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Patricia Smith

Patricia Jean Smith holds an MA from the University of British Columbia in Comparative Religions. She is the author of The Golf Widow’s Revenge, a humorous book on golf, Double Bind, a novella and A Song for My Daughter. She lives on Vancouver Island.

J. Mark Smith

J. Mark Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Edmonton. After twenty-five years of living in other places, including southern California and Toronto, Smith recently returned to his home-town of Edmon- ton to teach in the English department at Grant MacEwan College.

Smith’s poems and creative non-fiction pieces have been published in literary journals and magazines. Notes For A Rescue Narrative is his first book of poems. He holds a doctorate in English from UC Irvine, and has published scholarly articles on nineteenth and twentieth century poetry and poetics. He lives with his wife, Jennifer Stewart, and their dog, Jasper, near the North Saskatchewan river valley.

Gordon Sombrowski

Gordon Sombrowski began writing in secret at the age of eight when he wrote a 6-page story about Catherine the Great. Forty-one years later his husband Kevin pushed him out of the writer’s closet and into submitting a story; it was published. He has written numerous short stories, some of which are published as What Echo Heard. Gordon is working on his second novel, the first sits on his bookshelf daring him to send it to a publisher. When not writing he helps guide his family’s business and volunteers in the community with emphasis on the arts in Calgary, Alberta and Fernie, British Columbia.

Visit Gordon online at www.gordonsombrowski.ca.

Valerie Stetson

Valerie Stetson was born in Alberta and grew up in British Columbia. She studied English at the University of Victoria. Stetson's first book, a collection of short stories called The Year I Got Impatient, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. The title story also received The Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award. Her second book, a collection of poems called Living In Gravity, was nominated for a ReLit Award. Her articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She lives in Kelowna.

Visit Valerie at the Writers' Union of Canada

Joanna Streetly

Joanna Streetly was born in Trinidad, W.I., and educated in England. She moved to the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1990, where she lives on a floathouse in Clayoquot Sound and works as a freelance writer, illustrator, editor and kayak guide. For seven years she was married to a Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver, and forged many links to the local First Nations community.

Visit Joanna's website or at the Clayoquot Writers Group.