George Bowering is a poet, writer, biographer, and historian. He has written over ninety works and was the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and Poetry. In 1993, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2004 received the Order of British Columbia. Having lived all across Canada, including Montreal, Calgary, and London, Ontario, he is currently living the good life and is retired in Vancouver, BC.
Jon Paul Fiorentino
Jon Paul Fiorentino’s first novel Stripmalling was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. He is the author of the poetry books Indexical Elegies and The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award. His next book is called Needs Improvement and will be out with Coach House Books in 2013.
Darren Bifford is originally from Summerland, BC. His work has been published in a variety of journals across Canada. He’s also the author ofWolf Hunter, a chapbook published by Cactus Press (2010). Wedding in Fire Country is his first collection of poetry. Darren currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Marty Sartini Garner
Marty Sartini Garner is the author of numerous headaches, personal crises, and record reviews. His work has appeared inGrantland, Joyland, and the website of enRoute magazine, and his music writing appears regularly in FILTER andAquarium Drunkard. He lives in New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans and can be found on his Tumblr, website, and Twitter.
Christen Thomas is the Managing Editor of Firefly Books. Her poetry is published in The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, QWERTY, The Toronto Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Room of One’s Own, and many others. She is a cyclist, gym rat, and roller skater, and played with Toronto Roller Derby’s D-VAS as Metaphorce.
Soren Stockman was raised in Boston. He has been fortunate to study with some incredible teachers of poetry, and he is indebted to them, and was awarded a full scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute, a residency in the Spring of 2012 at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and worked with cultural and in literary initiatives in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Montreal, Quebec. He lives in New York. Celtics Forever.