Contributors for Event 48/1

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LINDSAY BIRD is a writer and journalist in Corner Brook, NL. Her poems have appeared in Geist, CV2 and The New Quarterly.

MORGAN CHARLES lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter. Her nonfiction has been published in The Malahat Review, Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec (Véhicule Press, 2014), and was shortlisted for the CBC/Quebec Writer’s Federation Quebec Writing Competition. She holds a PhD in Communications from McGill University, where she wrote about the cultural history of Montreal’s crumbling concrete.

VALERIE CHARNISH’s work has appeared in Arc, The Tishman Review, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press, 2018), Cottage Life Magazine and Ontario’s Lake Steward Newsletter. She divides her time between Wolfe (Westport), Ontario and The Beaches, Toronto.

VERYL COGHILL lives in Prince Albert, SK. She holds a creative writing certificate with distinction from the Humber School for Writers. She writes poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction. Veryl actively reads and performs her work. She has a poetry book, Make Me, published with Thistledown Press, 2005.

DANIELA ELZA’s poetry collections are the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2012), the book of It (iCrow Publications, 2011) and milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press, 2013). She works as a Writer in Residence at the Bolton Academy for Spoken Arts. Her latest poetry collection is forthcoming with Mother Tongue Publishing (2020).

MARISA GRIZENKO holds an MA from UBC and is a writing consultant, editor, and enthusiastic reader living in Vancouver.

HEATHER HALEY’s writing appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Geist, The Antigonish Review, FORCE Field: Women Poets of British Columbia and Canadian Ginger. She is the author of poetry collections Sideways (Anvil Press, 2003), Three Blocks West of Wonderland (Ekstasis Editions, 2009) and debut novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter (Howe Sound Publishing, 2014), currently being adapted to the stage.

LOUISA HOWEROW’s latest poems appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Lindenwood Review and Nimrod International. Her poems are also forthcoming in the following anthologies: GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times (Frontenac House, 2018), Resistance (Coteau Books, 2019) and Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press, 2018).

CYAN JAMES holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Harvard Review and Salon, among others. She also holds a PhD in public health genetics and is writing a collection of short stories about death.

CHRISTOPHER LEVENSON, co-founder and first editor of Arc, has published 12 books of poetry, most recently A tattered coat upon a stick (Quattro, 2017). He taught English and creative writing for 31 years at Carleton University. Since moving to Vancouver in 2007 he helped revive and organize The Dead Poets Reading Series.

MICHAEL LITHGOW’s essays and poetry have appeared in academic and literary journals including Poemeleon, The /tEmz/ Review, Literary Review of Canada, Cultural Trends, CV2, Seismopolite and The New Quarterly. His first collection of poetry, Waking in the Tree House, was shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation First Book Award. Work from this collection was included in the 2012 Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books). He lives in Edmonton, AB and teaches at Athabasca University.

JEANETTE LYNES’ most recent novel, The Small Things That End the World (2018) was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. She is the author of seven collections of poetry. Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.

ERIN MacNAIR is a writer and metalsmith residing in North Vancouver, BC. Her work can be found in The Walrus, Room, Feathertale Review and other journals and anthologies. She periodically pens an online blog and is currently working on a short story collection and a graphic novel.

CONNOR McCRACKEN is a Vancouver raised young creative with a passion for storytelling. His body of work contains stunning imagery and video from the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia. To see more of his work, check him out on Instagram at @ccracken.

CASSIDY McFADZEAN is a Toronto poet and the author of Hacker Packer (M&S, 2015), a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her second collection, Drolleries, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2019.

LORRI NEILSEN GLENN is the author and editor of 14 collections of creative nonfiction, scholarly work and poetry. Former Halifax Poet Laureate, she is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University and a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative non-fiction. She regularly serves on national and regional writing juries and as a freelance editor for publishers and authors. Her most recent book is the award-winning Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn).

NOLIC NIQUE, self-proclaimed neanderthal poet, is an emerging artist and wordsmith concerned with style as a sort of conceptual swordsmanship. He likes rhythm and prefers to have an image speak for itself rather than explain it. Born and raised in Scarborough, ON, he got to spend his childhood playing on huge cliffs beside a massive lake.

DEREK OTSUJI lives and writes on the southern shore of Oahu. His recent work has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Sycamore Review and The Threepenny Review.

GINNY RATSOY teaches Canadian literatures at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Her scholarly publications include articles and edited collections on modern and contemporary British Columbia drama and literature and theatre in the small city, as well as, more recently, alternative pedagogies and university-community relations. She has also reviewed for journals, magazines and newspapers.

NATALIE RICE currently lives in Kelowna, BC where she completed her Creative Writing degree at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2013. Her work has been published in Lake: Journal of Arts and Environment, CV2, The Malahat Review and The Dalhousie Review.

AUTUMN RICHARDSON is a poet, editor and publisher. Her writing explores landscape, ecology, ritual and memory. Her poetry and translations have appeared in literary journals, pamphlets, anthologies and exhibitions in Canada and internationally. She co-runs Corbel Stone Press, a small publishing house based in Canada and Scotland.

JANET ROGERS is a Mohawk/Tuscarora poet from the Six Nations band. She works in page poetry, spoken word, performance poetry and audio-visual poetry media. Her latest book, As Long As the Sun Shines, was released in September 2018 with Bookland Press, and the Mohawk language version of the book will be released late spring 2019.

SUSAN SANFORD BLADES lives in Victoria, BC, where she completed an MFA in fiction at the University of Victoria. Her short stories have recently been published in the moth: arts and literature (forthcoming), Southwest Review, The Puritan, Numero Cinq, Grain, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire and anthologized in Coming Attractions 16 (Oberon, 2016). “The Rest of Him” is part of a manuscript of linked stories.

INGRID SKÅRE is a freelance illustrator who uses her drawings to highlight concepts, the nuances of words and the meaning in between lines. Her work mixes traditional and digital brushstrokes and has been featured in textbooks, magazines and newspapers. Some of her favourite subjects include literature, myths and the abundance of nature. Born and raised in Brazil, she currently lives in Malmö, Sweden, not too far from where her grandparents once came from.

MEG STAINSBY is a writer and a college administrator, and a Vancouverite living on the waters of Burrard Inlet. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing (memoir) through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter, Wales).

ANDREW F. SULLIVAN is from Oshawa, Ontario. He is the author of the novel WASTE (Dzanc Books, 2016), and the short story collection All We Want Is Everything (ARP Books, 2013). Sullivan now lives in Toronto, where he works for an urban planning and design firm.

ELAINE WOO is the author of two poetry collections: Put Your Hand in Mine (Signature Editions, Spring 2019) and Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions, 2014). She is a poet, comics creator, artist, librettist and non-fiction writer. More about Elaine is found at