Oratorealis, and other journals.

 

Iona Whishaw’s mystery heroine, Lane Winslow, is inspired by her mother, a real wartime spy.

 

 

Sam Wiebe is the author of Last of the Independents and Invisible Dead and was the 2016 VPL Writer in Residence.

 

 

Sho Wiley has featured at Poetic Justice, Word Whips in the Gallery, Slam Central, Talking Stick, Poetry in the Park, Under the Bed, Hogan’s Alley, Bohemian Caress, Cavalcade of Merriment, and other poetry venues. She has been involved with spoken word and the slam scene since 1997.

Megan Williams is the award-winning author of Our Interrupted Fairy Tale (2014) and Don’t Call the Office (2016), coauthored with her nine-year-old stepdaughter Madison, and principal at The Self Publishing Agency.

 

Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and she has released three albums which combine music and poetry.

 

Elaine Woo explores through literature. She is the author of Cycling with the Dragon.

 

 

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Lozan Yamolky is a Canadian-Kurdish poet.

 

 

Onjana Yawnghwe, a Shan-Canadian, was born in Thailand but grew up in Vancouver. Her first book of poetry, Fragments, Desire, was published by Oolichan Books in 2017.

 

Beryl Young is the author of five books for children, including picture books, novels, and non-fiction biographies.

 

 

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Daniel Zomparelli is the author of Davie Street Translations and Rom Com (with Dina Del Bucchia). Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person is his first collection of short stories.

 

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