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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.

Michael Elcock

Michael Elcock was born in Forres, Scotland and grew up in Edinburgh and West Africa. He emigrated to Canada when he was twenty-one and worked in pulp mills, in the woods, on west coast fishing boats and as a ski instructor, earning along the way a B.A. and M.Ed at the University of Victoria. He was Athletic Director at UVic for ten years, and then CEO of Tourism Victoria for five. In 1990 he moved to Andalusia to work on developing Spain’s Expo 92. He has published articles in periodicals, newspapers and magazines in Canada and overseas. Elcock has published two works of non-fiction, A Perfectly Beautiful Place (Oolichan, 2004) and Writing On Stone (Oolichan, 2006). He lives just outside of Victoria, BC.


Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis lives in Marlborough, England. Over the years he has lived and worked in India, Thailand, North Africa, and many European countries. Married to an American for thirty-five years he has also spent a lot of time in Canada and the United States. For the majority of his life he has worked in the field of education as an English language specialist. He is the author of five novels.

Mark Gallup

After years of photographing athletes of all types around the world, Mark has settled in Fernie, BC with his wife. Together, they run a bike a ski shop called the Guide's Hut and can often be found enjoying Fernie's many outdoor pursuits.