people of event

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood Editions, 2009). Her work has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award (2010), the Kobzar Literary Award (2010), the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature (2010), the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (2006), and the Bronwen Wallace Award (2004) and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, China and Lebanon. She lives in Vancouver where she is an instructor of creative writing and the Editor of EVENT magazine.


Ian Cockfield is the Managing Editor of EVENT magazine. He also runs EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers (Prose), and is a past Fiction Editor of PRISM international. He has a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, completed SFU’s Fiction Editing & Publishing and Book Editing Immersion workshops, and attended the Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio (Fiction). His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian journals, including Prairie Fire, Descant, PRISM international,EVENT, Rampike and the Carleton Arts Review, and in the anthology Exact Fare Only II (Anvil Press, 2003, which he also edited). He recently edited the non-fiction books Godless Religion: Finding the Profound (Profound Press, 2010) and Douglas College: The First 40 Years (DouglasCollege, 2010). From 2005 to 2007, he served as President of the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (now the MABC). He has been a freelance editor since 2003 and has edited for UBC Press, Anvil Press, the Vancouver School Board, Douglas College and the UBC Creative Writing Department. He has been on publishing panels at Word on the Street Vancouver, MagNet (Toronto), BC Book and Magazine Week, the Magazine Writers’ Craft Fair (Vancouver) and SFU’s The Writer’s Studio.


Gillian Jerome’s first book of non-fiction Hope In Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Brad Cran) won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award and was short-listed for a BC Book Prize. Her first book of poems, Red Nest, was nominated for the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and won the 2009 ReLit Award for Poetry. She teaches literature at UBC, poetry to kids at inner-city schools in Vancouver, and runs workshops with Geist magazine. Gillian has been the Poetry Editor at EVENT magazine since 2010.


Susan Wasserman has been an English Instructor, specializing in Canadian literature, for three decades, teaching contract courses at Douglas College, Kwantlen College and UBC until her regularization at Douglas in 1987.  Having recently joined the ranks of the happily retired, she is fascinated by: a) the fact that there really is life after teaching; and b) just how busy that life is.  EVENT has been one of the great loves of Susan’s professional life since 1993, when she began working with then Editor-in-Chief David Zieroth, who enlisted her as Reviews Editor, a position she has proudly held from that time to the present (with a hiatus from 2006 to 2009).  In 2006 she joined the Fiction Committee, so ably captained by Christine Dewar.  Susan plans to stay associated with this illustrious magazine for as long as it’s still a thrill.


Christine Dewar – Fiction Editor

Christine Dewar is the Coordinator of Performing and Fine Arts (PEFA) at Douglas College. She has been the instructor of Theatre History and PEFA courses for over 20 years. Christine has been the Fiction Editor at EVENT since 1995 and a reader for EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers since its inception. She also curates art exhibits for the Amelia Douglas Gallery and collaborates in the performance art work of Margaret Dragu (Lady Justice) in an ongoing role as Diligence/Sloth.


Rob Hughes was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, and raised in Burnaby. A graduate of UBC and the Print Futures program at Douglas College, he developed his editing skills doing closed captioning for the hearing impaired, copy-editing a Toronto-based heavy metal magazine, and (with some trepidation) helping his wife complete her manuscripts. When not proofreading EVENT and working full-time as a technical writer, he volunteers for the Society for Technical Communication and the subTerrain Editorial Collective. You can check out his music writing at Hellbound.ca and diffmusic.blogspot.com.