KEN BELFORD is an after post modern poem specialist working in additions, alterations and repairs. He is not a narrative clogger. Belford published 4th world poems before (and after) the reformalist resurgence. He is an organic environmentalist with a background apart from academia. And he wanted his poems to be dry but it rained. Athletic, unconventional, political. His poems are uncivilized and are not a faithful resemblance. If language is a means of occupation then these are poems of dialect. His new book ecologue will be published by Harbour Press this spring.
MARGARET CHRISTAKOS is the author of Excessive Love Prostheses (Coach House, 2002) and five other books. She is Writer in Residence at the University of Windsor for 2004/05.
TAMAS DOBOZY is an assistant professor of 20th Century American Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of two collections of stories, When X Equals Marylou (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Last Notes (forthcoming from HarperCollins, 2005). He has lived in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Budapest, St. John's, and currently resides in the raging metropolis of Kitchener, Ontario.
GP LAINSBURY teaches at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John, British Columbia, though at present he is spending a sabbatical year in Calgary, working on a novel and a collection of short stories. "Scenario 4" forms part of a larger work alternately refered to as Visions or Versions of the North, much of which is available online at <http://www.fsj.nlc.bc.ca/glainsbury/lainsb~2.htm>.
BARRY MCKINNON is a long time resident and college teacher in Prince George, BC. His most recent collection is The Centre: Poems 1970 - 2000, published by Talonbooks. His poem "Bolivia/Peru" won the bpNichol chapbook award in 2004. He is presently working on a new book: In the Millennium.
GEORGE STANLEY lived in northern B. C. for fifteen years. A Tall, Serious Girl: Selected Poems 1957-2000 was published by Qua Books, Jamestown RI, in 2003.
SIMON THOMPSON lives in Terrace, BC, and teaches English at Northwest Community College. He recently acquired Barry McKinnon's letterpress, and he intends to spend the rest of his life learning how to use it. His work has been published in Event, Antigonish Review, Textual Studies in Canada, and other journals.
SI TRANSKEN has been teaching in social work programs for eight years; she has a background in anti-poverty anti-racist feminist activism. Her doctorate is in Equity Studies/Sociology of Education but she is doing another MA in First Nations Studies/Creative Writing at UNBC. She is old white bush trash being recycled. She has edited collections of creative writing such as This Ain't Your Patriarchs' Poetry Book and Outlaw Social Work.
JASON WOOD is a Vancouver-based photographer who has exhibited his work at Dynamo Gallery, the Flower Factory, and Eugene Choo, among others. The photographs here were taken in the summer of 2000 during an airtrip from Edmonton to Yellowknife, the Great Bear Lake mine, Kugluktuk, various Dew Line sites, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven (Ursuqtuq), Taloyoak, Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Chipewyan, and back to Edmonton.