Thursday, August 18, 2011
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010). His first book of poetry, Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006), received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Book of Poetry (2006). His work has earned him honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards (2003) and the Matrix Lit Pop Award for Poetry (2010). He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Jack Hannan is a poet and the sales manager at McGill-Queen’s University Press. Though he's been an important part of the publishing industry for over 40 years, Hannan has been one of Canadian poetry’s best-kept secrets. The release of Some Frames (from Cormorant Books), makes available the best of Hannan's new work as well as a number of remarkable poems that only appeared in limited-edition chapbooks and magazines during the late 1970s and 1980s. Hannan’s poetry, which has been compared to Stephane Mallarmé’s and John Ashbery’s, is mysterious and fluid, hermetic and hypnotic, evoking the crescendo of a music score or the emotional pull of an oil painting.
Lolette Kuby came to Canada in 1999 after quitting her job in the English Dept. of the Cleveland State University, and she taught at Humber College during her first year in Toronto. Now freelance editing and her own writing take all her work time. Her first full-length collection of poems, Set Down Here came out in 2002, and another collection, Inwit, followed in 2003. Her other books include An Uncommon Poet for the Common Man: A Study of Philip Larkin's Poetry, and Faith and the Placebo Effect: An Argument for Self-healing. Her short story collection Out of Cleveland was released in April 2007. Her new novel, Writing Personals, was published in 2010 from Vehicule Press. She is a member of PEN America.
Jenn Farrell is the author of two collections of short stories: The Devil You Know (Anvil Press, 2010), and Sugar Bush & Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Her stories have previously appeared in Prism, subTerrain, West Coast Line, and Forget magazines. She has acted as reader and editor for several winning entries in the 3-Day Novel Contest, and in 2006, made her broadcast debut as a judge for Book Television's coverage of the event. Jenn was born and raised in the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario. She is a graduate of the Langara College Publishing program and Douglas College Print Futures: Professional Writing program. She currently resides in Vancouver where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and teacher.
Shane Rhodes is the author of Err (Nightwood Editions in 2011), The Wireless Room, Holding Pattern, and The Bindery (all with NeWest Press). Shane’s awards include an Alberta Book Award for poetry, two Lampman-Scott Awards, the P. K. Page Founder's Award for Poetry, and the most recent National Magazine Award for poetry. Shane’s poetry has also been featured in the anthologies Breathing Fire II, Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets, and Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and 2011.