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Marc Herman Lynch is a first generation French-Chinese immigrant. He has an MA from the University of Calgary and is the president of filling Station magazine. Arborescent is his first novel. He lives in Moh’kins’tsis, otherwise known as Calgary, on Treaty 7 land.

Keet Geniza is an illustrator and comic artist. Born and raised in Manila, she moved to Toronto in 2006 and has since immersed herself in zines and comics as a way to document her struggles as a queer immigrant woman of colour. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness and belonging. Her writing has been published in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and GUTS magazine. Her story Ọrun is Heaven was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize.

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller who was born and raised in Yukon, Canada. In 2019, Coyote marked 25 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and released their 12th book, Rebent Sinner. Coyote’s stories grapple with complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart and a quick wit. Coyote’s stories handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

John Elizabeth Stintzi is a non-binary writer who was raised on a cattle farm in northwestern Ontario. They are the author of two previous chapbooks of poetry, and their poems have been awarded the 2019 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the Long Poem Prize from the Malahat Review. They are the author of the novel Vanishing Monuments (Arsenal Pulp) as well as the poetry collection Junebat (Anansi). They currently live in Kansas City with their partner and their dog, Grendel.

Kimiko Tobimatsu is an employment and human rights lawyer by day. Kimiko Does Cancer, based on her own experience, is her first book.