In May 2006, ROBIN BLASER won a Lifetime Recognition Award from The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry. One year earlier, he was awarded the Order of Canada - the highest civilian honour awarded in the country - for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the arts. The revised and expanded edition of Blaser’s The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser, edited by Miriam Nichols with a foreword by Robert Creeley and a new afterword by Charles Bernstein, has just been released by the Univ. of California Press.
ALAN DAVIES is the author of many books of poetry including active 24 hours (roof), name (this), and rave (roof). He is also the author of a book of critical writing called Signage (roof) - and a book called candor (o books) that combines poetry with book reviews and essays. His long book called life is forthcoming from o books — and he is currently engaged upon a lifelong project consisting of individual books (three of which he recently read at ksw). His poems and critical writings have been published in many magazines - and he has read his work widely. He was born in Canada and has for a long time lived in nyc.
JAIME DENIKE is currently a master's student in the English department of Simon Fraser University, specializing in twentieth-century fiction and literary theory. She lives and works in Vancouver.
PHINDER DULAI is the author of two collections of poetry: Ragas From the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995), and Basmati Brown (Nightwood, 2000). His poetry has been published in Ankur, Rungh, The Canadian Ethnic Studies Review, and the Toronto South Asian Review. His poetry is included in the recently published Canadian Cultural Studies anthology Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature (Oxford UP), and his soundscape poems have appeared on CBC's Zed TV.
DANIELA ELZA is a Ph.D. student at SFU in the department of Education. Having lived on three continents and crossed numerous geographic and cultural borders, Daniela is a rogue scholar at heart. Her poetry has appeared in Room of One's Own, Quills, and is forthcoming in Existere and Paideusis. Daniela is currently working on two collections of poems.
TATIANA KRIEVIM is a sort-of poet who lives in the Okanagan watching reruns of Beverly Hills, 90210. In its original run she loved Dylan McKay; now, Brandon Walsh. She has recently become old enough for unruly nostalgia.
KENT LEWIS'S poem "Lump" is a selective re-reading of Chapter 1 of James Joyce's Ulysses. Kent teaches in the English Department at Capilano College and has recently published Word and World: A Critical Thinking Reader (Nelson, 2007).
MY NAME IS SCOT is a Vancouver based artist who works with text, performance, video, and installation. He is a regular contributor to front magazine, has recently published the chap books downer, drag, and bummer and is currently working on a manuscript called "extermination; a love story."
ROSALIND MORRIS was raised in Western Canada and now works as an anthropologist in New York City. She writes poetry, essays, and fiction as well as scholarly texts based on her work in Africa and Southeast Asia. A former Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, she is now Associate Director of the University's center for Comparative Literature and Society, and is currently a resident member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
HELGA PAKASAAR is curator at Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver where she has organized exhibitions since 2004. She has been Curator of Contemporary at the Art Gallery of Windsor in Ontario and the Waller Phillips Gallery in Banff, Alberta. She has curated many exhibitions of international contemporary art, and has a special interest in photography and its history, which she has researched and written on extensively.
MIROSLAV TICHY was born in a small village in Moravia in 1926. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1945 to 1948, he became an avant-garde artist who produced drawings and paintings, and from the 1960s through the 1980s focused on photography. A recluse and social outcast, Tichy was known only to a few until 2004 when he was included in the International Seville Biennial. In 2005, he won the Discovery Award at Photography Aries in France and a major retrospective and catalogue was produced by the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions in several commercial art galleries and at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands and group exhibitions such as Soleil Noir: Depression and Society at Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg. His photography is the inspiration for an ongoing travelling exhibition entitled Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists. He is the subject of several publications, articles and a documentary film, and his photographs are in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
ELIOT WEINBERGER's most recent books are What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles, an anthology, World Beat, and Muhammad. His "serial essay," An Elemental Thing, is forthcoming from New Directions.