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Elizabeth Bachinsky, Chair           Liz Bachinsky                                        
BA, MFA (British Columbia)

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of five collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood Editions, 2006), God of Missed Connections (Nightwood Editions, 2009), I Don't Feel So Good (BookThug, 2012) and The Hottest Summer in Recorded History (Nightwood Editions, 2013). Her poetry has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, the Kobzar Literary Award, The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the Governor General's Award for Poetry (2006), and the Bronwen Wallace Award (2004), and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, on stage, and on film around the world.

Shashi Bhat
MFA (John Hopkins)
Poetry, Fiction, Personal Narrative
Editor, EVENT magazine

Shashi Bhat's novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant Books, 2013) was a finalist for the 2014 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has been published in journals across North America, including Prism International, The New Quarterly, The Threepenny Review, EVENT and others. Her work appeared in Journey Prize Stories 24, and she was a finalist for the 2008 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. Shashi has taught creative writing at Dalhousie University and The John Hopkins University, where she received her MFA in fiction. She is the current editor of EVENT magazine.

Amber Dawn
Speculative Fiction, Fiction

Amber Dawn is the author of the memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013). She is also the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa ( Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010) and editor of the horror fiction anthology Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009). Amber Dawn was 2012 winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers. She currently teaches fiction and Speculative Fiction writing at Douglas College.


Glenda Leznoff
BA, MFA (British Columbia)
Screenwriting, Personal Narrative, Fiction

Glenda Leznoff's fiction and non-fiction articles have appeared in literary reviews and publications such as Maclean's, enRoute, The Malahat Review and Vancouver. As a script writer, she has worked in theatre, feature film, animation and television, with scripts produced at venues such as The Waterfront Theatre and CBC TV. Her children's book, Pigmalion (Tradewind Books), was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Award. She is co-author of the organizational handbook Exit: The Life and Death Planner, 2013. Glenda's young adult novel, Heartache and Other Natural Shocks, will be published in the fall of 2015 by Tundra Penguin Random House. Glenda is also an artist whose paintings have been exhibited in galleries and collections across North America.

Rick Maddocks
BA (Guelph), MFA (British Columbia)
Fiction, Personal Narrative

Rick Maddocks’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His collection of linked stories, Sputnik Diner, was published by Knopf and Vintage Canada. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. His work has appeared in such anthologies as Write Turns: New Directions in Canadian Fiction and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds. Rick is also a singer/songwriter, releasing two albums (01 and El Ángel Exterminador) with The Beige. His experimental opera The Meal premiered at the PuSh Festival in 2011 and was re-staged in 2012 at Pacific Theatre. His newest project, Sun Belt, is an interdisciplinary arts group that launched the book/album/performance project Cabalcor in 2015.

Ellen Schwartz
BSc (Wisconsin), MFA (British Columbia)
Children's Literature

Ellen Schwartz has published 16 books, 15 of them for children, ranging from picture books to middle-reader novels to young adult non-fiction. Her most recent book, The Case of the Missing Deed (Tundra), won the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and her other books have been nominated for numerous Canadian and BC children's literature awards. Ellen has taught courses in writing for children for Simon Fraser University's Continuing Studies program and for Douglas College.

Russell Thornton
BA (McGill), MA (SFU)

Russell Thornton is the author of six collections of poetry including The Hundred Lives (Quattro, 2014), Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain (Harbour, 2013), and The Human Shore (Harbour, 2006). His work has been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize, the ReLit Award, the Governor General's Award for Poetry, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared widely in Canadian literary journals and anthologies, among them Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012. His poems have appeared several times on Vancouver buses as part of Poetry in Transit

Calvin Wharton
Dip Creative Writing (David Thompson), MFA (British Columbia) 
Fiction, Poetry, Personal Narrative

Calvin Wharton is the Chair of the Creative Writing department. His work has been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on CBC radio. He has published a book of poetry, Visualized Chemistry (Tsunami Editions), and co-edited the poetry anthology East of Main (Arsenal Pulp) with Tom Wayman. He also wrote the non-fiction Rowing (Stoddart) with Silken Laumann, and a collection of short fiction, Three Songs by Hank Williams (Turnstone). He was editor of EVENT magazine from 1996 to 2001. His collection of poetry, The Song Collides (Anvil Press) was published in 2011, and a chapbook, The Invention of Birds, appeared as part of the Alfred Gustav press series in May 2014.


Mary Burns, Faculty Emerita
Sonoma State Gollege, 1970
Fiction, Playwriting, Personal Narrative


Mary Burns is the author of six books, numerous radio and stage plays, documentary film scripts, newspaper and magazine articles. 

Susan McCaslin, Faculty Emerita
BA (Washington), MA (SFU), PhD (UBC)
English Literature: Early 20th-century poetry and poetics; the British Romantics, Blake, Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe; Thomas Merton

Susan McCaslin is an established poet with thirteen published volumes of poetry, a volume of essays, and a memoir. She taught poetry workshops in the Creative Writing Department at Douglas College for ten years. She now gives poetry readings and offers occasional creative writing workshops.