Julie Burtinshaw


A resident of Vancouver, Julie Burtinshaw is an award-winning author who wrote her first novel in 2000, and has been a full time writer since 2007. The author of seven books for young adults and teens, Julie also teaches creative writing workshops and is an active participant in the writing community. She has served […]

Julie Burtinshaw2022-12-05T18:20:27+00:00

Jenn Ashton


A writer from the age of six, Jenn Ashton was first published when she was fourteen. She has written fiction, non-fiction and children’s books as well as editorials and articles for periodicals and journals. She is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, The North Shore Authors Collection, Access […]

Jenn Ashton2021-03-25T11:41:21+00:00

Jolie Phuong Hoang


As a teenager, Jolie Phuong Hoang escaped from Vietnam with her siblings. Arriving in Canada in 1984, she enrolled in high school and then trained in mathematics, all the while retaining her love of writing. Her work has been recognized by the North Street Book Prize (Winner, Literary Fiction, 2020), the San Francisco Book Festival […]

Jolie Phuong Hoang2021-06-14T15:20:25+00:00

Emma L.R. Hogg


Emma L.R. Hogg is a born writer. After graduating from the University of Guelph, she began work on the first of six novels she self-published. Her poetry has been published in Carousel magazine and her fifth novel, The Fourth Wall (2015) was shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Award for Fiction. Her next book, Winona […]

Emma L.R. Hogg2021-05-22T12:00:22+00:00

Joseph Kakwinokanasum


Of Cree and Austrian descent, Joseph Kakwinokanasum grew up in the Peace region of northern BC, one of seven children raised by a single mother. A graduate of SFU’s Writers Studio, his short story “Ray Says” was a finalist for CBC’s 2020 Nonfiction Prize.  In 2022, he was selected by Darrel J. McLeod as […]

Joseph Kakwinokanasum2022-03-17T12:36:41+00:00

Ian Kennedy


A resident of Erie Beach, Ontario, Ian Kennedy is a secondary school teacher and journalist with a passion for sport and storytelling. In 2011, he founded CKSN (Chatham-Kent Sports Network), an online news outlet covering both amateur and professional athletes. His reporting has been featured on radio, in newspapers and publications that include The Hockey […]

Ian Kennedy2022-02-06T13:29:24+00:00

Hassan Al Kontar


Hassan Al Kontar was raised in a prosperous Syrian home, the middle child of a mechanical engineer and nurse.  He worked in marketing in the UAE before the war. Now a permanent resident of Canada based in Vancouver, he advocates for refugees around the world and is an Emergency Care Worker with the Canadian […]

Hassan Al Kontar2021-03-28T11:13:47+00:00

Monique Layton


Monique Layton’s academic background is in comparative literature and cultural anthropology and she is the author of several reports and non-fiction books on a variety of topics. Her last position before retiring was at Simon Fraser University where she directed the School of Criminology’s distance education programs.

She is currently writing a blog at

Monique Layton2021-03-29T09:47:46+00:00

Richard Lemm


Richard Lemm has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Prince Edward Island since 1988. He is the author of six poetry collections, a short fiction collection, and a biography of Milton Acorn, Canada’s People’s Poet. A past-president of The League of Canadian Poets and past co-chair of Access Copyright, he has served […]

Richard Lemm2021-05-22T12:06:12+00:00

Harold Macy


Harold Macy was born on the prairie, caught between the stubble and endless sky. The mountains and the forest beckoned and he moved to the coast.  It has been his everlasting pleasure to live forty years in the rural community of Merville, on Vancouver Island, a tectonic splinter off the left shoulder of a restless continent, […]

Harold Macy2021-03-28T11:24:32+00:00