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Rod Filbrandt

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.

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Matthew Firth

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

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

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.

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George Bowering

George Bowering is a distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers. He has authored more than one hundred books and chapbooks, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and fiction for young readers. His writing has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Romanian. His novel, Burning Water, won the Governor General’s award for fiction and his memoir, Pinboy, was short-listed for the BC National Award for non-fiction in 2013. George Bowering is a two-time recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s top literary prize, and served as Canada’s first Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He is an Officer of both the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

George McWhirter

George McWhirter, poet, prose writer and translator, arrived at his home in Vancouver from Belfast, via Barcelona and Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1968. His first book, Catalan Poems (Oberon Press) shared the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize with Chinua Achebe in 1972; at the University of British Columbia he won its first Killam Prize for mentoring in 2005; in 2007, he was appointed Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate. His novel, Cage, was awarded the Ethel Wilson Prize for fiction in the same year he received the FR Scott Prize for Translation with The Selected Poems of José Emilio Pacheco (New Directions, 1987). His recent books of verse are The Incorrection (Oolichan Books, 2007), The Anachronicles (Ronsdale Press, 2008). Blackbird Theatre produced his version of Euripides’ Hecuba at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in 2007, and his translation of Homero Aridjis’ Poemas solares/Solar poems will appear from City Lights, San Francisco, in the spring of 2009.

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W. Mark Giles

After many years mired in the middle-management muddle of transnational corporations, Mark is now a writer and an educator. His first book Knucklehead & Other Stories (Anvil) was honoured with the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Award. His writing — fiction, poetry, and non-fiction — has appeared in magazines in both Canada and the U.S.A. Saskatchewan-born, Edmonton-raised, with stops in Victoria, Kelowna, Montreal, and Halifax, W. Mark Giles now calls Calgary home.

Heidi Greco, Isabella Legosi Mori, Angela Lee McIntyre

Heidi Greco is an editor and writer whose poems have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies. She also writes book reviews for newspapers and magazines. Heidi lives in South Surrey, BC, in a house surrounded by trees. She has two books of poetry published with Anvil Press: Rattlesnake Plantain and Siren Tatoo.

Isabella Legosi Mori's poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and alternative newspapers. She is presently working on her first play, Dog-Nosed Missile of Fate.

Ms. McIntyre is a professional transient. She has lived in nine US and four Canadian cities. Besides writing poetry, she paints, makes paper from seaweed, and takes photographs. She now lives in Victoria, but is yearning for the Himalayas.

Heidi Greco

Heidi Greco is an editor and writer whose poems have appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies. She also writes book reviews for newspapers and magazines. Heidi lives in South Surrey, BC, in a house surrounded by trees. She has two books of poetry published with Anvil Press: Rattlesnake Plantain and Siren Tatoo.

Jim Green

Jim Green is a long-time activist and advocate for the Downtown Eastside and founded the Four Corners Community Savings bank. He was the provincial lead on the Federal Homelessness Initiative and has developed over sixty million in social housing including the Four Sisters Co-op. He is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and co-founded UBC Anthropology's Urban Field School. Green also teaches opera and architecture classes for Humanities 101.

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