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Marc Arellano is a past recipient of the Lilian I. Found award for poetry and placed second in the Ottawa Valley Book Festival poetry contest. His creative writing has been included in literary journals such as Tree, The Antigonish Review, Arc, Zymergy and the New Canadian Review.

Leslie Barnwell was born in Victoria and moved to the Kispiox Valley in 1974 where she has worked as a teacher, visual artist and writer. She has two grown daughters.

Ken Belford, recipient of three Canada Council writing grants, has been included in several collections of Canadian verse. His work has been published by Talon Books in Vancouver, Caitlin Press in Prince George, and in Modern Canadian and American Poetry (New York).

Roger Benham is a colour photographer specializing in countryside scenes. Originally from England and strongly influenced by the East Anglian School of Art, he emigrated to Canada in 1974 and became further influenced by the Group of Seven. His photographs derive from extensive travels across Canada and the British Isles. He lives high above the Bulkley Valley north of Quick.

Leanne Boschman-Epp was born in Saskatoon and lived in a small prairie town until she was eighteen. She has since lived in Prince George, Victoria, Denman Island and Terrace. Five years in Liberia and Botswana sparked an interest in how the process of globalization is reflected in world literature. Her own poems tend to be about landscape, family relationships and everyday spiritual struggles. She would like to write more devotional poetry.

Tom Buri grew up in Michigan, graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in English, and farmed in Vermont before homesteading in Telegraph Creek in the early seventies. He went to law school at UBC and began practicing in Smithers in 1981 where he has lived since. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. He has published an Annotated Bibliography on the Stikine River Country and Its People and is working on an historical novel set in the Stikine area.

Gillian Campbell grew up in Quebec and spent four years in north Ontario in the early seventies. Since 1980 she has lived in Terrace, where she was children’s librarian for 14 years. She is currently working on her first novel.

Lorne Clarke is always looking for ways to express himself with his camera. While he enjoys commercial photography, he is constantly studying light and how it plays across landscape. When he’s free from deadlines, he heads out to the countryside with cameras and his faithful dog, Rosion, to paint the day away with film.

Alec Deas lives near Smithers and enjoys rivers, deserts, snow and cutting firewood. He uses the Smithers Photo Club darkroom to produce his prints and usually makes pictures resembling still life paintings.

Angela Dorsey is a writer and forestry assistant living in Terrace. The Crossing Dance is her first short story. An active member of the Terrace writers’ guild, Angela is working on a children’s novel.

Paul Dwyer is a graphic designer. He is an artist and percussionist drawing his inspiration from the patterns and rhythms he finds in nature. The inch is his first foray into poetry which is proving to be fertile ground for his creativity.

Jeanie Elsner resides in Smithers. A confirmed bibliophile, she can be found at the local library, bookstores, or at her kitchen table proofreading a manuscript. Her poetry lives in the bottoms of drawers, along with hairpins, green pennies and paint stains.

Edward Epp lives in Prince Rupert and works as an instructor for NWCC. His paintings have been celebrated in both national and international shows and galleries. The poem, Kincolith, accompanied an exhibit of watercolour paintings entitled Kincolith: A Painter’s Diary (1998), a visual chronicle of one year’s participation by the artist within a Nisga’a community.

Brydon Giesbrecht lives in the Bulkley Valley with his wife, Holly, and three children, Hayley, Mabel, and Isaac. He works as an industrial partsman at a local sawmill. Somehow he finds the time to write poetry.

Megan Hobson, born in Melbourne, Australia, moved to the Bulkley Valley in 1988. She is printmaker and weaver.

Ross Hoffman lives in the Bulkley Valley. His professional work is in the field of education. He has spent the last 25 years working with and learning from First Nations people. His poem is a reflection of what he has learned through an Arapaho and Cree tradition of fasting.

Grace Hols writes stories from her home in Houston. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter and feature writer. In 1998-99 she compiled a history of Houston, published as Marks of a Century.

Taisa Jenne was brought up in the Smithers area and grows more aware of her connection to the Driftwood Valley in her movements to and from. A musical upbringing and an early love of words fed her imagination and imbued in her a fascination with language, rhythm and story.

Emily Kendy was born in Vancouver and grew up in Smithers. After graduating from high school, she worked and travelled in Europe for a year and while enrolled in the journalism program at Langara College in Vancouver, volunteered for a local radio station and published her own ‘zine called Word of Mouth.

Myron Kozak grew up in Saskatchewan but lived most of his adult life in BC including ten years in Smithers. Myron’s motto was to capture the light, and he could do this with any subject matter. He contributed his work and gave his time generously to many people and projects helping to protect the land he loved. He was doing so on the day in 1995 that an airplane crash took his life.

Iain Lawrence writes novels for young readers. His first, The Wreckers, was the winner of the 1999 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and a nominee for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best children’s mystery. He is an avid sailor and the author of two non-fiction books about northern BC. After 17 years on the north coast, he is moving to Gabriola Island.

Some of George Loset’s earliest and brightest memories are of being outside. Out of that collective experience, out of emotion and metaphor has come the attempt to bridge language and landscape. He writes for recreation and discovery rather than as a means to an alternate vocation.

Judy McCloskey has lived and worked in Terrace for the past nine years. Before that she lived in the Northwest Territories for over ten years where she fished commercially on Great Slave Lake. She is the mother of one teenage daughter and three cats. She began writing fairly recently.

Alex Merrill lives and writes in Hazelton. She has previously been published in Event and in various non-fiction magazines.

Ruth Murdoch is an art therapist in private practice in Smithers. She lives, writes and gardens in the countryside nearby.

Val Napoleon is currently studying law at the University of Victoria. She has worked as a consultant, specializing in health, education, and justice issues in northern B.C., and served on the boards of School District 88 and the Legal Services Society of B.C. She is on the board of the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Studies.

Ted Nugent attended the Western Pacific Academy of Photography in 1991. Ted’s graduating portfolio contained images of decisive moments from his social and environmental experiences and received the Ted Grant Award for Photojournalism. In 1995 Ted put away his equipment due to environmental concerns and is presently researching the medium of digital photography.

Mark Perry is a songwriter from Smithers and has performed on stages from Regina to Prince Rupert. His writing is influenced by life in small town northwest BC.

Sheila Peters was born in Powell River. Since moving to Smithers in 1977, she has worked as a journalist, weaver, human rights activist, and English instructor. Her writing has been published in Grain, A Room of One’s Own, NeWest Review, and Event. Her first book, Canyon Creek: a script, was published in 1998.

Alan Pickard lives in the Smithers area, but grew up in New Zealand. There have been occasional sojourns to other places: Kitimat, the Middle East, Saskatchewan. For some reason working with electricity and writing are central in his life. Must be words are just as vague as concepts.

Catherine Quanstrom lives in Smithers. She is a communications consultant, a sometimes English instructor, and (occasionally) a creative writer.

Heather Ramsay is always looking. She works for the Sierra Club of BC and lives in Smithers. She is currently working on a book about a roadhouse in the outback of Australia.

Nancy Robertson is a writer/photographer who lives in Prince Rupert. Her photographs have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and books, including Gallerie: Women’s Art, Photo Life and Camera Canada, and exhibited in museums, national and international exhibitions and a solo exhibition in the Richmond Art Gallery. Her stories and poems have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies.

Jean Rysstad has lived in Prince Rupert since 1975. She has published two collections of short fiction, Travelling In (Oolichan, 1990) and Home Fires, (Harbour, 1997) and her work has appeared in anthologies such as American Fiction, Uncommon Waters, Meltwater, and West by Northwest. She is currently living in Vancouver, doing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

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