Peter Midgley is the Vice President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the chair of the Guild’s Advocacy Committee. He is the Acquisitions Editor for the University of Alberta Press. His collection of poems, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek, appeared in 2010 (Kalamalka Press). Peter also writes children’s books, and performs as a storyteller.
Lori Hahnel was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in Calgary since age eleven. Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008), her first novel,is loosely based on her experience in Calgary’s first all-female rock band. Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), a collection of short fiction, was shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has aired on CBC Radio and appeared in many anthologies and journals including The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire and The Antigonish Review.
Lori teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She has given workshops through The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and Calgary Public Library and served as writer-in-residence for Alberta branch Canadian Authors Association. She is also a co-founder and participant in Calgary’s Writing in the Works reading series.
Barb Howard is a former lawyer who joined the WGA board as a member-at-large in 2012. She is the author of three novels (including one for young adults) and the short story collection Western Taxidermy (NeWest, 2012). Barb’s most recent nonfiction work is as co-editor of the anthology of literary essays Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Life Converge (Heritage House, 2012). Barb lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta and teaches creative writing, both online and on-site, through various venues. www.barbhoward.ca.
Julie Sedivy is the President of the Board of the Writers Guild of Alberta. She teaches linguistics and psychology at the University of Calgary and writes about language and persuasion for Psychology Today and Language Log, a popular linguistics blog. She is the lead author of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You (John Wiley & Sons). She is also an active member of Calgary’s poetry scene.
Janice Williamson has published nonfiction and fiction, interviews and memoir, essays and poetry. She has written on a range of subjects including human rights and peace activism, trauma and family photography, issues of power and difference, Canadian women writers and visual artists, the feminist flaneur and shopping malls, and international adoption and mothering. Her most recent publication is the anthology Omar Khadr, Oh Canada (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012). And she is working on a collection of essays. Her work has been a winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for poetry and a National Magazine Award, as well as a finalist in the Alberta book and essay prizes. She is a past board member of the Creative Nonfiction Collective and the Writers’ Union of Canada. Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, she is a professor of creative writing and Canadian literature in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.