We are very pleased that Michael Dunn will
be performing for our group : Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Ananya Aravindan is a grade 12 student at Port Moody Secondary School. She loves writing, theatre, and travelling. Her goal for the future is to become a published author.
As a speaker, mothering coach, and multi-media creator, Joyelle Brandt works to dismantle the stigma that keeps childhood abuse survivors stuck in shame and self-hatred. She is the author of Princess Monsters from A to Z and co-editor of Parenting with PTSD, the groundbreaking anthology that breaks the silence about the long-term impact of childhood trauma so that parents can break the cycle of abuse. Joyelle will be reading selected poems from her work in progress, titled On the Body.
Chloe Cocking has lived in the Vancouver rainforest for most of her life. She writes urban fantasy, horror, fairy tales, and stern letters of complaint. She enjoys eating pie and sleeping. Fiction is the only legal outlet for her most of her impulses. Her published works include: “Saving Seeds” (a novel excerpt in anthology, 2014), Blood Rain (novel, 2017), and Fables, Fictions, and Fantasies (short story collection, May 2018). She blogs at www.chloecocking.com.
Michael Dunn is a musician and professional guitar maker with a lifelong love of music. He is fascinated with music's ability to invoke the complete range of human emotion, from ecstasy to despair. He has toured France as a musician and served an apprenticeship under two third-generation guitarmakers in Spain. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he now lives with his wife Eleanore in Vancouver. He is the author of Strings: A Guitar Maker's Journey, which focuses on his early years of his career. His first work of fiction is called The Curse of The Moldavian Tango about a jazz musician who plays a mysterious gig in a castle that changes his life from then on.
Leesa Hanna is a writer and artist living in Port Moody, British Columbia. Inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast of Canada, she works in many different mediums to parlay her thoughts—but the theme of her work remains the same: humankind’s connection to nature and to mother earth. Leesa has had poetry published by the online magazine, ‘the Story Quilt’. She has recently completed writing her first children’s chapter book, The BIG Adventures of Little O – A song for the salmon. Currently, she is illustrating this nature/fantasy novel, which portrays young ocean and forest creatures of the Pacific Northwest as they find kinship to mother nature while striving to survive and thrive in their changing environment. Her website is www.leesahanna.com
Patrick Jennings is a Vancouver-based photographer, author, poet, filmmaker and insatiable traveller. His words have been published and performed in a variety of media and venues, including a short story in Travellers Tales China: True Stories, several literary journals, and two stage plays, while his photographs have appeared on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in advertising campaigns, films and television, books and magazines and as the cover art for a few telephone books and an Italian anthology of Jack Kerouac short stories. With his current blog, PixToWords.com, launched in 2015, Patrick combines his passions for photography and words, using his photographs as prompts for writing short stories, essays and poetry and now numbering over 1,500 posts, more than 1,400 of them poems. The exhibit, "Harmony in Word and Form," now appearing at the Gallery Bistro and extended through October 29th, displays selected photographs from the blog along with the words they inspired. Photographic themes of the often expansive imagery include landscape, travel, street, abstraction, fine art and digital art. The poetry and short stories accompanying each image span themes such as love and relationships, Eastern mysticism and spirituality, the beauty and wisdom of nature, social commentary, trauma and healing, whimsical story-telling and fairy tales.
Lozan Yamolky is from Kurdistan (present day Iraq). She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1995. She is in the process of publishing her third book of poetry. She published two poetry books: I'm No Hero (2016) and Counting Waves (2017). She was awarded by Writers International Network Canada Distinguished Poet Award on May 25th, 2018. Lozan is a freelance interpreter and lives in Vancouver.