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Connie Barnes Rose is the author of GETTING OUT OF TOWN, a collection of connected short stories which was short-listed for the QSPELL Award and the DARTMOUTH Award. She has published her work in various literary magazines including Fiddlehead and Matrix as well as several anthologies such as 'Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops'.
In 2005 she won the C.B.C./ QWF SHort Story Award.
She is a graduate of Concordia University (BA'92, MA'97) and feels she never really left the place as she continues to teach Creative Writing part time. She has conducted workshops at the Quebec Writer's Federation. At the present time she is working on a novel.

Jon Paul Fiorentino's most recent book of poetry is The Theory of the Loser Class (Coach House Books, 2006). He is the author of the poetry book Hello Serotonin (Coach House Books, 2004) and the humour book Asthmatica (Insomniac Press, 2005). His most recent editorial projects are the anthologies Career Suicide! Contemporary Literary Humour (DC Books, 2003) and Post-Prairie - a collaborative effort with Robert Kroetsch, (Talonbooks, 2005). He lives in Montreal where he teaches writing at Concordia University, and is the Managing Editor of Matrix magazine.

Tess Fragoulis' first book, Stories to Hide from Your Mother (ArsenalPulp,1997) was nominated for the Quebec Writer¹s Federation Best First BookAward. Her novel, Ariadne¹s Dream (Thistledown 2001) was nominated for the 2003 IMPAC International Dublin Literary Prize, and received an honourable mention for the Books in Canada/Amazon First Novel Award.  She also edited Musings: an anthology of Greek-Canadian literature (Vehicule, 2004). She has published widely in literary journals including Matrix, Blood and Aphorisms, Quarry, and Canadian Fiction Magazine, and has also written for film, television, radio and newspapers in Canadaand the States. Her current project, The Goodtime Girl, is a novel set in 1920¹s Greece and Asia Minor.

Cristina Iovita, Director and Playwright, Artistic Director and Founder of  Le Théâtre de l’Utopie, Montréal. Born in Romania in 1954. Master’s degree in Directing from the Theatre and Film Academy of Bucharest, Romania, 1984, Master of Arts from Emerson College, Boston, 1996. Rod Parker Award for Dramaturgy, 1994, Best One Act Play, New England One Act Plays Festival, 1995. Best Director, Young Open Theatre Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 1991, Best Director, Political Plays Festival, Braila, Romania, 1989.Living in Montreal since 1996, author of nine plays in both English and French, five of which were produced under her own direction by Le Théâtre de l’Utopie between 1999 and 2004 (see www.theatre-utopie.com).
Publications and interviews in Cahiers de théâtre Jeu, Zinc, 2004-2006.

David McGimpsey (BA Concordia, MA Concordia, PhD Dalhousie) is the author of three collections of poetry (Lardcake, Dogboy and Hamburger Valley, California) and one collection of short stories (Certifiable).  He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America¹s Pastime and Popular Culture.  His travel writings frequently appear in The Globe and Mail and he writes a regular column for EnRoute magazine.

Elaine Pigeon  (BFA Concordia, MA Concordia, PhD Montreal) is the author of Queer Impressions: Henry James's Art of Fiction (Routledge 2005). She is currently editing a collection entitled Henry James's Bostonians: The People, the Place and the Novel (Edwin Mellen Press forthcoming 2007). Besides nineteenth-century American Literature, she teaches twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and composition.


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