Martin Myers is the author of four novels, The Assignment, Frigate, Izzy Manheim’s Reunion, and The Secret Viking. With comparisons to some of this past centuries’ greatest humourists including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Monty Python, Myers richly inventive writing is sure to make readers laugh out loud followed by a quizzical moment where they question their own morals, ethics, and reality. His writing has been glowingly reviewed throughout North America and Britain by publications such as The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Toronto Star, and The Times of London Literary Supplement.
Anton Piatigorsky is the author of two works of fiction, Al-Tounsi and The Iron Bridge, along with several plays and librettos. His works have twice won Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play. Other awards and short list nominations include The Siminovitch Prize for Theatre Protégé Award, The Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and The Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Plays include Eternal Hydra, The Kabbalistic Psychoanalysis of Adam R. Tzaddik, Breath In Between, and The Offering. Piatigorsky wrote the libretto for Brian Current’s Airline Icarus, winner of a Juno Award for Best Classical Composition. He has received commissions, residencies and productions from the Stratford Festival of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company and others. Anton lives in Toronto.
Jared Marcel Pollen was born in Canada. He studied politics and literature at the University of Windsor and received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in NY. His work has appeared in The Millions, 3:AM Magazine, Salo Press and Political Animal, among others. He currently lives in Prague.
Marc Aubin is a fifth generation resident of Ottawa, Canada. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in community activism and historical research in Lowertown – Ottawa’s original French-Canadian neighbourhood. During this time, he has accumulated a set of stories about his community’s struggles and its unique identity.
Graeme Krupinski was born and raised in Toronto before living in Argentina and Chile. His poetry and non-fiction has been published in journals and newspapers in English and Spanish. Puerto Montt is his first novel.
Madeleine White was born in Germany, with roots in Canada and the UK. Her 25 year career has spanned journalism, teaching, educational technology and publishing. As a publisher she has created national and international web and print magazines aimed at creating a voice for those without one. A notable example of this is the successful Nina-Iraq, a project that she worked on with the World Bank to reach out to Iraqi women everywhere.
These days, Madeleine is a ‘storyteller’ consultant, working with educational technology companies and international development partners to connect diverse cultural, geographical and digital communities. Her debut novel, Mother of Floods, has been inspired by the growing belief that fiction is often more powerful than factual journalism in opening us up to truth.
Madeleine is married with three children and lives in Broadstairs, a small coastal town in England.
Monica Duncan is a writer of literary fiction, musician, wife, and mother. Originally from Michigan, she finds herself continually drawn to the hidden richness of the places she comes from. Now living in Newburyport, Massachusetts, she is still at home, by the water.
Monica holds music degrees from Michigan State and Indiana University, and is active as a freelance musician and teacher in the Greater Boston area.
She’s pretty sure she’ll always be in love with the soundtrack from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, and has discovered that her favorite skill as a writer she learned from her life in music: Be a good listener.
Ben Berman Ghan is an author and editor from Toronto, finishing an HBA with a major in English Literature, and minors in Philosophy, and Writing and Rhetoric at The University of Toronto. His short fiction has appeared in The Goose, The UC Review, Occulum Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, South 85, Liquid Imagination, The Sweet Tree Review, and The Spectatorial. His writing occurs in the place where the ideas of classic science fiction meet the interpersonal concerns of all literature.
Glen Paul Hammond was born in East York, Ontario, Canada. His interest in literature and history is reflected in publication credits that include contributions for both short fiction and Irish history in Cantos Cadre magazine and The Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. In 2008, his educational book The Literary Detective was published by Mosaic Press and, most recently, he has become a regular contributor to Political Animal Magazine. He lives with his wife, two sons and German Shorthaired Pointer in the Toronto area.
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