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Judy LeBlanc

Judy LeBlanc is a fiction writer from Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. She has a number of stories published in literary journals including the Malahat Review, Prism, Antigonish Review, Grain, Filling Station, Other Voices and WordWorks. She won the Islands Short Fiction Award in 2015, the Antigonish Review’s 2012 Sheldon Currie Fiction contest, was longlisted for the CBC short story prize in 2013 and was a runner-up for the Malahat 2011 Open Season Award. Her reviews have been published in The Coastal Spectator and the Malahat Review. She completed her MFA in creative writing at the University of Victoria in 2012 and teaches writing at North Island College. She is the founder and artistic director for The Fat Oyster Reading Series.

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.

Contact:

Email Shelley at shelleyaleedahl@gmail.com or visit her online.

Dorothy Livesay

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.

Lynette Loeppky

Lynette Loeppky was born and raised in Manitoba on the flat prairie where the summer rain is always warm. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA, and then stumbled into a corporate sales career. Lynette has travelled extensively, and lived for a time in Europe, but counts amongst her greatest adventures the eight years she and her partner Cecile lived on an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm in southern Alberta.

She lives in Calgary with her dogs, Noddy and Charlie, who do an excellent job of getting her away from her computer and out into the elements every day. Cease is her first book.

Benjamin Madison

Trained as an anthropologist, Benjamin Madison lived and worked in the West African countries of Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia for seventeen years, generally working in Education and Development. He lived for several years as a volunteer teacher in villages such as those depicted in The Moon’s Fireflies. “These are stories from my earliest years in Africa. I consider myself privileged to have shared the lives of villagers such as those portrayed in The Moon’s Fireflies. Their wisdom and their warmth continue to inspire me.”

Benjamin Madison now resides in Victoria and is working on a novel set in West Africa.