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John Pass

John Pass was born in 1947 in Sheffield, England and has lived in Canada since 1953. He has a BA in English from the University of British Columbia (1969) and teaches at Capilano College in Sechelt and North Vancouver. Fourteen books and chapbooks of his work have been published and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, and abroad. His collection of poetry Stumbling in the Bloom won the Governor General’s Award in 2006. In 1988 he won the Canada Poetry Prize. He has won awards from The League of Canadian Poets, The BC Federation of Writers and BC Cultural Services, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Pass was the recipient in 2001 of the Gillian Lowndes Award. His previous books, The Hour's Acropolis and Water Stair, were short listed for The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Water Stair was also short listed for the Governor General’s Award. John Pass lives near Sakinaw Lake on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan.

Laurie Payne

Shuswap-based writer Laurie Payne was born and raised in England. He is an artist whose work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Bau Xi Gallery in Vancouver. He is also a sculptor, working in large-scale ferro-concrete installations, a potter, and a musician. Mush and the Big Blue Flower is his first children’s book.

Miranda Pearson

Miranda Pearson was born in Kent, England and moved to Canada in 1991. Her poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of four collections, The Fire Extinguisher, Prime, The Aviary and Harbour. The Fire Extinguisher was nominated for the 2016 Dorothy Livesay Prize and Harbour was nominated for the same prize in 2010. Miranda lives in Vancouver, where she teaches and edits poetry and works in Community Mental Health.

Tyler B. Perry

Tyler Brendan Perry graduated from the optional residency Creative Writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia, and teaches high school in Calgary Alberta, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and a dog. He was captain of the 2010 Calgary poetry slam team, and is one of the organizers of the Alberta provincial high school poetry slam, Can You Hear Me Now? This is his second book of poetry.

Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid, was one of the five original editors of TISH, the Vancouver poetry newsletter that changed the face of Canadian poetry in the early 1960s. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, beginning with The Man Whose Path Was on Fire, in 1969. Prez was written in 1987 after Reid was absent for nearly two decades from publishing poetry while engaged in revolutionary political activism. It was followed by Mad Boys in 1997, and then by I. Another. The Space Between in 2004.