CAROL ASHTON is currently studying for a degree in English Literature and Victorian Studies at the University of Toronto after 22 years in secretarial and administrative work. Her short stories have appeared in Acta Victoriana, Grammateion, the Trinity College Review, and Grain.
DAVID MICHAEL GILLIS is an east Vancouver writer who works as a volunteer with the Vancouver School Board in adult literacy programs. (Hi Mom!)
WILLIAM GOEDE has written two novels, Quantrill (Quadrant, 1981) and Love in Beijing (Cormorant, 1988), which was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 1989. He teaches at Capilano College in North Vancouver, B.C., and has finished work on a novel about the massacre at Tiananmen Square.
ELIZABETH HAY was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. Her first book, Crossing the Snow Line, was published by Black Moss Press in 1989. Cormorant Books is bringing out The Only Snow in Havana this fall.
ROBERT HILLES lives in Calgary with his wife Rebecca and their two children Breanne and Austin. He has published widely in Canada. His books of poetry include: Angel In The Works, The Surprise Element, Look The Lovely Animal Speaks, Outlasting The Landscape, and Finding The Lights On. The work included here is from a manuscript called Raising of Voices. Robert teaches computer programming at the DeVry Institute of Technology in Calgary.
EUGENE IONESCO is one of this century's major playwrights. He was born in Romania in 1912 and was raised in France until the age of thirteen when his family returned to Bucharest. There, he continued his education and began publishing his first essays and poetry. He taught for one year (1937) at the Lycee in Bucharest but returned to France in 1938 and has since become a French citizen. No, his first major publication, is a form of meditation which focuses on the absurdity of modern existence and the pointlessness of language as a form of communication. Among his best known plays are The Bald Soprano (1949), The Lesson (1950), The Chairs (1951), and Rhinoceros (1958). In addition to his plays, lonesco is known for the short story collection The Colonel's Photo and for the publication of his journals.
EVELYN LAU is the author of three books, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (Harper Collins), You Are Not Who You Claim (Press Porcepic), and Oedipal Dreams (Beach Holme). Runaway was a Canadian bestseller and is presently being filmed as a CBC television movie. It is also being adapted for the stage and translated into four languages. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous North American publications, and her poetry has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 1992 (Scribners, Macmillan/Collier). Her work has also won several awards.
GABRIEL LIICEANU was born in 1942 and holds degrees in philosophy and classical languages from the University of Bucharest. His work focuses on problems related to the philosophy of culture and the history of philosophy. He has contributed to the publishing of Plato's complete works through extensive translations into Romanian, as well as through his commentaries and critical texts. His own books include The Tragic: a Phenomenology of Limit and Surpassing (1975), The Paltinis Diary (1981), and Studies of Polytropy of Culture (1985). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Humanitas Publishing House and a member of the "Group for Social Dialogue."
DAN RADU MUNTEANU, linguist, translator, and teacher, is a graduate of the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Germanic Languages. He moved to Canada in 1991 and now resides and works in Vancouver.
ANDREI PLESU was born in 1948 and holds a degree in the history and theory of visual arts from the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute, Faculty of Visual Arts, Bucharest. He has published A Journey into the World of Forms (1974) and Minima Moralia (1987). While holding a Humboldt Scholarship, he worked in Bonn, Dortmund, and Dusseldorf, concentrating on an analysis of the feeling of nature in European culture which resulted in the publication of Picturesque and Melancholy (1980). Currently he is a professor at the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute and is a member of the "Group for Social Dialogue." He was Roma-nia's Minister of Culture from 1990 to 1992.
ANDREW PODNIEKS was born and lives in Toronto. His photographic work is produced mostly in England and Spain, and much of it is exhibited in Canada. He will be showing his work this summer at the Edinburgh International Festival. The photographs, some of which will be culled from "Putti", will be hung from trees amongst the memorials and tombstones of the Greyfriars Kirkyard, a 1562 cemetery. This will be the first time art has ever been displayed in Greyfriars. His most recent assignment took him to Havana, and a selection of this work will be shown at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto this winter.
BILL SCHERMBRUCKER's "Motor Therapy" is the title story of his third book of fiction, expected soon from Talon Books. His novel Mimosa won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in the 1988 B.C. Book Prizes.
R.W. STEDINGH's poetry, fiction and translations have appeared in many journals in Canada and abroad including Tamarack Review, Malahat Review, Prism International, and Quarry. He lives in Vancouver.