JOHN BARLOW, much travelled within Canada, has published books with Exile Editions, Balmer Press, Laurel Reed Books, LyricalMyrical Press, Letters and Oversion, and was once runner-up for the bpNichol Chapbook Award with a collection edited by Sandra Stephenson.
LANA BELLA is the author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line, 2016) and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus, 2016). Her poetry and fiction has been featured in over 500 journals. She resides in the US and in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever, frolicsome imps.
ADI BERARDINI is a writer, artist and illustrator based in Vancouver. Her art has been featured in Free Lit Magazine and her writing can be found in Issue Magazine and VANDOCUMENT. She is the founder of the art and culture blog Peacock and Inkspot.
JULIANE OKOT BITEK is a Vancouver poet. Her 100 Days (University of Alberta, 2016) won the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Her latest publication, Sublime: Lost Words (The Elephants, 2018) is open access in digital form. Finally, finally, she got something published in EVENT.
SUE CHENETTE is a classical pianist and poet who moved to Toronto from northern Wisconsin in 1972. She is an editor for Brick Books, and the author of Slender Human Weight (Guernica Editions, 2009) and The Bones of His Being (Guernica, 2012).
KRISTA FOSS’s writing won the 2016 PRISM international creative non-fiction contest, and has been featured in Best Canadian Essays. Her short fiction appeared in Granta, and has twice been a finalist for the Journey Prize. Her first novel, Smoke River (McClelland & Stewart, 2014), won the Hamilton Literary Award. She is a senior editor at hamiltonreviewofbooks.com.
ELERI GLASS has been writing for a long time. Inspired by other writers, artists and the communities she belongs to, she likes to shine a light on the people who walk through her life. ‘There are many unsung giants in our midst.
KIM GOLDBERG is the author of seven books of poetry and non-fiction. Her Red Zone collection of poems about urban homelessness (Pig Squash, 2009) has been taught in university literature courses. She wanders, wonders and watches birds in Nanaimo, BC. Twitter: @KimPigSquash
ADELE GRAF’s poems have appeared in many Canadian journals, including The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Vallum and Room. Her first poetry collection is math for couples (Guernica Editions, 2017). She lives in Ottawa.
JENNICA HARPER is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated Wood (Anvil, 2013). Her forthcoming book, referenced in this essay, is Bounce House (Anvil, 2019), with illustrations by andrea bennett. She is also a TV writer, having written for numerous series including Cardinal, Motive and Some Assembly Required.
BENJAMIN HERTWIG is the recipient of a National Magazine Award, and his debut book of poems, Slow War (McGillQueen’s University, 2017), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award.
JEREMY LUKE HILL is the publisher at Vocamus, a micro-press that publishes the literary culture of Guelph, ON. He is also the managing director of Vocamus Writers Community, a non-profit organization that supports book culture. His criticism and poetry have appeared in places like The Bull Calf, CV2, FreeFall, The Goose, paperplates, The Rusty Toque and The Windsor Review.
ERIC HOWERTON is an author/professor living/teaching in/at Stillwater/Oklahoma State University. He has a PhD in Fiction and Literature from the University of Houston’s creative writing program, an MFA in Fiction from Penn State, and BAs from the University of New Mexico. Whenever possible, he disappears into the mountains.
CELLAN JAY’s poems have been published widely in Canadian literary journals. She lives in Toronto where she teaches academic writing skills at U of T. She is seeking a publisher for her first full-length collection of poetry, The Dream Car is Your Drive.
MAHMUD KIANUSH, an Iranian British poet, writer and critic living in London, has published six books of poems in English, including Poems of the Living Present (Rockingham, 2014) and Thorns and Pearls [bilingual] (Ghatreh Publications, Tehran, 2010), and more than 65 books in the Persian language. He also edited and translated Modern Persian Poetry: An Anthology (Rockingham, 1996).
ERIN KIRSH is a writer and performer living in Vancouver. Her work has been published in The Malahat Review, Arc and Geist. She was the managing director of Verses Festival of Words in 2016, and in 2017 won The Molotov Cocktail’s Shadow Award.
JOY KOGAWA lives in Toronto and Vancouver. Her latest book is Gently to Nagasaki (Caitlin, 2016).
JESSICA LAMPARD is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s creative writing program. She recently won second place in Geist’s 13th annual Postcard Story Contest, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.
ANDREW MACDONALD is a four-time Journey Prize finalist. He regularly contributes book reviews to EVENT. He lives in Southwestern Ontario.
ROBERT MACLEAN has a MA from UNB and a PhD from U of Edinburgh. He planted trees in BC for nine years—In a Canvas Tent (Sono Nis, 1984)—and was a professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, for 25 years. He is now retired and living in Victoria with a luminous three-year-old daughter.
PADDY MCCALLUM is the author of Parable Beach (Beach Holme/Dundurn, 2000) and From Where the Trees are Standing in the Water (The Muse’s Company, 2010), the title poem of which won the National Magazine Award for Poetry. His work has appeared previously in EVENT, as well as in many other literary journals.
KATHY MEZEI is Professor Emerita, Humanities Department, SFU, and Life Member, Claire Hall, Cambridge, UK. Her most recent publication is Living with Strangers: Bedsits and Boarding Houses in Modern English Life, Literature and Film, co-edited with Chiara Briganti (Bloomsbury, 2017).
NINA MOSALL is a recent Creative Writing graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, taught by talented writers like Jen Currin, Cathy Stonehouse, Aislinn Hunter and Billeh Nickerson. She has been published frequently in the university’s literary magazine, and aims to publish a poetry collection soon. She hopes to meet Steve Martin one day.
D.C. REID’s 13th book, of poems, These Elegies, is scheduled for 2018. Two previous books were short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His most recent award is the 2016 Roderick Haig-Brown Prize for sustained environmental writing. His next memoir, A Man and His River, is about fly fishing in Canada’s wilderness.
BRUCE RICE is a poet and editor in Regina, SK, with five collections including Life in the Canopy (Hagios, 2009), which was nominated for Saskatchewan Book of the Year, and The Trouble With Beauty (Coteau, 2014), which received a Saskatchewan Book Award.
ARMAND GARNET RUFFO’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. Publications include Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (Broadview, 2016), The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour, 2015) and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (D&M, 2014), short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston.
ROB RUTTAN grew up in the People’s Republic of Thunder Bay, ON, and currently lives in Barrie. He is a high school teacher, husband, father of three starbursts of humanity, writer and photographer. More of his work can be seen at www.saatchiart.com/ rob.ruttan
JAY RUZESKY writes poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. His latest book is Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage (Nightwood Editions, 2013). He teaches at Vancouver Island University.
JOHN SAUL’s short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and four collections. Call It Tender (2007), The Most Serene Republic (2008) and As Rivers Flow (2009) are published by Salt Publishing (UK). He made the contribution from England to Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2018 and had work in Best British Short Stories 2016 (Salt). His website is www.johnsaul.co.uk
BRITTNEY SCOTT’s first poetry collection, The Derelict Daughter (2017), won the New American Press Poetry Prize. She also received the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine and elsewhere.
ADRIAN SOUTHIN is an emerging writer from Victoria, BC. A recent graduate of UVic’s writing department, his work examines masculinity and the interplay of identity and place. His poetry and fiction have appeared in subTerrain, Plumwood Mountain and This Side of West, among others.
ANDERS VILLANI is the author of the forthcoming Aril Wire (Five Islands Press, 2018). Born in Melbourne, he holds Australian and Canadian citizenship, and received his MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He is a two-time winner of the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers.
CARA WATERFALL is Ottawa-born and Costa Rica-based. Her work has been featured in The Fiddlehead and Oratorealis. She was short-listed for FreeFall Magazine’s 2016 Poetry Contest and PULP Literature’s 2017 Magpie Award for Poetry. She has a diploma in Poetry & Lyric Discourse from the Writer’s Studio at SFU.