Joanne Arnott is a Metis/mixed-blood writer, originally from Winnipeg, living on the west coast of Canada since 1982. Her first book, Wiles of Girlhood, won the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry (1992). She has published five further books, nonfiction and poetry, with two currently in print, Steepy Mountain love poetry(Kegedonce, 2004) and Mother Time: Poems New & Selected (Ronsdale, 2007). Mother to six young people, all born at home, Joanne is a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective/west coast, has served on the National Council of The Writers Union of Canada, and continues to sit with the Author’s Committee, The Writers Trust of Canada. Joanne hosts two occasional blogs, Vera Manuel Tribute and Joanne Arnott, as well as an online storytellers e-group.
Tanya Evanson is a multilingual Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Vocalist, Whirling Dervish, Arts Organizer and Educator. Montreal-born and based in Vancouver Canada, she has published five poetry chapbooks, two spoken wor-l-d music CDs (The Memorists, Invisible World) and has been performing across Canada since 1995. Her work is featured in the award-winning videopoem Almost Forgot My Bones, documentaries (In Search of Ecstasy, Generation Exile) anthologies, international recordings, national TV and radio. A classically trained Whirling Dervish since 2002, she performed across Europe, Turkey and Japan from her base in Istanbul Turkey, and now continues in Canada. As Mother Tongue Media, she produces art events that bridge disciplines and cultures including the upcoming ANU 9 in October 2011.
Fred Wah’s biofiction, Diamond Grill, about hybridity and growing up in a small-town Chinese-Canadian café, is one of his best-known books but he has also published over 20 collections of poetry. His most recent poetic investigation of the hyphen, is a door, was awarded the 2010 Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize. His book of prose-poems, Waiting For Saskatchewan, received the Governor-General’s Award in 1986 and Faking It: Poetics and Hybridity (2000) was awarded the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian literature. He was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan but grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960′s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960s, where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. After teaching poetry and poetics at the University of Calgary for many years, he now lives in Vancouver.