RITA ANDERSON, a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, the Dramatists Guild of America and ScriptWorks, has an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Playwriting. Her awards include the Gerreighty Prize, the Robert F. Gibbons Poetry Award and the Cheyney Award. Her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies. Visit rita-anderson.com
GARY BARWIN is a composer, multimedia artist and author of 19 books of poetry and fiction, most recently I, Dr Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457 (Anvil, 2015). He also edited Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton (WLUP, 2015). Yiddish for Pirates is forthcoming (Random House Canada, 2016). He was Western University’s 2014–2015 writer-in-residence and lives in Hamilton, ON.
ADRICK BROCK hails from Toronto. His fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review and Riddle Fence, and was short-listed for the 2012 CBC Short Story Prize. His first published story, ‘Nina in the Body of a Clown,’ won the 2014 Western Magazine Award for Fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and lives in Vancouver.
CONNOR CHARLESWORTH is an artist working in Kelowna, BC. He recently completed his BFA at UBC, majoring in visual arts and minoring in art history and visual culture. His work is primarily concerned with two-dimensional media including painting, drawing and photography. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in student exhibitions.
TREVOR CORKUM’s fiction and non-fiction have been nominated or long-listed for the Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize, Western Magazine Awards and the CBC Short Story Prize. He’s just completed his first collection of short fiction and is completing a novel set in the North End of Halifax. Visit trevorcorkum.com or find him at @trevcorkum.
CZANDRA lives in a small town in Quebec, has published four chapbooks and dozens of poems in magazines in Canada, the US and New Zealand, and more will appear in France next year. Her first Canadian publisher was The Antigonish Review in Nova Scotia 10 years ago. Her favourite is obvious epiphanies in BC, who published her most recent chapbook, radish—a singularity.
PUNEET DUTT has an MA in English from Ryerson University and resides in Toronto. Her work has been published in Apex Magazine, Canadian Literature, Molotov Cocktail, White Wall Review and by the League of Canadian Poets. She hosts and founded the White Couch Creative Multidisciplinary Salon Series and is co-launching a literary journal, Canthius. Visit puneetdutt.com.
CHRISTINE ESTIMA’s writing has appeared in VICE, Bitch Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Madison Review, The New Quarterly, Room, The National Post, Verge Magazine, Palaver Journal, Matrix Magazine, NOW Magazine, The Grid, Canadian Theatre Review and many others. Visit ChristineEstima.com.
MARK O. GOODWIN lives on Isle of Skye, Scotland. He co-authored the bilingual collection Dà Thaobh a’ Bhealaich/The Two Sides of the Pass (Two Ravens, 2009) and appears in These Islands, We Sing: An Anthology of Scottish Islands Poetry (Polygon, 2011). He was awarded Special Merit in the 2013 National Galleries of Scotland writing competition for his poem ‘After the Wave.’
BRENNA CLARKE GRAY holds a PhD in Canadian Literature from the University of New Brunswick, and is a faculty member in the English department at Douglas College.
BRETT JOSEF GRUBISIC is a lecturer at UBC. He co-edited National Plots (WLUP, 2010) and Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase (WLUP, 2014). He’s the author of The Age of Cities (Arsenal Pulp, 2007) and This Location of Unknown Possibilities (NoN, 2014). From Up River, and for One Night Only, his third novel, comes out next spring with Now or Never Publishing.
ROBERT HILLES lives with Pearl Luke, the novelist, and has published 20 books. His book Cantos From a Small Room (Wolsak and Wynn, 1993) won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His other books include A Gradual Ruin (Doubleday, 2004) and Time Lapse (Black Moss, 2012). The story here is from a work in progress called Messy.
DAVID HUEBERT’s poetry and fiction have appeared in journals such as Vallum, Grain, Matrix and The Puritan. In 2010, EVENT printed his first published poem. He is forever grateful. His first poetry collection, We Are No Longer the Smart Kids in Class, comes out with Guernica Editions in Fall 2015.
RICHARD KELLY KEMICK’s debut collection of poetry, Caribou Run, will be published by Goose Lane Editions in Spring 2016.
DAVID LAIDLAW is a husband, father, writer and labourer living in BC. He is working on his first novel.
DIANA MANOLE is a native Romanian writer, translator and scholar based in Toronto. She has published eight books and won 14 literary awards. Recently, her poetry in English (originals or in translation) has appeared in The Nashwaak Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, POEM (U.K.), Lunch Ticket, Third Wednesday, untethered, Grain, and Absinthe.
ADAM J. SORKIN is a prizewinning translator of contemporary Romanian literature. He has co-translated more than 50 books, including in 2014 Rodica Draghincescu’s A Sharp Double-Edged Luxury Object (Červená Barva); and Marta Petreu’s The Book of Anger and Mihail Gălăţanu’s The Starry Womb (both with Diálogos Books).
KENNA CREER MANOS grew up in Vancouver, and now lives in Halifax, where she’s been sustained by nearly 40 years of teaching at the remarkable Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her poetry has appeared in various magazines, including Queen’s Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly and Windsor Review.
ALEXANDER W.D. MARTIN is a writer, songwriter and tourettic originally from North Bay, ON. In 2013 he was the recipient of Western University’s Lillian Kroll Prize for his short story ‘Xylophagia,’ which was subsequently published in the university’s journal Occasus. He now resides in Toronto.
ELIZABETH McCAUSLAND teaches English at Douglas College. She has lived in Vancouver for 20 years but still doesn’t know all its secrets.
JEFF MUSGRAVE has published short fiction, non-fiction and poetry in a variety of journals and magazines, including Arc, Grain, The Queen Street Quarterly, subTerrain, Crank, The Antigonish Review and PRISM international. He lives and works in Toronto.
LEONARD NEUFELDT’s seventh book of poems is Painting Over Sketches of Anatolia (Signature Editions, 2015). He is currently completing a new collection, Trees Partly of Wood. He hails from Yarrow, BC.
LARRY NICHOLSON is Nehiyaw (Cree) but calls unceded Coast Salish Territory home these days. A deep admirer of the poetic form, he believes if you listen carefully, you’ll hear poetry, good and bad, all day, every day.
OWAIN NICHOLSON is a poet and anthropologist from Winnipeg. Educated at the University of Victoria, his poetry is fascinated with our shared human past, our interaction with our environments, and what potential we have.
BEVERLEY NAMBOZO NSENGIYUNVA was Uganda’s 2014 BBC Commonwealth Games Poet, and in 2013 was long-listed for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and short-listed for the Poetry Foundation Ghana Prize. Unjumping was published in 2010 (erbacce). Her works have been translated into many languages. She lives in Kampala and is working on her first novel, Elgona.
REBECCA PĂPUCARU’s poetry has been short-listed for Arc’s Poem of the Year, and has appeared in PRISM international and The Antigonish Review, among others, and been anthologized in I Found It at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books, 2010).
COURTNEY A. POWLESS’s poems have appeared in Kimiwan Zine and Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices (Annick, 2014). She believes that through stories we remember who we are and seed down new roots.
ROBIN RAPOPORT recently received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her background is in art and dance. She founded, and was artistic director of, Headless Horse Dance, a contemporary dance company in New York City.
ARMAND GARNET RUFFO’s writing draws on his Ojibway heritage. In 2014, his creative biography, Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, appeared with Douglas & McIntyre. In 2015, The Thunderbird Poems, poems based on the paintings of the artist, was published (Harbour). He teaches at Queen’s University.
DEEPA SHANKARAN is a Toronto based writer and editor, and a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her work has appeared in Joyland, The Antigonish Review and The Rusty Toque, and she was a finalist in the 2012 Toronto Star Short Story Contest.
BEN STEPHENSON is the author of the novel A Matter of Life and Death or Something (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. CBC Books named him one of ‘10 Canadian Writers to Watch.’ His fiction has appeared in various magazines and he is currently working on a story collection. He tweets @ben_stephenson_.
ALISON STONE’s collections include Dangerous Enough, Borrowed Logic, From the Fool to the World and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award. She was awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin Award. She created the Stone Tarot deck and is a psychotherapist.
SYLVIA SYMONS grew up in Prince George, BC. She now lives with her family in Vancouver, where she teaches ESL at a community college. This is her first publication.
LESLIE TIMMINS’s chapbook The Limits of Windows, about the art of Henri Matisse, was published in 2014 (Alfred Gustav). Her poems have been short-listed for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and won honours in FreeFall’s annual poetry contest. Her stories and articles have also been published widely.
MATT VISSER is completing his degree in Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University after beginning his studies at Douglas College. His previous publications include poems in Pulp and the anthology Pearls 2013 (Douglas College). Matt is currently working on a novel and book of poems set in his hometown of Port Coquitlam.
CRISTINA VIVIANI is the author and photographer of the book Tafoni Natural Design of Weathered Stones (18 Karat International, 2008). She completed an MFA from SFU and has an undergraduate degree in Architecture. Currently, she is enrolled in The Writer’s Studio and completing a new manuscript of poems.
DARRYL WHETTER is the author of four books, including the pot-smuggling novel Keeping Things Whole (Nimbus, 2013), the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull (Goose Lane, 2008) and Origins: Poems (Palimpsest, 2012). His poem here is from Search Box Bed, a forthcoming collection devoted to networked sexuality (Palimpsest, 2017). Visit darrylwhetter.ca
CHANGMING YUAN, an eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, grew up in rural China and published several monographs on translation before moving to Canada. Currently co-editing Poetry Pacific in Vancouver, he has poetry appearing in 1009 literary publications across 32 countries, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books) and The Threepenny Review.