Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from B.C. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award).
Maleea Acker is the author of two books of poems, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar 2009, 2013), and one of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of B.C.’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012). She writes an environmental column for Focus Magazine. Maleea has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Spain. She is a sessional instructor in Writing and English at Camosun College and in Geography at the University of Victoria, where she is a PhD candidate, focusing on Geopoetics.
Joanne Arnott is a Canadian Métis/mixed-blood writer & arts activist, originally from Manitoba, at home on the west coast. Wiles of Girlhood won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award (best first book, 1992). She has published essays and poetry in many anthologies, and eight further books, including Halfling spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce, 2014), A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale, 2013), Mother Time (Ronsdale, 2007), and Steepy mountain love poetry (Kegedonce, 2004). Past volunteer with Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast, The Writers Union of Canada, and The Writers’ Trust of Canada, she is currently the Poetry Editor for Event magazine.
Trevor Corkum’s writing and reviews appear regularly in journals and periodicals across Canada, including The Malahat Review, Descant, EVENT, PRISM international, Prairie Fire, Grain, THIS, The New Quarterly, Joyland, Little Fiction, The Toronto Star, and others. His work has been nominated for The Journey Prize, the CBC Literary Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, and won Honourable Mention at the 2016 National Magazine Awards. Originally from the East Coast, Trevor is currently based in Toronto, where he works as a researcher, teacher, and consultant, and hosts a popular author interview series on the literary site 49thShelf.com His novel The Electric Boy is forthcoming with Doubleday Canada.
Misao Dean is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria specializing in Canadian literature and culture, and a grateful visitor on traditional Lekwungen territory. Her most recent book is Inheriting a Canoe Paddle (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
Tricia Dower is the author of the Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl, (Inanna 2008) and the novels Stony River (Penguin Canada 2012) and Becoming Lin (Caitlin 2016). Silent Girl was long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Stony River was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction and Becoming Lin was a finalist in the 2016 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Dower won first prize for fiction in The Malahat Review’s 2010 Open Season Awards and first prize for creative non-fiction in subTerrain’s 2015 Lush Triumphant literary awards. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, she lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, B.C.
Karen Enns is the author of That Other Beauty, nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, and Ordinary Hours, nominated for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her third collection of poetry, Cloud Physics, will be published in 2017 by the University of Regina Press as part of the Oskana Poetry and Poetics series. A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, she studied music intensively and worked as a classical pianist for two decades before publishing her first writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals including The Malahat Review, Prism International, The Antigonish Review, Rhubarb Magazine, and The New Quarterly. She lives in Victoria, B.C, where she teaches music and works as a freelance editor.
Erica Gies (www.ericagies.com) is an independent journalist who writes about the core requirements for life—water and energy— from Victoria, British Columbia, and San Francisco. Her work appears in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Guardian, The Economist, National Geographic, Forbes, and other outlets. She also writes about science, waste of many kinds, critters, and more.
Kari Jones is the author of numerous novels for young readers and teens including Out of Season, which was translated into several languages, and So Much for Democracy, which was a Junior Library Guild selection and was nominated for the Hackmatack award in 2015. Her latest book, At The Edge of the World, came out in November 2016. Kari also teaches English and Creative Writing classes at Camosun College. She lives on the west coast of Canada, where she enjoys exploring the coast by kayak with her husband and son and their dog, Tintin. For more information, please visit www.karijones.ca.
Tiffany Joseph ŦE NE SNÁ. ĆSE LÁ,E SEN EṮ W̱SÁNEĆ I EṮ Sḵx̱wu7mesh. HELI SEN EṮ W̱JOȽEȽP ÁLELEṈs. My name is Tiffany Joseph and the anglicized pronunciations of my nations are Squamish and Saanich. I live on the Tsartlip First Nation reserve, which is also known as West Saanich, and in English it’s known as Brentwood Bay. Out of my four grandparents, they spoke 3 different Coast Salish languages – Sḵx̱wu7mesh, SENĆOŦEN, and Hul’qiminum. I learned Squamish Language from Kindergarten to grade 10, and I learned a bit more as an adult before I moved to W̱SÁNEĆ. I started learning SENĆOŦEN in September of 2015. Presently, I’m working as support for our LENOṈET immersion school in creating resources and developing an adult language night immersion class.
Anita Lahey is a poet, journalist, reviewer and essayist. She’s the author of The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture (Palimpsest, 2013) and two poetry collections: Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton (Véhicule, 2006 & 2011). She serves as assistant series editor for Tightrope Books’ annual anthology Best Canadian Poetry in English, and is a former editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. She writes the occasional literary blog “Henrietta & Me” (anitalahey.wordpress.com). A former resident of Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton and Toronto, Anita now lives in Victoria.
Darcy Lindberg is a graduate student at the University of Victoria, of Plains Cree descent, a recovering lawyer, a lover of the old ones’ stories, and a contributor to The Malahat Review’s Indigenous Perspectives issue.
Dan MacIsaac, a third generation lawyer, served for 10 years as a director on the board of UVic’s Environmental Law Centre. He has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia. His poetry, fiction and verse translations have been published in a wide variety of literary magazines, including The Malahat Review, Arc and Stand. In 2014, one of his poems received the Foley Prize from America Magazine. In 2015, his poem, “Sloth,” was short-listed for The Walrus Poetry Prize. His debut collection of poetry will be published by Brick Books in the fall of 2017. His law firm website is www.macisaaclaw.ca and his writer website is www.danmacisaac.com.
Jennifer Manuel has won awards for her short fiction, including the Storyteller’s Award at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference in 2013. She has also published short fiction in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel’s writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.” A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. The Heaviness of Things that Float is Manuel’s compelling debut novel: a deft exploration of the delicate dynamic between First Nations communities and non-native outsiders. She lives on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Darrel J. McLeod’s life began in his great-grandfather’s trapping cabin in northern Alberta. His birth language is Cree. He has been an educator, chief negotiator of land claims, senior administrator, and first nations’ delegate to the UN. He lives by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in a modern replica of his Mosom’s trapping cabin where he writes, plays music, cooks, and gardens. His story “Hail Mary, Full of Grace” was published in Numero Cinq in 2015.
Adam Olsen was born and raised on Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay. He was a two-term Central Saanich Councillor from 2008 to 2013; Interim Leader and Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party from 2013 to 2015; spearheaded local organizing effort against Malahat LNG project; and an intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings for the Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) Pipeline Expansion; coach of the W̱SÁNEĆ ȻELOSEN U-10 boys soccer team, and partner in the family business, Salish Fusion Knitwear. Adam and Emily have two small children—Silas and Ella. They live in Brentwood Bay on the same property that Adam and his siblings were raised.
Philip Kevin Paul is a member of the WSÁ,NEC Nation from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. His work has been published in BC Studies, Literary Review of Canada, Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. He has worked with the University of Victoria’s linguistics department to ensure the preservation of the SENĆOŦEN language. His second book of poetry, Little Hunger, was shortlisted for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award. His first book of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.
Cole Sayers is Hupačasatḥ, Nuučan̓uł. He was born in Treaty 6. His father is Cree from Kipohtakaw, Alexander First Nation. His mother is Kekinusuqs Hupačasuksuup. His great-grandmother is from Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. She married his great-grandfather, Hupačasatḥ Tyee Hawiił, Dan Watts. Cole grew up in Hupačasatḥ hahouthlee, which encompasses the town of Port Alberni. For the past five years, Cole has been studying Political Science at the University of Victoria. His focus has been Nuučan̓uł governance, knowledge, and laws. Recently, Cole completed a research scholarship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he carried out community-based research in Six Nations of the Grand River. He explored the Aterihwihsón:sera Kaswénta’ (Two Row Wampum) and the relationship between Indigenous and Western epistemologies under the Two Row Research Partnership between Six Nations Polytechnic and McMaster.
Gail Scott is an experimental novelist. The Obituary (New York, Nightboat, 2012; Coach House: 2010), is a ghost story with a fractalled narrator set in a Montréal triplex. It was a 2011 finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. Other novels include My Paris (Dalkey Archive), about a sad diarist in conversation with Gertrude Stein and Walter Benjamin in contemporary Paris, as well as Main Brides, and Heroine. Spare Parts Plus 2 is a collection of stories and manifestoes. Essays are collected in Spaces Like Stairs and la théorie, un dimanche. (translated as Sunday Theory from Belladonna, NY, 2013). Scott’s translation of Michael Delisle’s Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award (2001). Scott co-founded the critical French-language journal Spirale (Montréal), Tessera (new writing by women), and is co-editor of the New Narrative anthology: Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Toronto: Coach House, 2004).
Troy Sebastian is a writer from the Ktunaxa community of ʔaq̓am. He writes poetry and fiction and is currently writing his first novel. In 2014, Troy studied under Witi Ihimaera and Richard Wagamese at the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Writers program. He has performed at many venues in Victoria including the 2014 Victoria Writer’s Festival and the Anarachist Bookfair. A frequent collaborator of Janet Rogers, he is co-host of CFUV’s Native Waves Radio. His writing has been published in the Ktuqcqakyam, Analogue and Feedback Magazine. He lives in Lekwungen territory with his partner Denni. A one time demolish derby driver, he once was a member of the provincial government caucus but that is a whole other story.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed and prolific writer in multiple genres, a scholar and an educator. She is the author of Islands of Decolonial Love, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (editor with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced (Kino-nda-niimi editorial collective). Her second book of short stories and poetry, This Accident of Being Lost is being published by the House of Anansi Press in the spring of 2017. Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is currently faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning in Denendeh (NWT), the Indigenous Writing Program at the Banff Centre and for the summer of 2016, she is the Ranton McIntosh Visiting Scholar at University of Saskatchwan. Leanne is Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and a member of Alderville First Nation.
Madeline Sonik is a Victoria writer. Her books include a novel, Arms; short fiction, Drying the Bones; a children’s novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnys; two poetry collections, Stone Sightings and The Book of Changes; and a volume of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures, which was nominated for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize, and winner of the 2012 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.
Yasuko Thanh is the author of Floating Like the Dead, a collection of short stories (M&S, 2012) and the novel Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton, 2016). She lives in Victoria with her two children, where she is at work on her memoir, Mistakes to Run With, about her life on the streets, due out with Penguin Random House in 2018.
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of two children’s books with the Cree artist George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? He has published a novel, The Lesser Blessed, which is now a feature film with First Generation Films; his collections of short fiction include Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go and Other Stories, Godless but Loyal to Heaven and Night Moves. He is the author of three baby books: Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns; Nighty Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies and Little You (now translated into Cree, Dene and South Slavey!), and he has two comic books out with the Healthy Aboriginal Network: Kiss Me Deadly and Path of the Warrior. His graphic novel, Three Feathers, is about restorative justice; his new novel, Whistle, is about mental health and asking for forgiveness and his graphic novel, The Blue Raven, is about mental health. His latest graphic novel is A Blanket of Butterflies.
Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is Lil’watul from Mount Currie, B.C. She held the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning in the Faculty of Education and Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria, She is the former director of the Aboriginal Enhancements Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Education. Dr. Williams is an educator with many years of experience in Aboriginal education, Indigenous language revitalization, curriculum development, teacher development, mediated learning, cognitive education, effects of colonization on learning, and Indigenous ways of knowing. Lorna was a CCL Minerva Lecturer in 2007 and was invested into the Order of British Columbia for her work in education in 1992.
Patricia Young has published eleven collections of poetry and one of short fiction. Her poems have been widely anthologized and she has received numerous awards for her writing including The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the B.C. Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and a CBC Literary Prize. She has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry. Her collection of short fiction, Airstream, won the Rooke-Metcalf Award, was shortlisted for the Butler Prize and named one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of the Year. A new collection of poetry was published with Biblioasis in the fall of 2016. Another is forthcoming in 2018 with Goose Lane Editions.