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Jennica Harper's previous books of poetry are What It Feels Like for a Girl and The Octopus and Other Poems. In 2012, What It Feels Like for a Girl was published as an e-book for Kindle and Kobo, and was adapted into one-third of the critically acclaimed theatrical experience Initiation Trilogy at the Vancouver International Writers Festival (Marita Dachsel/Electric Company). Her poems have been awarded a Silver National Magazine Award, and have been twice selected for the Poetry in Transit project. Jennica lives in Vancouver, where she also writes for film and television.
Born on Vancouver Island, Jim Roberts has a BA from the University of Victoria. He moved to Toronto because that was, in 1976, "the literary centre of Canada" (it was just about the time that Vancouver was becoming serious competition, but he didn't know that). For money, he packed books at Macmillan's, printed hand-set type at Dreadnaught, dealt in collectible books, and then settled into proofreading and editing financial reports. His work has been broadcast on CIUT and published in various magazines, culminating in a book, From an argument I've taken with me (Wolsak & Wynn), in 2000. Then he stopped participating in readings or publishing, and only now is getting back into that world. After 35 years in Toronto he moved back to Vancouver Island, where the beaches are better.
Chris Pannell's latest poetry book is A Nervous City. In 2010, his book Drive won the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize and the Arts Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year. His other books include Under Old Stars, Everything Comes from Above, and Sorry I Spent Your Poem. He is also the author of a set of three poetry broadsheets which won the Hamilton and Region Arts Council Award in 1997. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop at Hamilton Artists Inc. and edited two book-length anthologies for the group. He helps organize the reading series Lit Live and Hamilton's annual gritLiT literary festival.
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Benjamin Hackman is a poet and composer. His writing has appeared in periodicals such as Canadian Literature, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Toronto Poetry Vendors. He was the 2011 recipient of the Ted Plantos Memorial Award for an excerpt from his first (currently unpublished) collection, the Benjy Poems, for which he received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and from CUE for the theatrical adaptation of eleven Benjy Poems for the audio stage. The audio poems were serialized over the course of 2013 in Carte Blanche. He lives in his hometown, Toronto, where he is a student of psychotherapy and a teacher of creative writing.
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Tanya Davis was the 2011/12 Poet Laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her creative collaboration with Andrea Dorfman, the videopoem How to be Alone, has had more than 6 million views online and has since been published by Harper Collins as an illustrated book. She is regularly commissioned to pen poems and speeches and has worked in this regard for such bodies as the Canada Winter Games, CBC Radio, and the National Film Board of Canada. She also works and performs as a songwriter and musician and has released 3 full length albums, picking up awards and nominations for each one. Her first book of poetry, At first, lonely, was published in 2011 by Acorn Press.
Gordon Johnson grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior, and studied at Trinity College and Harvard before starting a teaching career at Trent University that lasted forty years, teaching mostly poetry. He published a poetic fiction, Inscription Rock, in 1981 with Penumbra Press, a chapbook, What Surprises You, in 2005 with littlefishcart and a poetry collection, Small Wonder, with littlefishcart in 2006. His play The Death of Mozart was produced by Magic Circus Theatre in 1988. He finds more time for writing (as well as his harpsichord and his garden) now that he has retired.