Elizabeth Bachinsky was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1976, and grew up in northern
British Columbia, the Yukon, and BC's Fraser Valley. She is the author of Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood editions), and Curio: Grotesques and Satires From the Electronic Age (BookThug, 2005) and her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including
Matrix, Geist, The Malahat Review, and In Fine Form: The Book Of Canadian Form Poetry
(Polestar, 2005). In 2004, her work received an honourable mention for the Bronwen Wallace
Award for Poetry. She is the poetry editor for Event magazine.
Jennica Harper was born in North Bay, Ontario and grew up in Brampton. Her poetry has
been widely published in Canadian literary journals, including Grain, The Fiddlehead, The
Antigonish Review, Descant, Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International. Her
work also appeared in Larger than Life: An Anthology of Celebrity (Black Moss Press, 2002).
In 2003, her long poem, 'The Octopus', was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. Jennica
also works as a screenwriter and story editor in the Canadian film industry. She currently
lives in BC, where she teaches screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Jennica holds an MFA
in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in English from the
University of Toronto.
Michael V. Smiths novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books), was nominated for the Amazon/Books
in Canada First Novel Award. In the past two years, Smith has won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, won
four awards for film (including scooping both shorts prizes at Torontos Inside Out festival), won a
Community Heroes Award for his work in the arts in Vancouver, and was nominated for the Journey
Prize. He curates the Robson Reading Series with Matt Rader and is a past organizer for Crash
the Indie Writers Fest. Also a comedian, filmmaker, zinester, performance artist and occasional
clown, Smith is an MFA grad from UBCs Creative Writing program. He has been named one of
Vancouvers 25 most influential queer citizens (Vancouver Magazine) and one of Vancouvers Most
Dangerous People (Loop).