Shalom Camenietzki was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, raised in Israel, educated in the US, where he earned a doctorate of psychology, and now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by writers such as Chekhov and the Brazilian Graciliano Ramos, Camenietzki studied creative writing at the University of Toronto and his writing has been widely published in Canada. The Atheist’s Bible is his first collection of stories.
Kat Cameron was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick and has worked for two years as an ESL teacher in Japan. Her debut collection of poetry, Strange Labyrinth, was published by Oolichan Books in 2015. Her fiction, poetry, and book reviews have appeared in over fifty journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States, including The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, Descant, The Fiddlehead, Forage, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, NonBinary Review, Paperplates, Prairie Fire, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Room, subTerrain, 40 Below: Volume 2, and Beyond Forgetting: Celebrating 100 Years of Al Purdy. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry and FreeFall’s Prose and Poetry contest. She teaches English literature and writing at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Anne Campbell is an award-winning author of five collections of poetry and of popular non-fiction. Readings of her work, workshops, and musical compositions with Tom have taken her across Canada, the USA, and Britain. Her many awards include the City of Regina Writing Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Mayor’s Heritage Award. In her work at the Regina Public Library, Campbell administered Canada’s first public Writer-in-Residence program; as a long-time Saskatchewan arts and heritage activist, she served on the boards of The Writers Union of Canada, the Writers Development Trust, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and, presently, the Heritage Committee of the Wascana Centre Authority. Campbell lives in Regina.
David Carpenter is the author of 14 books, mostly fiction and nonfiction, including his work with Augie Merasty in The Education of Augie Merasty, for which he won several awards. He has won several Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year for his critique of modern hunting practices, A Hunter’s Confession. He won the Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence in 2015 and was presented with an honorary doctorate for his work from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Since boyhood he has spent many summers in the bush, canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping, a nature-obsessed lover of wild animals and wilderness habitats.
Peter Carver is one of Canada's foremost and most prolific editors and educators. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Carleton. He has worked at various schools throughout Ontario, and has led workshops on writing by the dozen. He was employed by the Canadian Children's Book Centre from 1982-1989, and currently works as a freelance editor and instructor of writing-for-children courses out of Scarborough, Ontario.
Marty Chan is a nationally-known dramatist, screenwriter and author. He is the recent winner of the Edmonton Book Prize for his juvenile novel The Mystery of the Frozen Brains and former Gemini-nominated and gold medal winner for "The Orange Seed Myth and Other Lies Mothers Tell". His second book in the Marty Chan Mystery Series, The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul was shortlisted for two 2007 young readers' awards and the 2007 Arthur Ellis Crime Writers of Canada Award in the Best Juvenile category. Marty Chan lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Lesley Choyce is the author of seventy books for adults and young adults. He has taught at Dalhousie University for the past twenty-five years and is publisher of Pottersfield Press. He's worked as a rehab counselor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a lead guitarist, a newspaper boy, and a well digger. He also hosts a nationally-syndicated TV talk show on BookTelevision. Along with the Surf Poets, he has released two poetry/music albums, Long Lost Planet and Sea Level.
Peter Christensen began his writing career at the University of Lethbridge in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Creative Writing. While there, he started up one of Alberta’s first literary magazines,Canada Goose with fellow writing student, Lorne Daniel. Christensen juggled his literary writing career with his passion for exploring wilderness mountain areas of Alberta, BC, Yukon and NWT. He worked at various times as a guide, ranch hand, and Park Ranger. As a result, his working, writing, and literary career is diverse; his relationship with the natural world became his muse and is reflected in this collection. He lived in Oona River in the years it took him to write this collection. Peter has published four books of poetry with Thistledown Press and one “best seller” of creative non-fiction stories with Heritage House Publishing. Several chapbooks were published by small presses in Canada and USA. His poems have been published in numerous anthologies, writing journals, and literary magazines in Canada, Denmark, and USA, and he has performed many readings throughout Canada and the US. Peter collaborated with New Music Composer Robert Rosen, writing three librettos for the outdoor operas Canyon Shadows that were performed across Canada. “Hailstorm”, the title poem from his first book with Thistledown Press was arranged for voice and orchestra by Robert Rosen, performed internationally, was most recently sung by Michelle Todd at Carnegie Hall in New York, 2017.
Poet and fiction writer Robert Currie is a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, a former chairman of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, a recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and a former Saskatchewan Poet Laureate. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and more than sixty anthologies. He is the author of twelve books, including poetry, short story collections, and a novel. He lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he taught for thirty years at Central Collegiate, winning the Joseph Duffy Memorial Award for excellence in teaching language arts. His new book, Shimmers of Light: New and Selected Poems, presents selections from a lifetime of writing.