Jen Currin lives on unceded Coast Salish land (New Westminster, BC) and has published four collections of poetry, including The Inquisition Yours, which won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; and School (2014), which was a finalist for three awards. Jen’s poems and stories have been published in many journals and anthologies. An instructor of creative writing at Kwantlen University, Jen also teaches community workshops and grows vegetables in her community garden plot.
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.
David Homel is a writer, journalist, filmmaker, and translator. He is the author of six novels, most recently, Midway (Cormorant, 2010). His novel The Speaking Cure won the J.I. Segal Award of the Jewish Public Library, and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Best Fiction from the Quebec Writer’s Federation. He has translated several French works, receiving two Governor General’s Literary Awards for translation. Homel was born and raised in Chicago and currently resides in Montreal.
Born, bred and raised in Montreal, Jacob Homel has translated or collaborated in the translation of a number of works, including Toqué: Creators of a Quebec Gastronomy, The Last Genêt and The Weariness of the Self. In 2012, he won the JI Segal Translation Prize for his translation of A Pinch of Time. He shares his time between Montreal and Asia.
Derek von Essen has created an extensive body of work while merging his own graphic art, photography, painting and mixed-media assemblage for visual communications in numerous fine arts, dance, theatre, music, film and publishing projects. His work has been widely exhibited and is held in several international collections. When not working—which isn’t often—he can found in his garden talking to trees.
Phil Saunders wrote for the music magazines Nerve, Rear Garde, Exclaim, Graffiti, ID and HMV until the mid-nineties. He also promoted concerts, was a talent buyer, booking agent, and an independent record producer. After completing a Master’s in Journalism in 1998 he worked for CBC News and produced the documentary film What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band.
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.
JESSE DONALDSON is an author, journalist, and historian whose work has appeared online with The Tyee, openfile.ca
Doug Diaczuk is a freelance writer living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has a master’s degree in English Literature and has worked in the environmental and communications field in Northern Ontario, as well as several years as a freelance journalist. Chalk is his first published novel.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective, a program of free, drop-in creative writing classes in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is the editor and publisher of seven anthologies from the Collective and the coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Raised in Boston, she is a dual U.S./Canadian citizen.
Eve Joseph’s two books of poetry, The Startled Heart (Oolichan, 2004) and The Secret Signature of Things (Brick, 2010) were both nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. Her nonfiction book, In the Slender Margin was published by HarperCollins in 2014 and won the Hubert Evans award for nonfiction. The book was named one of the top 100 picks of the year by the Globe and Mail.
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.