Michelle Brown is again writing poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction after a detour into law and treaty negotiations. Her work has been heard on CBC Radio1 and she has performed at The Flame in both Vancouver and Victoria. She was long listed for the 2015 PRISM International creative nonfiction competition and received an Honourable Mention in the Canadian Authors Association Victoria 2016 Flash Fiction contest. Her website www.skyblanket.ca features photo essays written while she was in South America and Turkey. She is working on a memoir, Coming Out Sane, about living with PTSD. She is Cree from the Métis Nation.
I completed my MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (2016) and was awarded the 2014 Random House/Hazlitt Award in Creative Writing. I have written features for Canoe and Kayak and Outpost magazines.
Naomi LaKritz lives in Calgary and is a former columnist and editorial writer at the Calgary Herald. Her work has also been published in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, and other Canadian papers.
Rachel Laverdiere writes and teaches in Saskatoon. She has worked as a language teacher in South Korea, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Read Rachel’s short fiction and creative nonfiction in the most recent issues of Filling Station, FreeFall, Dime Show Review, and Soliloquies Anthology. You can follow her on Twitter @r_laverdiere or learn more about her at www.rachellaverdiere.com.
Kyra MacFarlane is a young poet and fiction writer originally from Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. Two of her poems are to be published in Saskatoon publications -isms zine, and the Tonight It’s Poetry anthology Poetry All Over the Floor, vol. 1. She is currently pursuing an English degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Her interests include music (both playing and listening to it), reading, writing, and cuddling with her dogs. MacFarlane is a feminist, volunteering at the University of Saskatchewan’s USSU Women’s Centre. You can find her at music venues, feminist rallies, and the library. MacFarlane also operates “Timely Tinnitus,” a blog where she posts music reviews.
Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently the collection Cream River and the forthcoming pocket-sized edition One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, and have been published in Slice, The Collagist, and The Believer, among others. His website is www.douglaswmilliken.com.
Nicholas Olson is the author of The Adirondack Haystack Still Floats, a collection of short stories studying the North American working-class, released in 2014. Olson curates his own series of essays at www.ballsofrice.com. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Land.
Nathan TeBokkel is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where he studies poet-farmers and the intersections of agriculture and aesthetics, drawing on his background in genetics, melon farming, and food safety audits. He has published articles in Word Hoard, PostScriptum, and The Apollonian, has a book chapter and a review in press, and has disseminated poems in Propaganda and a chapbook held together by dental floss.
Bertrand Bickersteth writes and researches on Alberta's black history. His poetry has appeared in Kola, Freefall, and the anthology, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. He was born in Sierra Leone, educated in the UK, resident in the US, but raised all over Alberta. He currently teaches Communications at Olds College and is editing an anthology of black literature from Alberta.
Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.
Myrna Garanis is an Edmonton poet/essayist. Her essay “All Tied Up” was recently shortlisted for the Edna Staebler personal essay contest and is published in The New Quarterly Spring 2017.
Trudy Grienauer is a writer and translator based in Edmonton, AB. Recently, she had a poem published on Edmonton transit buses and another performed by a local choir. She is a regular contributor to readings and anthologies of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets and is currently working on a longer manuscript about the history of her Austrian grandparents.
R. McCraw Helms was, until his retirement, professor of English at Arizona State University. Making poems is his vocation. His work has recently appeared in such venues as Coe Review, Avis, Sicklit, Pilgrim, and TXTOBJX.
Valerie Mills-Milde lives, works and writes in London, Ontario. She is the author of the novel After Drowning, (Inanna Publications and Education) which won the 2017 Silver Ippy (Independent Publisher Books Award) for Contemporary Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals across the country. A collection of these pieces was short-listed for the Black Lawrence Book Award. The Land’s Long Reach (Inanna Publications, 2018), is her second novel.
James W. Wood’s recent work has appeared in Vallum, PRISM International, The Vancouver Sun, Stand (USA), The North (UK) and The Interpreter's House (US/UK). He is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Emigrant's Farewell (The High Window Press, Leeds, UK, 2016) and grew up in Canada, becoming a citizen in 1981. He now lives in the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia with his wife, son and dog.
Amos Jasper Wright IV is native to the dirt of Birmingham, Alabama, but has called Alabama, Massachusetts and Louisiana home. He holds a master's degree in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a master's degree in urban planning from Tufts University. He lives and works in New Orleans. His fiction and poems have appeared in Arcadia, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clarion, Folio, Grain Magazine, Gravel, The Hollins Critic, Interim, New Ohio Review, New Orleans Review, Off the Coast, Pale Horse Review, Roanoke Review, Salamander, Tacenda Literary Magazine, Union Station Magazine, Yes, Poetry and Zouch. His debut short story collection, Nobody Knows How It Got This Good was the recipient of the Tartt First Fiction Award from Livingston Press. His author website is available at