Main Faculty – June 7th through 10th
ELIZA ROBERTSON's 2014 debut collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize, and selected as a New York Times editor's choice book. Her critically acclaimed first novel, Demi-Gods, was published by Penguin Canada and Bloomsbury U.K. in 2017 and was a Globe & Mail and National Post book of the year. She studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the Man Booker Scholarship and Curtis Brown Prize. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. Originally from Vancouver Island, Eliza lives in Montreal.
TYEE BRIDGE’s essays and features on ecology, myth, and alternative culture have received four National Magazine Awards and seven Western Magazine Awards. His nonfiction has appeared in many regional and national publications including The Globe & Mail, Swerve, and The Walrus. Tyee is the founder of literary nonfiction house Nonvella Publishing— which has published short books by Timothy Taylor, Duncan McCue and Carlyn Zwarenstein among others— and Arclight Media, which assists thought leaders with custom publishing opportunities. He has taught feature writing at Capilano University, Langara College, and UBC. He is the co-author, with Joel Solomon, of the 2017 book The Clean Money Revolution.
JENNICA HARPER is a Vancouver-based TV writer and producer whose hour-long credits include the current hit crime drama Cardinal (CTV/Hulu), ABC summer thriller Somewhere Between, and popular crime drama Motive (CTV/USA). Her half-hour credits include Some Assembly Required (YTV/Netflix), Mr. Young (YTV/Disney XD), and tween adventure series Reboot: The Guardian Code. She has numerous projects in development, including a comedy series for Canadian music icon Jann Arden (Project 10 Productions). Jennica has won a WGC Award for Screenwriting and a Leo Award, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. She is also a poet with three published books, the most recent being Wood (Anvil Press, 2013). twitter.com/jennicaharper
Check out this podcast interview with Jennica: 49degnorthwriters.libsyn.com
MIRIAM LIBICKI's book of drawn essays, Toward a Hot Jew, published by Fantagraphics, was named a Forbes Magazine Top 10 graphic novel of 2016 and received the 2017 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. Miriam’s short comics have been published by Alternate History Comics, Rutgers University Press, and the Journal of Jewish Identities, and her Israeli Army memoir jobnik! has been used in over a dozen university courses. She teaches illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, and was the 2017 Writer in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library. Miriam lives in Coquitlam, BC.
Check out Pat’s radio show here: www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat
MARCUS YOUSSEF is one of Canada’s leading contemporary playwrights and the 2017 recipient of the prestigious national Siminovitch Prize for Theatre. His more than a dozen plays have been produced at dozens of theatres and festivals across North America, Europe and Australia, from Seattle to New York to Reykjavik to London to Sydney to Berlin. They are published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press. Other awards include the 2017 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, the Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award, the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, the Vancouver Critic’s Choice Award (three times) a Seattle Times Footlight Award, as well as numerous local awards in cities across Canada. www.marcusyoussef.com/
Leanne Dunic – Performance for Writers & The Poetry of Song
LEANNE DUNIC is a multi-disciplinary, trans-media artist. She is the author of the 2017 book of lyric prose, To Love the Coming End (BookThug/Chin Music Press), and composer/performer of the book's companion album, To Love the Coming End of the World. In 2015, she won the Alice Munro Short Story Contest. Her visual art has been displayed in galleries in Japan, Singapore and Canada. Leanne is the Artistic Director for Powell Street Festival Society, a Japanese Canadian arts and culture organization, and is the singer/guitarist of the Vancouver band The Deep Cove. www.leannedunic.com/
ZSUZSI GARTNERis the author of the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth, editor of the award-winning Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her second book, Better Living through Plastic Explosives, was a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist. She’s won National Magazine Awards for Fiction, most recently in 2016. Zsuzsi has taught MFA students at the University of British Columbia, and mentored fiction & non-fiction writers through the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was the inaugural Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellow for Cork, Ireland for 2016. Zsuzsi created Writers Adventure Camp in 2014. She lives in Vancouver.www.zsuzsigartner.com
Photo Credit: Catherine Kirwan