Danielle Lagah was born in Victoria, BC. Her mother is of Scottish descent, and her father immigrated to Canada from the Punjab. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies, and featured on CBC radio. Danielle travels to India and China several times a year for her work as a wholesale home décor buyer and stylist, a profession that allows her to constantly observe the effects and nuances of cross-culturalization. She lives in Nanoose Bay with her partner, Oakley, and their Scottish Fold cat, Zampano.
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Fiona Tinwei Lam is the author of two books of poetry, Intimate Distances (finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award) and Enter the Chrysanthemum. Her work has been published in literary magazines and in over eighteen anthologies and has been twice featured as part of B.C.’s Poetry in Transit. She is a co-editor of the literary non-fiction anthology, Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood and the editor of The Bright Well, a collection of contemporary poetry about facing cancer.
Visit fiona at www.fionalam.net.
Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian best seller and was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Lau’s prose books have been translated into a dozen languages worldwide. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award; Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General’s Award.
Her work has appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, garnering four Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award. She has also won the Air Canada Award for Most Promising Writer and the Vantage Women of Originality Award. Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry series. She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world; she presently freelances as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC’s booming Ground and SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program.
Shelley A. Leedahl
Shelley A. Leedahl is a prolific multi-genre writer with strong ties to her home province of Saskatchewan and great enthusiasm for her adopted provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. She resides in Wilson Creek, near Sechelt, BC.
Leedahl presents and leads writing workshops across Canada, and also works as an editor, book reviewer, freelancer, and radio advertising copywriter for two Edmonton stations. She has enjoyed several national and international Fellowships, including Fundación Valparaíso (Spain) and Hawthorden Castle (Scotland).
Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction is frequently anthologized, and she has thrice been shortlisted for the National CBC Radio Literary Awards (Poetry Category). Current projects include multi-media.
Dorothy Livesay was a writer of journalism, short fiction, autobiography and literary criticism, Livesay is best known as a strong, sensitive poet dealing as capably with public and political issues as with personal and intimate emotion and reflection. She was senior woman writer in Canada during active and productive years in the 1970s and 1980s. Her mother, Florence Randal Livesay, journalist, poet and translator, and her father, J.F.B. Livesay, general manager of the Canadian Press, encouraged her literary efforts from her first publication, Green Pitcher (1928).
Educated at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne, she worked in left politics during the 1930s, and subsequently won Governor General’s Awards for Day and Night (1944) and Poems for People (1947). She trained as a teacher, taught in Northern Rhodesia [Zambia] 1959-63 and served as university writer-in-residence. She published prolifically, and her lifelong concern for women’s rights and the identity of the woman artist ripened with time.