Kasia Jaronczyk

Kasia is a microbiologist by training. She has published poems and short stories in Room, The Prairie Journal, Carousel, Nashwaak Review, and in Postscripts to Darkness. Her stories have won first place at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Fiction Contest in 2010 and second place in the GritLit festival in 2014. Her work has been longlisted for the CBC Radio Literary Award 2010 and shortlisted for the Bristol Prize 2016. She is the co-editor of Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction, an anthology of Polish-Canadian short stories that will be published in September 2017 by Guernica Editions. Kasia’s debut short story collection Lemons was published by Mansfield Press in May 2017.

Greg Rhyno

Greg’s debut novel To Me You Seem Giant will be available from NeWest Press in September 2017. His writing has appeared in PRISM International, Rhapsody, and is forthcoming in Riddle Fence. Greg has toured and recorded with such rock n’ roll outfits as the Parkas, Phasers on Stun, and Wild Hearses. His music has been licensed to television and film, including shows like Scrubs, Greek, and Dawson’s Creek. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. He lives with his family in Guelph, Ontario.

Karen Smythe

Karen’s short-story collection Stubborn Bones was published by Polestar, an imprint of Raincoast Books, in 2001. Before that, having graduated with her PhD in English from U of T in 1991, Karen published scholarly criticism widely and taught Canadian literature at the University of Regina. Several non-academic positions and provinces later–including Continuing Ed Manager in Nova Scotia, University Registrar in PEI, and Policy Analyst in Guelph–Karen retired and enrolled in the Humber School of Writing correspondence program, where she completed an early draft of her new book This Side of Sad under the mentorship of Diane Schoemperlen. Karen currently lives in Guelph, where she is working full-time on novel #2 from her writing shed.