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Malcolm Lowry Spoken Word Stage

Carmen Rodriguez

Carmen RodriguezCarmen Rodriguez was born in Chile and came to Canada as a political exile after the military coup of 1973. She is the award-winning author of GUERRA PROLONGADA/ PROTRACTED WAR, a bilingual volume of poetry, and a collection of short stories AND A BODY TO REMEMBER WITH/ DE CUERPO ENTERO.

She teaches in the Latin American Studies Program at Simon Fraser University and the University College of the Fraser Valley and is the Vancouver correspondent for the Latin American Section of Radio Canada International.

Skeena Reece

Skeena ReeceSkeena Reece is a Tsimshian, Gitksan and Cree artist.

Her disciplines include: spoken word, singing, comedic work, filmmaking, arts administration and performance art. She has performed across Canada at a wide variety of festivals and events including: Rez Bluez, Brief Encounters 6, the Vancouver Island Music Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival. She is set to release her first CD and feature film in 2008. Although you may not be able to put your finger on what it is she "does" perhaps you will consider her one of your "people" when she's done...

Michael V. Smith

Vancouver’s Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, zinester, performance artist and occasional clown interested in building community, giving permission, and championing pleasure with a pro-feminist conviction and an agenda to be inclusive. Recently, Michael won Vancouver's Community Hero of the Year Award and the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. His novel, Cumberland, was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His latest book is What You Can’t Have, a collection of poetry nominated for the ReLit Prize.

Ameena Mayer

Ameena Mayer has lived in British Columbia her whole life, and presently lives in Vancouver. She has an MA in Literature and teaches English at local colleges. When she has the time and energy, she enjoys volunteering for social causes. A few years ago, she started hosting Poets Against War open mic nights, and enjoys sharing her poems and songs to affect positive change in the world. She also plays guitar and currently is teaching herself to play the ukulele.

Garry Thomas Morse

The multitextual body of Garry Thomas Morse has appeared in The Capilano Review, dANDelion, filling station, iamb, memewar, Queen Street Quarterly, The Vancouver Review and West Coast Line. He has one book of poetry Transversals for Orpheus & the untitled 1-13. He is concurrently at work on Rogue Cells, the fourth part of his speculative surrealist novella tetralogy The Chaos Suite.

Stephen Collis

Poet and critic Stephen Collis is the author of two books of poetry, Mine and Anarchive (nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), and numerous essays and studies including: Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism. A member of the Kootenay School of Writing collective, he also edited Companions & Horizons: An Anthology of Simon Fraser University Poetry.

Susan Cormier

Susan Cormier’s work has been shortlisted for the CBC's National Literary Award in Poetry, and has won awards from the Federation of B.C. Writers and the B.C. Alternative Writing and Design Competition. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Blood and Aphorisms and Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal. Her videopoems have been included in international festivals in Berlin and Montreal as well as Croatia’s Aboriginal Kaleidoscope, and in two domestic violence intervention worker training programs. She has been a representative of Western Canada on the SlamAmerica national performance poetry tour. Current writing projects include Three on the Tree, a screenplay examining the nature of memory and identity.

ryan andrew murphy

ryan andrew murphy has published essays and poetry in a number of places including Adbusters, West Coast Line and iamb; in 2004 he published a book of speculative poems "Chomper & SpLicer" – an ill-fated attempt to cross-breed the anarchistic ideas of Jack Spicer & Noam Chomsky. ryan has a degree in Linguistics and Women’s Studies and earns a living as a youth counsellor. He is currently engaged in a long-term writing project centred around consideration of genealogy and language revitalization as practices of decolonization.

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