Contributors for EVENT 48/2

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RICHARD ALI, a novelist and poet, is a member of the Nairobi-based Jalada Africa collective and sits on the board of Uganda’s Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation. His long-awaited debut collection, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, was recently published by Konya Shamrumi (2019). He lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

STEPHEN BETT is a widely and internationally published Canadian poet with 24 books in print. His personal papers are archived in the Contemporary Literature Collection at Simon Fraser University. He website is www.

WILLIAM BONFIGLIO is a PhD candidate studying creative writing at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. His poetry has been awarded a Pearl Hogrefe Grant in Creative Writing Recognition Award, the Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize, and has appeared in Sugar House Review, American Journal of Poetry and elsewhere.

JOE BONGIORNO is a writer of fiction and non-fiction as well as a teacher in his native Montreal. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Canadian and American publications including Geist, Broken Pencil and FreeFall and he has recently been short-listed for the FreeFall Prose and Poetry Contest. Joe is currently working on a novel, which is based on his short story, ‘Out of Focus’.

TIMOTHY BOWLING is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His most recent collection of poetry, The Dark Set, appeared with Wolsak and Wynn in Spring 2019.

RACHAEL CAIN is from Nogojiwanong-Peterborough, ON and lives in Banff National Park. She is a writer, visual artist and arts administrator.

LOUISE CARSON’s poetry has appeared here and there including in The Best Canadian Poetry, 2013. Her collection, A Clearing, was published by Signature Editions in 2015. She also writes mysteries and historical fiction. Her next book, The Cat Between, will be out in Fall 2019.

PATRICK CONATY is an award-winning visual effects artist and photographer working in feature film, advertising and virtual reality. His photographic work has been featured in W Hotels as well as in a host of public exhibitions throughout Canada.

LINDA CROSFIELD’s work appears in literary magazines including Room, The Minnesota Review, The Antigonish Review, The New Orphic Review and in several chapbooks and anthologies. Thanks to Poetry-in-Transit, one of her poems is travelling around Vancouver on buses and Skytrains. She lives in Ootischenia, BC, at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay

BRENDAN FRAIN graduated from the University of Manitoba and taught for five years at Red River Community College, Winnipeg, before retreating to Australia. He lives in a beachside suburb of Melbourne where he walks, thinks, writes and remembers.

MARK HALPERN has lived since 1993 in Tokyo, where he runs his own law firm and writes stories about foreigners in Japan. He grew up mostly in Canada but was born in America and has also spent much time in the UK and France. As for Japan, Mark has, like some of his stories’ characters, found a way to be both an outsider and an insider.

DANICA KLEWCHUK is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Communications in Professional Writing program. In 2017 she was short-listed in EVENT’s Let Down Your Hair Speculative Fiction Contest. Her work has been published in The Gateway Review.

KATE LaDEW is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art. She resides in Graham, NC with her cats Charlie Chaplin and Janis Joplin.

ANDREW LAFLECHE is an award-winning poet and author of seven books. His work uses a spoken style of language to blend social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit prose and black
comedy. Andrew enlisted in the Army in 2007 and received an honourable discharge in 2014. Visit www.AJLafleche. com for more information.

CURTIS LeBLANC’s debut poetry collection, Little Wild, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2018. His poems have won the Readers’ Choice Award in Arc’s Poem of the Year competition and been short-listed for The Walrus Poetry Prize and twice for CV2’s Young Buck Poetry Prize. His second book, Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation, is forthcoming in Spring 2020. He resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife, Mallory Tater, where they operate Rahila’s Ghost Press.

TRICIA LOWTHER grew up in Liverpool, UK. Her flash fiction, short stories and poetry have won or been placed in several competitions and been included in magazines, websites and anthologies. She’s had non-fiction published widely, including in The Guardian, The New Republic and Ms. Magazine. Tricia was an award winner in the UK’s Creative Future Literary Awards 2017.

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.

TRISH MATSON lives, works, reads and writes in Coquitlam, BC. She teaches English and Gender Studies at Douglas College and has published previous reviews in EVENT.

ELIZABETH McCAUSLAND teaches English at Douglas College and lives in Vancouver.

DUNCAN MERCREDI Cree/Métis—Misipawistik, Manitoba writer/storyteller—lives in Winnipeg, MB.

KATHY MEZEI is Professor Emerita, Humanities Department, SFU and Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK. Her most recent publication is Living with Strangers: Bedsits and Board Houses in Modern English Life, Literature and Film (Bloomsbury, 2017), coedited with Chiara Briganti.

STEPHEN PAGE is part Native American. He was born in Detroit. He holds degrees from Palomar College, Columbia University and Bennington College. He loves his wife, family, friends, spontaneous road trips, long walks through woodlands, environmental protection, rainstorms, stomping on his cell phone and making noise with his electric bass.

KIMBERLY PETERSON writes both poetry and creative non-fiction that explores surviving challenging experiences. Her work has appeared in publications including Room, The Banister, Drunk Monkeys, 3Elements Literary Review, Byword, In/Words, NoD and Prairie Fire (forthcoming). She is currently working on a manuscript.

EMILY POHL-WEARY is the author of seven books, including Ghost Sick: A Poetry of Witness (Tightrope, 2015) and the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl (Penguin Razorbill, 2013). She teaches writing for young adults and speculative fiction at UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

ANGELINE SCHELLENBERG’s Tell Them it was Mozart (Brick Books, 2016) received the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and was short-listed for a Re-Lit Award. The Winnipegger launches chapbooks with Dancing Girl Press and Kalamalka in 2019.

J.J. STEINFELD, poet, fiction writer and playwright, lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published 19 books, including Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2015), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2016) Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (poetry, Guernica Editions, 2017) and A Visit to the Kafka Café (poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2018).

BILL STENSON is a writer living in the Cowichan Valley. His latest novel, Ordinary Strangers, won the Great BC Novel Contest with Mother Tongue Publishing and came out in October 2018.

CATHY STONEHOUSE’s new novel, The Causes, will be published by Pedlar Press in Fall 2019. Visit her online at

ZACH SWISS lives in New York City and works as Director of Strategic Finance for a global beer brewer. He holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College. His work has been published in 34thParallel Magazine, Typishly and The MacGuffin.

OJO TAIYE is a young Nigerian who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with society. His poem ‘Elegiac’ is the winner of the 2019 Hart Crane Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Grist, The Fiddlehead, The Well Review, Lambda Literary, Glintmoon, Banshee, Ruminate, Savant-Garde Journal, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @ojo_poems.

KURT TRZCINSKI is an ecologist who has studied many organisms and ecosystems and is currently studying woodpeckers. His poetry ranges from short outpourings of love and anguish to longer cycles of poems centred on our physical and emotional dialogue with nature.

ERIN EMILY ANN VANCE, MA, is a Canadian fiction writer and poet. Her novel, Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers, will be published by Stonehouse Publishing in Fall 2019 and her second poetry chapbook, The Sorceress Who Left Too Soon, will be released by Coven Editions in Spring 2019.

TOM WAYMAN’s most recent collection of poems is Helpless Angels (Thistledown, 2017), and his newest book is a selection of his essays and interviews, 1994–2014, If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change (Guernica, 2018). He lives in southeastern BC’s Slocan Valley, where these poems are set.

DEREK WEBSTER’s Mockingbird (Signal, 2015) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. He received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and founded Maisonneuve magazine. He lives in Montreal, QC.

ELANA WOLFF is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and creative non-fiction, editor, and designer and instructor of social art courses. Her poems have most recently appeared in Room, Juniper, Big Smoke Poetry, White Wall Review, Acta Victoriana and Riddle Fence. Her collection, SWOON, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2020.

RICHARD WEISER is a poet, musician and playwright. He studied creative writing with Governor General’s Award winner Don Coles. His poetry has been published internationally in journals
such as HCE, Acumen and Gravel. His as yet untitled creative non-fiction book about the painter Tom Thomson is due out in 2019 from Dragon Hill Publishing.

TAMARA ZBRIZHER is a Ukrainian American poet. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her full-length collection, Tell Me Something, was released from Get Fresh Books in April of 2019. She lives in New Jersey with her son and two overfed cats.