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DANI COUTURE is the author of three collections of poetry and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing). Her work has been nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry, received an honour of distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ Writers and won the ReLit Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications in Canada, the US and the UK, and in several editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English. 

WENDY DONAWA was born in Victoria, but spent much of her adult life in Barbados as an artist, educator and museum curator. She once more lives in Victoria, is active in its lively poetry community, and is a contributing editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals, three chapbooks, and her first collection, Thin Air of the Knowable. 

TANIS FRANCO [they/them] is a poet living in Toronto. Their first poetry book entitled Quarry, published by The University of Calgary Press in January 2018, explores queerness from an ecopoetic point of view. They have had recent writing published in Lemon Hound, Grain, Room,
CV2, and elsewhere. They are working on their second book of poetry.

JEAN VAN LOON is a life-long resident of Ottawa. Since retiring from a career as a public servant and head of the steel industry’s national trade association, she has published poems and stories in literary magazines across Canada, including Event, Room, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, Queen’s Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Ottawater, and The Dalhousie Review. One of her stories was anthologized in Journey Prize Stories 19, published 2007. Her reviews have been published in Room and Arc. Her first book of poetry, Building on River, was published by Cormorant Books April 2018. She recently became co-Artistic Director of Ottawa’s longest-standing literary series, Tree Reading Series.