Heather Haley is a multi-media artists integrating disciplines, genres and media. She is the author of novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter, currently being adapted to the stage, and of poetry collections Sideways, Three Blocks West of Wonderland and Skookum Raven. Heather’s writings have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She was poetry editor for the LA Weekly and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe, one of Canada’s first electronic literary magazines. Heather has directed numerous videopoems that became official selections at dozens of international film festivals. She has toured Canada, the U.S and Europe in support of two critically acclaimed CDs of spoken word songs titled Princess Nut and Surfing Season. (Photo by Patrick Powers)
Liz Toohey-Wiese is a settler artist residing on the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is a graduate from the MFA program at NSCAD University. She completed her undergraduate degree in painting at Emily Carr University, also undertaking coursework at the University of Victoria and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. She has taken part in solo and group shows across Canada, and recently was the artist in residence at the Sointula Art Shed (2019), the Caetani Cultural Center (2020/21/22), and Island Mountain Arts (2021). Deeply interested in the history of landscape painting, her paintings explore contemporary relationships between identity and place. Her most recent work explores the complicated topic of wildfires and their connections to tourism, economy, grief, and renewal. She is an instructor of Drawing and Painting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Claudia Cornwall is an author and a mentor who has published seven books. Her title, ‘Letter from Vienna’, won the 1996 B.C. Book Prize for non-fiction while ‘At the World’s Edge’ was short-listed for the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2011. The American Library Association’s Booklist selected ‘Catching Cancer’ as one of the best books of 2013. Claudia’s most recent book, ‘British Columbia in Flames’, was a finalist for the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for historical writing, the BC Book Award for Regional Writing, and the Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards. Her articles have appeared in several national publications including The Globe and Mail and Reader’s Digest. Claudia lives in North Vancouver and teaches creative writing in the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.