Ed Macdonald has written and produced many hours of television and has won three Gemini Awards for excellence in writing. He has been nominated numerous times. He has also won the prestigious Writers’ Guild of Canada Award and The Golden Sheaf Award. His novel Spat the Dummy was published in 2010 and was nominated for the QWF First Book award. A collection of his stage plays, Mutant Sex Party and Other Plays was published in 2012. Ed lives in Toronto.
Judy MacInnes Jr. was born in Prince George, BC in 1970. Raised in Surrey, a graduate of Kwantlen College, the University of Victoria (BFA), and the University of British Columbia (MFA), Judy has worked in the film industry since 1994. Her writing has been anthologized in Northwest Edge: New Writing from the Pacific Northwest (Two Girls), Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets (Harbour), Eye Wuz Here: Women Writers Under Thirty (Douglas & McIntyre), In the Trenches (Anvil, forthcoming), and has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Other Voices, Room of One's Own, CV2, Geist, Prism International, Blood & Aphorisms, The Capilano Review, Prairie Fire, and subTerrain. She lives in Vancouver with screenwriter Andrew McEvoy.
David MacLean is an award-winning graphic designer, playwright and poet. The Sound of Whales was produced by Dark Horse Theatre in Vancouver in December, 1995. The impetus for The Sound of Whales came out of the author's (and his wife's) frustration dealing with the various bureaucracies regarding their son, who has Central Aphasia. Mr. MacLean lives in Deep Cove, BC with his wife, Jan, and their two children.
Mark Harris (Essay) has a Master’s degree in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, both from the University of British Columbia, the institution at which he currently teaches. A prize-winning playwright, Dr. Harris has approximately 4,000 articles in more than 50 periodicals in Canada and the U.S. He resides in Vancouver.
Claudia Medina (Interview) is a filmmaker, writer, and educator from the west coast of BC. Her filmmaking deals with the stories and influences of her tri-national background (Mexico, Italy, Canada) and how they are transposed onto the Canadian cultural landscape. She resides in Vancouver.
Since the 1990s, Mark Wagstaff has published stories in journals and anthologies in the US and UK. In 2016, Mark’s story ‘Required Fields’ was named a Notable Contender in the Bristol Short Story Prize. His story ‘Some Secret Space’ won the 2013 William Van Wert Fiction Award. In 2012, Mark’s story ‘Burn Lines’ won The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest. Mark’s second short story collection, also called Burn Lines, was published in 2014. Gina Ochsner described the stories in Burn Lines as ‘lyrically intrepid’ while Rick Bass found them ‘sweetly ominous.’
Martin West was born in Victoria and spent his youth working and living in the Canadian west. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and has been published in magazines across the nation and twice in the Journey Prize anthology. His first collection of stories, Cretecea & Other Stories from the Badlands was published in 2016 and was the recipient of a Gold IPPY award (Independent Publisher Book Awards). His short story, “Miss Charlotte,” will appear in the 2017 edition of Best Canadian Stories.
Maureen Medved is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright as well as an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. She has written essays on television and film for the magazine Herizons. Medved’s writing has won and been nominated for a number of awards. Her work has been distributed and performed world-wide. Her novel The Tracey Fragments was first published in 1998 by House of Anansi Press. Maureen’s plays have been produced in Vancouver, Waterloo, and Toronto, and her writing has been published in literary journals and magazines. Anansi published a film tie-in edition to coincide with the Canadian release of the film in Fall 2007, and Les Allusifs has published a French language version of the book. (The French language edition won a 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation.) Bruce McDonald directed Medved’s screen adaptation of The Tracey Fragments starring Ellen Page, which opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival and won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize. The film has gone on to feature at a number of international film festivals, screened at MOMA and has also garnered other nominations and awards, including a Genie Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay. In 2009, Medved received the Artistic Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television, Vancouver. Black Star is Medved’s second novel; Anvil will be publish Medved’s third book, her essays on television and film, in 2019. Maureen is currently working on a new novel.
Carol E. Mayer is Senior Curator at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, where she is responsible for the world-wide collection of ceramics. She was awarded the National Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Canadian Museums Association for her research and curating of the permanent exhibition of European ceramics at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. She has contributed to books such as The Potter's Art, Made of Clay, and Hot Clay. Mayer was a co-founder of the Northwest Ceramics Foundation (NWCF), served as its first president and continues to serve as a board member. In 2005, her support for the makers of ceramics, particularly in British Columbia, was recognised by a Lifetime Membership Award from the Potters Guild of British Columbia.
Sharon McCartney's poetry has been published in numerous magazines and journals, including The Fiddlehead, Prism International, Event, Grain, subTerrain, Prairie Fire, Iowa City, and the Malahat Review. Ms. McCartney has an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa, Writers' Workshop and a law degree from the University of Victoria.
Elaine McCluskey writes about the people you might find in the corners of life. She has published three short story collections and one previous novel, Going Fast. One of her stories was a Journey Prize finalist; another placed in the Fish international contest in Ireland. She has appeared in journals such as Room, The Dalhousie Review, subTerrain, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Other Voices, as well as anthologies. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with her husband, a news photographer. When not writing fiction, McCluskey, a former Canadian Press bureau chief, teaches journalism part-time and follows sprint kayak competition. She has two children.