Saturday, March 15, 2008
Shari Lapeña worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She is a graduate of The Humber School for Writers, where her mentor was David Adams Richards. An excerpt from her first novel, Things Go Flying, appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of The Dalhousie Review. She won the Globe and Mail’s Great Toronto Literary Project contest, and was short listed for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. She lives in Toronto and is currently at work on her second novel, The Poets’ Preservation Society.
Sharon English was born in London, Ontario, where, for a while, she excelled mostly at memorizing song lyrics and episodes of Star Trek. She eventually studied English literature at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of British Columbia, where she dropped out of a Ph.D. program to pursue fiction writing. Since then she has held various jobs, and now works as a teacher and freelance editor in Toronto.
Sharon English has published two books of short fiction, Zero Gravity and Uncomfortably Numb.
Internationally respected dub poet Klyde Broox (a.k.a. Durm-I) has decades of performance experience in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. A consummate stage artist, he blends speech, song, dance and mime into a powerful package that is inspirational, entertaining and intellectually provocative.
Born in Jamaica, Broox won the Nathan Brissett poetry competition at Mico Teachers’ College, with the poem “Ode To The Bamboo.” in 1978. Nine years later Broox (as Durm-I) had become one of Jamaica's most promising dub poets. In England and the United States he did readings, workshops and guest lectures. His chapbook, Poemstorm was launched in Wales in 1989 and later in Jamaica. Broox received a James Michener Fellowship to the University of Miami's Caribbean Writers' Summer Institute, and therafter a scholarship.
In Canada, Klyde Broox has established himself as an influential literary figure Hamilton. In 2004, he was nominated for a John C. Holland award for community service. He is also active in the Toronto community and has coordinated both the 2004 and 2007 International Dub Poetry Festivals. Klyde's book My Best Friend is White was published by McGilligan Books.
Originally from Hamilton, Emily Holton graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Toronto. She recently had her first solo art show at The Centre for Culture and Leisure No. 1. Her drawings have been published in Brick, Matrix, Kiss Machine and Broken Pencil.
Little Lessons in Safety is a collection of Holton's book works and drawings, produced over the past five years. Her "scratchy intelligent line drawings" (Broken Pencil) and lean text play with the format of children's readers, comics, celebrity fashion magazines, and cut-and-paste murder mysteries. A boy grows a bird for hair, monkeys are shot out of cannons, feral children grow up to be cowboys, treeplanters never come back. Karl Lagerfeld takes over, as we all knew he would.
In his latest book Blurring the Boundaries: Images from the Neocerebellum George Walker presents wood engravings inspired by dreams.