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Jack Shreve

Jack Shreve was born in New Brunswick in 1914 and was raised there and in Nova Scotia, until 1930. In 1934, after spending a few years in Toronto, the family returned to the Maritimes, living in St. Stephen, NB. After his trip on the "Canadian Scottish,” Jack received his amateur radio license and remained an avid ham radio operator for the rest of his life. He did his wireless training at Saint John Vocational School and during WW II was a radio operator, first with the Merchant Marine and then, once it was up and running, with the Ferry Command. He worked as a radio technician for the CBC International Service in Sackville, NB from 1952 until his death, at age 50, in 1965.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith lives on Vancouver Island in a house by the sea, where eagles soar and nest in the trees near his home. He is the author of four collections of poetry and a book of short stories. He is also the founder and editor of Oolichan Books. Elf the Eagle is his first book for children.

Visit Ron and Elf at www.ronsmith.ca

Patricia Smith

Patricia Jean Smith holds an MA from the University of British Columbia in Comparative Religions. She is the author of The Golf Widow’s Revenge, a humorous book on golf, Double Bind, a novella and A Song for My Daughter. She lives on Vancouver Island.

J. Mark Smith

J. Mark Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Edmonton. After twenty-five years of living in other places, including southern California and Toronto, Smith recently returned to his home-town of Edmon- ton to teach in the English department at Grant MacEwan College.

Smith’s poems and creative non-fiction pieces have been published in literary journals and magazines. Notes For A Rescue Narrative is his first book of poems. He holds a doctorate in English from UC Irvine, and has published scholarly articles on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and poetics. He lives with his wife, Jennifer Stewart, and their dog, Jasper, near the North Saskatchewan river valley.

Gordon Sombrowski

Gordon Sombrowski began writing in secret at the age of eight when he wrote a 6-page story about Catherine the Great. Forty-one years later his husband Kevin pushed him out of the writer’s closet and into submitting a story; it was published. He has written numerous short stories, some of which are published as What Echo Heard. Gordon is working on his second novel, the first sits on his bookshelf daring him to send it to a publisher. When not writing he helps guide his family’s business and volunteers in the community with emphasis on the arts in Calgary, Alberta and Fernie, British Columbia.

Visit Gordon online at www.gordonsombrowski.ca.