CARLEIGH BAKER writes literary reviews for The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review and EVENT, with a focus on non-fiction and Aboriginal studies. She is an award-winning fiction writer, whose work has been published in sub-Terrain, Joyland, Ricepaper, PRISM international and This Magazine.
STEPHEN BETT has had 17 books of poetry published internationally. His most recent is The Gross & Fine Geography (Salmon Poetry, 2015). His personal papers are being purchased and archived on an ongoing basis by the Contemporary Literature Collection at SFU’s library. Visit stephenbett.com.
SARAH CHRISTINA BROWN is a graduate student in Concordia University’s English/Creative Writing program, where she is completing her first collection of short stories. Her work has previously appeared in Room, Lunch Ticket and UBC’s Discorder, among others. She grew up in BC’s Fraser Valley.
DEBORAH BUCHANAN lives in the shadow of the Coast Range. Her work has been published in Tule Review, Cloudbank and The Squaw Valley Review. For many years she edited the arts and philosophy magazine Gurukulam. She is now working with openheartsopenminds.org facilitating dialogue and writing groups through the Oregon Dept. of Corrections.
JOHN DONLAN has several collections of poetry, including Call Me the Breeze (Alfred Gustav, 2013) and Spirit Engine (Brick, 2008). He is an editor with Brick Books, and was the 2012/2013 Barbara Moon Editorial Fellow at Massey College, U of T, and the 2014/2015 writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.
GENA ELLETT was born in the town of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, BC. She moved to Vancouver in 2007. Her fiction has previously appeared in sub-Terrain, and she is currently enrolled in UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program.
ADAM GIBBS lives in New Westminster, BC, and has been a professional photographer since 1991. His work has been on hundreds of gardening magazine
covers, in numerous calendars, in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Geographic and in the book Planet Earth (BBC). His notable awards include several from the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
JASON HEIT is currently working on a collection of short stories. He thanks EVENT’s Reading Service for providing helpful feedback on an earlier draft of this story. He lives in Saskatoon, SK.
PAMELA HENSLEY is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Michigan. Her fiction recently appeared in The Dalhousie Review and she was a finalist in the international travel essay contest I Must Be Off! She currently lives in Ancaster, ON, with her husband and daughter.
BRIDGET KEATING is a lecturer and PhD student studying Mexican visual culture and history. Her first book of poetry, Red Ceiling (Hagios), was short-listed for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her poetry appears in A Way of Happening (Puncher and Wattmann), an Australian anthology of emerging and established poets.
JENNIFER KNOWLAN’s poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary journals and one canoeing guidebook. In 2015 she tied for third place in The New Quarterly’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. She recently moved back to the Lower Mainland after 10 years in Yellowknife and another 10 in various southern Canadian locales, including Winnipeg.
NAOKO KUMAGAI has a background in journalism, publicity, screenwriting and filmmaking. She has an MFA from the University of Guelph.
CHRISTOPHER LEVENSON’s 11th book of poetry, Night Vision (Quattro, 2014), was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. After teaching English and creative writing at Carleton University, he moved to Vancouver in 2007.
RANDY LUNDY is a member of the Barren Lands (Cree) First Nation. He was born in nothern Manitoba but has spent most of his life in Saskatchewan. He has published two books of poetry and his third will be released by Hagios Press in Spring 2016.
IOANNA SAHAS MARTIN is a writer by passion and a public servant by profession (currently on leave from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development). She has written on travel, international development and corporate social responsibility. She resides in Ottawa with her husband and three children.
CAROL MATTHEWS’s work has appeared in numerous Canadian literary and educational journals. She has published a collection of short stories and three works of memoir.
TRISH MATSON lives, works and reads in Coquitlam, BC, and teaches English and Women’s Studies at Douglas College. She has written previous reviews for EVENT.
PAMELA MOSHER’s writing has been published in literary journals such as CV2, The Antigonish Review and Poetry is Dead. She won the Young Buck Poetry Prize and has been a finalist for the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition. She lives in Ottawa with her wife and son.
SHANE NEILSON’s most recent poetry book is On Shaving Off His Face (PQL, 2015). He is a physician practising in Guelph, and a Vanier Scholar researching representations of pain at McMaster University in the Department of English and Cultural Studies as a PhD student. The poems are from a manuscript about his home province of New Brunswick.
GEOFFREY NILSON is a contributing editor for Arc. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry is Dead, Lemon Hound, subTerrain, PRISM international, The Rusty Toque and the Glasgow Review of Books. He lives in New Westminster, BC, with his daughter, Scarlett.
HILARY PEACH is a writer, audio poet, arts activist and producer, and has recorded three CDs: Poems Only Dogs Can Hear, Suitcase Local and Dictionary of Snakes. She works as a welder for the Boilermakers Union (Local 359), and maintains an interdisciplinary art practice on Gabriola Island, BC.
JOHN STEFFLER is the author of six books of poetry including The Grey Islands (Brick, 2015) and Lookout (McClelland & Stewart, 2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Griffin Prize. From 2006 to 2008 he was the poet laureate of Canada. His latest book is the novel German Mills (Gaspereau, 2015).
CATHY STONEHOUSE was the editor of EVENT way back in 2001–2004. She currently teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and reviews fiction for The Literary Review of Canada, among other publications. She is also (still) working on her first novel.
MOLLIE COLES TONN has just completed a grant for the development of her first collection of poems under the mentorship of Barry Dempster. Her work has been short-listed in The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award as well as in Room’s annual poetry contest. Two of her poems are in the Fall 2015 issue of Room.
ANDREW WESTOLL’s latest book, the best-selling The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, won the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and was a Globe and Mail book of the year. His debut novel, The Jungle South of the Mountains, will be published in Fall 2016 (HarperCollins Canada). He teaches creative writing and literature at University of Toronto Scarborough.
JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is an Oji-Cree member of the Peguis First Nation. He identifies as two-spirit. You can find him in CV2, Prairie Fire, Geez Magazine, Lemon Hound and elsewhere. He dedicates his work to all MMIWGS: today we survive, tomorrow we resist; kisâkihitin.