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Sue Goyette lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has published three books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts (Brick Books) and a novel, Lures (HarperCollins, 2002). Her fourth collection of poems, Ocean, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2013. She's been nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther, the Gerald Lampert, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Prize and the 2011 Bliss Carman Award. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University, is faculty for the Banff Wired Writing Studio and works part-time at the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.
Jacob McArthur Mooney
Jacob McArthur Mooney's books are The New Layman's Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008) and Folk (M&S, 2011), the latter of which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas International Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry. He lives in Toronto where he is the host of the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series at the Press Club on Dundas west.
John Terpstra is the author of seven books of poetry and two works of creative non-fiction. Terpstra's work has earned him various literary awards including the Bressani Prize and the CBC Literary Award for Poetry. His 2003 collection Disarmament was shortlisted for the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry and The Boys, Or Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter (2005) which tells the story of his wife's three brothers who lived with muscular dystrophy until their early twenties was a finalist for the 2006 Charles Taylor Prize. Terpstra's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals throughout the country. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Jessica Bebenek is a Toronto poet and writer with work appearing/forthcoming in [PANK], Steel Bananas, The Flying Walrus, and Uncharted Sounds magazines. She has won several awards through York University's Creative Writing program, is the founder of Loose Ends Press and published her first chapbook, I, Family, this past spring. Jessica is currently working on a manuscript in which she rewrites fairy tales using only the original words in which they were written. She lives downtown with two rats and a prose writer.
Emilee Nimetz is spoken word artist with a background in Musical Theatre. She sings in both showers and stages alike. Emilee spends most of her time drinking tea, acting in plays and musicals, doing crafts, browsing Pinterest, teaching dance and working on getting better, and getting a stronger back. She is big but she is also little.
Myna Wallin is a poet, a prose writer, and an editor. Her first poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Booksin 2006. In 2010, her first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, also came out with Tightrope. Myna has edited a handful of books with Tightrope:three collections of poetry and two anthologies. She's read her work in Ottawa, Hamilton, Grosse Point, Michigan, and in Scotland at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her poetry has received Honourable Mentions in both the Contemporary Verse 2, Two-Day Contest, and theDescant/Winston Collins Contest. This year she made the Descant shortlist again with her poem, "Happy Centenary, Mr. Lazarovitch." Currently Myna working on a second poetry manuscript, tentatively titled, Death, Wildlife and Taxes. She met her boyfriend last Valentine's Eve,2013, so apologizes if one or two squishy sentiments find their way into her usually bitter, anti-romantic writing.
Kate Cayley's poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. She is also the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has written, directed and co-created eight plays. When This World Comes to an End is her first poetry collection.
Child of Life
Child of Life has been a Spoken Word Artist since the age of 16 and has been using her art to advocate on a number of fronts. She has played a huge role in advocating for Children and Youth Mental Health: becoming a part of numerous initiatives on a local, provincial, and national scale over the years. Her other focus has been a push for stronger Youth Engagement in the community; creating frameworks for community agencies, holding training sessions for service providers, all to bring the value of youth ideas and youth voices to the forefront. Child of Life is currently a student at George Brown College studying community work, and has taken her passion for arts and alternative education to an organization called Lost Lyrics where she is the Artistic Development Coordinator.
Karl. E. Jirgens
Karl E. Jirgens is the author of four books through ECW, Mercury and Coach House Presses. He has published over 100 scholarly and literary articles around the world. Since 1979, he has served as Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Rampike magazine, an international journal of art and writing. He is the former Head of the English Department at the University of Windsor, where he currently serves as an Associate Professor. He will resume as Department Head at U Windsor as of July of this year.
Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet. She is the director of the Creative Vocalization Studio and the song facilitator for Sheena's Place, and a resource artist for the Friendly Spike Theatre Band, winners of the 2012 City of Toronto Community Engagement Award. In 2010, Honey was awarded the Bobbi Nahweghabow Memorial Award for this work. In 2013, Honey will create the poetry event for Canada Day at McCrae House, Guelph, home of "In Flanders Fields". In 2012, she was featured poet for the Chester Le Community Centre's Day Against Violence for Women. She has organized WOMANVOICE for 22 years and sings with SAMA Music, bill bissett, and Clay and Bazl.
Gianna Patriarca was born in Italy and emigrated to Canada as a child. She is a graduate of York University, an elementary school teacher and the author of 6 books of poetry and 1 children's book. Her work is extensively anthologized and is on the course list of universities in Canada, USA and Italy. Gianna's work has been adapted for the stage and for CBC radio drama and featured in 3 documentaries. She lives and works in Toronto.