JOHN BARTON has published six books of poetry, including Notes toward a Family Tree (Quarry, 1993), which won the Ottawa-Carleton Book Award in 1995, and Designs from the Interior (Anansi, 1994), which won the Archibald Lampman Award in 1995. His poems have appeared in The American Voice, Christopher Street, Descant, The Malahat Review, and Poetry Canada Review. He lives in Ottawa, where he co-edits Arc.
PATRICK FRIESEN, recently moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver, is a poet and playwright. His most recent book was Blasphemer's Wheel: Selected & New Poems (Turnstone, 1994). A Broken Bowl (Brick) will be published in 1997.
MELISSA HARDY was born and raised in North Carolina. She has published two novels, A Cry of Bees and Constant Fire, as well as numerous short stories. A third novel, Demon Barrow, is due out shortly with Quarry Press. Her story, "Long Man the River," won the 1994 Journey Prize for the most accomplished piece of short fiction published in Canada in a given year. Hardy is currently working on a novel about the Northern Ontario mining country around Timmins entitled The Drifts.
M.J. KANG is a playwright and actor based in Toronto. She's been everything from a sound designer to a stage manager to an assistant director. Her plays include Noran Bang: The Yellow Room (Cahoots Theatre Projects) and Hee Hee: Tales From The Diamond Mountain (Blyth Festival Theatre), where she was writer on the collective Urban Donnellys (Theatre Passe Muraille). In the spring of 1997, she will be acting in Merit Gets Wired by James O'Reilly at Young Peoples Theatre.
TONY LOPEZ holds a Wingate Scholarship in poetry for 1996/97. His most recent book is False Memory published by The Figures. He is Reader in Poetry at the University of Plymouth. "Non-Core Assets" appears in False Memory.
IRENE MOCK is a Nelson, B.C. writer whose fiction has appeared in many Canadian magazines. Her first collection of stories, Inappropriate Behaviour, is forthcoming from Beach Holme in spring 1997.
CHERYL SOURKES is a Toronto-based artist. Her photo installation, Genes and Genesis / Inexact Shadows, is on tour. She is currently working on Get Emoticons, a digital photo project engaging the interpenetration of ALife and BLife, using material downloaded from the Net in combination with representations drawn from print. She is the visual consultant for Tessera, a feminist journal concerned with questions of language, representation, subjectivity and power. Her work as a freelance curator focuses on the relationship between visual and theoretical thinking. Within the last year she has curated the exhibitions, Culture Slash Nation, Three hundred and sixtyfive pictures. Found Missing: Archival photography and the new historicity and Dis / Location Markers.