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Mark Wagstaff

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.’

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Martin West

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.

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Maureen Medved

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

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

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.

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Elaine McCluskey

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.

Sherry MacDonald

Sherry MacDonald is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at UBC. Her plays include The Duchess of Alba, Cowgirl Jane, Iraqi Karaoke, Til Death Do Us Part, Those Are the Rules and Glen Echo Stop. Sherry is also a filmmaker and has screened films at the NSI Film Exchange Festival, Boston Film Festival, Tehran Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, and the Women In Film Summer Shorts Festival. Sherry has worked as a producer, and has served as Drama Editor at Prism International literary magazine. She lives in Vancouver.

Angela Lee McIntyre

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.

Sandy McLelland

Sandy McLelland is the illustrator of Honeymoon in Berlin, by Tom Walmsley, published by Anvil Press.

George McWhirter

George McWhirter is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and fiction. His translation of selected poems by Jose Emilio Pacheco won him the F.R. Scott Prize for translation. Mr. McWhirter's collection, Catalan Poems, shared the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and his novel, Cage, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1987.

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