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George McWhirter

Born in 1939 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, George McWhirter grew up on the Shankill Road. He attended Queen’s University in Belfast, where his classmates included Seamus Heaney, and later completed a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia. McWhirter lived in Spain from 1965 to 1966, when he moved to Canada where he taught high school in Port Alberni, making an abrupt transition from Barcelona to living in a log cabin by Sproat Lake. He is the author of twenty books, many of which have won major awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the MacMillan Prize for Poetry, the Canadian Chapbook Poetry Competition Winner, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the FR Scott Prize for Trans- lation. In 2005, George McWhirter retired as a professor in the Creative Writing Department at UBC. In 2007 he was inaugurated as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver.

Fritz Mueller

Fritz completed two degrees at University of British Columbia, doing his master’s fieldwork near Kluane National Park in the Yukon. For a decade he worked in northern Canada as a zoologist and environmental assessment scientist. In 2003 he quit his government job to shoot full-time. Fritz does a mix of editorial and commercial photography and is increasingly shooting motion projects. His main interest continues to be telling compelling stories about science, conservation and the interface between people and nature. Fritz is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. An award-winning photographer, he’s published in National Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature's Best, Ranger Rick, Natural History, Up Here, Defenders of Wildlife, explore, The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and more. In 2011 Fritz and Teresa's book Yukon - A Wilder Place was published by Greystone Books/D&M.