Community STAGE TALENT

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.

 
 
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diego bastianutti


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natasha boskic

Natasha Boškić is a writer and poet, originally from Serbia, lives in Vancouver. Interested in technology as a new landscape for literary expression, she experiments with new media. Her poetry and narratives have been published in a number of literary journals, anthologies and special publications in Canada and internationally.


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Dianne Carruthers

Dianne has worked as an independent writer, director, and producer for many years in documentary film with the CBC. She won both a Leo and a Golden Sheaf award for the documentary film Abandon Ship. She works as a story consultant in screenplay and fiction and is currently writing a novel. One of the most intriguing things about her is that she was anonymously famous for a short time in Whitehorse, Yukon, for writing horoscopes under the pen name Zenobia Luna.


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Johnnie Christmas

Johnnie Christmas is a #1 New York Times Best Selling graphic novelist. Best known for co-creating the series ANGEL CATBIRD with celebrated writer Margaret Atwood. He’s adapted William Gibson’s lost screenplay for ALIEN 3 into a critically acclaimed graphic novel of the same name. He’s the creator of the graphic novel, FIREBUG and co-created the series SHELTERED. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration.

Johnnie makes Vancouver, BC his home.


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Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan has been writing and submitting poetry for about two and a half years. His chapbook, ‘Among the branches’, was published by Alfred Gustav Press (2019). He was shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement Mick Imlah Prize in 2017, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many Canadian, US, and UK magazines.


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Raoul Fernandes

Raoul Fernandes’s first collection of poems, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won the Dorothy Livesay Award and the Debut-litzer Award for Poetry in 2016. He lives and writes in Vancouver, with his wife and two sons.


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kagan goh


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Alan Hill

Alan Hill is a Banjo player from the rural mountain country of downtown New Westminster. He is also the Poet Laureate of New Westminster and came in live in Canada in 2005 after meeting his Vietnamese Canadian wife whilst working in Botswana. He has been published extensively across Europe and North America.


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Carol Johnson

Carol’s a late-in-life writer. During primary school, her tiny (chap) books were required reading for family and friends. A recent graduate of KPU’s Creative Writing Program, she’s currently writing a mixed-genre manuscript exploring cultural influences and the lives of her father and his birth mother. She’s had several poems, and a short fiction piece, published in Pulp Magazine. Carol currently volunteers on the RCLAS board in New Westminster.


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Evelyn Lau

Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of twelve books, including seven volumes of poetry. Her prose works have been translated into a dozen languages; her poetry has received the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a National Magazine Award and a Governor-General's nomination. From 2011-2014 she served as Vancouver's Poet Laureate. Evelyn's most recent collection is Tumour (Oolichan, 2016).


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Sheilagh MacDonald

Sheilagh MacDonald is a member of the Burnaby Writer’s Society. She is  currently writing a memoir about a unique childhood in the Yukon. In June, Sheilagh joined local writers for Distant Tales, a stellar evening of "writing to art" co-hosted by the Burnaby Writers' and the Deer Lake Gallery.


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Monica Meneghetti

Monica Meneghetti is a writer, editor, and translator. She is a white European settler and child of Italian immigrants, born in the region of Treaty 7 (Calgary, Canada.) Her first book, What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging (Dagger Editions | Caitlin Press) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Bi Book Award winner. It was listed on American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow’s 2018 Recommended Book List; Autostraddle’s 8 Soft Femme Memoirs; CBC Books’ Must-reads of 2017, and 14 Books to Read for Pride. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction appear in print, online, in musical scores, and on stage. Her work has been anthologized in Absent Mothers (Demeter Press), Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), and Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage (Caitlin Press). Her literary translation from Italian, The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8000-meter Peaks in Winter (Mountaineers Books) was a Banff Mountain Book Award finalist.


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Renée Nault

Renée Nault recently collaborated with novelist Margaret Atwood to adapt her classic dystopian work, The Handmaid's Tale, into a bestselling graphic novel. A Canadian artist and writer, Nault is known for her vivid watercolour dreamscapes, where folklore andpop culture come together to create imagined narratives that are both appealing and disquieting. Her illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, and advertising worldwide. She writes and illustrates the ongoing comic book series Witchling,which she paints entirely in watercolour.


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Rose Padeft

Rose Padeft is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.  Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Room Magazine, CV2, Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Other Voices, Unicorn Reader, and the anthology Winners' Circle (Canadian Authors Association).  Her personal essays have appeared in Parents, Canadian Living, and The Cottager. In June, she was a featured poet at the event, 'Writing Through Art', at Deer Lake Gallery.  She has survived breast cancer twice; the last time was stage IV, and she did it without surgery, chemo or radiation.


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Harpreet Sekha

Harpreet Sekha is a Canadian Punjabi author of fiction and non-fiction, who migrated to Canada with his parents in 1988. Sekha holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is currently employed as a Computer Numerical Control Machinist. His written work explores themes and experiences that resonate with South Asian Canadians, such as inequality, social justice, and the migrant experience. His writings include the non-fiction Taxinaama (2011) and short story collections Bi Ji Muskra Paye (2006) and BaaranBoohey (2013). Baaran Boohey was translated and published into Hindi as well. He completed an authorized translation of Hugh Johnston’s Jewels of the Qila, into Punjabi which was published as Qiley dey Moti in 2017. A number of his stories are included in anthologies being used as textbooks in School Boards and Universities in India. At Kurukshetra University, Taxinaama has been included in the Punjabi M.A. program, and his work was the focus of many students’ M. Phil research. Harpreet’s stories have also been adapted for stage performance by many celebrated theatre directors in India.

Prism is a collection of short stories set in British Columbia. These stories are somewhat distinct from the works of his contemporaries in the choice of his subjects and skillfully precise treatment thereof. It is not easy to find comparable stories to those like Punjabi Suit, Penguin and Housewife in terms of the freshness of themes, the uniqueness of characters and their artistic portrayal. Sekha has established himself as a rising literary star of Punjabi fiction in Canada.


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Cynthia Sharp

Cynthia Sharp is the Federation of BC Writers Greater Vancouver Regional Rep and a full member of The League of Canadian Poets. The author of Rainforest in Russet, she’s been published and broadcast internationally in journals such as CV2, Friday’s Poems, Haiku Journal, Lantern Magazine, untethered, Emerge and Toasted Cheese.


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John Swanson

John is a poet and street photographer who graduated from UBC with a degree in English. His poems have appeared in the Titmouse Review and The Maynard. He attended the Writing with Style program at the Banff Centre and various poetry and street photography workshops at UBC, SFU and in New York City. He lives and wanders the streets of East Vancouver.


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Yasuko Thanh

Yasuko Thanh’s story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. One of its stories won an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. The title story won the Journey Prize for the best story published in Canada in 2009. Quill & Quire named Floating Like the Dead a Best Book of the Year. CBC hailed Yasuko Thanh one of ten writers to watch in 2013. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Rogers Writers' Trust for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She lives in Victoria, B.C., with her two children. In her spare time she plays in a punk band called 12 Gauge Facial, for which she writes all the songs and music.


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Diane Tucker

Vancouver native Diane Tucker is the author of three poetry books (God on His Haunches, Nightwood Editions, 1996; Bright Scarves of Hours, Palimpsest Press, 2007; Bonsai Love, Harbour Publishing, 2014) and a YA novel (His Sweet Favour, Thistledown Press, 2009). Her play Here Breaks the Heart: the Loves of Christina Rossetti, was produced by Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre in 2013. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and in more than seventy literary journals in Canada, the US, and abroad.


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Lilija Valis


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Isabella Wang

Isabella Wang’s debut poetry chapbook is On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press 2019). At 19, she has been shortlisted twice for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over twenty literary journals including Contemporary Verse 2,Prairie Fire, and carte blanche, and is forthcoming in the What You Need to Know Anthology (The Hawkins Project,co-founded by Dave Eggers). She is an assistant editor at Room magazine, Research Assistant for SpokenWeb, co-ordinating the bi-monthly Dead Poets Reading series at VPL and pursuing a double major in English and World Literature at SFU.


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Kirsten Wiltshire

Kirsten Wiltshire has spent most her 20’s in the Canadian Rockies and the Selkirk Mountains. She recently moved to Vancouver for a change in pace. She is a full time dreamer and a part time realist. She enjoys laughing and attempting to make others laugh through her writing and performing.


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Felix Wong

Felix Wong is a Chinese-Canadian writer who has lived half his life in Hong Kong and half in Vancouver. He is a graduate of The Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared in Ricepaper magazine.


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Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong is the author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family which won the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction. She holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an MFA in literary non-fiction from Columbia University in New York. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in No Tokens, The Fiddlehead, Ricepaper, andApogee Journal. She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including from The Studios of Key West, Caldera Arts, and the Historic Joy Kogawa House. She lives in Vancouver.


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Rita Wong

Rita Wong is the co-editor of Downstream: Reimagining Water (with Dorothy Christian). She has written five books of poetry: beholden (with Fred Wah), undercurrent, sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai), forage (winner of Canada Reads Poetry 2011 and the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Prize), and monkeypuzzle, as well as a collection of graphic essays with Cindy Mochizuki called perpetual.  She was arrested in August 2018 for her principled opposition to expanding the TransMountain pipeline during a time of climate crisis and is facing jail time for this. Wong is active in solidarity efforts to protect the Peace Valley from being destroyed by the Site C dam as well as calling for BC and Canada to respect Wet’suwet’en law and land.

Rita has been adopted by ACWW and Robin Susanto.