NORM SILBUM was born in Oberammergau, Germany in 1947. He has been living in Vancouver, via the U.S., since 1968. His books include Banjo (1972, Caledonia Writing Series), Small Commerce (1978, Caitlin Press), and Loyal and Unholy Hours (1980, Harbor Publishing). William Hoffer's Standard Editions is bringing out Beggars this spring.
FRED WAH's Loki is Buried at Smoky Creek was recently published by Talonbooks as one of a group of selected writings which also include Daphne Marlatt, bp Nichol, Frank Davey, George Bowering, and bill bissett. Fred teaches in the Writing Program at David Thompson University in Nelson, B.C., and co-edits Writing magazine with David McFadden.
GEORGE STANLEY lives in Terrace, B.C., where he teaches English at North West College and where he represents the North for Red Queen, a personage of the Imagination.
BASIA IRLAND teaches in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Waterloo.
AUDREY THOMAS' novels and short stories are well known in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has published four novels and several collections of short fiction. Her work appears regularly in many literary and commercial magazines. Her latest publication is Latakia, a novel. She currently lives on Galiano Island, B.C.
PHILIP HUGHES is an ex-professor and ex-salesman who is presently "allowing [his] wife to support the toils of genius" in Brookline, Massachusetts. " 'Mynah' comes from a short story I wrote 23 years ago while growing up in a 'Donnybrook Heights.' The drama came 19 years later. Just when I was thinking that the whole thing might be only a period piece, I met someone just like Fran who does yacht and, believe it or not, delivered the line 'I'm Vice Commodore!'..."