Tanmeet Kaur is a poet, painter and blogger who likes to infuse her poems with paintings. Studying at Douglas College as an international student from India, she is the vice president of Douglas Debates club with over 100+ members while in India Tanmeet was adjudged as the best speaker in GTM Gibson Debate hosted by Mayo College in Ajmer. She also worked with the Non-Governmental Organizations in India where in 2017 she outreached to rural women and girls listing benefits of using sanitary pads. Tanmeet likes to listen to music especially when cycling. Her favorites are rap, jazz and country music inspired from Pop Smoke, Fairport Convention, the Weekend, Eazy-E, Bow Wow, Post Malone, and Cody Johnson.
Charlene Kwiatkowski is a writer often inspired by visual art and urban spaces. Her debut poetry chapbook ‘Let Us Go Then’ came out December 2021 with the Alfred Gustav Press. Her work has been published in Arc, Barren Magazine, PRISM international, and elsewhere. In 2020, she won Pulp Literature’s Magpie Award for Poetry. Charlene has a Master’s degree from the University of Victoria in English Literature, and she has worked at Surrey Art Gallery for the past eight years. She lived in Vancouver for almost a decade before recently moving to Coquitlam where she hopes to find poems waiting to be written in unexpected, even suburban places.
Janis Harper is a writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former long-time college-university English instructor. In later life, she shed academia and became an expressive arts therapist. Her writings can be found in literary journals and anthologies, including her own creative nonfiction anthologies ‘Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery’ (Anvil 2007) and ‘Emails From India: Women Write Home’ (Seraphim 2013). She is currently seeking a publisher for her poetry collection, ‘Sounding Socrates’. Music from her 2015 CD Better This Way can be streamed or purchased anywhere online. Janis’s lifelong passions for the creative arts, metaphysics, spirituality, and philosophy come together in her recent book, ‘Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story’ (Sacred Stories 2021). Although it’s a novel, it’s also semi-autobiographical, and contains metaphysical teachings as well as expressive arts therapy elements and activities. Janis has presented her work in Canada, the US, and India, and she recently moved from Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC.