Saturday, 28 June 2008

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

Performers Bios:

Elizabeth Bachinsky was born in Regina and was raised in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States and has been translated for publication in France and China. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver where she teaches creative writing, co-hosts the Robson Reading Series, and is the poetry editor for Event magazine.

(3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage)

Godwin H. Barton - A First Nations poet, originally from the Kincolith community in B.C. A writer of poetry and prose, Godwin has published inspirational stories in the much acclaimed CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series and poetry in several anthologies. His blog: http://eagle-stalker.blogspot.com

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Allice Bernards, a professional storyteller, is a co-founder & co-host of Telling Tales monthly storytelling/poetry series, now in it's fifth year on Bowen Island. She loves to journey into the varied worlds of story ... where anything can happen ... and she welcomes listeners as her trusty companions. www.storysalt.com

(12:45 – 1:00 Main Stage)

Ross Bragg has been a storyteller ever since he had to explain to his teachers what happened to his homework. After attending Etobicoke School of the Arts, he went on to study Theatre and History at the University of Waterloo. He is currently a writer and producer for CBC Radio in Vancouver; a published short story writer, and regular at the Vancouver Story Slam.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

David Campbell: 29 cd's made...5 books published...many radio and television appearances including Mr. Dressup several times...international concert appearances...extensive singing in schools experience. Currently...112 videos on YouTube...and counting...accessible by putting "David Campbell Pretty Brown" into YouTube Search. Is a songwriter...poet...picture maker...videographer...singer...guitar player...and story teller. Has received two Life Time Achievement Awards.

(2:15 – 2:45 Children's Stage)

Sita Carboni is Executive Director and founding member of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. She has been featured throughout the Lower-mainland at various events including The World Poetry Readings Series, Word on the Street and The North Shore Writers Festival. Her poetry can be found in literary journals and e-zines including, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Blueprint Review and goodgoshalmighty.com. Her love for life has made her a mainstay in the local poetry community as a writer, reader and promoter of the arts.
(2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Kyle Christensson - Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, he moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 2000. He began writing as a hobby, which transcended into poetry. He has two published books, including IN SOLITARY CONFINMENT: REDISCOVERING THE MEANING OF LIFE.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Jabez Churchill was born in California and educated in Argentina and the U.S. He has worked as a mariner and charter skipper, a teacher of Spanish at Santa Rosa Junior College and a creative writing teacher with the California Poets in the Schools. He's been writing poetry since 1975 and has published four books: Songs of Seasons, Controlled Burn, and most recently Sleeping With Ghosts/Durmiendo con Fantasmas and The Veil by Kulupi Press. In August 2007, The Artist's Embassy International recognized Jabez Churchill's excellent work in contributing to understanding and good will between different cultures and peoples, and awarded him the Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan Multicultural Award.

( 3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage & 4:15 - 4:30 Main Stage)

Sue Cormier: Metis multimedia writer Susan Cormier has won or been shortlisted for such awards as CBC's National Literary Award, Arc Magazine's Poem of the Year, and the Federation of B.C. Writers' Literary Writes. Her writing has appeared in publications including Blood and Aphorisms New Fiction, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, West Coast Line, Arc, and two provincial anthologies. Susan has been artist-in-attendance at the herland feminist film festival, a founding editor of Rain City Review magazine, and a Western Canada representative on the SlamAmerica national performance poetry tour. Current works-in-progress include "Three on the Tree", a screenplay examining memory and identity.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

Kersti Cull has written two books of poetry, Thorns in the Wind and Singing Cactus. She has written humour and was a regular on Pause for Poetry on cable TV. Kersti has had her poetry published in magazines such as Bitterroot.

(2:15 – 2:30 Main Stage)

Jen Currin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She did her schooling at Emerson College, Bard College, and Arizona State University. Currently, she lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she teaches at Vancouver Film School and for Langara College's Continuing Studies program. She has published two books of poems: The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005) and Hagiography (Coach House Books, 2008).

(1:20 - 2:00 Community Stage & 2:45 - 3:00 Main Sage)

Anthony Dalton , FRGS, is co-Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association. He is also Past-President of the Vancouver branch. He is an accomplished public speaker and author of four non-fiction books, plus co-author of two others. His hundreds of illustrated non-fiction magazine articles have been published in 20 countries and 10 languages. His first book, WAYWARD SAILOR, in search of the real Tristan Jones, was long-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year Award in 2004. A professional expedition leader for many years, Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He is also a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Welsh Academi.
(4:40 - 5:20 Community Stage)

Mary Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland, her mother's home but grew up on Red Island, Newfoundland which had been her father's family home for generations. She has two daughters, works as a librarian in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside/Chinatown and volunteers as a Doula. Her poetry has been published in "Luluzine", "Quills", "Benches" and "The Return of the Downtown Eastside Poets". She reads with the "Twisted Poets" and the "The Downtown Eastside Poets" and works as a board member for "Pandora's Collective". In April, 2006 she worked as one of a number of community writers on a shadow puppet play on addiction in the downtown eastside under the direction of Savannah Walling (Vancouver Moving Theatre) and Rosemary Georgeson and Marie Clements (Fathom Labs). She is currently working on "Red Island Rocks"; a book of linked story-poems about Newfoundland's outport resettlement.

(1:15 – 1:45 & 4:00 – 4:30 Children's Stage)

K.C. Dyer was born in Calgary, and has lived and worked in Toronto, Seattle and Vancouver. For many years she was a teacher in public, private and Montessori schools. Currently, she lives with her children and other animals just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Her books include SEEDS OF TIME, SECRET OF LIGHT and SHADES OF RED. While awaiting the publication of two upcoming novels, (MS. ZEPHYR'S NOTEBOOK and A WALK THROUGH THE WINDOW) kc is hard at work on the first novel in a new series of stories set in the United Kingdom.

(2:45 – 3:15 Children's Stage)

Farm Team (Matt Kennedy -guitar, mandolin, vox, Hugh Ellenwood -fiddle, vox, Cam Salay -banjo, bass, vox)

(5:15 – 5:45 Main Stage)

Trina Ferguson (performing with Night and Day Dance): In recent years, Trina Ferguson has spent time in the spoken word and open mike community. She has had several poems and stories published and is now taking on the guitar. This year Trina also performed with Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre and is continuing with acting classes. In the fall of 2007, with the help of a few friends, she made a short film about the time she ran for mayor of Vancouver. Trina is happy to be a part of the Summer Dream Reading Festival once again this year.

(6:40 – 7:00 Main Stage)

Mary Gavin: Raised in the Celtic countries of Scotland and Ireland, I wanted to be a singer but my family threatened to disown me if I sang in public. Thus, I learnt the traditional stories from my grandparents. I weave Celtic traditions with currents events and lace them together with humour.

(4:45 – 5:00 Main Stage)

Lucia Gorea, Ph.D. - Originally from Transylvania, she is the founder and creator of the award-winning group POETRY AROUND THE WORLD. An award-winning poet and a widely published writer, Lucia is the author of several books, including JOURNEY THROUGH MY SOUL and SPEAK ENGLISH FOR SUCCESS.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Heidi Greco lives in South Surrey and works as an editor, instructor, and organizer of readings. Poetry books from Vancouver's Anvil Press include Siren Tattoo and Rattlesnake Plantain. Her poems, reviews and fiction have appeared in many magazines and anthologies -- most recently in Crossing Lines (Seraphim Editions). She lives in South Surrey, and is the mother of adult sons.

(3:10 - 4:10 Community Stage)

Shelley Haggard has had several poems published in anthologies and e-magazines. She won second place in the poetry.com's 2002 convention in LA. She has had a poem turned into a skit performed by the Abbotsford Children's Theatre. She won second place in the 2008 Elora Writer's Festival Writing Competition and has two poems currently short-listed in the West End Writer's Contest. She is secretary, event coordinator and web-minder for the MSA Poets Potpourri Society in the Fraser Valley . She works as a house painter and enjoys photography and water-colour painting. View her video poems at www.youtube.com/shelleyhaggardpoems. Read more at www.poetspotpourrisociety.com

(5:45 – 6:00 Main Stage)

Joelene Heathcote has an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Published internationally, she has received many awards for writing including ARC Magazine's Poem of the Year; THIS Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt; and most recently, The Florida Review Editor's Choice Award. Her book of poetry titled What's Between Us Can't Be Heard (Ekstasis Editions, 2002) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award. She is at work on a new collection titled, The Alienation Effect.

(1:20 - 2:20 Community Stage)

Hi Rise Dex and the Stellar Jays is a Vancouver roots country jazz influenced group formed in 1995. The core of the band is the leadership of Kempton Dexter, aka Hi-rise Dex, the band's writer, singer and guitarist. The band's choice of cover and original songs ranges from rollicking up-tempo country stomps to quiet jazz influenced songs about the wonder of love and attraction, love found and love lost. Dexter's songs present an honest look at life lived, the complexities of relationships and the absurdities of the human condition. Hi-Rise Dex and the Stellar jays have played many of Vancouver's original music venues including the WISE Hall, the Railway Club, the Press Club, the Pic, El-Cocal, the Whip, and the Silvertone. The group's CD was independently released in April 2000. (Kempton Dexter -vocals, guitar, banjo, Michel Drouin -vocals, bass, Bryan Siiver -percussion, drums.)

(1:45 – 2:15 Main Stage)

Christy Hill - Originally from the Eastern Townships in Quebec , Christy grew up in a rustic log cabin in a remote landscape where only a few channels flickered on a black and white screen. Combined with an alternative education this way of living provided Christy with ample time to look inward and develop creatively which she holds close to her heart today. Writing continues to provide the perfect outlet for her ambitious imagination and combines her love of sound and language. She is constantly searching for the depth that literature provides. In her extra time Christy can be found writing short fiction and poetry. She participates in The Word Whips Writing Series, Word Whips The North Shore Edition and also runs a bi-weekly writing group, The Cellar Door. She can be found making her foray into the Vancouver writing scene at open mics and readings. Writing ties in nicely with Christy's small business, Chill Factor Communications. She creates editorial illustrations, graphic design and web sites. Her illustration work has graced many fine North American newspapers and magazines. (12:30 – 12:45 Main Stage)

Ibrahin Honjo - Originally from the former Yogoslavia, he has published nine books including, DO NOT WRITE THIS DOWN and ROOTS IN THE STONE. He won several prizes for his poetry and worked as a journalist. Ibrahim is the founder and host of the POETRY PLANET group in Port Moody.

(7:00– 7:15 Main Stage)

Brian Kaufman is a writer, editor, and publisher and has been active in the

publishing community for twenty years. He was a founding board member of BCAMP

(B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers), and has also served as a director of

the ABPBC (Association of Book Publishers of B.C.) and the Literary Press Group

of Canada. Mr. Kaufman has mentored numerous publishing interns over the years,

given his time freely as a guest speaker and a participant at countless

publishing seminars, classes, and public events.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kaufman has seen over 80 books and 50 issues

of subTerrain into print and has served as the Executive Director of the

subTerrain Literary Collective Society since its inception in 1988.

(4:40 – 5:20 Community Stage)

Zoë Landale divides her time between Vancouver and Pender Island. She has six books out. The most recent book of poetry, "Once a Murderer," is published by Wolsak & Wynn Press. She teaches creative writing at Kwantlen University College. Her work has won significant awards in three genres, including a National Magazine Gold for memoir and first in the 2003 CBC Literary Competition for poetry.

(3:10 - 4:10 Community Stage)

Evelyn Lau, poet, short-story writer, novelist (b at Vancouver 2 July 1971). An award-winning student, Evelyn Lau's first work was published when she was in her early teens. Parental objections to her choice of pursuing a career as a writer led her to run away at age 14. She spent 2 years on the streets of Vancouver, during which time she twice attempted suicide and became involved in prostitution and drug abuse. At 17, Lau recorded her experiences in her first book, the bestselling Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (1989), later made into a CBC movie called The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Similar territory is covered in her first collection of poetry, You Are Not Who You Claim (1990), recipient of the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award. A second memoir, Inside Out, was published in 2001. Like much of her poetry, Lau's short fiction, Fresh Girls and Other Stories (1993) and Choose Me (1999), depicts a dark world of sexual obsession, dominance and dependency. Lau's novel Other Women (1995) recounts a young artist's unconsummated love affair with an older married man, and its aftermath. In 1992, Lau became the youngest poet ever to receive a GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD nomination, for Oedipal Dreams. She has published two subsequent collections of poetry, In the House of Slaves (1994) and Treble (2005).

(12:10 - 12:30 Main Stage)

Fiona Lehn is a Vancouver-based writer, teacher, musician and editor. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and years of experience in teaching English, writing, and ESL. Over the past 15 years, Fiona has performed her original music across the U.S., produced 5 independent CDs, and consulted with independent artists via her record label/artist support company, Droidfingers Music. In her native California, Fiona co-founded the feminist street theatre group Hermits and Guerrillas and worked with at-risk teens in arts-based alternative education settings. Fiona is currently acting Associate Editor of online magazine Suite101.com. She volunteers with Room Magazine and the Editors Association of Canada's BC chapter. Her first novella, The Assignment of Runner ETI, won third place in the 2008 Writers of the Future international speculative fiction contest.

(4:40 – 5:20 Community Stage)

Bernice Lever of Bowen Island is a prize winning poet & has a dozen poetry & prose books. Many are narratives. www.colourofwords.com

(12:45 – 1:00 & 6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

James Lewis is President of the Burnaby Writers Societ. James has written poetry and performed his poetry with music, Oceandrums. He has written and produced a play, Mud Man, that was well received. James has written one novel, Lake Else, and has just finished his second, Light in the Shining Heavens.

(2:15 – 2:30 Main Stage)

Irene Livingston received the Leacock Award for Poetry, and her novel/memoir is being considered for publication. She has two Finklehopper Frogs books out (Tricycle Press) with the possibility of a third upcoming. www.irenelivs.com

(3:00 – 3:15 Main Stage)

James McCann: Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, James McCann spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of these hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. He is the author of Rancour (first released in 2005 with a second edition due in 2008), Pyre (2007), and Dawn (Christmas 2008). Before turning to mentoring youth in creative writing, he worked in a children's bookstores for seven years. Unlike the creatures of the night of which he writes, he lives peacefully in the daylight with his Shih Tzu, Conan. You can learn more about him at www.jamesmccann.info.

(3:15 – 3:45 Children's Stage)

Bill McNamara is a Storyteller and Poet from Vancouver. He was the Story Slam Champ of Vancouver from '05 to '06 and is presently the city's oldest Slam Poet. He is also the host/organizer of Thundering Word, Vancouver's Finest Open Mic. Since the passing over a year ago of it's originator, the late, great T-Paul Ste.Marie, Bill, and his co-host Wanda-Sue Nowicki have kept this wonderful event going strong. He still performs at various events and festivals around town and in the Fraser Valley.

(4:00 – 4:15 Main Stage)

Melic Thrum (Chad York -vocals, bass, Mike Peacock -vocals, piano, Ryan Drolet - guitar, Alex McFarlane - drums) "This crew blends funk, soul, rock, jazz and every other thing into its 12-song disc and it's classy. Besides knowing how to write songs, both writers are fine singers too. ", Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province. www.melicthrum.com

(3:30 – 4:00 Main Stage)

Alejandro Mujica-Olea, ex-political prisoner, originally from Chile, Poet Laureate nominee for New Westminster. Author of six books and co-founder of The World Poetry Reading Series and Radio Show.

(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Gordon Mumford

(6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

Night and Day Dance: Diane Garceau & David Yates (dancers), Trina Ferguson (narrator). Night and Day Dance is a husband and wife duo that has been teaching and performing dance at corporate and community events since 2005. Their insatiable curiosity for all things movement means you never know what to expect. You might see anything from swing, ballroom, the circus arts, martial arts or all of those combined and you might suddenly find yourselves dancing. In recent years, Trina Ferguson has spent time in the spoken word and open mike community. She has had several poems and stories published and is now taking on the guitar. This year Trina also performed with Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre and is continuing with acting classes. In the fall of 2007, with the help of a few friends, she made a short film about the time she ran for mayor of Vancouver. Trina is happy to be a part of the Summer Dream Reading Festival once again this year.
(6:40 – 7:00 Main Stage)


Bonnie Nish
is Executive Director and founding member of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. A captivating storyteller, Bonnie allows us to see the world in a slightly unique way, presenting a refreshing view of life through her poetry. Published widely throughout North America you may view some of her work (both poetry, prose and book reviews) in the anthologies, "Undercurrents," and "Quills," and on-line at luluzine.com, hackwriters.com and greenboathouse.com. In September 2001, Bonnie's poem "Don Quixote's Love Song," a grand prize winner in the Artist's Embassy International Dancing Poetry Contest, was performed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Bonnie has her BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.

(2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Marni Norwich has been presenting her poetry on Vancouver stages for the past five years, sometimes with the accompaniment of an ensemble of dancers, choreographers, and musicians called Bad Poetry. She works as an independent journalist and writer/editor with her business, Inkcat Media (inkcatmedia.com). Marni recently published her first collection of poetry, Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press, Vancouver).

(1:20 - 2:00 & 5:20 – 5:40 Community Stage)

Ben Nuttall-Smith

(6:15 – 6:30 Main Stage)

Ivan Penaluna: Host of the Vancouver Story Slam, Ivan Penaluna, takes his proud Lancastrian heritage and turns it into a series of disturbing stereotypes for rooms full of comfortable Canadians. Ivan Penaluna, originally from Preston, Lancashire - home of the black pudding & indiscriminate drunken beating-, now lives in Vancouver with his wife, Anna & son, Otto. Ivan started out as a performance poet, before branching out into comedy in 1999. Penaluna had a glittering career in the Intelligence Services ahead of him, until a scandal involving a girl with a bare botty in a Bogota hotel ended it abruptly. Since then he has been traveling the world divulging state secrets for sometimes the price of a large brandy.
(7:15 – 7:35 Main Stage)

Shannon Rayne is a performance poet and story teller approaching the stage with a softer touch than what is traditionally associated with Spoken Word Poetry. Known for her 'quiet fire', Shannon passionately discusses difficult subjects with a sensitive and feminine sensibility. Her writing topics range from messy kitchens and messier love, to drug addictions and her own addictive obsession with 80s pop star Corey Hart. She was a member of the 2006 Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team and of the Young Lungs Dance Exchange contributing improvised spoken word to collaborative performances of music, dance and poetry. Shannon is the author of 'Letting it Pile', a one-act poetic play about her ongoing relationship with her dirty dishes, produced by Sarasvati Productions. She has recently relocated to Vancouver from the prairies and can be found facilitating and running various
writing/performance workshops in the DTES and through Word Play.
(6:00 – 6:15 Main Stage)

Ariadne Sawyer, Creativity and creative dreaming consultant, ghost writer and promoter. Author of three books and seven CDʼs, Co-founder of The World Poetry Reading Series and Radio Show, World Poetry and Jazz events.

(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Jordan Scott: Originally from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jordan Scott now wanders between the Pacific and the Shield. Jordan's first book of poetry, Silt (New Star Books), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the fall of 2006, Jordan worked on the final sections of blert while acting as a writer in residence at the International Writers' and Translators'Centre in Rhodes,Greece. Jordan spends the spring and summer slinging canoes at Pitt Lake, the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America.

(1:20 - 2:20 Community Stage)

Lisa Shatzky: Lisa Shatzky's poetry has been published in chapbooks, anthologies, and magazines across Canada and the U.S. . Most recently, Shatzky's poetry has been accepted for publication in The Sun (U.S.), Prairie Fire, and Ascent (U.S.), and has been published in The Dalhousie Review (2008), The Antigonish Review (2008), B.C. Insight(2007), Canadian Woman Studies (2007), Cahoots Magazine (2006), and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine (2006). Shatzky's vivd and energetic work offers the reader an entrancing view of the existential questions that weave themselves into the fabric of our lives. Shatzky's first poetry book "Wandering in Yesterday's Rain" was self published in 2005 (First Choice Books) and widely sold across British Columbia. A second poetry book is being considered by a Canadian publisher for 2009. When not writing, Lisa Shatzky works as a family therapist on Bowen Island where she lives with her family and a large assortment of animals. She can be reached at wolfsong@telus.net

(12:45 – 1:00 Main Stage)

Wayne Smith has written about 50 short, true, recollections of his past. He has has lived in Deep Cove all but five of his fifty-seven years and is a member of the North Shore Writers Association and co-host of Dare To Be Heard open mike at Mollie Nye House in Lynn Valley. He enjoys meeting new people and welcoming the ideas they bring.
(4:30 – 4:45 Main Stage)

Emily Snee has been telling stories since she could speak, frequently "lying" to all those who would listen to her. Since she started performing slam poetry in January of this year she has found a great many more people are listening to her. As time has passed her writing style has changed and "hopefully", she says, "improved." Emily has many dreams and aspirations for the future, but she is convinced that her life will continue to include Slam poetry and other forms of written expression.

(6:00 – 6:15 Main Stage)

Trevor Spilchen

(1:00 - 1:15 Main Stage & 2:50 - 3:10 Community)

Joyce Statton poetry has appeared in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Room of One's Own and the 2005 & 2007 Surrey International Writers' Contest anthologies. (2:30 – 2:45 Main Stage)

Tiffany Stone is a children's poet from Maple Ridge, BC. Her first collection of humorous verse, Floyd the Flamingo and his flock of friends (Tradewind Books, 2004), received critical acclaim from, among others, Helen Norrie of the Winnipeg Free Press who declared "…Stone has a delightful sense of the ridiculous…." Tiffany's newest book of poetry, Baaaad Animals (Tradewind Books, 2006), is full of rhymes about sheep that steal, sneaky slugs and other naughty creatures. When she isn't busy playing with words, editing picture books or visiting schools and libraries, Tiffany can be found hanging out with her three kids and sometimes even her husband. You can visit her online at www.tiffanystone.ca.

(1:45 – 2:15 Children's Stage)

Addena Sumter-Freitag, 7th generation Afro Canadian, World poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner and World Poetry Ambassador to Jamaica. Poet, writer and actress who has performed across Canada including Women in Film.
(1:15 – 1:30 Main Stage)

Max Tell: Dubbed the international troubadour by the Vancouver International Children's Festival, Robert Stelmach, a.k.a. Max Tell, has toured the Pacific Rim five times as a singer and storyteller. In 2007 his story, Fiezo, the Book Burro, was runner-up for the Writing for Children Competition sponsored by the Writers' Union of Canada. Max's fourth CD and audio book, Little Johnny Small and Other Stories, in English and with Spanish translations, is now available. Recently, he conducted workshops at the Williams Lake Young Writers' Conference and the Burnaby and Surrey Historica Fares. www.maxtell.ca.

(4:30 – 5:00 Children's Stage)

Tickle Trunk Players (Festival performers: Kari Winters & Lori Sherritt): The Tickle Trunk Players have been delighting audiences in BC for five years with the support of ING Direct! Their unique blend of theatre and education is highly engaging and interactive. The Players are skilled storytellers, writers, performers and educators. Whether singing about being 'Hooked on Hockey', telling stories about chickens who compete in the Olympics or presenting plays featuring 'Meaning Messers' and 'Cowboy Wizards', the Tickle Trunk Players are sure to capture your imagination! They have performed at more than 300 schools and festivals including the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Word on the Street Festival, the Esquimalt Storytelling Festival and CelticFest. The Players feature Kari-Lynn Winters author of the picture book "Jeffrey and Sloth" (Orca Book Publishers 2007) and PhD student at UBC , Lori Sherritt-Fleming who has performed on international stages as Anne in "Anne of Green Gables" and the Snow Queen in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," and Maryse Schembri who has been a professional musician and puppeteer for over two decades. For more information see www.tickletrunkplayers.com.

(5:00 – 5:30 Children's Stage)

Fernanda Viveiros: Executive Director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers, Fernanda has worked in journalism, editing, magazine design and book publishing for nearly twenty years. She was the founding publisher and managing editor of The Steveston Phoenix, and continues to freelance for a number of Portuguese-Canadian publications. A co-organizer of the RAW Exchange Reading Series, Fernanda has provided publicity services to dozens of publishing houses across Canada and is committed to highlighting the achievements of BC authors.

(4:40 - 5:20 Community Stage)

George McWhirter: On March 8, 2007 George McWhirter, Professor Emeritus of UBC's Creative Writing Program, was named the City of Vancouver's inaugural Poet Laureate. A Vancouver resident since 1968, George McWhirter was born in Belfast where he received his B.A. from Queen's University. His extensive teaching experience has taken him from Kilkeel, Bangor, County Down to the University of Barcelona's Escuela de Idiomas, to Port Alberni and finally to UBC, where he was Head of the UBC Creative Writing Department from 1983 until 1993 and where he earned a Killam Prize for teaching. An author of six books of poetry, two poetic works in translation, five short stories and three novels, McWhirter has been the Advisory Editor for PRISM international magazine and has edited several anthologies.

(1:00 - 1:20 & 3:10 - 3:50 Community Stage)

Eva Waldauf: In 2004 Eva started reading at open mic events. One of her first poetry reading experiences was at Chapters First Tuesdays Assembly of Poets hosted by Shulamit Joffre. Eva has read at Pandora's Collective's Twisted Poets Literary Salon and at open mics at: the Mutanabbi St. Memorial on August 24 (Crow Upstart Books), at AfricaDey on Sept 2 and at the final Upstart Crow Reading Series January 25, 2008. Eva was a scheduled reader at Summer Dream Reading Festival in 2006. She was interviewed and read her poetry on Coop Radio's World Poetry Café Sept 4, 2007. She had a poem chosen for the Poets and Painters Show March 29- April 27 2008. Eva continues to create visual art, curate exhibitions and exhibits her art regularly in Vancouver. She reads at the Poetry Slam Monday evenings and at Thundering Word at the Café Monmartre every 1st /3rd Sundays. Eva will have a poem published in the upcoming poetry compilation Immortal Verses.

(4:00 – 4:15 Main Stage)

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com