DAVID BARRICK’s poetry has been published in The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Prairie Journal and other literary magazines. He teaches and writes in London, ON, where he is also Co-Director of the Poetry London reading series.
NICOLE BOYCE’s writing has appeared in The Awl, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Big Truths and more. She is a past winner of the Prairie Fire Non-Fiction Contest and has been short-listed for EVENT’s Non-Fiction Contest and The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. She received her MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing Program.
DELL CATHERALL is a retired teacher librarian and is writing a series of poems about her husband’s garden. She has published three essays in The Globe and Mail and another in Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness (Brindle & Glass, 2012). Her first poem, ‘The Watcher,’ was published in the Federation of BC Writers’ Literary Writes.
ROBBIE CATHRO is an illustrator and storyteller living in Bristol, UK, who loves to create fun and charismatic work with inventive compositions. Working with The Sunday Times, the Natural History Museum, Anorak Magazine and Aquila Magazine, he has produced lively children’s spreads, spot illustrations and covers.
MARLENE DEAN has published poems, essays and reviews in newspapers and journals in the US and Canada. Her poetry has been published in Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry; Depth Impressions, a scholarly Jungian journal; Tesseracts 5, a Canadian anthology; and Writing the Land and Home and Away, two Alberta anthologies.
JACKIE DIVES explores themes of identity and womanhood in her photography. While working as a doula she photographed women giving birth, which led to her interest in documenting social justice issues through the lens of the female gaze. Her work has been published in Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, VICE, Maclean’s and Bloomberg Business.
BRETT JOSEF GRUBISIC is a lecturer at UBC. He has written four novels: The
Age of Cities (Arsenal Pulp, 2006), This Location of Unknown Possibilities (Now or Never, 2014), From Up River and For One Night Only (NoN, 2016), and Oldness; Or, the Last-Ditch Efforts of Marcus O (NoN, 2018).
RENÉE JACKSON-HARPER is a PhD candidate in contemporary Canadian literature at York University and a faculty member in the Departments of English and Creative Writing at Selkirk College in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia where she is grateful to live and work in the territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, Ktunaxa and Secwepemc peoples.
KEVIN HARTFORD is a writer and filmmaker from Halifax, NS. His short fiction has appeared in The Feathertale Review and The Dalhousie Review. His short films have screened at festivals across Canada and the US, and on CBC.
CYNTHIA HOLZ is the author of a story collection and five novels, including Semi-Detached (Patrick Crean Editions/Key Porter Books, 1999; Piatkus Publishers, 2000), A Good Man (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2003) and Benevolence (Knopf Canada, 2011). Her short fiction, essays, blogs and book reviews have been widely published. She is currently writing a series of personal essays.
FIONA TINWEI LAM has authored Intimate Distances (Nightwood, 2002), Enter the Chrysanthemum (Caitlin, 2009) and a children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket (Oolichan, 2013). She co-edited the anthology Love Me True: Writers on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage (Caitlin, 2018). Her poetry videos have screened at festivals internationally.
NANCY LEE is the author of two works of fiction, Dead Girls and The Age. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian Literature, CV2, PRISM international and The Fiddlehead. She lives in Steveston, BC, where, together with her husband, the writer John Vigna, she serves at the pleasure of a belligerent corgi.
JOSHUA LEVY is the 2018 CBC Writer-in-Residence. He is the winner of the 2017 Carte Blanche/CNFC Creative Non-fiction Prize, the second prize winner of the 2018 SLS Fiction Competition and was longlisted for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. His writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Maisonneuve, Prairie Fire, Feathertale Review, the Oxford University Press and numerous Véhicule Press anthologies. Joshua splits his time between Montreal, Toronto and Lisbon.
ANNICK MacASKILL is the author of No Meeting Without Body (Gaspereau Press, 2018). Her poems have previously appeared in journals such as the Literary Review of Canada, Grain Magazine, PRISM international, Room Magazine and The Fiddlehead and have been long-listed for the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize and the Ralph Gustafson Prize. Originally from Ontario, she currently lives and writes in Halifax.
MONA’A MALIK is a Montreal-based writer. She has published poetry in Paragon IV and Landwash, fiction in The Fiddlehead, the Coming Attractions 15 Anthology, Matrix, Qwerty, Joyland (forthcoming) and Ricepaper (forthcoming). She adapted her short story “Dead Pumpkin,” through the Young People’s Theatre Grant. Sania The Destroyer will be produced for Theatre New Brunswick’s 50th anniversary season (2018–2019).
AF MORITZ’s most recent book is The Sparrow: Selected Poems (Anansi, 2018). In 2015 he published Sequence: a poem (Anansi), and Princeton University Press re-issued his 1986 book, The Tradition, in its Princeton Legacy Series.
LEONARD NEUFELDT is the author of eight books of poetry, including two chapbooks. His latest volume, Painting Over Sketches of Anatolia, was published in 2015 by Signature Editions. He hails from the former immigrant hamlet of Yarrow, BC, and currently resides in Gig Harbor, WA. He and his wife, Mera, spend a month or two every fall in southwestern Turkey.
BEVERLEY NAMBOZO NSENGIYUNVA is a poet, author and professional public speaker. She is the Founder and Director of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, a Kampala-based platform that promotes African poetry. Beverley is a member of Toastmasters and served as President of Bukoto Toastmasters Club. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing with Distinction from Lancaster University and enjoys travelling, telling stories to her four children and dancing.
JOHN NYMAN is the author of Players (Palimpsest Press, 2016) and Slogan, Substance, Dream: keywords for a responsible poetry (Anstruther Press Manifesto Series, 2018). John recently completed a PhD at Western University’s Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism with a research focus on Jacques Derrida’s writing under erasure and erasure poetry.
MIRANDA PEARSON is the author of four books of poetry. The most recent two, Harbour and The Fire Extinguisher, were both finalists for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize. She lives in Vancouver.
MEREDITH QUARTERMAIN’s most recent books are U Girl: a novel and I, Bartleby: short stories (both from Talonbooks, 2016 and 2015). Her Vancouver Walking (NeWest, 2005) won a BC Book Award for Poetry, and Nightmarker (NeWest, 2008) was a finalist for a Vancouver Book Award. She was Poetry Mentor at the SFU Writer’s Studio from 2014–2016.
annie ross is an Indigenous (Maya) teacher, poet and painter living with/ in community in the Canadian West.
BREN SIMMERS is the author of two books of poetry, Night Gears (Wolsak and Wynn, 2010) and Hastings-Sunrise (Nightwood Editions, 2015), which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. She is currently working on a new poetry manuscript about Howe Sound, BC.
KEVIN SPENST is the author of Ignite (Anvil Press, 2016) and Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press, 2015) and over a dozen chapbooks, including Surrey Sonnets (Jackpine Press). In Vancouver, he co-hosts poetry interviews on Co-op Radio’s Wax Poetic and is one the organizers of the Dead Poets Reading Series.
CATHY STONEHOUSE writes poetry and fiction and teaches creative writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She recently finished work on a novel.
GEORGE SWEDE has published 40 collections, the latest being Helices (Red Moon Press, 2016), which won the Mildred Kanterman Award for 2017. Information about other collections, as well as his life, can be found on Wikipedia and his eponymous website.
RICHARD THERRIEN has published in various periodicals, including Grain, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire and CV2. Sleeping in Tall Grass (University of Alberta Press, 2016) was a finalist for the BC Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Award, 2017. Unarmoured Excursions was recently released from Gaspereau Press, October 2018. He lives and writes in North Vancouver.
EMMA TILLEY is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC. When not writing, she likes to laugh at her own bad jokes, daydream and take too many food pictures for Instagram.
HILARY TURNER teaches English and Rhetoric at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently at work on a textbook about figurative language.
MARTHA WILSON’s writing has appeared in
Best Canadian Stories 2017 (Biblioasis) and in publications here and abroad. Her debut fiction collection will be published by Biblioasis in August 2019.