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

:: STAFF ::

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.

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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.

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 founded and produced the first Real Vancouver events in 2010 in collaboration with the W2 Community Media Arts and the W2 Culture and Media House. He is the creator of Books on the Radio Projects (2009-2015) and produced several tech-infused literary collaborations and incubations during that time. 

Sean also ran the Storm Crow Tavern (RIP) and Storm Crow Alehouse during their formative years and recently served as Executive Director of the BC and Yukon Book Prizes.

He lives in Vancouver.


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