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Kim Fu is the author of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. Her first novel, For Today I Am a Boy, won the Edmund White Award Award for Debut Fiction and the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and a Lambda Literary Award. It was also a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and was long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads. Fu’s writing has appeared in Room, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, Granta, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. Born in Calgary, she lives in Seattle.

Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation in Sweden. In 2015, Ramqvist was awarded the prestigious P. O. Enquist Literary Prize for her novel The White City.

Andre Morriseau, from Fort William First Nation, is an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador for Indigenous arts, culture and public affairs. Former secretariat for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (now Indspire) and communications officer for the Chiefs of Ontario. He chaired the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards Jury (Ontario Arts Council) and the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. Currently, Andre is chair of the Anishnawbe Health Foundation and on the board of TakingITGlobal. He is the former Director, Awards & Communications, for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is currently communication manager for the Ontario Native Women’s Association.

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Molly Cross-Blanchard is a white and Métis writer and editor born on Treaty 3 territory (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 territory (Prince Albert, SK) and living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, BC). She holds an English BA from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Writing MFA from the University of British Columbia and is the publisher of Room magazine.

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Erica Commanda (Algonquin/Ojibwe) was born in Toronto and grew up in the community of Pikwakanagan. From there she moved across Canada living in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto again, working in the bar/hospitality industry, mastering the art of listening to stories from her regulars while slinging and spilling drinks (at them or to them). Through a series of random decisions and events, she went on a journey to master her own knack for storytelling as an arts reporter for MUSKRAT Magazine, interning with Coach House Books for the Indigenous Toronto anthology and studying broadcasting at Seneca College.

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Elaine Bomberry is Anishinabe and Cayuga, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, in southern Ontario. She has worked as a freelance Indigenous Performing Arts activist/promoter/manager/TV and radio producer full-time for thirty-four years. She has made her home on the Capilano Rez, on the unceded Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, Juno award-winner Murray Porter, for the last 15 years.

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Amanda Leduc‘s essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the USA and the UK. She is the author of the novels  The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the forthcoming  The Centaur’s Wife. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

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Jonny Dovercourt (a.k.a. Jonathan Bunce) is a writer, musician and concert presenter based in Toronto, who has been active in the city’s local independent music community since the 1990s. He is a co-founder and the Artistic / Executive Director of the groundbreaking Wavelength Music Arts Projects, a 20+ year non-profit Canadian indie music institution and has also worked for arts organizations including the Images Festival and The Music Gallery. His first book, Any Night of the Week: A D.I.Y. History of Toronto Music 1957-2001, was published in 2020 by Coach House Books, with an accompanying podcast commissioned by the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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Cheryl Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. She is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. She previously held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Her work has appeared in The Conversation, Toronto Star, Montreal GazetteSpacingHerizons MagazineHalifax Coast and Rabble.ca. She was born and raised in Toronto, where she currently resides. She has also lived in the US.

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Ian Williams is the author of five books. His novel, Reproduction, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His last poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. Not Anyone’s Anything won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. You Know Who You Are was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Award.

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