April 26, 2016
Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and the chapbooks Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), Happy Hollow and the Surrey Suite (self-published), What the Frag Meant (100 tetes press) snap (Pooka Press), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine press). He has done a one-man show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and over a hundred readings across the country. His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry and has most recently appeared in BafterC, Poetry is Dead, Lemon Hound and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014.
Tricia Dower was a business executive before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Caitlin Press will publish her second novel Becoming Lin in Canada in March 2016. Her debut novel Stony River (Penguin Canada, 2012) was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Leapfrog Press will publish it in the United States in October 2016. Her short-story collection, Silent Girl (Inanna, 2008), was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. She won first prize for creative nonfiction in subTerrain Magazine’s 2015 literary awards competition. Her short fiction also has appeared in magazines in Canada, Portugal ad the United States. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC. Website: www.triciadower.com.
Sandy Shreve’s fifth poetry collection is Waiting for the Albatross (Oolichan, 2015). It combines photos and found poems she crafted from the vivid prose in a diary her father, Jack Shreve, kept while working as a deck-hand on a tramp freighter in 1936. Her previous books include Suddenly, So Much (Exile Editions, 2005) and Belonging (Sono Nis Press, 1997). Recent work has appeared in her chapbooks Level Crossing (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2012) and Cedar Cottage Suite (Leaf Press, 2010). She co-edited, with Kate Braid, the anthology In Fine Form – The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Polestar, 2005; second edition forthcoming from Caitlin Press in 2016), edited Working For A Living, a collection of poems and stories by women about their work (Room of One’s Own, 1988) and founded BC’s Poetry in Transit program. Her work is widely anthologized and has won the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry and been short listed for several prizes, including the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and the National Magazine Awards for poetry. http://www.sandyshreve.ca
Elena Johnson’s first book of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra (Gaspereau Press, 2015), was written and researched during her time as writer-in-residence at a remote ecology research station in the Yukon’s Ruby Range. Her poetry has been longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and shortlisted for the Alfred G. Bailey Poetry Prize. Her work is featured in Lemon Hound’s New Vancouver Poets folio and has appeared in literary journals across Canada and in the UK, as well as in four anthologies. She lives in Vancouver.
May 31, 2016
Trevor Carolan began writing for The New Westminster Columbian at age seventeen. His many books include non-fiction, poetry, a novel, translations, and anthologies. His recent work The Literary Storefront recalls Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene of the 1970s-80s. Powerground, his new Eco-Lit documentary film interviews renowned West Coast writers and artists and was received enthusiastically at its European premiere. His latest book New World Dharma (SUNY Press), collects his interviews and encounters with renowned Buddhist writers, teachers and leaders from the past 25 years. The International Editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books, he teaches English & Writing at UFV.
Fred Stenson is a novelist, non-fiction writer and film writer. His most recent novel is Who By Fire (Doubleday Canada, 2014). Stenson is the author of more than 150 film and video scripts, including two seasons of the documentary series World of Horses (first aired by Discovery Canada). He has edited two collections of Alberta writing, Alberta Bound (1986) and The Road Home (1992). Stenson was a founding member of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, serving as its president in 1996. He has been on the council of The Writers’ Union of Canada three times. Since 2001 he has been director of the Wired Writing Studio at the Banff Centre. He has been the humor columnist for Alberta Views Magazine since its inception in 1999.
September 27, 2016
John Pass’s poems have appeared in 19 books and chapbooks in Canada, and in magazines in the US, the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. He won the G.G. in 2006 and the Dorothy Livesay Prize in 2012. His latest book is Forecast: Selected Early Poems 1970 – 1990 (Harbour 2015).
Theresa Kishkan has worked in a range of genres, publishing collections of poetry, personal essays, three novellas, three novels, and memoir/natural history. Her work has been nominated for many prizes, including the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Hubert Evans Award (twice), the Pushcart Prize, and National Magazine Awards; her Phantom Limb won the inaugural Creative Nonfiction Collective Readers' Choice Award. She is currently at work on a fourth novella as well as Euclid's Orchard, a series of connected essays exploring family and cultural history. She lives with her husband John Pass on the Sechelt Peninsula.
October 25, 2016
November 29, 2016
Jennifer Manuel is the author of the novel, The Heaviness of Things That Float. She's been a Western Magazine Finalist and recipient of The Storyteller's Award at the Surrey International Writers Conference. She's a teacher for the writing course, The Story Intensive, and she mentors writers from around the world. A long time activist in Indigenous issues, she now runs The TRC Reading Challenge, an effort to get people to read The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. The CBC named Jennifer a 2016 Writer to Watch.
The Heaviness of Things That Float explores the delicate dynamic between remote First Nations communities and the non-Indigenous outsiders who go to work there. The Vancouver Sun called it "a remarkable novel, one deeply of our time and place in BC and Canada." Author Diana Gabaldon says Manuel's writing is "astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity, and sense of compassion."
Andrew Brown was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his bachelor of art's degree in 1977 from U.B.C. and his professional teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University in 1978. He taught high school English and drama for thirty three years in Vanderhoof, Parksville and Nanaimo. He has two daughters, Corrina and Meredith. He lives with his wife Lili in Qualicum Beach and is a frequent reader at WordStorm in Nanaimo and the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe in his home town. He also acts in Echo Productions whenever possible. Andrew's debut book of poetry, Crow's First Word, was published by Gravity Press in 2008. His second book was published in the fall of 2013. Andrew's most recent collection is Shadow Road also by Gravity Press.Andrew Brown enjoys his retirement very much and hopes to continue to be creative and active for many years to come.