Karen Connelly is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the most recent of which is the novel, The Change Room, published by Penguin Random House. The Change Room has been called “revolutionary” and “boundary-breaking” in its treatment of women’s sexuality It has been called, on the GoodReads website—which authors never read—‘a hot draggy mess’ and ‘appalling.’ Connelly is also the author of the acclaimed novel The Lizard Cage, which the New York Times Book Review compared to the works of Orwell and Solzhenitsyn and the Globe and Mail called “one of the best modern Canadian novels.” It was the winner of Britain’s Orange Broadband New Novelist’s Prize and shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize. The book, set in a prison in Myanmar, was banned in that country for almost a decade, but finally translated into Burmese and published in Myanmar last year. Touch the Dragon, her nonfiction travelogue about living in Thailand as a teenager, won the Governor General’s Award when she was 24. She has also received the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry. Her works have been translated into thirteen languages and published in seventeen countries. She lives with her family in Toronto and, during the summers, in Greece. She speaks fluent Greek, French, Spanish, Thai, proficient Burmese . . . and basic English.
Karen Smythe is the author of Stubborn Bones, a collection of short fiction (Polestar/Raincoast Books, 2001). Karen’s stories have appeared in several literary publications including Grain, Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, Gaspereau Review, and Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction. While living in Halifax, she guest-edited the Michael Ondaatje issue of Essays on Canadian Writing and served as the fiction editor of the Pottersfield Portfolio. This Side of Sad is her first novel.
Aaron Tang is born in Vancouver and raised in Hong Kong. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Film Studies from Queen’s University and is now an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. His essays and stories can be found, under the name Sheung-King, in Ricepaper Magazine, Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology, the forthcoming The Liminal by PRISM International, and the next issue of the Humber Literary Review. His play—Baguette is a finalist in the 2017 New Market National Play festival.
Kaitlin Ruether is a West Coast transplant and first year MFA student. Her fiction has been published in FreeFall and This Side of West, and rejected by many others. She works as a regular contributor for the music blog, Grayowl Point.
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