web_corinnaCORINNA CHONG received her MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. She currently teaches in the Writing and Publishing program at Okanagan College in Kelowna, where she’s also the co-Editor of Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. Her writing has been published in Echolocation, The Malahat Review, GrainRicepaper, and Room, and is forthcoming in The Humber Literary Review and Cosmonauts Avenue. Her first novel, Belinda’s Rings, was published by NeWest Press in 2013.

web_manuelaHEIDI GARNETT has been published in many literary magazines abroad and in Canada.  She has placed or won poetry prizes in competitions such as Canada Writes, Arc Poem of the Year, Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, Antigonish Review and Fiddlehead’s Annual Poetry Competitions, etc.  In 2010 she graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBCO and recently launched a second poetry collection called Blood Orange which was published by Frontenac House Press.  She is presently working on a novel.

web_alixALIX HAWLEY is the author of All True Not a Lie In It, which won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and BC Book Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize. Several of her short stories have been recognized by the CBC Literary Awards. Her next novel will be published by Knopf in 2018. Visit Alix at www.alixhawley.com


web_johnJOHN LENT has published nine books of poetry and fiction and a book of conversations with Robert Kroetsch about the writing life, called Abundance.  His second last novel, So It Won’t Go Away, was short-listed for the BC Book Prizes in 2005, and Thistledown Press released a volume of Lent’s poems called Cantilevered Songs in 2009 that was long-listed for the Re-Lit Award that year.  A novel called The Path To Ardroe was released by Thistledown Press in the spring of 2012. John Lent has read from his work in France, England and the USA, and has given Canada Council Readings across Canada.  Lent lives in Vernon, BC, with his wife, the artist Jude Clarke, and plays in The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio, a jazz and roots group. He is currently working on a new novel called The Kitchen Sessions.

we_melanieMELANIE MURRAY is the author of two works of creative nonfiction, Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman Behind Robert Burns (Nightwood Editions, 2017) and For Your Tomorrow: The Way of an Unlikely Soldier (Random House, 2011). She teaches English and Creative Writing at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Visit Melanie here: melaniemurray.ca


web_pacoMICHAEL POIRIER is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada and author of two dozen full-length and one-act plays. He won awards for Perriott and Mr. Grump, War on the Home Front, and Posing for Mr. Wiser, as well as a special merit award for State of Confusion.  Michael also has written three full-length screenplays, Typecast, Glider, and Wakanda: The Spirit Horse, and two novels: Bloodlines and Life is a Risky Business.  Find out more about Michael’s work here: Michaelsworld.info

web_leishaLAISHA ROSNAU is the author of the novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow (McClelland & Stewart), and three acollections of poetry, PluckLousy Explorers, and Notes on Leaving (Nightwood Editions). Her work has been published in journals and anthologies internationally, has been nominated for several awards, including three times for the CBC literary award, and has been the recipient of the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Award and the Blue Heron Poetry Award. Rosnau also holds a certificate in Narrative Therapy and explores the connections between health and resilience and story-creation, narrative and writing practices. Laisha lives in Coldstream, BC, where she and her family are resident caretakers of a wild bird sanctuary.

web_ruzeskyJAY RUZESKY is a writer, poet, photographer, and film maker. His books have been published in Canada and the U.S. and his work has been translated into several languages. His most recent book is a creative non-fiction memoir: In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage (Nightwood/Harbour, 2013). He teaches at Vancouver Island University and lives on Vancouver Island.