Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Métis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM international, Best Canadian Essays (Tightrope, 2016), and The Journey Prize Anthology (McClelland & Stewart, 2016). Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Bad Endings, is forthcoming (Anvil, 2017). She is the current editor of Joyland Vancouver.
Joelle Barron is a poet, library technician and school secretary. Her work has been published in The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review, Arc and others. She lives in Fort Frances, ON, with her husband and daughter.
M. Bayless is raising blue wizard shrimp in Vancouver.
Marian Botsford Fraser is a writer and broadcaster living in Toronto, and author of four books, including Requiem for My Brother (Greystone, 2006) and Acting for Freedom: Fifty Years of Civil Liberties Activism in Canada (Second Story Press, 2014).
C.P. Boyko lives and writes in Vancouver.
Nicole Breit’s poems in this issue were written for her friend Gord Crudele. In 2016 she won the CNFC/carte blanche CNF award and Room’s CNF contest. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus, Exhale and other publications.
Brad Buchanan was born in Windsor, ON, and now teaches British and Postcolonial Literature, as well as Creative Writing, at Sacramento State University. His poetry, fiction and scholarly articles have appeared in nearly 200 journals, among them The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, The Dalhousie Review, EVENT, The Fiddlehead and Grain.
Caitlin Crawshaw is an award-winning essayist and freelance journalist in Edmonton, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Her writing credits include Maclean’s and Reader’s Digest, the literary journals carte blanche and Plenitude, and the anthology The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp, 2016).
Hilary Dean was the winner of CBC’s 2012 Canada Writes Nonfiction Prize, EVENT’s 2014 Non-Fiction Contest, and the 2015 Lascaux Prize in Fiction. Her work has appeared in This Magazine, EnRoute and Matrix, and has been short-listed for the Journey Prize. Her film, So You’re Going Crazy, currently airs on CBC’s documentary channel. Visit www.hilarydean.ca.
Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His first full-length poetry collection is Ten Thousand Miles Between Us (Quattro, 2009). His forthcoming collection is Every Night of Our Lives (Guernica Editions).
Linda Frank has published three books of poetry with BuschekBooks: Cobalt Moon Embrace (2002); Kahlo: The World Split Open (2008), short-listed for The Pat Lowther Memorial Award; and Insomnie Blues (2011). She won the 2008 Bliss Carman Poetry Award and has been short-listed for National Magazine Awards. These poems are from a forthcoming manuscript, Divided.
Nima Gholamipour is a freelance animator and illustrator from Vancouver, with over four years experience working with 2D animation, illustration, graphic and visual designs for animation/interactive media. He is also a local comedic improvisor and sketch comedian and has performed all across North America.
Michael Levin is a fine art photographer living in Vancouver, who travels the globe in pursuit of his sharply observed photographs. Visit www.michaellevin.ca.
Jesse Matas is a musician and a writer. He has released three albums and toured in 10 countries with his band Crooked Brothers. He lives in western Manitoba and works masonry for a living.
Trish Matson lives, works and plays in Coquitlam. She teaches English and Gender Studies at Douglas College, and divides her spare time between stomping the riverside trails, devouring contemporary mysteries like chocolate (sometimes with chocolate), and contemplating the philosophy of The Walking Dead. She has published previous reviews in EVENT.
Wendell Mayo is the author of four story collections, most recently The Cucumber King of Kedainiai (Subito, 2013). His fiction has appeared in PRISM international, Rampike, Yale Review, Harvard Review and others. He teaches in the MFA program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Miranda Pearson is the author of four books of poetry. Her most recent collection, The Fire Extinguisher (Oolichan, 2015), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize. She lives in Vancouver. www.mirandapearsonpoetry.com
Medrie Purdham lives and writes in Regina. Her work has appeared in journals across Canada, and in Tightrope Books’ The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012 and 2014.
Scott Randall’s third short-story collection, And To Say Hello (DC Books), won the Ottawa Book Award and Gold for Best Regional Fiction Canada-East in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2015. www.scottrandallauthor.word- press.com.
Rob Taylor has had 70 poems and short stories rejected by EVENT over
the past 11 years. He is therefore stunned and thrilled to have these poems from his second collection, The News (Gaspereau, 2016), in this issue. He lives and teaches in Vancouver, where he helps coordinate the Dead Poets Reading Series.
Meg Todd is working on a novel as well as a collection of short stories. A graduate of UBC’s MFA program, she has been published in numerous magazines, including Prairie Fire and Grain.
Ayelet Tsabari’s first book, The Best Place on Earth, (HarperCollins, 2013) won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and has been published internationally. Her work has won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award and an Edna Staebler Award. She teaches writing at the University of Toronto.
William Vallières lives in Montreal. His work has appeared in Grain, Plenitude, Matrix and Lemon Hound.
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