Yvonne Blomer is Victoria, B.C.’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent collection of poems is As if a Raven (Palimpsest Press, 2014). Her previous books include The Book of Places (Black Moss Press, 2012) and a broken mirror, fallen leaf (Ekstasis Editions, 2006) which was short listed for the Gerald LampertMemorial Award. Her travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press in the spring of 2017. From 2009-2015 Yvonne was the Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series from which she co- edited the anthology Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press).
Jamella Hagen grew up in Hazelton, BC and has lived in Vancouver, Brazil and South Korea. Her poems have appeared in journals across Canada including Arc, Event and The Malahat Review as well as in the anthologies Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women, Ice Floe: New and Selected Poems and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2010. Her work has won The Fiddlehead’s Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, placed third in This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt and been shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC, is a former executive editor of PRISM international and has coordinated the Whitehorse Poetry Festival. She currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is an instructor at Yukon College.