Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

curated, inclusive, independent | emerging and established writers | since 2010

Staff and Directors

Real Vancouver at Havana Theatre, Verses Festival of Words 2014 (photo by Nang Ḵ‘uulas aka EVIL Patrick Shannon)


Dina Del Bucchia, Artistic Director

Dina Del Bucchia is a writer, podcaster, literary event host, editor, and creative writing instructor. She is the author of the short story collection, Don’t Tell Me What to Do,and four collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and OttersBlind Items, Rom Com, written with Daniel Zomparelli, and, It’s a Big Deal! She is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series and hosts the podcast, Can’t Lit, with Jen Sookfong Lee. Find out more about her at


Carleigh Baker

Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Métis/ Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays (Tightrope, 2016), The Short Story Advent Calendar (Hingston & Olsen, 2017), and The Journey Prize Anthology (McClelland & Stewart 2015).

She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of Canada, and The Malahat Review. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award and the BC and Yukon Book Prize Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and won the City of Vancouver Book Award. She is the upcoming the SFU Writer in Residence for 2019/20

Hannah McGregor

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on podcasting as scholarly communication, systemic barriers to access in the Canadian publishing industry, and the history of magazines as serial media.

She is the co-director of the Amplify Podcast Network, Canada’s first peer-reviewed podcast network, and the creator of the network’s pilot podcast, Secret Feminist Agenda. She is also the co-creator of Witch, Please, a feminist podcast on the Harry Potter world; the host of The SpokenWeb Podcast; and the co-editor of the book Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug 2018).

Cole Nowicki

Cole Nowicki is a writer, producer and publisher. He wrote for the Viceland series Post Radical and has work in places like The WalrusMaisonneuveMcSweeney’sThe Outline, and more. He also produces and hosts the interdisciplinary event fine. and is the publisher of its print arm, fine. press.

Raoul Fernandes

Raoul Fernandes lives and writes in Vancouver, with his wife and two sons.  He first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Debut-litzer Award for Poetry in 2016 and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry.

He has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including the Best Canadian Poetry.

Kellee Ngan

Kellee works as a writer, an editor, and as the Communications Manager at Rumble Theatre ( Her writing has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on a novel for young adults.

Bo Gembarsky

Bo has been a freelance writer and editor since just after the invention of cuneiform. He joined RVWS in 2015 and currently serves as its Acting Treasurer. Bo can be found occasionally wandering the halls of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a Visitor Services Representative.

Sean Cranbury, Founder and Board Chair

Sean has worked with literary arts organizations across the country including BC Arts Council, Access Copyright, and Theytus Books. He served on the Steering Committee for the National Forum on the Literary Arts, a public consultation hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts that helped to create the framework for the thing that we know as The Portal.

Sean was the Executive Director of the BC Yukon Book Prizes from 2019 to 2021. During this time he helped to introduce two new literary cash prizes for authors including the Borealis Prize: The Commissioner of Yukon Prize for Literary Contribution and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing That Provokes.

Sean’s projects from the before-times include Books on the Radio, The Strike Sessions, as well as his time as General Manager of the beautiful monstrosities that were the Storm Crow Alehouse and Tavern (RIP). Find our more at


Katie Stewart, Heidi Schiller, Maureen Gillis, Candie Tanaka, Britt Laidman, Dan Pon, Laura Matvichuk, and Jeffrey Bryan.