Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her family. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards. Most recently, she was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC. Her first book of essays is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in Spring 2019.
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Pat Zonta is an experienced ESL teacher, professional actress, singer, retired Registered Medical Radiation Technologist, published author, event-planner, and Production Editor for medical and dental journals and textbooks. Pat Zonta is the author of the children’s book Jessica’s X-Ray, published and distributed by Firefly Books, Ltd. One of her strong points is the ability to translate technical lingo into everyday language. She holds a BA in English Literature and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and a diploma in Medical Radiation Technology from Mohawk College.
Showey Yazdanian, Loopholes
Showey Yazdanian is the author of Loopholes, which won the 2015 Ken Klonsky Prize for a new novella in Canada. Showey has contributed to Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, The Guelph Mercury, The Lawyer’s Weekly, and the Globe and Mail, as well as to the story collection Footprints for Mothers and Daughters. Showey serves on the Lit Live Reading Series committee and lives in Hamilton.
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Kathleen Winter’s novel Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada’s Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes and has been sold internationally. The Freedom in American Songs (Stories, Biblioasis) also came out in 2014. Born in the UK, Winter spent many years in Newfoundland before moving to Montreal, QC.
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Tom Wilson is a three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with numerous best-selling artists. His band Junkhouse has scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States, where he’s been touring for the last two years. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, Ottawa. Wilson lives in Hamilton.
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Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his fifth-grade students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a Member of the Order of Canada, and he lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
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Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2013, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. In 2015, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She lives in Toronto.
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Ron Sexsmith, Deer Life
Ron Sexsmith is an internationally acclaimed, Juno Award–winning recording artist. He spends most of his time writing songs, touring, and making records. Deer Life was mostly written on the road, during long drives and in dressing rooms and hotel rooms.
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Kerri Sakamoto, The Electrical Field
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Kerri Sakamoto debuted as a novelist in 1998 with The Electrical Field, a finalist for a slew of awards–the Governor General’s Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–and winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the Canada-Japan Literary Award. The Toronto Star said “Kerri Sakamoto represents a major new force in the landscape of Canadian fiction.” Her second novel, One Hundred Million Hearts, appeared in 2003 to critical acclaim.
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Nathan Ripley is the pen name of literary fiction writer and journalist Naben Ruthnum. His stories and essays have appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among other places. He lives in Toronto. Visit him at NabenRuthnum.com or follow him on Twitter @NabenRuthnum.
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