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Performer Bios - 2010

Judith M. Atkinson

posted Aug 20, 2010, 1:21 AM by Kim Nayyer   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 1:50 AM ]

Judith M. Atkinson is a Canadian artist with an extensive exhibition record and studio practice. She is an Honours graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and with ECIAD in Florence, Italy. Judith works in a variety of media, oil, acrylic, collage and mixed media and created sculptures with non-traditional materials such as ironing boards. She can work in a variety scale formats and has created a suite of large scale paintings for Robson Square Conference Centre and large multi- media installations such as Sacred Ground Skin & Bones and Radiant Pressed Memories.
Judith has won numerous private and public commissions and is in a variety of private and corporate collections.

Heidi Greco

posted Aug 20, 2010, 1:15 AM by Kim Nayyer

Heidi Greco Heidi Greco’s poems and reviews have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including A Verse Map of Vancouver (2009). Collections of her work include Rattlesnake Plantain, Siren Tattoo and A: The Amelia Poems (Lipstick Press, 2009), a chapbook about aviator Amelia Earhart. Heidi co-ordinates a reading series for the Community Arts Council of White Rock and District. She also leads courses in developing one’s poems (Surrey Writing School) and participates in writing workshops at Matsqui Penitentiary. She keeps an occasional blog at www.outonthebiglimb.blogspot.com.

Christopher Levenson

posted Aug 20, 2010, 1:08 AM by Kim Nayyer

Christopher Levenson is a poet, critic, translator, editor and adjunct Professor of English at Carleton University. clevenson@shaw.ca

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy

posted Aug 20, 2010, 12:54 AM by Kim Nayyer

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is the President of Social Media Club of Vancouver and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change.

Her flagship blog, raincoaster.com, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver ’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to seven different sites.

Daniel Zomparelli

posted Aug 20, 2010, 12:30 AM by Kim Nayyer   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 12:31 AM ]

Daniel Zomparelli is the editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine. He currently runs the Community Creative Writing Project for Megaphone Magazine. He is on the editorial board of Geist and formerly worked at Adbusters magazine. His work has been published and is forthcoming in magazines and anthologies across Canada . He is currently completing his first manuscript of poetry.

Steve Locke

posted Aug 20, 2010, 12:21 AM by Kim Nayyer

Steve Locke is an ambitious young writer who carries a BIG pen and an even BIGGER journal, both of which he hopes to grow into if he keeps up with his mother's advice to work hard and always eat his brussels sprouts.

Alex Winstanley

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:41 PM by Kim Nayyer

Alex Winstanley 23-year-old Alex, a Vancouverite and student of literature at UBC, has published his first bilingual compilation of poems called "The Colours of Dystopia", in Spanish and English. Alex is interested in the nature of poetry and its role in modern society.

Clint “Father Goose” Wilson

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:38 PM by Kim Nayyer

Clint “Father Goose” Wilson is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, humorous and serious poetry, comics, songs, and other miscellaneous wonderment. He is also a musician, playing several instruments and is currently the bass player and lead vocalist for the up and coming amazing prog/funk power trio called, “The Frame”. Clint is also a multi-media artist, who sketches, paints, pin stripes, engraves and fabricates metal, but is probably best known for his custom leather carving and tooling. A hot-rodder and motorcycle enthusiast at heart, “Father Goose” can often be seen cruising around Vancouver either on a bright orange Harley (The Pumpkin) or in a canary Yellow 57 GMC pick-up truck, which he affectionately calls, “Ol’ Yeller”.
When not performing slam poetry or running the Vancouver Story Slam, Clint pays his bills by way of his successful auto recycling business in the Fraser Valley where he also coaches hockey and makes a home with his wife and three children.

RC Weslowski

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:37 PM by Kim Nayyer

RC Weslowski is a clown mouth full of x-ray visions attempting to get at the heart of things.  He’s a flabbergasting lip smacker moving towards surreal conclusions of the imminent “oip.”

RC is the 2009 Vancouver Poetry Slam-Grand Slam Champion and he was also the 2008 Poet of Honour at the ’08 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, 2007 runner up at the World Cup of Poetry in Bobigny, France, 2006 .  He’s toured the UK, Europe and the U.S. with performances at many different festivals in England and Canada.  He also has plans to be your friend.

Betsy Warland

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:37 PM by Kim Nayyer   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 1:45 AM ]

Betsy Warland Creative nonfiction writer, poet, essayist, teacher, manuscript consultant, and editor Betsy Warland was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1946. She obtained her B.A. in Art and Education at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa in 1970. Warland emigrated to Canada in 1973, becoming a citizen in 1980.

A writer dedicated to emerging writers, Betsy Warland is the director of  The Writer’s Studio Program at  Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program, and of her own five-month manuscript development program, Vancouver Manuscript Intensive. She is also on faculty in both programs.

Perhaps most known for her language-focused writing and ways of working with silence, scoring blank space on the page evokes as much meaning to her as inscribing written language. The unsayable, the secreted, the unknowable: these are her obsessions – how one encounters them in lover relationships, family, a homophobic society, a mono-truth society, or the inner work of spiritual practice.

Currently, Betsy is working on a lyric prose manuscript “Oscar of Between”.

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