Kathleen Ortiz | Surrey International Writers' Conference

By: Surrey Writers' Conference  09-12-2011

Happy Monday to you! Here at SiWC Central, we're settling in for a busy week. First up, of course, is Meet More Monday, a chance to introduce you to another handful of SiWC 2011 presenters. Please give a warm welcome to Patricia Young, Susan Safyan, Kathleen Ortiz, Diana Gabaldon, and Robert Dugoni.

Patricia Young has published ten collections of poetry, most recently "An Auto-erotic History of Swings" with Sono Nis Press.  She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for poetry, won the B. C. Book Prize for Poetry , the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, two National Magazine Awards, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Arc Poem of the Year Prize and the inaugural Rooke-Metcalf Award for a collection of short fiction, "Airstream," published with Biblioasis Press.  Recent or forthcoming publications include The Malahat Review, Queens Quarterly, The Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Prism International, Event, the New Quarterly, Arc’s Quarc issue and Best Canadian Poetry in English. Three chapbooks are forthcoming in 2011/12 from Jackpine Press, Alfred Gustav Press and Leaf Press. She lives and writes and edits in Victoria with her husband, Terence Young. Welcome, Patricia!

Susan Safyan is associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press, where she edits a range of literary fiction and nonfiction titles, including cultural and gender studies, LGBTQ and multicultural literature, and unusual cookbooks, craft books, and guidebooks. Among the books she's edited at Arsenal this year are Hoopla!

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