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Gordon Sombrowski

Gordon Sombrowski began writing in secret at the age of eight when he wrote a 6-page story about Catherine the Great. Forty-one years later his husband Kevin pushed him out of the writer’s closet and into submitting a story; it was published. He has written numerous short stories, some of which are published as What Echo Heard. Gordon is working on his second novel, the first sits on his bookshelf daring him to send it to a publisher. When not writing he helps guide his family’s business and volunteers in the community with emphasis on the arts in Calgary, Alberta and Fernie, British Columbia.

Visit Gordon online at www.gordonsombrowski.ca.

Valerie Stetson

Valerie Stetson was born in Alberta and grew up in British Columbia. She studied English at the University of Victoria. Stetson's first book, a collection of short stories called The Year I Got Impatient, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The title story also received The Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. Her second book, a collection of poems called Living In Gravity, was nominated for a ReLit Award. Her articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She lives in Kelowna.

Visit Valerie at the Writers' Union of Canada

Joanna Streetly

Joanna Streetly was born in Trinidad, W.I., and educated in England. She moved to the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1990, where she lives on a floathouse in Clayoquot Sound and works as a freelance writer, illustrator, editor and kayak guide. For seven years she was married to a Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver, and forged many links to the local First Nations community.

Visit Joanna's website or at the Clayoquot Writers Group.

Susan Telfer

Susan Telfer is a Canadian poet and teacher. She is the author of a previous book of poems, House Beneath, published by Hagios Press. Her poetry has been published in magazines coast-to-coast and anthologized. She appeared at the Festival of Written Arts in 2013. She won the Vancouver Writer’s Festival Poetry Contest that year. She lives in Gibsons, BC.

Elizabeth Templeman

Elizabeth Templeman lives at Heffley Lake, BC with her husband and three children. For twenty years, she has taught English as a second language at the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and an M.A. in English from Central Washington University. Her essays and book reviews have been published in various magazines and journals, have been read on CBC’s Richardson's Round-up, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Elizabeth was recently active in The Globe and Mail, check out her delightful essay "My wedding ring has the 34-year itch".