Natalie Appleton is an award-winning writer of multiple genres. Natalie recently won Prairie Fire’s Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, and she is the author of I Have Something to Tell You, a literary memoir. She is a graduate of the University of Regina School of Journalism and has an MA in Creative Writing (Narrative non-fiction) from City University London, UK. In her former life as a journalist, she worked at newspapers across the Prairies. Her stories have appeared in publications around the world, including The New York Times. She is also the co-founder of Storymakers for Girls
Sarah de Leeuw is the author of six literary books, editor of two academic texts, and writer of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in historical-cultural geography and is currently an Associate Professor with the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and conducts research about medical humanities and the determinants of marginalized peoples’ health. Her first book of poetry, Geographies of a Lover, won the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2017, her book of creative non-fiction essays, Where it Hurts, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. For two consecutive years, Sarah de Leeuw was honored in the Creative Nonfiction category of the CBC Literary Awards, winning first place for Columbus Burning in 2009, and second place for Quick-quick. Slow. Slow in 2010. As well, in 2013, her creative non-fiction essay Soft Shouldered (published in PRISM International) earned a Western Magazine Gold Award, recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of her work between literary arts and health sciences. de Leeuw was appointed in 2017 to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. She currently divides her time between Prince George and Kelowna, British Columbia.
Jason Dewinetz is a writer, editor, typographer, printer, publisher, and educator originally from, and now living back in, the Okanagan Valley. Jason is the proprietor of Greenboathouse Press and has worked as a freelance book designer & typographer for publishers across Canada, including the University of Calgary Press, the University of Alberta Press, NeWest Press, and various other academic and trade publishers. He is currently the North American Chair of the Fine Press Book Association. As of 2011, Jason’s design and production for Greenboathouse has brought in more than a dozen national book design awards, and in 2008 he served as judge for the Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. After three years teaching Publication Design at the University of Victoria (2001-2004), Jason is currently an instructor in English, Creative Writing and Publication Design at Okanagan College.
Ashley Little is the author of five award winning novels including– Niagara Motel (2016), Anatomy of a Girl Gang (2013), and PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist (2011). Her work has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, the Vancouver Writers’ Fest Short Story Prize and the Okanagan Short Story Prize. She has also been a finalist for the Re-Lit Award, the City of Vancouver Book Award, and twice been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Prize. Her novel Confessions of a Teenage Leper is forthcoming with Penguin Randomhouse in the fall of 2018. Ashley lives in Kelowna.
Sandra Lynn Joseph Lynxleg (B.Ed., MFA) is half of hundred plus seven. She thinks math as imaginatively as she thinks poetry. In the publishing realm, her first book Glass Beads was published by Black Moss Press. She co-published, with her daughter, a creation story entitled How the First Traffic Light Was Invented, and she is featured in Force Field: 77 Women Poets of BC. Sandra oversees www.theelderproject.com, which houses 18 chapbooks for curator Wendy Morton. This work is featured in a collaborative book co-published by UBC/BCTF. Sandra illustrates living in Vernon as being rooted six metres beside a creek with germs, worms, and toxic terms, gobsmacked to share six hours/day in a rectangular space with life forces each a decade old, and loved by a cowboy/truck driver and runt Pomeranian who persistently save her life. Visit this Ojibwe/Scottish/Irish poet here www.sandralynnlynxleg.ca
Michael V. Smith is a novelist, poet, and memoirist who also makes short films and small-stage performances. His novel, Cumberland (2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. In past years, Smith won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers, a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, multiple prizes for short film, and was nominated for the Journey Prize. His first book of poetry, What You Can’t Have (2006), was short-listed for the ReLit Prize. He has also published a hybrid book of concrete poems/photographs, Body of Text (2008), with David Ellingsen, and his newest book of poetry, BAD IDEAS, was released in May, 2017. His memoir, My Body Is Yours, was published in 2015. Michael V. Smith currently teaches Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan in the Department of Creative Studies.
Dania Tomlinson is a MFA graduate of UBC Okanagan, where she is now employed as a Sessional Instructor and the Coordinator of Writing and Research Services. Dania grew up in the Okanagan, and the landscape of the valley, with its teeming forests, orchards, and haunted lake, populates her imagination and influences her work. Her fiction has won awards and been published in literary magazines like Room and SubTerrain. Dania’s debut novel, Our Animal Hearts, is a work of historical fiction set in the Okanagan and was released by Doubleday Canada in May 2018.
Tom Wayman has published innumerable books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Recent volumes include collections of his poems, Helpless Angels (Thistledown, 2017), short stories, The Shadows We Mistake for Love (Douglas & McIntyre, 2015), and essays, If You’re Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change (Guernica Editions, 2018). Wayman has taught English and writing widely across North America, including for Okanagan University College 1992-1995, and most recently for the University of Calgary 2002-2010. In 2015 Wayman was named a Vancouver, B.C. Literary Landmark, with a plaque on the city’s Commercial Drive commemorating his contribution to Vancouver’s literary heritage through his championing of people writing for themselves about their daily employment. Since 1989 he has been based in the Slocan Valley in southeastern B.C.’s West Kootenay, where he is active in a number of community literary ventures. www.tomwayman.com