Panelists and Readers 2014

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Maleea Acker

Maleea is the author of Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of B.C.’s South Coast (New Star, maleea-acker-small2012), a book of essays; and two books of poetry, The Reflecting Pool (Pedlar, 2009) and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar, 2013) She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria, and has received fellowships to arts residencies in Canada, the U.S., Spain, and Mexico. She lives on Vancouver Island, where she is completing an M.A. in literature.

Maleea will be participating in CNF Night in Canada.

John Adams

John is a historian and author based in Victoria. He has a B.A. in history from U.B.C., and a Ghost-TourMaster’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. For twenty-five years, he worked for the B.C. Government at the Royal B.C. Museum, and as a manager in the Heritage Branch. He also taught museum studies part-time at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. Fourteen years ago he started a private company, Discover the Past, devoted to historical research, writing, lecturing and guiding tours. He has written six books, including Old Square Toes and His Lady, the biography of B.C.’s first governor, Ghosts and Legends of Bastion Square, and the Historic Guide to Ross Bay Cemetery. His latest book (planned 2014 publication) is entitled Chinese Victoria and is a social and cultural history of Canada’s oldest Chinese community.

John will be participating in Spirit of Place: Writing Local History.

John Barton

John’s ten books of poetry and six chapbooks include For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Barton photoSelected Poems (Nightwood, 2012) and Balletomane: The Program Notes of Lincoln Kirstein (JackPine, 2012). An eleventh collection, Polari, is forthcoming from Goose Lane in 2014. He lives in Victoria, where he edits The Malahat Review.

John will be participating in Glosas for P. K. Page, and will be hosting Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne’s most recent collection is The Book of Places (Black Moss, 2012). She is the coeditor of yvonne blomer nov2013Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf, 2013) an anthology of poets who have read for the Planet Earth Poetry reading series, which is named after P. K. Page’s poem “Planet Earth.” Poems from her forthcoming collection, As if a Raven (Palimpsest, 2014), have been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry in English, and will appear in The Poet’s Search for God an anthology out of the U.K. Her poems have been widely anthologized in Canada and the U.K. Yvonne is the Artistic Director of Planet Earth Poetry.

Yvonne will be participating in Glosas for P. K. Page, and will be hosting Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

paulo da costa

paulo was born in Angola and raised in Portugal. He is a bilingual writer, editor and translator living paulo da costaon the West Coast of Canada. paulo’s first book of fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada-Caribbean Region, the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and the Canongate Prize in Scotland for the title story. He has published two collections of poetry in Portuguese, notas-de-rodapé (2005) and eco(lógico) (2014). His poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines around the world, and have been translated into Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian and Portuguese.

His latest book of fiction, The Green and Purple Skin of the World, was released by Broadview Press / Freehand Books in 2013. As a translator, paulo has brought to English-speaking readers a range of Portuguese poets including Nuno Júdice, Al Berto and Daniel Faria. For Portuguese-speaking readers, he has translated Canadian poets Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Gary Geddes, Patrick Lane and Marilyn Bowering. The Cartography of Being, Selected Poems of Nuno Júdice 1976-2005 (2012) is his latest book of translations.

paulo will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Dede Crane

Dede is the author of five books of fiction which include two novels for young adults. She is the Dede Craneco-editor, along with Lisa Moore, of a collection of essays on childbirth called Great Expectations. Her most recent novel, Every Happy Family, was released last spring. She has been short-listed  for the CBC Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Award for best teen novel, the Bolen Book Prize, and the Victoria Butler Book Prize (twice). She has taught in UVic’s writing department, reviewed books for the Globe and Mail and is presently working on a novel set in Paris.

Dede will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Marita Dachsel

Marita is the author of Glossolalia (Anvil Press, 2013), Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle press, 2009), MaritaDachsel photoand All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007). Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the ReLit Prize, and has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011. Her play Initiation Trilogy was produced by Electric Company Theatre, featured at the 2012 Vancouver International Writers Fest, and nominated for the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script. She is the Artist in Residence at University of Victoria’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society for the 2013/2014 academic year. She has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, and was on the Edmonton Poetry Festival board for three years. After many years in Vancouver and Edmonton, she and her family now live in Victoria.

Marita will be participating in The Inner Life of our Words: Writing and the Human Spirit.

JoAnn Dionne

JoAnn is the author of Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China, which was shortlisted for DIONNEthe George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature and named a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She is currently working on a memoir about her travels in India, China, and Tibet. She will graduate with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria this spring.

JoAnn will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Linda Eversole

Linda is a museum and heritage consultant who has spent most of her working life in some aspect Eversoleof employment related to history. From archaeological excavations in England to research, curatorial, and executive positions with a variety of institutions including the Royal British Columbia Museum and the British Columbia Heritage Branch, investigating the past has always been her passion.

In recent years, she was the Executive Director of the Sooke Region Museum, and now works part-time as a consultant, allowing more time to pursue her writing aspirations. As a volunteer, she is a Board member of the Friends of the B.C. Archives.

Her work has given her the opportunity to delve into the stories of many diverse individuals and her particular interest is in exploring the lives of those whose stories are overlooked or marginalized. She is the author of Stella: Unrepentant Madam, a biography of Victoria’s 19th century pre-eminent brothel keeper, and the soon-to-be-published Without Justice, concerning two historical murder investigations.

Linda will be participating in Spirit of Place: Writing Local History.

CyFloodnthia Flood

Cynthia’s latest book, Red Girl Rat Boy (Biblioasis 2013) is her fourth short story collection. The Vancouver Sun called it “brilliant,” the National Post described Flood as a “highly accomplished stylist,” and the reviews editor for Quill & Quire picked Red Girl as one of five Books of the Year. Flood’s earlier collections are The English Stories, My Father Took A Cake To France, and The Animals in their Elements. Her work has won the Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award, among others, and her fiction has been chosen four times for the annual anthology Best Canadian Stories. Cynthia Flood lives in Vancouver’s West End.

Cynthia will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Gary Geddes

Gary has written and edited more than 45 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism,   Geddes phototranslations and anthologies, and won more than a dozen national and international literary awards, including the E.J. Pratt Medal and Prize, the National Magazine Gold Award, the Writers’ Choice Award, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lt.-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile, awarded simultaneously to Vaclav Havel, Octavio Paz, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti.

Recent titles include three books of poetry: Falsework (Goose Lane, 2007), Swimming Ginger (Goose Lane, 2010) and What Does A House Want? (Red Hen Press, 2014); and three works of non-fiction: Sailing Home (HarperCollins, 2003), Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things (HarperCollins, 2005) and Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer’s Search for Justice and Redemption in Africa (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011).

Gary will be participating in Shining a Light: Writer as Witness.

Peter Grant

Peter is the author of six books (a seventh at press) of Victoria and Vancouver Island history and PeterGrantgeography. In print: Victoria a History in Photographs (1995), The Story of Sidney (1997), Wish You Were Here: Life on Vancouver Island in Historical Postcards (2002), Vancouver Island Book of Everything (2008), Vancouver Island Book of Musts (2010).

He maintains the weblog Oak Bay Chronicles, utilizing the cornucopia of digitized primary material, both genealogical and local, on the Internet in a scholarly process that reconstructs the lives of residents, early and late, against a backdrop of particular places.

Peter was born and raised in Oak Bay and was a resident of that district for the past 35 years. He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He has driven cabs and taught high school English, but is now a writer by profession.

Peter will be participating in Spirit of Place: Writing Local History.

Catherine Greenwood

Catherine’s poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, most recently in Border GreenwoodCrossings’ “Special Venice Issue” and filling Station‘s “Showcase of Experimental Writing by Women”. Her first poetry book, The Pearl King and Other Poems, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. At the centre of her new collection, The Lost Letters, is a sequence of radically diverse poems based on the story of Heloise and Abelard, truly lovers in a dangerous time, the twelfth century – poems that echo, as one reviewer puts it, “Hildegard von Bingen jamming with the Blues Brothers”. Catherine lives in Esquimalt and currently works for B.C.’s Ministry of Justice.

Catherine will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Phil Hall

Phil’s most recent book of poems is called The Small Nouns Crying Faith. It came out in May 2013 Phil Hall photo credit Donald Winkler (2)from BookThug. Hall was the 2011 winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English for his book of essay-poems, Killdeer. In 2012, Killdeer also won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, an Alcuin Design Award, and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Previously, Trouble Sleeping (2001) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and An Oak Hunch (2005) was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

He has taught writing and literature at York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, George Brown College and elsewhere. Currently, he offers a manuscript mentoring service for the Toronto New School of Writing. Hall was recently writer-in-residence at Queens University, and the University of Windsor. In the fall of 2013, he will be an instructor at the Banff Cenre for the Arts in the Wired Writing Program. He lives near Perth, Ontario.

Phil will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Matthew Hooton

Matthew holds degrees in creative writing from the University of Victoria (B.A.), and Bath Spa matthewhootonUniversity (M.A.). His first novel, Deloume Road, was published in 2010 by Knopf Canada and Jonathan Cape UK. He has also written creative non-fiction for venues such as the CBC, GeistReader’s Digest and Monday Magazine. After years of working as a freelance editor and writer in South Korea, he now lives and writes on Vancouver Island, where he teaches creative writing part-time at the University of Victoria, and sits on the fiction editorial board of The Malahat Review.

Matthew will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Will Johnson

Will is a writer from Victoria, B.C. He lives with his partner, Darby, and his budgies, Miriam and Will-Johnson2Hemingway. His work has appeared in a number of Canadian publications, and in the non-fiction anthology Somebody’s Child.

Will’s participating in Author as Avatar: Social Media and Blogging.

Anita Lahey

Anita’s prose collection The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture was published Anita Laheyby Palimpsest Press this past autumn. She is the author of two books of poetry: Out to Dry in Cape Breton and Spinning Side Kick, both published by Véhicule Press. The former was nominated for the Ottawa Book Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Anita is a past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and a journalist who has written for many magazines, including The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Canadian Geographic. She lives in Toronto.

Anita will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

David Leach

Born in Winnipeg, David grew up in Ottawa and lived in Israel before studying creative writing and david-leachliterature for a B.A. at the University of Victoria and graduating with an M.A. in English from Queen’s University, Kingston. He taught and freelanced in the Czech Republic, and then returned to Victoria, where he worked as a sessional instructor in the Department of English and as the City Life Editor at Monday Magazine. For three and a half years, he lived in Toronto and was the Managing Editor of explore: Canada’s Outdoor Magazine, and continues to publish frequently in explore as a contributing editor. He also writes regularly for Financial Post Magazine, 2 Magazine, British Columbia, Canadian Geographic, and the Globe & Mail.

David will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Tim Lilburn

Tim was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has published nine books of poetry, including Tim Lilburn, Oct 2007To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003) and Orphic Politics (2008). His work has received Canada’s Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site), the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award among other prizes. A selection of his poetry is collected in Desire Never Leaves: the Poetry of Tim Lilburn (Wilfird Laurier University Press, 2007), edited by Alison Calder. Lilburn has produced two books of essays, both concerned with poetics, eros and politics, especially environmentalism, Living in the World as if It Were Home (1999) and Going Home (2008). He also has edited and contributed to two influential essay anthologies on poetics, Poetry and Knowing and Thinking and Singing: Poetry and the Practice of Philosophy.

Tim has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta and St. Mary’s University, as well as the Regina Public Library, and now teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. His work has been widely translated and anthologized. His most recent book is Assiniboia, an opera for chant in three parts, sections of which have been choreographed and performed by contemporary dance companies in Canada.

Tim will be participating in The Inner Life of our Words: Writing and the Human Spirit.

Daphne Marlatt

West Coast poet Daphne has been writing and publishing for four decades. Her many titles include Daphne photos6Vancouver Poems, Steveston, and most recently, Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now, as well as the novels Zócalo, Ana Historic and Taken. Her novelistic long poem, The Given, received the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Award. Also in 2009, Talonbooks published her international award-winning contemporary Noh play, The Gull, with photographs from the 2006 Pangaea Arts production. In 2011, the chamber opera “Shadow Catch,” for which she wrote the libretto, was produced by Pro Musica at The Firehall Centre for the Arts in Vancouver. From 2010 to 2012 she served as Associate Director (Fiction) at the Banff Centre Writing Studio. She was awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in 2012. Wilfred Laurier University Press will be releasing Rivering: The Selected Poetry of Daphne Marlatt, edited by Susan Knutson, in the spring of 2014.

Daphne will be the Lansdowne Lecturer, and will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Jane Munro

Jane‘s sixth poetry collection is Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014) – “a wise and embodied Jane Munrocollection of dreamscapes, sutras and prayer poems from a writer at her peak.” Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010) and Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of Yoko’s Dogs (Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis, Jane Munro) whose first collection is Whisk (Pedlar Press, 2013). She lives in Vancouver.

Anne Simpson says, “As if ‘a voice spoke her name and woke her,’ Jane Munro’s new poems are openhearted, yet quick and taut, with a playful – even biting – wit. How can Blue Sonoma be so elegant, so apparently simple, when each poem is a tinderbox?”

Jane will be participating in The Inner Life of our Words: Writing and the Human Spirit.

Rosemary Neering

Rosemary is the author of more than 40 nonfiction books for adults, teens, and children, most of Rosemary Neeringwhich focus on Canadian history and travel, with an emphasis on the lives of ordinary people. Her book Down the Road: Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia won the 1992 British Columbia Nonfiction Book Prize. Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels, won the VanCity Book Prize for 2002, and was a double finalist for the B.C. Book Prize. A former editor of Beautiful British Columbia magazine, she has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. She lives in Victoria with her partner, Joe Thompson.

Born in Croydon, England, Rosemary grew up in Brantford, Ontario. At 19, she headed west for a year’s university exchange, and somehow forgot to go back; she quickly discovered a love of the colourful and fascinating history of this province and its people, and has been writing about them ever since. One of her great joys is discovering what makes each place special, the spirit that underlies the place, and the stories of its people.

Rosemary will be participating in Spirit of Place: Writing Local History.

Steve Noyes

Steve has published seven books and 150 poems, stories, essays and book reviews. His latest Noyespoetry collection is Rainbow Stage-Manchuria (Oolichan Books, 2012), in which he put a 3-hour 1973 rock concert into print, in real time, and tuned into an exiled Chinese woman’s lament, in two very long poems. His first novel was It is just that your house is so far away (Signature Editions, 2010).

Steve will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Miranda Pearson

Miranda’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and her first Miranda Person photocollection, Prime, was published in 2001. The Aviary was released in 2006 from Oolichan Books and was awarded the Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Her latest book, Harbour, also from Oolichan, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award in the 2010 B.C.Book Prizes.

Miranda holds an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia, and has taught both at U.B.C. and in Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing program. She is currently working on a fourth collection of poetry, The Fire Extinguisher.

Miranda will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

Sarah Petrescu

Sarah is a journalist and writer. She was raised on the Sunshine Coast, graduated with a B.A. in SArahPetrescuEnglish and Art Education from UVic, as well as a BJourn from Ryerson University. Since 2005, she has been a reporter at the Times Colonist newspaper — covering beats from classical music to fashion and web journalism to news reporting. She also blogs on her personal site and microblogs using social media.

Sarah will be participating in Author as Avatar: Social Media and Blogging.

Amy Reiswig

Amy is a Montreal-born text addict currently writing the “Coastlines” column for Victoria’s Focus Reiswig photomagazine. In addition to being a freelance writer, editor, researcher and proofreader who has published in Quill & Quire, The Danforth Review, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, Utne Reader and This Magazine, Amy has long had an interest in the role of writer as witness. She has taught college literature courses on prison writing, human rights literature, and the psychology and literature of trauma, and has been a research assistant at McGill University’s Holocaust documentation archive, is involved with UVic’s Holocaust archive and upcoming oratorio performance, and has organized events for PEN international’s International Day of the Imprisoned Writer, including one that featured Booker Prize winner Yann Martel. To clear her head from text, Amy studies the art of Japanese taiko drumming and plays percussion in the nerdy early music group Banquo Folk Ensemble.

Amy will be participating in Shining a Light: Writer as Witness.

Andrew Rippin

Andrew is Professor Emeritus of Islamic History at the University of Victoria in Canada, where he Rippin with bookswas also the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities from 2000-2010 and Academic Convenor for Congress 2013. He has recently been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, England. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

He is the author of numerous books, among which are The Qur’an and Its Interpretative Tradition (2001), which gathers many of his articles, and text-book Muslims, Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (originally published in 1990, now in its fourth revised edition, 2012). His research interests include the formative period of Islamic civilization, the history of the Qur’an, and the history of Qur’anic interpretation.

Andrew will be participating in The Inner Life of our Words: Writing and the Human Spirit.

Jay Ruzesky

Jay’s most recent book is In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage (Nightwood 2013).  His novel, RuzeskyThe Wolsenburg Clock (Thistledown 2009), was shortlisted for a ReLit Award and for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.  A long-time member of The Malahat Review’s editorial board, he guest-edited “The Green Imagination,” a special issue on environmental literature, and a celebratory issue in honour of late P. K. Page. He lives on Vancouver Island and teaches English, creative writing, and film at Vancouver Island University.

Jay will be participating in CNF Night in Canada.

Aaron Shepard

Aaron has written award-winning short fiction and has been published in a number of Canadian Shepardliterary journals, including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and PRISM International. His personal essay “Edge of the Herd” appears in the anthology Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids. He has also published a number of book and music reviews. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program, and has served on The Malahat Review’s fiction board. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, camping, bird-watching, and cross-country skiing in his spare time. His first novel, When is a Man, will be published in the spring of 2014. Visit

Aaron will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Emily Shorthouse

Emily has worked in book publishing for nine years, with positions at Descant magazine, EmilyShorthouse_headshotMcClelland & Stewart, the Bukowski Agency, and Trafford Publishing. She is currently the promotions coordinator at TouchWood Editions (@TouchWoodEd) and Brindle & Glass Publishing (@BrindleAndGlass) and loves working with authors to help promote their work. Follow her on Twitter: @EmilyShorthouse.

Emily will be participating in Author as Avatar: Social Media and Blogging.

Sandy Shreve

Sandy’s fifth book of poems, Waiting for the Albatross, is forthcoming from Oolichan. Her previous Sandy Shrevecollections include Suddenly, So Much (Exile, 2005) and Belonging (Sono Nis, 1997). Recent work has appeared in her chapbooks, Cedar Cottage Suite (Leaf, 2010) and Level Crossing (The Alfred Gustav, 2012). She coedited, with Kate Braid, the anthology In Fine Form : The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Polestar, 2005), edited Working For A Living, a collection of poems and stories by women about their work (Room of One’s Own, 1988), and founded B.C.’s Poetry in Transit program. Her work is widely anthologized and has won the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry and been short listed for several prizes, including the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and a National Magazine Award for poetry.

Sandy will be participating in Glosas for P. K. Page.

Madeline Sonik

Madeline is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist. Her fiction, poetry, and creative Sonik with stonenonfiction have appeared in literary journals internationally. She has published a novel, Arms, a collection of short fiction, Drying the Bones, a children’s novel, Belinda and the Dustbunnys, two poetry collection, Stone Sightings and The Book of Changes, and a volume of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures, a nominee for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, a finalist for The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the winner of the 2012 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. She teaches at the University of Victoria.

Madeline will be participating in CNF Night in Canada.

Robin Stevenson

Robin is the author of sixteen novels for teens and children, including Hummingbird Heart, Escape Robin StevensonVelocity, the B.C. Book Prize finalist Inferno, and the Governor General’s Award finalist A Thousand Shades of Blue. Her most recent book is a historical juvenile novel called Record Breaker, which is a nominee for this year’s Silver Birch Award. Robin was born in England, grew up mostly in Ontario, spent a couple of years in Australia, and now lives in Victoria with her partner and their nine year old son. When she isn’t writing, Robin edits novels for Orca, teaches creative writing to people of all ages, travels at every opportunity, and plays Minecraft with her son.

Robin will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Monique Gray Smith

Monique is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent, and is the proud mom Smith photoof twins. She is the author of two books, Hope, Faith & Empathy, and Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience. Tilly is quickly garnering respect and accolades as an important contribution to Indigenous literature, and is being used in many schools and universities across Canada to share our history as Indigenous people through story. Her ability to weave traditional stories and teachings with powerful characters and dialogue captures the reader’s imagination and heart. Monique has been sober for over 22 years, is currently in the process of writing her third book and the second in the Tilly series.

Monique will be participating in Shining a Light: Writer as Witness.

John Threlfall

John has been a journalist for over two decades, including 12 years at Monday Magazine JT headshotand five seasons as the on-air “walking encyclopedia of popular culture” for CBC’s Definitely Not The Opera. He has been a sessional instructor for UVic’s Department of Writing since 2006, and has been the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Faculty of Fine Arts since 2011, where he writes the Artsy Type blog and handles the faculty’s social media feeds. John’s byline frequently appears in the likes of British Columbia Magazine, YAM, Boulevard, the online CVV Magazine and numerous other media outlets. He was also one of six Canadian Gen-Xers featured in the NFB documentary Le Temps X, was a segment host for two seasons of Canadian Biker Television, and co-authored the quirky guidebook Victoria: Secrets of the City (Arsenal). Most recently, he penned a saucy CNF piece for the UVic relationship essay collection, Campus Confidential.

John will be participating in Author as Avatar: Social Media and Blogging.

Christine Walde

Christine is a poet, novelist and librarian. She has been published in a variety of print and online Waldejournals in both Canada and the U.S., including appearances in Branch, Carousel, The Fiddlehead, The Rusty Toque, Plath Profiles and Vallum, with upcoming work in Lemon Hound. In 2011, Baseline Press published her first chapbook, The Black Car, based on her research with Sylvia Plath’s archives at Smith College and Indiana University, which culminated in the recent completion of a full-length poetry manuscript, Cloud Country, exploring Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ camping trip to Canada in 1959. She is also the author of two books for teens: The Candy Darlings (2007, Houghton Mifflin) and Burning from the Inside (2013, Dancing Cat Books). She lives in Victoria.

Christine will be participating in Brief Encounters.

Andrew Weaver

Dr. Andrew J. Weaver is the Lansdowne Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Andrew Weaver.jpegthe University of Victoria. He was also the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis until he was elected as a Green Party of B.C. MLA in the 2013 B.C. Provincial Election. Dr. Weaver received his B.Sc (Mathematics and Physics) from the University of Victoria in 1983, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Master of Advanced Study) from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers in climate, meteorology, oceanography, earth science, policy, education and anthropology journals. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th scientific
assessments, and was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009. Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the years he has received numerous awards, including the E.W.R. NSERC Steacie Fellowship in 1997, the Killam Research Fellowship, a CIAR Young Explorers award in 2002, the CMOS President¹s Prize in 2007, a Guggenheim fellowship in 2008, the Royal Society of Canada Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and the A.G.Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science in 2011. In 2008 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia. His book, Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, was published by Viking Canada in September 2008. His second book, Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming was published by Raven books in 2011.

Andrew will be participating in Shining a Light: Writer as Witness.

Benjamin Willems

Benjamin is a poet and award-winning essayist. He is the vice editor-in-chief of The Warren benjaminwillems_bioUndergraduate Review.

Benjamin will be participating in Words on Ice: Evolution of the Author.

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