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Adriana A. Davies

ADRIANA (ALBI) DAVIES is a well-known researcher, writer, editor and poet. She was the Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association for thirteen years and Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation for ten years. Under her leadership, the Foundation created the Alberta Online Encyclopedia comprising 84 multi-media websites, which were gifted to the University of Alberta in 2009. She is the author of From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor (2014, University of Calgary Press) and co-editor of The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War (to be published by the University of Calgary Press in 2016). Dr. Davies was invested in the Order of Canada, in 2010 for her contributions to heritage. In 2015, she was awarded a knighthood (Cavaliere d’Italia) by the Government of Italy for her contributions to the preservation of the Italian language and culture, and her research and publications on Italian immigration to Canada.

Sadiqa de Meijer

Sadiqa de Meijer was born in Amsterdam, and moved to Canada as a child. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Malahat Review, Geist, The Fiddlehead, Riddle Fence and Poetry Magazine. Her poems were anthologized in The Best of Canadian Poetry in English 2008 (Tightrope Books) and in the international anthology Villanelles (Everymen's Library). In 2012, her series "Great Aunt Unmarried" won the CBC Poetry Prize. Leaving Howe Island is her first collection and is a 2014 finalist for the Governor General's Award.

“A voice of authority and grace.” ~ Michael Crummey

Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont is of Cree/Metis ancestry. Since 1985, she has published in numerous Canadian literary journals, and her work has been widely anthologized, as well as broadcast on radio and television. Her first collection of poems—A Really Good Brown Girl—won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. She has taught Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University College in Vancouver. She has also worked in video production as an intern with the National Film Board. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and was most recently Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.