Dina Del Bucchia, Artistic Director

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry, Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomniac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks, 2015), written with Daniel Zomparelli. She also hosts Can’t Lit, a podcast on Canadian literature and culture, with Zomparelli and Jen Sookfong Lee. Her first collection of short stories, She is a senior editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and is the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Her first collection of short stories, Don't Tell Me What to Do is out now with Arsenal Pulp Press. An otter and dress enthusiast Dina also manages Dress Like a Book on Instagram and Tumblr.

Sean Cranbury, Founder and Board President

Sean founded and produced the first Real Vancouver events in 2010 in collaboration with the W2 Community Media Arts Culture and Media House. He is the creator of Books on the Radio, a radio show (CJSF 90.1 FM Simon Fraser University), literary project incubator, and podcast, that ran from 2009-2015.

In 2011 Sean was given the Literary Promoter of the Year Award by Pandora’s Collective. In 2015 Sean received the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award at the Surrey International Writers Conference for his ‘significant contribution to the community of writers’.

Sean has worked with the Canada Council for the Arts as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Forum on the Literary Arts, Theytus Books, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, 49th Shelf, and the SFU Master of Publishing Program among other Canadian arts and culture groups.

Sean also spent many years as the Grandmaster of Flowers for the legendary Storm Crow Alliance group of restaurants.

He lives in East Vancouver.

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 2015.

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.

Kellee Ngan

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

Dan Pon

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

He is the archivist at the grunt gallery.

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.

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

Britt Laidman

Britt left the sunny Okanagan, studied in windy Victoria, and settled in foggy Vancouver. She writes fiction, gallery proposals, and marketing copy. A enthusiastic dabbler in other creative practices, she sculpts ceramics and shoots film. Like Yohji Yamamoto, she finds perfection ugly and seeks in the things humans make scars, disorder, and distortion.