AVALON BOURNE is a writer of fiction, currently at work on her first novel. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, a certificate in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Professional Writing and Business Communication from Simon Fraser University. | @avalonbourne

DAYNA MAHANNAH is a Canadian writer, remotely-based in British Columbia. She has worked at Adbusters Media Foundation, as contributing editor at BeatRoute Magazine, and as a reporter for a local newspaper in Ghana. After graduating from SFU’s The Writers Studio, Dayna co-founded the reading event, SPiEL. She has self-published a book of poetry about climate change anxiety, and is writing her first book of non-fiction. |

DIANNE CARRUTHERS has worked as an independent writer, director, and producer in documentary film with the CBC. She won both a Leo and a Golden Sheaf award for the documentary film Abandon Ship. Dianne works as a story consultant in screenplay and fiction and is currently writing a novel. | @lady7dianne

E. HIROKO ISOMURA is a writer and multi-disciplinary artist. In 2021, she was named Room Magazine‘s emerging writer of the year and won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing In The Margins contest for creative non-fiction in 2019.  Her non-fiction, poetry, and fiction writing appear in Briarpatch, Room Magazine, and Poetry is Dead, among other publications. | @ericahiroko

FELIX WONG is a Chinese-Canadian writer who has lived half his life in Vancouver and half in Hong Kong. His stories appear in PRISM International, The Sun, and Ricepaper. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio and an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. |

RORY is a nerd and a writer. He grew up reading the beats, existentialists, and Tolkien. He is a movie buff and plays story-centric video games. His stories tend towards light speculative fiction with a literary influence. He holds a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, is a graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio, and has completed UBC’s Games Writing Certificate.

SPENCER LUCAS OAKES is a writer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His work appears in Maisonneuve and PRISM International. Currently at the University of British Columbia working towards an MFA, Spencer also attended The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser. |

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