Jen Currin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and did her schooling at Bard College, Arizona State University and Simon Fraser University. She has published three collections of poetry, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005) and Hagiography (Coach House, 2008) and The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010). She currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches writing and literature.
Marita Dachsel is the author of All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007) and the chapbook Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle press, 2009). Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, the ReLit Prize, and has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011. After many years in Vancouver and Edmonton, she and her family have recently relocated to Victoria.
Salvatore Difalco currently resides in Toronto. He is the author of Black Rabbit & Other Stories (Anvil). His short stories, essays, book reviews, and poker columns have appeared in publications across Canada and the USA.
In Pamela Fairfield's most recent collaboration with Richard Tetrault, she combines her roles as writer, artist and curator with her thirteen years of work in the community of the Downtown Eastside. She wishes to thank the residents of the Portland Hotel Society whose lives are an exemplary blend of beauty and strength and who together have been the muse that has inspired the writing of Painted Lives and Shifting Landscapes.
Jenn Farrell is a two-time winner of the Vancouver Courier fiction contest, recipient of the 2002 Maclean-Hunter Endowment Prize for non-fiction, and a contributor to CBC radio. Her stories have previously appeared in Prism and subTerrain magazine. Also a prolific columnist, commentator, and reporter, Ms. Farrell has written for Alive, Canada's Healthy Living Guide, Raven's Eye, and West Coast Editor. Born and raised in the “Golden Horseshoe” of Ontario, she now lives in Vancouver, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
George Fetherling is a writer, editor, teacher, publisher, scholar, and visual artist. He is the author or editor of over 50 books ranging from poetry and fiction to biographies, cinema history, Asian Pacific studies, and histories of the gold rushes and the rise of newspapers in Canada. Mr. Fetherling is a former literary editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard and the Ottawa Citizen and was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1995 for his “substantial contribution to Canadian letters.” He currently holds the post of books-and-ideas columnist at the Vancouver Sun.
Rod Filbrandt is a Vancouver-based cartoonist and illustrator. His comic strip, Dry Shave, appeared weekly in Vancouver's The Georgia Straight and Toronto's Eye Weekly. His distinctive illustrative style has appeared in magazines across the country, including Vancouver Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and Men's Health.
Matthew Firth was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He now lives in Ottawa where he works by day for a national trade union. He is the author of three earlier
collections of short fiction, most recently Suburban Pornography and Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Paris’ 13e Note Editions will publish a collection of his fiction in French translation titled Sur Le Cul in 2012. He is co-editor and publisher of the litmag Front&Centre and has run the micro-press Black Bile Press since 1993.
Daniel Francis served as editor for The Encyclopedia of British Columbia (Harbour, 2000), which won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award in BC. Francis also wrote the definitive biography of Louis Denison Taylor, the newspaperman who served as mayor of Vancouver more times than anyone else. His biography of Taylor, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver (Arsenal Pulp, 2004), received the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004. Francis has his BA from UBC (1969) and an MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University (1975). He worked as a newspaper reporter for two years before turning fulltime to historical writing and research. He has also been an editor with Geist magazine and has served on the executive of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the BC Federation of Writers, The Vancouver Word on the Street Festival, and the West Coast Book Prize Society.
Patrick Friesen has published more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently Jumping in the Asylum, 2011. He is also the author of a volume of essays, a play, and co-translations, with Per Brask, of Danish poets Niels Hav, Ulrikka Gernes and Klaus Høeck. Patrick was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for A Broken Bowl, received the Manitoba Book Award for Blasphemer’s Wheel, and has twice been short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes). Friesen has also written several stage and radio plays, text for dance, and has recorded two CDs of spoken word and improv music with Marilyn Lerner. A former resident of Winnipeg, Patrick now lives on Vancouver Island.