Rachael Preston is the author of three novels, Tent of Blue, The Wind Seller and The Fishers of Paradise, which won the 2013 Kerry Schooley Award, given to the book that best captures the spirit of the city of Hamilton. She has taught creative writing in Ontario colleges and universities. For two years, she chaired the gritLIT Festival. In 2001 she was nominated for the Journey Prize and in 2006 she won the City of Hamilton Arts Award for her contribution to the arts. Rachael now lives in Nanaimo, BC.
Kim Echlin is the award-winning author of Elephant Winter and Dagmar’s Daughter. Her third novel, The Disappeared, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction. Her most recent novel is Under the Visible Life. Kim lives in Toronto.
Showey Yazdanian has contributed to Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, The Guelph Mercury, The Lawyer’s Weekly, The Ithaca Journal, The Manchester Evening News and the story collection Footprints for Mothers and Daughters. Showey grew up in Toronto and graduated with a law degree from Western University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Read more at www.showey.net.
Terry Fallis is the award-winning author of five national bestselling novels, all published by McClelland & Stewart. The Best Laid Plans was the winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour in 2008, and CBC’s Canada Reads in 2011. The High Road was a Leacock Medal finalist in 2011. Up and Down won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal. No Relation won the 2015 Leacock Medal, and his fifth novel, Poles Apart, hit bookstores in October 2015 as a Globe and Mail bestseller.
Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His previous books include Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, a Maclean’s bestseller, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, Canada-Caribbean region, and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Fearsome Particles, also shortlisted for the GGLA and longlisted for the IMPAC; and Practical Jean, nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He lives in Toronto.
George Elliott Clarke’s works include George and Rue, which won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Execution Poems, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry; and Whylah Falls, winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry and a selection for CBC’s inaugural Canada Reads competition. In 2008, he was appointed to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He recently served as Toronto’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2015, and currently serves as Parliamentary Poet Laureate, as well as the EJ Pratt Professor at the University of Toronto.
Emily Urquhart is a National Magazine Award-winning writer. Her first book, Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes, was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and a 2015 Globe and Mail best book. Her freelance writing has appeared in Flare, Reader’s Digest and The Walrus. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.
Camilla Gibb is the author of four novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement. She has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Camilla has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph-Humber. Visit her at camillagibb.com.
Nazneen Sheikh has written several works of fiction and non-fiction for adult and young adult audiences. Her culinary memoir, Tea and Pomegranates: A Memoir of Food, Family and Kashmir was a critically acclaimed success. Nazneen was born in Kashmir and went to school in Pakistan and Texas. She lives in Toronto.
Wasela Hiyate was raised in Toronto after emigrating from Guyana at the age of one. Her writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead, The Art of Trespassing, The New South, Coming Attractions 2010 and other literary publications. The title story of Travel Is So Broadening was nominated for the Journey Prize. She currently lives in Toronto, where she toils by day at a legal publishing company and by night on various fiction projects.