CATHERINE BABAULT is an award-winning nature photographer based on Vancouver Island. She offers informal outdoor photography workshops, sells fine art prints and licenses images. Her photo book Vancouver Island Wildlife—A Photo Journey, was released in Fall 2020 (Why Not Publishing). Visit catherinebabault.com for details.
DMITRY BLIZNIUK is an author from Ukraine. His most recent poems have appeared in The Pinch, Press 53, The Nassau Review, Havik, Naugatuck River Review and others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is also the author of The Red Fоrest (Fowlpox Press, 2018). He lives in Kharkov, Ukraine.
KATE DOOLEY is a non-profit and freelance writer, originally from the mountains of Colorado, who currently resides in Vancouver. She has an MA in Literature from UBC and her work has been published in Out Front and SAD Mag.
JAMIE DOPP is a professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Victoria. His writing has appeared in many journals. His most recent critical book is Writing the Body in Motion: Essays on Sports Literature, co-edited with Angie Abdou (Athabasca UP, 2018). His novel Driving Lessons appeared in Fall 2020 (Ekstasis).
STEPHEN GUPPY has published two novels, The Fire Thief (Thomas Allen, 2004) and Like I Care (Tightrope Books, 2012), and two collections of short fiction, The Work of Mercy (Thomas Allen, 2006) and Another Sad Day at the Edge of the Empire (Oolichan, 1985). His stories have been selected for Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories.
NICOLA HARWOOD is a queer Anglo Canadian writer and interdisciplinary artist. Recent projects include a memoir about queer family, Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired (Caitlin Press, 2016) and High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese (2014), a collaborative media project that won the 2015 UK New Media Writing Prize. The two pieces published here are part of a collaborative media project exploring the notion of honorable trade and referencing the old trade language of Chinook Jargon. www.nicolaharwood.com
ROSE HUNTER’s book of poetry, glass, was published by Five Islands Press (Australia, 2017); followed by Anchorage (Haverthorn Press, UK, 2020). Born and raised in Australia (mostly), she later lived in Canada for 10 years, and then Mexico for almost as long. Visit rosehunterwriting.wordpress.com
ASHLEY HYND is the founder and facilitator of Poets & Pancakes. She sits on the editorial board of Canthius and Textile. Her work has appeared in Arc, Room, PRISM international, Grain, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly and Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press). Her hobbies include trampling the patriarchy, avoiding doing the dishes and getting lost in conversations.
AASHISH KAUL is the author, most recently, of the chess-inspired novel The Queen’s Play (Roundfire Books, UK, 2015). He is currently Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the State University of New York, Albany.
NATE LOGAN is the author of Inside the Golden Days of Missing You (Magic Helicopter Press, 2019). He was the founder and editor of Spooky Girlfriend Press from 2008–2019. He teaches at Marian University.
JULIE MACLEAN has published four pamphlets and one full collection. When I Saw Jimi (Indigo Dreams, UK, 2013) was short-listed for the Crashaw Prize and won the Geoff Stevens Poetry Prize. Her work appears in The Antigonish Review, Poetry, The Best Australian Poems and Cordite Poetry Review, among others. www.juliemacleanwriter.com
D.S. MARTIN is the author of four poetry collections including Ampersand (2018) and Conspiracy of Light (2013), both from Cascade Books. He is poet-in-residence at McMaster Divinity College, and as Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series has edited more than 20 collections and three anthologies.
DENNIS McFADDEN, a retired project manager, lives and writes in a cedar-shingled cottage called Summerhill in the woods of upstate New York. His first collection, Hart’s Grove, was published in 2010 by Colgate University Press, and his second, Jimtown Road, won the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.
DARLENE McLEOD is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction essays have been published in Soliloquies Anthology, Geez Magazine and The Ottawa Citizen. ‘An Unassuming Progression’ was short-listed for EVENT’s 2019 Non-Fiction Contest. She lives with her family in Ottawa, where she does most of her writing by a windowsill crowded with plants.
THOMAS MIXON was a featured writer at Mass Poetry’s U35 reading series in Boston. His work has appeared in MockingHeart Review, Plainsongs, Sweet Tree Review and elsewhere.
DIAN PARKER’s essays and short stories have been published in The Rupture, Anomaly, upstreet, Overland, 3:AM Magazine, The Bookends Review, Deep Wild, The Woven Tale Press, Cold Lake Anthology and Kingdoms in the Wild, among others.
AVERY QURASHI is a first-year MA student in the Department of English Literature and Language at UBC and a graduate of McMaster University’s Arts and Science Program. She currently resides in Hamilton, ON.
SHAZIA HAFIZ RAMJI‘s poetry has been short-listed for the 2020 Bridgeport Prize (UK) and nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is at work on a novel.
MARIA REVA is the author of Good Citizens Need Not Fear (Knopf Canada, 2020). Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney’s, Granta, The Journey Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere, and has won a National Magazine Award. She also works as an opera librettist.
PETER RICHARDSON’s poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, Arc, Queen’s Quarterly and Sonora Review, among others. His most recent book is Bit Parts for Fools (Goose Lane Editions, 2013). A former airport worker, he lives in Montreal.
stephanie roberts is a Québec-based poet and winner of The Sixty-Four, best poets of 2018. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Verse Daily, Arc, Crannóg, The /tɛmz/ Review, Room and EVENT. Her collection rushes from the river disappointment was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2020.
ISA RODRIGUES is a queer illustrator based in the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, also known as Vancouver. They studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and have since worked with the City of Vancouver, The Georgia Straight, and various independent artists, writers and creators. Their art aims to highlight the quiet oddness of everyday life through love, humour and a touch of the grotesque.
CHRISTINA SHAH was born in Ottawa, lives in Vancouver and works in heavy industry. Her poetry has appeared in various journals, including Arc, Vallum and The Fiddlehead. She recently completed her first full-length manuscript, if: prey, then: huntress. On hot days, you’ll find her at a good swimming hole.
LEEHU SIGLER spends his time petting angry cats, sipping polite wines, and reading full-bodied poems. He recently received his MA in English Literature from McGill University, and currently works and writes in Montreal.
CATHY STONEHOUSE’s debut novel, The Causes, was described as ‘one of the best Canadian novels of 2019’ by The Malahat Review.
STEFFI TAD-Y is a Filipina poet based in Vancouver in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her poems have appeared in Train: a poetry journal, Open Minds Quarterly, Red Alder Review and Marías at Sampaguitas. Her first chapbook of poems was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2019.
SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (McClelland & Stewart, 2020), a New York Times Editors’ Choice and short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto.
JEAN VAN LOON’s first poetry collection Building on River (Cormorant Books, 2018) was short-listed for the Ottawa Book Awards. Her stories, poems and reviews have appeared in literary magazines in the US and Canada and in The Journey Prize Stories 19.
JOSHUA WHITEHEAD is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nehiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017), Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp, 2018), and the editor of Love after the End: an Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Arsenal Pulp, 2018). His forthcoming Making Love with the Land is slated for release in Fall 2021 (Knopf Canada).
NATASHA ZARIN works as a school counsellor and lives in historic Cloverdale, BC, with her family. Her work has appeared in The Maynard, Fearsome Critters and Teacher magazine.