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Tanya Evanson * (Canada Council Reader)
Poet, performer, arts organizer and educator, Montreal-born Tanya Evanson has published six poetry chapbooks and three spoken wor.l.d music CDs - Language for Gods (2012), The Memorists (2008) and Invisible World (2004). Co-creator of the award-winning videopoem Almost Forgot My Bones, she has also been featured in anthologies such as The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013), films, documentaries, recordings and on national TV and radio. When she isn't touring internationally as a whirling dervish with music groups Niyaz and Mercan Dede, her company, Mother Tongue Media, produces arts events that bridge disciplines and cultures. She also directs The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. Don't walk, run to the truth. www.mothertonguemedia.com
Adeena Karasik * (Canada Council Reader)
Adeena Karasick is an internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, media-artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory, most recently, AmuseBouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks 2009) and The House That Hijack Built (Talonbooks, 2004 as well as 4 videopoems regularly showcased at Film Festivals world-wide. All her work is marked with an urban, Jewish, feminist aesthetic that continually challenges linguistic habits and normative modes of meaning production. Engaged with the art of combination and turbulence of thought, it is a testament to the creative and regenerative power of language and its infinite possibilities for pushing meaning to the limits of its semantic boundaries. Her writing has been described as "electricity in language" (Nicole Brossard), "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein) "a tour de force of linguistic doublespeak" (Globe and Mail) and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier). She is Professor of Global Literature at St. John's University in New York, and co-founding director (Minister of Semiotic Turbulence) for KLEZKANADA Poetry Festival and Retreat. This Poem is forthcoming. Fall 2012.
Kliggy is a spoken word artist by night and a high school teacher by day. She has been described as having a "warm quirk," which is probably a euphemism for being lovably weird. Kliggy won her way onto the Toronto Poetry Slam team for 2013; they went on to win the National Championships at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Past credits include publications in the UC Review, Acta Victoriana and Ca Met Egal journals and 3 radio plays for CBC Radio 1. A relative rookie in the spoken word scene, the chapbook is coming...really.
Jan Conn * (Canada Council Reader)
Jan Conn's most recent book of poetry is Edge Effects (Brick Books, 2012). Other books include Botero's Beautiful Horses (Brick Books, 2009) and Jaguar Rain: the Margaret Mee Poems (Brick Books, 2006). Her work is included in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best Canadian Poetry in English Anthology, 2009 and 2011. She won the inaugural Malahat Review PK Page Founders' Award Poetry Prize in 2006 and a CBC Literary Award for poetry in 2003. She is a member of the collaborative writing group Yoko's Dogs (http://yokosdogs.com/). She lives in Great Barrington, MA, and likes mosquitoes.
Allan Briesmaster is a freelance editor, micro publisher, and one of the founding partners of Quattro Books. He is the author of six full-length poetry collections and seven shorter books, the most recent being Against the Flight of Spring (April, 2013). Allan's poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and he has read his work at venues from Victoria to St. John's. He lives in Thornhill, Ontario, just north of Toronto.
Susan Lynn Reynolds is a writer, a writing instructor, former president of the Writers' Community of Durham Region and former vice-chair of the national organization Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs. She has won awards for her poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and her YA novel Strandia. She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for nine years and is currently practicing psychotherapy under supervision in pursuit of her license as a psychotherapist. Poets are her specialty!
Mark Silverberg is an associate professor of English at Cape Breton University where he specializes in American poetry, visual arts, and artistic collaborations. His own collaborations with deceased artist Jack Siegel appear in Believing the Line (Breton Books, 2013). He is also the author of The New York School Poets and the Neo-Avant-Garde: Between Radical Art and Radical Chic (Ashgate, 2010) and editor of New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels (Palgrave/ MacMillan, 2013).
Bradley K Meyer lives in Dayton, Ohio- the birthplace of aviation. He has several chapbooks to his name. His favorite animal is the Virginia opossum but he likes deer and damselflies as well.
Lisa Young's poetry collection, When the Earth, was published by Quattro Books (2011). Her work has appeared in the Northern Cardinal Review, Rampike Magazine, and Dragnet Magazine, among other journals. LyricalMyrical Press released her chapbook, This Cabin, in spring 2013. She's the former senior poetry editor for Existere and is currently working on her next collection, The Grace of Blue Vervain.
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