Raoul Fernandes

Raoul was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award, and a runner up in subTerrain’s Lush Triumphant Awards in 2013. He has been published in numerous literary journals including Prism International, The Malahat Review, and Event Magazine, and has work forthcoming in this year’s Best Canadian Poetry anthology. He also is an editor for the online poetry magazine, The Maynard. His first collection of poems, from Nightwood Editions, is “Transmitter and Receiver.”

Raoul lives and writes in East Vancouver.

Maureen Gillis

A former writer and editor, Maureen is literary-leaning lawyer and long-time RVWS fan.

Maureen holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University. She is a former copyeditor of the Canadian Journal of Communication and editor-in-chief of the UBC Law Review, and she also taught a course on the structure of the Canadian book publishing industry at SFU. She wrote for and worked in the Vancouver technology industry for more than a decade prior to commencing her legal career.

Maureen now practises business law with a national law firm.

Laura Matwichuk

Laura’s poems have appeared in CV2, EVENT, Poetry is Dead, Riddle Fence and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013.

She was a finalist for the 2013 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Born in Winnipeg, she now lives in Vancouver and works as a writer in the non-profit sector.

Kellee Ngan

Kellee works as a writer, an editor and as the Operations Coordinator at Rumble Theatre (www.rumble.org).

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently working on a novel.

She lives in Vancouver’s West End with her husband and daughter.

Dan Pon

Dan Pon is a librarian at the West Vancouver Memorial Library and Langara College.

He is the archivist at the grunt gallery.


Katie Stewart

Katie is an arts and culture curator with a penchant for all things analog. She shamelessly colour-codes her bookshelves and carries a film camera in her handbag without a lens cap.

She is Creative Director and Co-Publisher of Sad Magazine, a quarterly print publication which explores Stories, Art, and Design in Vancouver.

Katie holds a professional Photo Imaging Diploma from Langara College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Simon Fraser University.

Candie Tanaka

Candie is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio program at SFU and a former art school alumnus from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

With a love of alliteration, funny people, frozen yogurt and further education, Candie studied Intermedia at art school and had a first solo show at Artspeak Gallery that explored the theme of archiving with microfilm.

Completing the New Media Design and Web Development program at BCIT, renewed a passion towards new technology, media and art that resulted with Candie exploring the world of 3D printing, hacking with an XBOX Kinect and creating/working on other strange art, technology and media projects.

Right now, a first novel with the working title of Tanaka & Co., is underway, as well as a series of poems about being previously employed on the waterfront. Much time is also being spent working in marketing and communications at the Richmond Public Library to encourage literacy and lifelong learning.

On Twitter @candietanaka


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