DEREK BEAULIEU is former editor of filling Station and dANDelion, editor of special issues of Whitewall of Sound and Open Letter, and former editor/publisher of housepress (1997-2004). His books of poetry include with wax (Coach House, 2003), Frogments from the Frag Pool (Mercury, 2005), fractal economies (Talonbooks, 2006) and the co-edited Shift & Switch: new Canadian poetry with Jason Christie and angela rawlings (Mercury, 2005). He has performed his work and discussed poetics and community across Canada, the UK and the USA. He lives, with his young daughter, in Calgary where he is Administrative Director at The New Gallery, an artist-run centre.
SHAUNA SINGH BALDWIN'S first novel What the Body Remember, the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book (Canada-Caribbean). English lessons and Other Stories received the Friends of American Writers prize. Her second novel, The Tiger Claw (Knopf Canada, 2004; Vintage Canada, 2005), inspired by the life of Noor Inayat Khan (codename: Madeleine), is the story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent who searches for her beloved through occupied France. It was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Other awards include the 1995 Writer's Union of Canada Award for short prose and the 1997 Canadian Literary Award. She is currently working on a second collection of short stories and a novel. More info can be found at www.ShaunaSinghBaldwin.com.
VEN BEGAMUDRE writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that can be realistic or speculative. "The Lightness Which Is Our World, Seen from Afar" is the title poem of his new book to be published by Frontenac House in the spring of 2006.
GEORGE BOWERING has published five collections of short stories most recently Standing on Richards, published by Viking, 2004. In 2006, Talonbooks is publishing his baseball travel memoir, Baseball Love, and a collection of poems, Vermeer's Light. Bowering lives in Vancouver and is a former amateur softball player.
THEA BOWERING is a TA in Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is working on a thesis focused on the female flaneur in contemporary Canadian and Danish fiction. Her prose has appeared in The Capilano Review, Matrix, dANDelion and Latitude 53.
JOE DAVIES' short fiction is making its way into Canadian literary magazines including The Antigonish Review, Queen's Quarterly, Descant, and The New Quarterly. Currently, he's working on a collection called Something Like Life in Southern Ontario. He lives in Peterborough, ON with his wife and three children.
JERAMY DODDS lives in Havelock, Ontario. His poems have appeared in a variety of international and Canadian journals.
JOHN LENT has taught Creative Writing and Literature at Okanagan College for the past twenty-five years. His seventh book, So It Won't Go Away, is a novel published by Thistledown Press in 2005. Other titles include Monet's Garden (1996) and Wood Lake Music (1982). Lent has written articles about Malcolm Lowry, Mavis Gallant, Kristjana Gunnars and Thomas Dc Quincey. He lives in Vernon, BC, with his wife, the painter Jude Clarke.
MARION LLEWELLYN was born in the U.K. and received a B.A. Honours from Manchester College of Art and Design. She has been a practicing artist and designer ever since. Her work has been shown in San Francisco, Portland, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Vancouver writer, DAPHNE MARLATT, is currently working on a third bio/novel, this one adding /poem to its genre slide, "out of the blue" in this issue is an excerpt from it, as was her Nomados chapbook, Seven Glass Bowls, she has recently begun a series of hybrid intertextual stories and is also collaborating with Robert Minden and Carla Hallett on a song for Tom Cone's Song Room series. her Canadian Noh play, The Gull, produced by Pangaea Arts with a cast drawn from both Canada and Japan, will be performed May 11-14 in Richmond. Daphne Marlatt was awarded The Order of Canada in February 2006.