dana bath

Dana Bath more info
Dana Bath is originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland but she now lives in Montreal. She has studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Ottawa, Laval University, the National University of Ireland, and Concordia University, where she received her MA in English and Creative Writing. She teaches CEGEP English, and is currently working on a second novel.

david bernans

David Bernans more info
David Bernans received his PhD in Political Science from York University in 1998. The Gazette has referred to Bernans as a “political gadfly” for his high profile efforts at holding Prime Minister Paul Martin to account for the cuts to health, education and social spending he made as Finance Minister. A documentary film was made about Bernans’ shadowing of Paul Martin called Waiting for Martin. He has published numerous articles in Le Devoir,, The Parkland Post, Alternatives, the Gazette, and elsewhere. Bernans grew up in London, Ontario and now divides his time between St-Pacôme and Montréal, where he works as a researcher, archivist, and translator while studying for a graduate diploma in Concordia’s Études françaises Department. On December 27, 2001, he and his partner, Anne-Frédérique Provencher, became the proud parents of son, Sasha.

mia rose brooks

Mia Rose Brooks more info

Mia Rose Brooks was born in the Okanagan between two pine trees and her mother's legs. She is the dry yellow grass, the sage brush, the slow lapping water of the lake and the sharp howls of the coyotes in the hills. She is a small town girl living in Pointe-Saint-Charles, listening to the red train passing.

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Taien Ng-chan

Taien Ng-Chan more info
Taien Ng-Chan is a Montréal writer, performer and filmmaker whose works span many different genres. Her poetry and fiction have been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Geist, blue buffalo, Contemporary Verse 2, and The Capilano Review, and she was twice shortlisted for the CBC Canadian Literary Awards. Since becoming a winner of the CBC Radio New Voices Drama Competition, Taien has had three radio plays produced for CBC Radio One. She has also had drama produced at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Brave New Playrites, and as a staged play reading by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.
As a performer, Taien has appeared on CKUT Radio (Montreal), CiTR Radio (Vancouver), and at various venues across Canada, including We and Our Words Festival (Calgary); and the VoxHunt and Mainlines poetry series (Montréal). As an editor and producer, Taien and her partner Joe Ollmann collectively run the website for Wag Press, which presents videos, animations, and electronic literature. Taien is Reviews Editor at Matrix Magazine. She curated and co-produced a documentary series of spoken word and music collaborations, with writers Dana Bath, Lance Blomgren, Victoria Stanton, and musicians Becky Foon, Gord Allen and Samuel Roy-Bois. These works were presented on CBC Radio One, and Wag Press website.
As a filmmaker, Taien explores the visual elements of poetry and the spoken word. Her film The Red Ribbon won the Location Michel Trudel Award at Concordia University for Best Poetic Film, and was screened last year at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

George Elliott Clarke


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George Elliott Clarke more info
A revered poet, George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, near the Black Loyalist community of Three Miles Plains, in 1960. A graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.A., Hons., 1984), Dalhousie University (M.A., 1989), and Queen’s University (Ph.D., 1993), he is now the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. An Assistant Professor of English and Canadian Studies at Duke University, 1994-1999, Clarke also served as the Seagrams Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at McGill University, 1998-1999, and as a Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia (2002) and as a Visiting Scholar at Mount Allison University (2005). He has also worked as a researcher (Ontario Provincial Parliament, 1982-83), editor (Imprint, University of Waterloo, 1984-85, and The Rap, Halifax, 1985-87), and newspaper columnist (The Daily News, Halifax, 1988-89, and The Halifax Herald, 1992-). He lives in Toronto, but he also owns land in Nova Scotia. His many honours include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1998), Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), The National Magazine Gold medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005), and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006)

Kirk Johnson

photo: Catherine Surprenant

Kirk Johnson more info

Kirk Johnson was born in Hantsport Nova Scotia. He began his career in theatre (Acadia, 1996) before moving to Montréal in the late 1990's to begin an MA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. Montréal became his adopted home, where he co-wrote a guide book about the city. He published his first collection of poems, Companion Pieces (Cumulus Press) in 1999. Johnson later released the chapbook, Rare Poems and Other Oddities (JKL Press). For Everyone at the Back is his second full collection of poetry. He now lives in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley with his wife, Catherine and daughters, Julia Dae, Luna and Fionah.

Kirk Johnson

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Kaie Kellough more info
Kaie Kellough is a Montréal writer (via Calgary) who has been an active member of the literary community since his arrival in 1998. He has published in Filling Station, Matrix, Kola, Free Fall, has written for radio (CBC, CKUT), newspaper (Globe and Mail, Montréal Gazette), and diverse periodicals (among them Canadian Dimension and Rabble). In 2001 he was awarded a Canada Council writing grant to work on a book of poems set in Montréal. Lettricity is that book. Kaie is a member of the Québec Writers' Federation (QWF). He has been invited to read his work in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, New York, and Thunder Bay, while reading regularly in Montréal. He was a featured artist in CBC's 2003 Canada Reads series, to which he contributed a written work based on the Hubert Aquin novel Prochain épisode. For the past three years, Kaie has written, researched, produced, and hosted a CKUT community radio show. Kaie has organized numerous readings that have featured other local (and out-of-town) writers. He is an active member of Montréal-based live organic improvider Kalmunity Vibe Collective and is co-editor of Talking Book.

Jason 'Blackbird' Selman

photo: Zibs Black Currant

Jason 'Blackbird' Selman more info

Jason 'Blackbird' Selman has been performing on the Montréal Arts scene as both Performance Poet and Musician for the past ten years. More recently, Mr. Selman has used these talents in the service of Montréal’s Black Theatre Workshop Youth Works theatre program. When not being brought to the verge of tears by the excellent work of these young thespians, he fulfills himself artistically as part of the musical collective Kalm Unity.

In May of 2005, he undertook the role of producer for the poetry, music and song series Intimate Sky, a showcase for some of Montréal’s most talented performers. In May of 2006 his play Death of the Bourgeois Dream was performed by members of the Youth Works team and in July of that year, he participated in Habana, Cuba’s annual Hip Hop Symposium as part of Live Hip Hop group Nomadic Massive. In January of 2007, he co-edited Talking Book an anthology of poetry featuring members of the Kalm Unity collective.

scott waters

photo: Shannon Gerard

Scott Waters more info
Scott Waters once had to choose between art school and the infantry. He chose the latter, then the former. He now spends his time painting, drawing and making little books about a life he thought he hated. Having been recently chosen for the Canadian Forces Artist Program he will, accordingly, use his past to help edge the world towards self-awareness. Scott lives in Toronto and has recently found a family


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