Leesa Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program and a professor at Humber College in Toronto. Her fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews have been published in The New Quarterly, Matrix, Lemon Hound, among others. She’s been a finalist for numerous literary awards including the Irving Layton Award for fiction and the Quebec Writing Competition. She is a regular contributor to The New Quarterly and the Interviews Editor for the Humber Literary Review. Waiting for the Cyclone is her debut short story collection. She is currently working on a novel that takes place both in Dawson City and Tianducheng, a Chinese ghost city modelled after Paris, complete with its own Eiffel Tower.
Craig Moodie is the author of six short-story collections and four novels, including Into the Trap, a middle-grade novel, Seaborn, a young-adult novel, and The Sea Singer, a middle-grade novel, all published by Roaring Brook Press. His new novel for middle-grade readers, Stormstruck!, available from Holiday House under the name John Macfarlane, won a “Highly Recommended” citation from the Boston Authors Club in 2016. His fiction, prose poetry, and prose have appeared in SAIL, Quick Fiction, Wavelength, Northeast, Sentence, and elsewhere. You can see more of his work at .
Sharon Butala is the author of nineteen books of fiction and nonfiction, numerous essays and articles, poetry, and five produced plays. She published her first novel in 1984, Country of the Heart, which was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, followed by a collection of short stories, Queen of the Headaches. Born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and taught English in her home province and Nova Scotia. She eventually returned to Saskatchewan to live, for three decades, on her husband Peter Butala’s ranch.
Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006) and Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010). Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Sweet won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant. In 2007, her short story “The Port-Wine-Stain-Removal Technique” won first place in the fiction category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Her debut novel, Algoma, was published in Fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing. Couture is the incoming Literary Editor of This Magazine.
Robin Richardson is a poet, prose writer, and illustrator. She has published two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York.
In 2011 she published her first full-length novel, Annabel, which has been sold in 15 countries and received major international recognition, including nominations for The Orange Prize (UK), The Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Governor General’s Literary Award and the Writer’s Trust Prize. In 2014 she created an inspirational travel memoir, Boundless, which was nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize, the Hilary Westin Prize for Nonfiction and the Mavis Gallant Prize. In the same year she published her second collection of stories, The Freedom in American Songs, which was chosen as a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book of the year.