Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist, former CBC Radio journalist and author of nine books, including the award-winning novella A Gardener on the Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, the short story collection, Missing Persons and the novellas Here Comes The Dreamer and Midsummer. Her essay “Goshawk” was Lyric Essay Award Winner in the Eastern Iowa Review, 2016, and her third novel, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, will be published in May. She’s recently completed another novel.
Bianca Lakoseljac is a published author of four trade books: two novels, Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear, a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain, and a book of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis. She holds an MA in English from York University, and is the recipient of the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature. Over a ten year period, she taught communication at Ryerson University and Humber College.
Soraya Peerbaye’s Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award.
Casey Plett wrote the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction, and is a co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy From Transgender Writers, to be released Sept 2017 from Topside Press. She has written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The New York Times ArtsBeat, The Walrus, Rookie, Plenitude, and The Winnipeg Free Press—among others. She currently serves as Publicity & Marketing Coordinator for Biblioasis Press and lives in Windsor, Ontario.