Heidi Garnett won the 2004 Joyce Dunn Memorial Award for poetry and was runner up for both the Mandy Poetry Contest and the Ontario Poetry Society's Writes of Passage Competition. Her work has been published in numerous literary publications including: Carousel, The New Quarterly, Penwomanship, and Quills. She was also published in the Dancing with Cecil chapbook and Perigree.
Don Gayton is the author of three books of non-fiction (The Wheatgrass Mechanism, Landscapes of the Interior, Kokanee) and numerous technical articles. He was a range ecologist with the BC Ministry of Forests for 10 years, and has worked as an extension specialist in forage and range with the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture.
Music-lover, cello player, ESL teacher, and writer Emily Givner was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She died July 5th, 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of an allergic reaction, aged 38. From birth Emily’s life had been complicated and restricted by asthma and allergy problems though she refused to let her aliments interfere with her life of travel, music and writing. She was mentored by the acclaimed novelist and neuroradiologist, Aryeh Lev Stollman, whose work she loved. On her death she left a considerable amount of writing — files of letters home recording her experiences in different countries, essays on writing process and a substantial collection of unpublished stories and novellas
Joan Givner has written a dozen books of biography and fiction. She is also recognized for her series of books for young adults that include the Ellen Fremedon Series and A Girl Called Tennyson trilogy. Givner currently resides in a small seaside town north of Victoria, BC. Although she is retired from teaching, she still continues to write fiction, as well as review books for BC Bookworld, the Toronto Star, and other publications.
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Adrienne Gruber has been published in various literary magazines across Canada including: Grain, CV2, Descant, Room, and the Windsor Review. She was a finalist in Descant's 2008 Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem contest. Gruber lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Margaret Gunning's experience in print journalism includes hundreds of columns and book reviews in such publications as the Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times-Colonist and Montreal Gazette. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Room of One's Own, Capilano Review and many others. Margaret's first novel (Better than Life), described by the Edmonton Journal as "fiction at its finest", celebrates the joy and anguish of family in small-town Ontario. Her second novel (Mallory) explores issues of bullying and social ostracism. Gunning currently lives in Coquitlam, BC.