JOHN BARTON’s We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos (Palimpsest), his first book of prose, and The Essential Douglas LePan (Porcupine’s Quill) appeared in 2019. Signal will publish his 12th book of poetry, Lost Family (sonnets), in 2020. He lives in Victoria, BC, where he’s the city’s fifth poet laureate.
MARILYN BOWERING is a poet and novelist living in Victoria, BC. Her most recent works are Threshold (Leaf Press, 2015), the libretto for Marilyn Forever (Gavin Bryars), and the poetry collection What is Long Past Occurs in Full Light (Mother Tongue, 2019). marilynbowering.com
PAUL BROWNSEY lives in Scotland and is a former member of the philosophy faculty at Glasgow University. His book His Steadfast Love and Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2015) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist.
MARK ANTHONY CAYANAN is from the Philippines. They are a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, and teach at the Ateneo de Manila University. Their poetry books are Narcissus (Ateneo de Manila, 2011) and Except you enthrall me (U of the Philippines, 2013)
LEESA DEAN has an MFA from the University of Guelph and teaches creative writing at Selkirk College. Her first book, Waiting for the Cyclone, was nominated for the 2017 ReLit and Trillium awards. She lives on an acreage in Krestova, BC, surrounded by crashed cars and fruit trees.
CHRISTOPHER EVANS lives in Vancouver, where he teaches poetry to children. His work has appeared in Grain, The Literary Review, Going Down Swinging, Maisonneuve, and others, and has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
JAMES FELTON was born in apartheid-era South Africa where his exposure to endemic prejudice was commonplace. He lives in New Westminster, BC, where he is a bookseller specializing in Canadian literature, runs the reading series Poets Corner, and is spearheading a project to establish Canada’s first poetry centre.
MARK O. GOODWIN has recently moved from Scotland to Sweden and is taking part in the Kollega till Kollega project initiated by Reporters without Borders and supported by the Swedish Writers Union, ICORN and Swedish PEN. You can find more about his poetry at www.kinopraxis.com.
GARRY GOTTFRIEDSON is from Kamloops, BC, and has strong roots in his Secwépemc (Shuswap) cultural teachings. He holds an MA in Education from SFU and was awarded a creative writing scholarship to the Naropa Institute, studying under Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Faithful and others. He has published nine books and is teaching at Thompson Rivers University.
CATHERINE GRAHAM is an award-winning novelist and poet. The Celery Forest (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017) was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Æther: an out-of-body lyric will appear in 2020 (Wolsak & Wynn). catherinegraham.com @catgrahampoet
RAYE HENDRICKSON’s poems explore the mysteries of relationships, science and nature. Saskatchewan’s terrain allows her to breathe, and she is glad to be a prairie native. She lives in Regina, and loves being a massage therapist. Her first book is Five Red Sentries (Thistledown Press, 2019).
PHILIP HUYNH’s collection of short stories, The Forbidden Purple City, was published in 2019 (Goose Lane Editions) and was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. He lives in Richmond, BC, with his wife and twin daughters.
CHRISTOPHER LEVENSON, who co-founded and was the first editor of Arc, has published 12 books of poetry, most recently A tattered coat upon a stick (Quattro, 2017), as well as three chapbooks. Since coming to Vancouver from Ottawa in 2007, he helped revive and organize the Dead Poets Reading Series.
SU-YEE LIN is a writer from New York with publications in The Offing, The Pushcart Prize anthology, Bennington Review and other journals. A 2012 Fulbright Fellow to China, she has also been the recipient of grants and residencies from the Center for Fiction, Seoul Art Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and others.
JAMI MACARTY is the author of The Minuses (The Center for Literary Publishing, 2020) and three chapbooks including Mind of Spring (Vallum Chapbook Series, 2017), winner of the Vallum Chapbook Award. She teaches poetry and poetics at SFU, and edits the online poetry journal The Maynard. jamimacarty.com
CONNOR McCRACKEN is a freelance creative based in Vancouver. He works across a variety of sectors including tourism, branding and hospitality.
ANDREW MacDONALD has been reviewing books for EVENT for almost a decade.
CAROLINE MISNER’s work has appeared in the US, Canada, India and the UK. She has been nominated for the Journey and Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of the YA fantasy series The Daughters of Eldox (Whisky Creek Press). Her latest novel, The Spoon Asylum (Thistledown, 2018), was nominated for the Governor General’s Award.
JANE MUNRO’s sixth poetry collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) won the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar, 2010) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart). The poems in this issue are from Glass Float, forthcoming (Brick, 2020).
LINDSAY NIXON is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, writer, SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient and McGill Art History PhD student. Nixon won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indigenous Voices Literary Award and several National Magazine Awards. Nixon’s first book is nîtisânak (Metonymy, 2018).
HEATHER NOLAN is a writer and musician from St. John’s, NL. She won the Gregory J. Power Poetry Award in 2019, and was on the long list of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. She is the author of This Is Agatha Falling (Pedlar Press, 2019). Her current manuscript investigates the intersections of landscape and place in Ireland and Newfoundland.
FAWN PARKER is the author of Set-Point (ARP Books, 2019) and a forthcoming poetry collection (Palimpsest Press, 2021). She is the co-founder of BAD NUDES magazine and BAD BOOKS Press.
GINNY RATSOY teaches Canadian literature at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Her scholarly publications include articles and edited collections on modern and contemporary BC drama and literature and theatre in the small city. She has also reviewed for journals, magazines and newspapers.
JULIANA RUPCHAN studied poetry and fiction at the University of Victoria. Originally from Regina, SK, she now lives in Victoria, BC. Her work has been published by post ghost press, Island Writer, This Side of West and The Claremont Review.
GILES SLADE is an American-educated Canadian writer who decided to be a poet when he was eight years old.
JOHN ELIZABETH STINTZI is a non-binary writer and RBC Bronwen Wallace Award winner currently living in Kansas City, MO. They are the author of the chapbooks The Machete Tourist and Plough Forward the Higgs Field, as well as the poetry collection Junebat and the novel Vanishing Monuments — both of which are forthcoming (Spring 2020).
JILL M. TALBOT’s writing has appeared in CV2, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Rattle, PRISM international, The Stinging Fly and others. She won the PRISM international Grouse Grind Lit Prize, and was short-listed for the Matrix Lit POP Award and the Malahat Review Far Horizons Award. She lives in Vancouver.
LESLIE TIMMINS is the author of Every Shameless Ray (Inanna, 2018) and the chapbook The Limits of Windows (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2014). She lives and writes in Vancouver.
HILARY TURNER teaches English at the University of the Fraser Valley in BC.
FABIYAS M V is from Orumanayur village in Kerala, India. He is the author of Kanoli Kaleidoscope (PunksWritePoems Press, US), Eternal Fragments (erbacce press, UK) and Moonlight and Solitude (Raspberry Books, India). His fiction and poetry have appeared in several anthologies, magazines and journals. He has won many international accolades.
CHRISTINE WEI was born in Taiwan and is currently based in Vancouver. Her works are inspired by natural, social and cultural landscapes. She illustrates with the hope of exploring valuable discourses and telling relatable stories from her life.
TERESA WONG is the Calgary-based author and illustrator of Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019), a graphic memoir about new motherhood that has been featured in the New York Times and The Paris Review, as well as on the CBC and NPR.
JAEYUN YOO is a Korean-Canadian poet and physician living in Vancouver. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in CV2, Ricepaper, Vanchosun and others.