Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott’s novel Good to a Fault was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize, won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean, and was a Canada Reads book in 2010. Her new novel about polite vaudeville, The Little Shadows, was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize.

Aritha Van Herk

Aritha van Herk is the author of five novels, Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address (nominated for the Governor General’s Award for fiction), Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her wide-ranging critical work is collected in A Frozen Tongue and In Visible Ink.

Sid Marty

Author/musician Sid Marty is a former park warden who writes mainly on natural history and western life and culture. He has published five books of non-fiction and four of poetry, and has released two CDs of his songs about the west. His latest poetry book is The Rider With Good Hands(2011).

Thomas Wharton

Thomas Wharton was born in Grande Prairie. He is an award-winning writer of books for adults and younger readers. His works of fiction include Icefields, Salamander (short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award) and The Logogryph. His most recent work is a trilogy of fantasy novels for younger readers, The Perilous Realm.

Camilla Merritt

Camilla Merritt is a teacher at The Fernie Academy, before that she taught in London England and in the mountains of northern Pakistan. She is Chair of the Fernie Heritage Library and is passionate about improving standards of literacy amongst young people. She also enjoys painting and has had a couple of successful exhibitions at The Fernie Arts Station.

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette’s full length collection of poetry, North End Love Songs, will be released Fall 2012 by The Muses’ Company, the poetry imprint for J. Gord Shillingford Publishing. A Metis writer of poetry and fiction, Vermette’s work has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies, most recently, Manitoapow – Aboriginal Writing from the Land of Water (Highwater 2012), and upcoming in cv2 and Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Madeline Sonik

Madeline Sonik is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist whose fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in literary journals internationally. Her most recent collection of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures has been nominated for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and is also a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. She currently teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Kim McCullough

Kim McCullough is a teacher and writer. She leads various writing workshops for students of all ages and teaches a writing class for women in recovery in Calgary. She recently completed her first novel and is working on a collection of linked short stories. Kim is currently working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

Gail Bartel

Gail Bartel is a self-taught artist and consultant from Calgary, A.B. She is the author of the popular that artist woman blog and has a passion for creating art with kids. She has been the artist in residence at a Calgary school for the past 10 years.
Gail and her work have been featured online and in print in such sources as Disney’s Family Fun magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Seattle’s Parent Map, Design Mom, CRAFT and Davis Publications to name a few.