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Truman Green

Truman Green graduated from UBC in l968 with a BA in English Literature and American History. Recent publication credits include a creative non-fiction story, “Jason Loves Cory,” published in Kiss Machine and science-related articles in Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Truman lives in Surrey BC.

Heather Haley

Heather Haley is a writer, editor, media poet, musician, and founder of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre and the Vancouver Videopoem Festival. Ms. Haley also published Rattler, a critically acclaimed multimedia arts and literary journal and her work has appeared in numerous North American publications: The Antigonish Review, The Coe Review, Northern Lights, The Literary Storefront, subTerrain, On The Bus, Catalyst, Heresies, High Performance, Verb and the Manic D Press anthology, The Verdict Is In.

Janis Harper

is a college and university English instructor, a Vancouver actor, and singer-songwriter. She has co-founded two local periodicals and published journalism and scholarship. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Canadian literary journals, including Room of One’s Own, Contemporary Verse 2, and Tessera, and in the international fiction anthology, Lost on Purpose: Women in the City.

Loree Harrell

At 36, Loree Harrell dropped out of the corporate business world to dedicate her time to writing. She is currently working on two short story collections: Sex, Death and Other Odds & Ends and The Simplest Insanity. She lives in Oregon.

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Bradley Harris

Bradley Harris is a Canadian writer, editor, and teacher living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the only writer to have won the infamous International 3-Day Novel Writing Contest twice. His novel Ruby Ruby won the 21st annual competition and was published in 1999. His entry, Thorazine Beach, was selected as the winning entry in the 35th annual contest and was published in August of 2013. His other works include prize-winning short stories and a dramatic play, Incoming, produced in Memphis and Los Angeles. Brad holds BA and JD degrees, plus an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Memphis. He is currently at work on his third novel in the Jack Minyard series, Six Flags Over Jesus.

Oliver Hockenhull & Alex Mackenzie

Oliver Hockenhull has had critical essays published in many art magazines in Canada – such as C, POV, and Fuse. He is also a noted filmmaker and media artist whose works screen around the globe—from numerous Vancouver International Film Festival screenings to screenings at MOMA, Melbourne, Kerala, Rotterdam, Chicago, Amsterdam, Paris, etc.

Alex Mackenzie was founder and curator of both the Blinding Light Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He is past editor of Workprint, 250W and contributed to a variety of publications including Take One Magazine and various gallery and festival catalogues and imprints. His media work has screened throughout Europe and North America. He is also an accomplished graphic designer, having worked with, among others, Infinity Features, the National Film Board of Canada, Tabata Productions, Omni Film, and a broad range of film publicity and music CD packaging concerns.

Barbara Hodgson

Barbara Hodgson is a book designer and author. Her non-fiction works include: In the Arms of Morpheus: The Tragic History of Luadanum, Morphine and Patent Medicines—a fascinating yet unsettling account of medical opium in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—and Opium: A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon, an exquisitely designed book that perfectly evokes the insidious allure and devastating dangers of opium smoking.

Clint Hutzulak

Clint Hutzulak lives and works in Victoria, BC. He has a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. Several of his short plays have been staged in Victoria. Selections from The Beautiful Dead End appeared in the anthologies Red Stains and Dust, from Creation Books of England. A soundtrack album to accompany the novel is available. The instrumental music features dobro, pedal steel, accordion and electronics, in solo and ensemble performances, commissioned from 20 musicians living in BC, Quebec, and Italy. For music samples and more information, visit

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Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1941. A writer, activist, and arts organizer, Reid was a member of the original five-member editorial board of TISH, the Vancouver poetry newsletter at UBC, in 1961. His first collection of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire, was published by Talonbooks in 1969. A short time later he joined the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) and stopped writing for twenty-five years in favour of political activism. Reid returned to poetry and cultural criticism in the late 1980s, with a special interest in jazz expressed in many of his works. In 1994 he published Prez: A Homage to Lester Young, and in 1997 a new collection of poetry, Mad Boys. In 2002 he released Diana Krall: The Language of Love, a biography of jazz musician Diana Krall and in 2004 Talonbooks published I. Another. The Space Between: Selected Poems. In 2009 he published the chapbook, Homages (Pooka Press), which is included here as one section of A Temporary Stranger.

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Mark Jarman

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Fellow at Yaddo artists' colony in New York, Mark Jarman's work has appeared in virtually every Canadian literary journal out there. Publication credits include Queen's Quarterly, Prism International, subTerrain, Hawaii Review, Prairie Fire, and Quarterly West (Univ. of Utah). Other books include the memoir Ireland’s Eye, the short story collections Dancing Nightly In the Tavern (Alberta Writers' Guild Award for Best Fiction), New Orleans is Sinking, and 19 Knives, and a collection of poetry, Killing The Swan. Mr. Jarman also edited a book of alcohol related stories, An Ounce Of Cure.

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