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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.

Amanda Leduc

Jonny Dovercourt is a writer, musician and concert presenter based in Toronto. He is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of the Wavelength Music Series, and has also worked for the Images Festival and the Music Gallery. His writing has appeared in Exclaim!, Eye Weekly, Huffington Post, Musicworks, Now, and Spacing. He has performed with numerous indie bands, including Republic of Safety, Secret Agent, Several Futures, and A Tuesday Weld.

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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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