The Creators of Our BooksKelley Aitken Kelley Aitken was born in Vancouver and spent a portion of her childhood in the Philippines. In 1983, she made the first of several trips to Ecuador, and a decade later began writing about the expatriate experience. She is a writer, painter and illustrator and works as an art instructor with women experiencing long-term poverty. Her collection of short stories, Love in a Warm Climate, (The Porcupine's Quill, 1998) was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. Several of her stories, essays and poems have been published in Canadian journals. She lives with her partner in Toronto. The Raven and the Writing Desk: haiku variations John Barton John Barton has published nine collections of poetry, including West of Darkness: Emily Carr, a Self-Portrait, Hypothesis, and Hymn, and six chapbooks published by above/ground press, Viola Leaflets, Frog Hollow Press, and now JackPine. A tenth book, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Nightwood Editions in September. Co-editor of We All Begin in a Little Magazine and Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets, he has won three Archibald Lampman Awards, an Ottawa Book Award, a CBC Literary Award, and a National Magazine Award. Since 1980, his poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers across Canada and in the United States, Australia, India, and the U.K. He has been writer in residence at the Saskatoon Public Library and at the University of New Brunswick, and has taught at the Sage Hill Writing Experience and at the Banff Centre. From 1985 to 2003, he worked as a librarian, production manager, publications coordinator, and editor for five national museums in Ottawa, where he edited Vernissage: The Magazine of the National Gallery of Canada and, in his spare time, Arc Poetry Magazine. He has lived in Victoria since 2004, where he edits The Malahat Review. Balletomane: The Program Notes of Lincoln Kirstein Jennifer Beaudry Jennifer Beaudry and Jennifer Still were born in Winnipeg in 1973 and have been crafting together since learning how to tie neon shoelaces. Jennifer Beaudry applies her nimble hand to photography, willow furniture building, knitting, bookbinding, sewing, felting, and most recently, quilt-making. nest Heather Benning Heather Benning grew up on a farm near Humboldt, Saskatchewan. She was accepted into the Fine Arts Department at the University of Regina in 2000, and she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2004. She engages in site-specific installation art, and has completed several major projects throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Breath of Looking Mayfly Rosalie Benning The Breath of Looking Sheri Benning Sheri Benning’s second book of poetry, Thin Moon Psalm, was published by Brick Books in Fall 2007. It was the recipient of the Alfred G. Bailey manuscript Award and two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her first book of poetry, Earth After Rain, published by Thistledown Press in 2001, was the recipient of two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her poetry has been published in numerous Canadian literary journals and is included in the anthologies Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, and Fast Forward: Saskatchewan's New Poets. The Breath of Looking Darren Bernhardt Darren Bernhardt earns a living as a journalist but pulls in the occasional buck through his acrylic paintings and freelance writing. His obsession with Jack Kerouac worries his wife but impresses everyone else who sees his book collection. His dog’s name is Jack — go figure. To Kerouac and Back Erin Bidlake Erin Bidlake is an East Coast poet currently living in Ottawa. Her first book, The Goddess Count, was published in 2000 by South Devon Publishing. Her work has also been published in many Canadian magazines, such as Grain, Prism, The Fiddlehead, and The Malahat Review. Seeds Yvonne Blomer Yvonne Blomer's most recent full collection of poetry The Book of Places (Black Moss Press) was published in 2012. Her first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007. Landscapes and Home, ghazals drawn from memories of Zimbabwe and BC’s coast, were published by Leaf Press in 2011. Yvonne's work has been widely anthologized and twice shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards. Bicycle Brand Journey Tamara Bond Tamara Bond is an artist now living in Victoria, BC. Her books have been shown across Canada via the bookmobile project/projet mobilivre and her drawings have appeared in Grain Magazine. She is represented by the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. The Love Project Jessica Butler Jessica Butler is originally from Saskatoon where she majored in painting at the University of Saskatchewan. She moved to Montreal to study design and computation art at Concordia University. She is interested in digital text and creative writing, bookmaking, object design, programming and electronics for artists, interactive web experiments, soft computing, cross-disciplinary integration of arts and technology, cultural theory/simulation culture, and more broadly, all things related to graphics, kinetics, and sound. Strung Alison Calder Alison Calder grew up in Saskatoon. She is a past winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for poetry. Her first collection, Wolf Tree, came out in 2007. She lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches creative writing and Canadian literature at the University of Manitoba. Ghost Works Sharon Caseburg Sharon Caseburg is an award-winning book designer, writer, and editor who splits her time between producing other people's books and writing her own. Her poetry and critical writing have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. She is the co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry sleepwalking Debbie Caseburg Tyson Debbie Caseburg Tyson is an accomplished fibre artist and instructor who indulges her passion for colour and texture in both contemporary quilt art and embroidery disciplines. Deeply connected to textiles, her current work focuses on the exploration of meaning and stitch. Her work resides nationally in both private and public collections. sleepwalking Hilary Clark Hilary Clark was born in Vancouver. She now lives in Saskatoon, where she teaches English and Gender Studies at the University of Saskatoon. Her first book, More Light, won the 1999 Pat Lowther Award and the 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. Her most recent book of poetry, The Dwelling of Weather, was published by Brick Books in 2003. Pliny's Knickers Don Domanski Don Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has published seven books of poetry. Two of his books (Wolf-Ladder, Coach House 1991 and Stations of the Left Hand, Coach House 1994) were short-listed for the Governor General’s Award. In 1999 he won the Canadian Literary Award for Poetry. His most recent books are All Our Wonder Unavenged (Brick Books 2007) and Earthly Pages (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2007). Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been translated into Czech, Portuguese, and Spanish. All Our Wonder Unavenged Dorothy Field Dorothy Field is a visual artist who uses handmade paper for sculptural works and artists’ books. She is the author of three books of poetry, the most recent being The Blackbird Must Be (Sono Nis Press, 2010). She is also the author of In the Street of the Temple Cloth Printers and Meetings at the Edge: Paper and Spirit, both of which have grown out of her frequent travels in Asia. Muskwa-Kechika Dayenu Five Ways To Lose Your Way Pilgrimage: Love Poems Jackie Forrie Jackie Forrie is an artist and book designer living in Saskatoon. She has a degree in printmaking from the Alberta College of Art and Design and a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked as a book designer and Production Manager with Thistledown Press since 1993. nonagon fugue Ariel Gordon Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based writer whose first book of poetry, Hump (Palimpsest Press), was published in 2010. She is the 2010 recipient of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer and the 2011 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry / Le Prix Lansdowne du poesie. How to Prepare for Flooding (JackPine Press, 2011), a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, will be launched with this event. How to Prepare for Flooding Jude Griebel Jude Griebel (b.1978) is a Canadian artist based in Montréal. His work explores the convergence of real and imagined experience through themes of memory, growth and mortality. This confluence is reified through drawn and painted visual narratives that have involved people, spaces and objects sourced primarily from his upbringing on the Canadian prairies. The work questions the reliability of memory by exploring the fragile space that exists between authentic recollections, desired history and invented narrative.
Griebel's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally, most recently in Los Angeles and Iceland. He has worked as an artist in residence in Canada and the U.S.A, as well as at Workshop OM, Japan, the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, and the Nes Centre, Iceland. Griebel is the recent recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. In 2007, the Burnaby Art Gallery presented a survey exhibition of his works on paper, with an accompanying publication titled A Cast of Shadows. His paintings and drawings have recently been added to the permanent collections of the Sakima Art Museum (Japan), the Burnaby Art Gallery, The Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery and the Colart Contemporary Canadian Art Collection.
O. Cyrus and the Bardo Brecken Rose Hancock Brecken Rose Hancock lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she writes poetry while pursuing a PhD in English. She’s interested in things like science fiction and post-modern architecture. Strung Maureen Scott Harris Poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris was born in Prince Rupert, BC and grew up in Winnipeg. In addition to her JackPine chapbook, she has published two collections of poems: A Possible Landscape (Brick Books, 1993), and Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 Trillium Prize for Poetry. In 2008 she won the Sparrow Prize for Prose from The LBJ (Reno, NV) and placed second in CV2's 2-day poem contest. In 2009 her essay "Broken Mouth: Offerings for the Don River, Toronto" won the WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize, which included a residency in Tasmania. Harris has recently retired from her work as Production Manager of Brick Books. She lives in Toronto. The Raven and the Writing Desk: haiku variations Kate Hodgson Kate Hodgson was born in Lindsay, Ontario, studied English at Concordia and Fine Arts at University of Ottawa and University of Saskatchewan. Her work is in the permanent collections of the St. Nicholas Centre, Holland, Michigan, the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, The University of Saskatchewan Library and private collections. Home is in Saskatoon with Murray and the Cats. The Occupations of Muriel Thompson Leah Horlick Leah Horlick is a poet and spoken word performer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages and Linguistics from the University of Saskatchewan. She has appeared regularly as part of Saskatoon's only weekly poetry reading series, Tonight It's Poetry, and the Saskatoon Poetry Slam. Her work has most recently appeared in Grain Magazine. wreckoning Frances Hunter Frances Hunter is a freelance book designer living near Victoria, BC. She welcomes book challenges of every kind, even those requiring the production of 75 hand-made copies. Muskwa-Kechika Dayenu Between Brush Strokes Field Hospital: The Last Writings of Lt. Colonel John McCrae Norma Jane Norma Jane, originally from Kyle, SK, currently lives on a farm near Lumsden, SK. She is a retired registered nurse, and has interests in painting, sewing, and woodcarving.
Plush Kirsten Johnson Kirsten Johnson is a visual artist who was born and raised in Armstrong, BC, and, with a small handful of towns and cities in between, now resides in Victoria, BC where she makes art (puppets and dolls and pictures and books), bakes pies (apple and pear mostly these days), and teaches sewing, among other things. Songs of Love and Honey Sean Johnston Sean Johnston was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Asquith, Saskatchewan. He has worked across the prairies as a labourer and surveyor, received a Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, and recently finished a MA in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. His poetry and fiction has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Speak! (Broken Jaw Press). His manuscript for A Day Does Not Go By won the 2002 David Adams Richards Award for fiction. Johnston currently lives in Vancouver. A Long Day Inside the Buildings Drew Kennickell Drew Kennickell is an artist and designer who grew up in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia and now makes his home in Toronto. He studied Biology at Acadia University and Graphic Design at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. He has a weakness for potatoes in all their various forms. A Long Day Inside the Buildings Barbara Klar Barbara Klar is a well-known Saskatchewan poet whose work has appeared in many Canadian periodicals. Her books are The Night You Called Me A Shadow, co-winner of the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry in Canada in 1993, and The Blue Field, both from Coteau Books. . Her latest collection, Cypress, is forthcoming from Brick Books in 2008. She lives in an old farmhouse northwest of Saskatoon. All Our Wonder Unavenged Tower Road Judith Krause Judith Krause
Judith Krause is a Regina-based writer, editor and teacher whose poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She and another 2007 Jack Pine Press author, Jeanette Lynes, were co-winners of the 2006 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize. Hagios Books will publish her fourth collection of poems, Mongrel Love, in April 2008. Current projects include work on a new manuscript and collaboration on a bilingual, multi-disciplinary site-specific installation.
the insistence of green/blue transport Tiziana La Melia Tiziana La Melia was born in Palermo, Italy. In 1987, at the age of five she immigrated to Lake Country, in the interior of British Columbia. She currently lives in Vancouver where she is completing her Visual Arts Degree at Emily Carr Institute. Prior to this she briefly studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University and prior to that in 2002 she studied techniques in 13th century affresco at Palazzo Spinelli in Florence. In the final months of 2007 Tiziana started a writers group known as The Society of August 23rd with several other writers and artists, one of whom is Ada Smailbegovic — the writer for Avowal of What is Here. They are now running a reading series, at which Tiziana has been involved in creating poems connected to a series of drawings tentatively titled Legends/Translations. Avowal of What is Here Rebecca Langer Rebecca Langer is a compulsive doodler and sometime physics major attending Queen’s University this year. Her philosophy of life is to expect nothing, hope for everything, and never ever try to eat a veggie-dog without catsup ever again. Gabrielle and the Man who is Belly-flopped on the World Katherine Lawrence Katherine Lawrence lives in Saskatoon and works for the Royal University Hospital Foundation as Campaign Director and Development Officer. Her poetry has appeared in numerous Canadian journals and anthologies. Her first book, Ring Finger, Left Hand (Coteau Books, 2001) won a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second collection, Lying to Our Mothers, (Coteau Books, 2006) was a finalist in the 2006 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Katherine holds a BA from Carleton University and a post-graduate certificate in Creating Writing (fiction) from Humber College. Her JackPine publication, Split Ends, is a short story. Split Ends Tim Lilburn Tim Lilburn was born in Regina. He has published six poetry collections, including his most recent, Kill-site (2003), winner of the 2003 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, To the River (1999), winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Book of the Year, Moosewood Sandhills (1994), winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and Tourist To Ecstasy (1989), a finalist for the Governor General’s Award in poetry. His poems have been widely anthologized. Lilburn teaches Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, BC. Kill-site: A Poem of the Invisible World Contemplation and Resistance: A Conversation Zachari Logan Zachari Logan is a visual artist working and living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Both his paintings and drawings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions nationally in Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal; as well as internationally in Barcelona, Berlin, Cincinnati, Miami, New York City, Paris and Poznan, Poland. Logan's artwork and critical writing are featured in many international publication. Next fall a book exclusively featuring Logan's artwork will be published through Sternthal books, with essays by prominent British art historian Edward Lucie-Smith. This past winter, A Eulogy for the Buoyant was chosen by Canadian artist, AA Bronson (Director of NYC's famous independent bookstore Printed Matter) to travel to Norway as part of an exhibition of hand-made books. A Eulogy for the Buoyant Nancy Lowry Nancy Lowry is a painter living in Saskatoon. She completed a BFA at NSCAD University in Halifax and has attended residencies in New York and across Canada. Nancy is the coordinator of the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop and is represented by Art Placement Gallery. Even the Sky Parts Tammy Lu Tammy Lu has exhibited at the Mendel Art Gallery, and was the feature artist in a recent issue of Grain magazine. She is the cover artist for the New Metaphysics philosophy book series published by Open Humanities Press. Website: www.tammylu.net Transforium Holly Luhning Raised in rural Saskatchewan and now living in Toronto, Holly Luhning holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, madness and theories of the body. She has received a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award, and her collection of poetry, Sway (Thistledown Press), was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her debut novel, Quiver (HarperCollins), is forthcoming in January 2011. Plush Jeanette Lynes Jeanette Lynes is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent books of poetry are The New Blue Distance and It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poem and Coordinator of the new MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. Her poetry won the 2010 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award from The New Quarterly and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has also received the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her poems have recently been anthologized in ReGreen, as well as Pith and Wry. Jeanette’s novel, The Factory Voice, was longlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize. Her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and abroad, and her work has also been featured on CBC Radio. She has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, St. Francis Xavier University, and the University of Manitoba. Jeanette has been a visiting writer at Queen’s University, Kingston (Department of Gender Studies) and the University of Manitoba. She was Pathy Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Princeton University in 2003, Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library (2005-2006) and Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, B.C. (Summer 2005). She is a former editor at The Antigonish Review and remains on the editorial board. Ghost Works Fionncara MacEoin Fionncara MacEoin is a writer living in Saskatoon. Originally from North Battleford, SK she grew up in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and the United States. Fionncara is the Program Assistant at Sage Hill Writing Experience and studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her poetry has previously appeared in The Society, Transition and CV2. Even the Sky Parts Troy Mamer Troy Mamer is a Public Programming Assistant at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, where he gives public and school tours, teaches art classes, and develops programs. He received his B. Ed majoring in art and minoring in English in 1999. Troy has been drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and teaching for the past 13 years. Troy’s photography was included in Remnant, part of JackPine’s 2002 poetry chapbook series. Remnant Daphne Marlatt Daphne Marlatt lives in Vancouver, a city and surrounding environment that have prompted much of her fiction and poetry over the past four decades. Her titles include Vancouver Poems, Steveston, Ana Historic, This Tremor Love Is and The Given. Her feminist essays are collected in Readings from the Labyrinth. She has mentored many writers through writer-in-residency appointments at universities across Canada and as faculty at Simon Fraser University, the Banff Centre for the Arts Writing Studio and Sage Hill (Saskatchewan). Between Brush Strokes Helen Marzolf Helen Marzolf is a practicing visual artist who has taught Early Twentieth Century Studies in Art and Architecture at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a former Assisant Curator at the Kenderdine Art Gallery (U of S) and from 1991-2001 was Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery at Regina Public Library. She moved to Victoria, BC in 2005 where she is Executive Director of Open Space.
Kill-site: A Poem of the Invisible World Contemplation and Resistance: A Conversation Mariianne Mays Mariianne Mays is a writer, editor and sometime visual artist who draws her inspiration from the rivered city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she also lives. The Umbrella Suites Rhona McAdam Rhona McAdam is a poet and food writer who has eaten well in many countries. She has a master's degree in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Slow Food's university in northern Italy), writes a food and poetry blog (the Iambic Cafe), and teaches an online course in urban agriculture and food security for St. Lawrence College in Ontario. Her most recent full-length poetry collection, Cartography, was published in 2006, and a delectable chapbook of her food poems (The Earth's Kitchen) will be published in 2011 by Leaf Press. She currently lives, writes and cooks in Victoria. Sunday Dinners Cassidy McFadzean Cassidy McFadzean holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Regina. She has had poems published in CV2, The Society, The Fieldstone Review, The Fiddlehead, and ARC Poetry Magazine. Website: riddlehoard.blogspot.com Farwell Jonah McFadzean Jonah McFadzean holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the U of R. He lives and works in Regina as an independent artist, producing and self-publishing comics and illustrations. Website: jonahmcfadzean.com Farwell Don McKay Don McKay has published eight books of poetry, including Birding, Or Desire (1983), Night Field (1991), and Apparatus (1997). He has received a number of awards, including the 2007 Griffin Prize for Strike/Slip. Since 1975 he has served as editor and publisher with Brick Books, and taught Creative Writing and English at the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick. He edited The Fiddlehead from 1991 to 1996, and has served as faculty resource person at Sage Hill and Banff, where he currently holds the position of Senior Poetry Editor. He has connections with Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, where he currently resides. Five Ways To Lose Your Way Robert McNealy Robert McNealy is a visual artist living in Vancouver, BC. He has exhibited his work extensively in North America and Europe, and collaborated on several books. He is currently caught up in the fossil record. CosmoSonnets Julia Michaud Julia Michaud started off her fledgling design career in the 80s, drawing book report covers with smelly markers for her artistically-challenged classmates at Winnipeg's St. Ignatius School. Julia joined the illustrious ranks of highly talented illustrator and designer graduates from Red River College in 1999. Her first full job in the industry, doing black and white car ads at the Auto Trader, gave her the motivation to go after a more colourful position. Her first taste of design fame came via Brad Hughes at Fanfare Magazine Group, which produces publications with the highest hip factor anywhere: “ Ciao! and WHERE Magazines. After five years creating glamorous retail and restaurant ads, art-directing photoshoots at Amici and eating chef-created cuisine, it was time for new opportunities. Her company, Instant Noodles Design, serves clients like The Garden Room, the Folk Arts Council and Aqua Books. How to Prepare for Flooding Darren Molnar Darren Molnar is a violin maker and an oil painter who lives and works in Saskatoon. He has had numerous group and individual shows in Saskatoon. The Departure Of the Name Michael Nardone Michael Nardone is Poetry Editor for Hobo Magazine, Editor of The performance/MACHINE, and Assistant Editor for Jacket2. Recent writings appear in The Coming Envelope, Poetry is Dead, The Enpipe Line, Lemon Hound, The Incongruous Quarterly, and Oxford Poetry.
Nardone is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program in Society and Culture at Concordia University, where he writes on poetics, aurality, rhetoric and media theory. He lives in Montréal. O. Cyrus and the Bardo Shane Neilson Shane Neilson published Complete Physical with the Porcupine's Quill in 2010. He won Arc's 2010 Poem of the Year contest. He has a book of essays forthcoming in 2011 with Palimpsest Press called Gunmetal Blue. He is a physician who has long wondered about the example of McCrae, and he lives in McCrae's birthplace, Guelph, Ontario. Field Hospital: The Last Writings of Lt. Colonel John McCrae Catherine Owen Catherine Owen is a Vancouver writer, the author of nine poetry titles and a volume of essays & memoirs due out from Wolsak & Wynn in Fall. Her book Frenzy from Anvil Press won the 2009 Alberta Literary Award and her poems have been nominated for the CBC prize, the Earle Birney Award and the Fiddlehead contest. She has previously collaborated with Joe Rosenblatt on a book of conjoined sonnets called Dog, published by Mansfield Press, and also translated into Italian. She works as a tutor/editor and plays bass in metal bands. Dark fish & other infernos is a selection of salty poems from a longer endeavor that also includes epistles between her & Joe's multiple personas. Dark Fish and Other Infernos Ed Pas In his artwork, Ed Pas explores beauty, enchantment, and mystery, and is motivated by a desire to create images that transcend the mundane. Originally trained as a printmaker, Ed now works in a variety of media. Most recently he has concentrated on digital artmaking, creating pieces that are strongly based in drawing. He is represented in Saskatoon by the Darrell Bell Gallery. His work can be found in the collection of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Ed has also been a graphic designer, web developer, writer, and editor. His website - edpas.net - includes his digital portfolio, blog, and his writings on art and advocacy.
In the fall of 2006 Lia and Ed returned to their hometown of Saskatoon with their son Jarrod, after two years in Japan (2003-2005) and a year in England. Husk is their first chapbook-length collaboration. Website: www.edpas.net Husk Lia Pas Lia Pas is a multidisciplinary creator-performer who has worked in music, writing, and theatre. She has written poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scripts. Her previous poetry publications are what is this place we have come to (Thistledown Press, 2003) and vicissitudes (Underwhich Editions, 2001). Lia is also an accomplished musician, composer, and vocalist, working in contemporary, improvisational, sound poetic, and classical forms. Lia received her BFA in music from York University, Toronto (1995) and her MA in Devised Theatre from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, UK (2006). Website: www.liapas.com Husk Colleen Philippi Sunday Dinners Shane Plante Shane Plante co-founded fish magic press, a bi-coastal micropress, and co-edits the infrequently published little literary journal Xerography. His writing has been published here and there. Over the years, he has worked as a cook, a stock clerk, a teacher, and a librarian. He lives in Burnaby, BC. The Imaginary Lives of Buster Keaton Ellen Quigley Ellen Quigley is a 25-year-old community organizer from Saskatoon. Check out what she's up to at www.wamsaskatoon.com Gabrielle and the Man who is Belly-flopped on the World Regan Rasmussen Regan Rasmussen is an artist / educator who grew up on the prairies where she earned degrees in Fine Arts and Education. After moving to Victoria, she completed a graduate degree in Art Education. While maintaining her studio practice, she teaches visual arts in schools and at the University of Victoria. In 2011 she received the BC Art Educator award from the National Association of Art Education. Her art has been exhibited in Saskatoon, Calgary, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Vancouver. Bicycle Brand Journey Sandra Ridley Sandra Ridley is a Saskatchewan-born poet who lives in Ottawa. Lift is part of her first collection of poetry, entitled Downwinders, which won the 2008 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Ridley was a Fringe Reader at the 2006 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, and her work can be found in various Canadian journals including Arc, Grain, Prairie Fire and Taddle Creek. Lift: Ghazals for C. Dawna Rose Dawna Rose is a visual artist who lives in Saskatoon. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada. She has received many awards including grants from The Canada Council and The Saskatchewan Arts Board. Smoking With My Mother is her first book and her second animated film. It won second prize in the 2006 Alcuin Awards. Smoking With My Mother Joe Rosenblatt Poet-painter Joe Rosenblatt was born in Toronto in l933. He started writing seriously in the early sixties, and in l966 his first book, The L.S.D. Leacock, was published by Coach House Press. Since then he has published more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and non fiction complete with his own illustrations. His selected poems (1962-1975), Top Soil, won the Governor-General's Award for poetry. Another volume of selected poems, (l963-l985), Poetry Hotel, won The B.C. Book Prize, l986 for poetry.Since 1980 Rosenblatt has been living in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island with his wife Faye, a piano teacher with their generational felines. They are depicted in his paintings and drawings which are in public and private collections in Canada. Dark Fish and Other Infernos Betsy Rosenwald Betsy Rosenwald is a painter and graphic designer. Originally from Boston, she moved to Canada after 22 years in New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Europe, and Japan. A solo exhibition of paintings, Still Work, was on view at the Art Gallery of Regina in October 2006. She is the recipient of grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, New York Foundation for the Arts, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (2003) in Dawson City, YT. She returned to Dawson City in 2005 for a solo exhibition entitled Salvage at the ODD Gallery. Smoking With My Mother Split Ends Pliny's Knickers Alison Roth Cooley Alison Roth Cooley teaches, writes, curates, and makes things in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work includes painting, drawing, printmaking, collecting, and textile practices. wreckoning Mari-Lou Rowley Mari-Lou Rowley has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Suicide Psalms (Anvil Press 2008), which was short-listed for best poetry in the 2008 Sask Book Awards. Her book of science-based poetry Viral Suite (Anvil Press 2004) received wide acclaim. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe, and on the Canadian Association of Physicists website. In May 2010, she was one of twenty mathematicians, academics and writers invited to the Banff International Research Station as a participant in the workshop "Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science." She was also one of two writers internationally to receive a full-stipend residency at Can Serrat Centro des Actividades Artistica, Spain in 2005. CosmoSonnets Transforium Anne Simpson Anne Simpson's most recent book, six essays on poetry and art, is The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness. She has published three poetry books: of these, Loop was awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2004. Her second novel, Falling, was awarded the Dartmouth Fiction Award and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has been Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, the Medical Humanities Program at Dalhousie University, the Saskatoon Public Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island. She lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she teaches part-time at St. Francis Xavier University. Mayfly Eric Slankis Eric Slankis is an artist who works in watercolour and printmaking. He likes contrasting elements, expressionism, and bright shiny things. He is secretly a very funny guy. Lift: Ghazals for C. Ada Smailbegovic Ada Smailbegovic started a writers collective in 2007 known as The Society of August 23rd with several other writers and artists, one of whom is Tiziana La Melia — the designer/artist for Avowal of What is Here. They are now running a reading series, at which Ada has been involved in creating sound/writing performances. Simultaneously she has been attending the University of British Columbia, where she is completing a Masters Degree in English Literature. Prior to this she studied biology, spending the final year of her degree doing field research on harbour seals. Led by a desire to synthesize these activities she has been influenced by biological modes of thinking in her writing of and about poetry. In 1995, at the age of thirteen she immigrated to Vancouver where she now lives. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Avowal of What is Here Steven Ross Smith Steven Ross Smith, writer and sound poet, has published eleven books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and has appeared on more than ten recordings in group and solo contexts. His book fluttertongue book 3: disarray, won the 2005 Book of the Year Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. The chapbook Pliny's Knickers, a collaboration between Smith, poet Hilary Clark and artist Betsy Rosenwald, won the 2005 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Smith has performed his work and/or been published in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. fluttertongue 4: adagio for the pressured surround was published in the spring of 2007. fluttertongue 5:everything appears to shine with mossy splendour, the fifth in this multi-book poetic suite, will be published in the spring of 2011 by Turnstone Press. Smith is the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre. Website: www.fluttertongue.ca Pliny's Knickers Shelley Sopher Shelley Sopher is a visual artist who works mainly with photographs, generally in series and on a large scale. Her work has been shown across Canada, most recently in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the two provinces between which she divides her time. In a more conventional collaboration, her photographs form part of Gerald Hill’s book of poetry, 14 Tractors, to be released by NeWest Press in spring 2009. She is also at work on an installation comprising another large photographic floor piece, this time with a video component. the insistence of green/blue transport Mitch Spray Mitch Spray grew up on a mixed farm in East-central Saskatchewan. With agricultural and industrial life experience as well as a Master’s degree in English, Mitch has always pursued writing, and particularly poetry, based in the rugged environments of his past. Within the nostalgia of his narrative poetry is a recognition of harsh realities inherent within their setting. Farm Raised Jennifer Still Jennifer Still and Jennifer Beaudry were born in Winnipeg in 1973 and have been crafting together since learning how to tie neon shoelaces. Jennifer Still writes poetry and papers her walls in a tall yellow house in Winnipeg. NEST will appear in her second collection, Girlwood, in spring 2011 with Brick Books. All Our Wonder Unavenged Remnant nest Leona Theis Leona Theis lives in Saskatoon, though from time to time she goes off to live Elsewhere. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction. Her work has received numerous awards, including two Saskatchewan Book Awards. The Occupations of Muriel Thompson, based on the story of her mother’s life, won a 2006 CBC Literary Award. A companion piece, based on the story of her father’s life, appears in Brick #81, 2008. The Occupations of Muriel Thompson Mina Tobin Mina Tobin is the grandmother of Sheri and Heather Benning. Her artwork appeared in The Breath of Looking, JackPine Press 2002. The Breath of Looking Miranda Traub Miranda Traub is in the final stages of finishing a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Saskatchewan. She has studied creative writing with Tim Lilburn and Guy Vanderhaeghe and published work in In Medias Res, a literary journal published by St. Thomas Moore College. The Departure Of the Name Michael Trussler Michael Trussler has published literary criticism, poetry, and fiction. His short story collection, Encounters, won the City of Regina and Book of the Year Awards from the Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2006. His collection of poetry, Accidental Animals, was short-listed for the same awards in 2007. A Homemade Life, an experimental chapbook of photographs and text, was published by JackPine Press in 2009. He was recently interviewed by Contemporary Verse 2. He teaches English at the University of Regina, and was the Editor of Wascana Review from 2002 to 2008. A Homemade Life Sean Virgo Sean Virgo was born in Malta, and grew up in South Africa, Malaya, Ireland and the U.K. He immigrated to Canada in 1966 and became a citizen 1972. He has lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands, Newfoundland, various Gulf Islands, the Bruce Peninsula and for the last few years in Southwest Saskatchewan. His first publications were poetry, and while he still sometimes performs as a poet, he is better known for his short fiction: White Lies, Wormwood, Waking in Eden, A Traveller Came By, and a novel, Selakhi. A new collection of stories, Begging Questions, was published in the Fall of 2006.
The Shadow Mother, illustrated by the Spanish artist Javier Serrano, will be published by Groundwood Books in 2011.
"It's a joy to see a fiction writer deploying his imaginative powers to the full in an age when given the dominance of fact the imagination itself is under suspicion." Patricia Robertson, National Post, January 2007. nonagon fugue Paul Wilson Paul Wilson is a Saskatchewan poet, publisher, editor, and cultural worker who has worked as a writer, and closely with writers, for over 25 years. Along with Eric Greenway and Donald Ward, Paul is part of the publishing triumvirate that operates Hagios Press. In 2007 his fourth full-length collection of poetry, Turning Mountain, will be published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers, and, also in 2007, Hagios Press will publish the anthology Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets, which he co-edited with the poet and JackPine Collective member, Barbara Klar. When Seeing Fails Cory Wolfe Cory Wolfe has been using a sportswriter schtick to get into hockey games for free since 1995. He believes everything in life can be summed up through hockey metaphors and album titles. His mom calls him Joe and his hockey teammates call him Turbo (neither makes sense). To Kerouac and Back Tania Wolk Tania Wolk is the co-owner of Go Giraffe Go Writing and Design Inc. She was educated as a graphic designer, and her specialities include working with type so that words and thoughts are the stars of the pages, and using graphic design to make ideas shine. When Seeing Fails Onjana Yawnghwe Onjana Yawnghwe is a founding editor of the little literary journal Xerography, and has a micro-press called fish magic press. She produces small books and is a collector of envelopes. Ghost Works The Imaginary Lives of Buster Keaton David Young David Young was born and raised in Edmonton. He studied graphic design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and graduated from The Ontario College of Art in Toronto - where he became an accredited graphic designer. He has worked in Toronto for almost thirty years, with a diverse collection of clients, including Southam Magazines and The University Health Network, where he is presently employed. He has designed two other chapbooks for John Barton, Shroud (Viola Leaflets, 1999) and Runoff (Viola Leaflets, 2003). Balletomane: The Program Notes of Lincoln Kirstein Patricia Young Patricia Young has published ten collections of poetry, most recently "An Auto-erotic History of Swings" with Sono Nis Press. She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for poetry and twice received the B. C. Book Prize for Poetry. She has also won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, two National Magazine Awards, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Arc Poem of the Year Prize and the inaugural Rooke-Metcalf Award for a collection of short fiction, "Airstream," published with Biblioasis Press. She has recently been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Poetry and received the Confederation Poet's Prize. Forthcoming are chapbooks with the Alfred Gustav Press and Leaf Press. Pilgrimage: Love Poems Jan Zwicky A native of Alberta, Jan Zwicky is a poet, musician and philosopher. She is the author of six collections of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General's Award in 1999. Her books of philosophy include Lyric Philosophy (2nd edition, 2010), Wisdom and Metaphor, and Plato as Artist. She has taught philosophy and creative writing at a number of North American Universities and has also been an editor for Brick Books since 1986. In 2009, she left the University of Victoria, and now lives on Quadra Island, off the coast of British Columbia. In 2011, Gaspereau will publish her seventh poetry collection, Forge. Contemplation and Resistance: A Conversation