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    Bryan Jay Ibeas

    Bryan Jay Ibeas is one of the founders of The Barnstormer and currently serves as the acquiring editor and marketing coordinator for Cormorant Books, an independent Canadian literary publisher, as well as co-publisher of Found Press, a literary ebook micropress and quarterly.

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    Andrew Forbes

    Andrew Forbes is a Barnstormer founder and the author of liner notes, short fiction, and countless music essays, most of which can be found at thisisourmusic.ca or iCrates.org. His stories have been published in The Feathertale Review, Found Press Quarterly, PRISM International, and The New Quarterly. Nothing qualifies him to write about sports save for a lifetime of unhealthy obsession, careful consideration and gutpunch heartbreak. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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    George Bowering

    George-BoweringGeorge Bowering is a poet, writer, biographer, and historian. He has written over ninety works and was the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and Poetry. In 1993, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2004 received the Order of British Columbia. Having lived all across Canada, including Montreal, Calgary, and London, Ontario, he is currently living the good life and is retired in Vancouver, BC.

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    Jon Paul Fiorentino

    downloadJon Paul Fiorentino’s first novel Stripmalling was shortlisted for the 2009 Hugh MacLennan Award for Fiction. He is the author of the poetry books Indexical Elegies and The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the 2006 A.M. Klein Award. His next book is called Needs Improvement and will be out with Coach House Books in 2013.

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    Darren Bifford

    Darren Bifford is originally from Summerland, BC. His work has been published in a variety of journals across Canada. He’s also the author ofWolf Hunter, a chapbook published by Cactus Press (2010). Wedding in Fire Country is his first collection of poetry. Darren currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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    Marty Sartini Garner

    Marty Sartini Garner is the author of numerous headaches, personal crises, and record reviews. His work has appeared in Grantland, Joyland, and the website of enRoute magazine, and his music writing appears regularly in FILTER and Aquarium Drunkard. He lives in Chicago and can be found on his Tumblrwebsite, and Twitter.

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    Christen Thomas

    Christen Thomas has over 30 poems published in Rampike, Toronto Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, QWERTY, Room, and many others. She is currently taking a break from roller derby, dabbling at tennis, and watching too much baseball. Christen is Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, helping publishers with their digital programs.

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    Soren Stockman

    Soren Stockman was raised in Boston. He has been fortunate to study with some incredible teachers of poetry, and he is indebted to them, and was awarded a full scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute, a residency in the Spring of 2012 at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and worked with cultural and in literary initiatives in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Montreal, Quebec. He lives in New York. Celtics Forever.

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    Henry Gass

    Henry Gass is a recent McGill University graduate and freelance journalist based in Montreal. His work has appeared in the McGill DailyForget The BoxOpenFile Montreal, and the Montreal Mirror. You can follow him on Twitter @henrygass.

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    Jeff Gandell

     Jeff Gandell is a Montreal writer, comic, storyteller, and teacher. More of his essays can be found at Testifiles.com.

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    Nicolas Quiazua

    Nicolas Quiazua is the editor-in-chief of McGill’s French university newspaper, Le Délit. Freelance photo and video-journalist, his body is more of an extension to his camera; the shutter release. He resides in Montreal and his visual work can be found on his Flickr and YouTube accounts.

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    Spencer Gordon

    Spencer Gordon’s first book of fiction, Cosmo, is forthcoming from Coach House Books. His writing has been published in JoylandEventThe Windsor Review, and others. He’s a co-editor/founder of the online magazine The Puritan and the micro-press Ferno House, which dropped his poetry chapbook Feel Good! Look Great! Have a Blast! in fall 2011. He teaches at Humber and OCAD. He blogs here and tweets @spencergordon. He is ex-WWE champion.

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    Julie Mannell

    Julie Mannell is a Fonthill, Ontario born, Montreal-based poetry and prose writer. She is President of the McGill Creative Writing Society and has published several pieces in various Canadian publications. She is currently living in Vilnius, Lithuania where she has received a fellowship from Summer Literary Seminars. Julie is also the first female to be published in The Barnstormer.

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    Alex Wong

    Alex is originally from Hong Kong, came to Toronto when he was in Grade 3 because his dad promised him that Dragon Ball Z was popular in Canada as well. When his dad was filling out his elementary school application form, he asked him to choose an English name. At the time, he was playing Alex Kidd in Miracle World and so a name was born. He blogs about sports here and tweets @steven_lebron, obviously still trying to run away from his chosen name.

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    Annik Adey-Babinski

    Annik Adey-Babinski grew up in Ottawa. She participated in the Banff Center’s 2011 Wired Writing Studio and is headed to Miami in August of 2012 to work on a poetry MFA at Florida International University. You can find her poems online in The Moose and Pussy, Burner Magazine and Poets and the News. Follow her tweets @poetsandthenews.

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    Marcus P. Andrews

    Marcus P. Andrews Jr. lives in Canada. A business owner, he writes poetry (occasionally while on long bike rides) to be closer to the ones he loves.

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    Binoy Zuzarte

    Binoy Zuzarte lives in the Toronto area. His most recent writing can be found in The Hart House Review and Steps Magazine. He tweets about poetry and his misadventures here.

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    Jeff Blackman

    Jeff Blackman is a poet and research analyst. His most recent mini-chapbook, Back to My Old Self, was published with Odourless Press last year. Poems of his have also appeared recently in Burner, Nod and Soliloquies. He contributed to data analysis on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s five-year review of Community Treatment Orders – Google it!

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    Nathaniel G. Moore

    Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press) and currently lives on Protection Island in British Columbia. He is at work on a book of essays called Fukushima Karaoke.

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    André Narbonne

    André Narbonne spent ten years as a cadet and marine engineer on bulk carriers, tankers, fishery patrol and hydrographic vessels before working nightshift as a stationary engineer in a waste oil refinery to pay for his studies at Dalhousie University. He also tested capelin for a Newfoundland fish plant. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. His favourite band is the Kinks. He lives in Ottawa with Aeriana, Schrödinger, Helena, and Cordelia, two of whom are cats.

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    JB Staniforth

    JB Staniforth is a writer, reporter, and editor who lives and works in Montreal. His first book, The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll Tonight, will be published by Invisible Publishing in November of 2012. As well, he is a regular contributor to the Nation magazine, serving the communities of the James Bay Cree (Eeyou Istchee). His half-marathon PR is 2:23—for now.

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    David Brock

    David Brock is a playwright, poet, librettist and occasional sport blogger. His plays and operas have been produced in Canada, the US, and Europe. He has written two chapbooks of poetry: Gasmask Summer (Emergency Response Unit, 2009) and Black Metal Melody (Ferno House, 2011). You can find him here on Twitter.

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    Kevin Bray

    Kevin Bray writes and teaches in Toronto. He studied at the Humber School for Writers and the Vermont College of Fine Art. His essays often appear in the Globe and Mail and other writing is found in Airplane Reading, The Danforth Review, The Healing Muse and Biostories. His essay, “The Fragmentary Blue of a Butterfly”, is contained in the anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting (Touchwood Editions). He blogs at www.insidethereadingbox.com

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    Laura Saba

    Laura Saba is a Montreal blogger who writes about sports, life, and her adventures on the internet at The Active Stick. She used to be a student journalist and wrote fiction and poetry on the side but now spends most of her time incoherently ranting about sports. She is also working on a collection of short stories that are dying to see the light of day (when she’s not busy being a terrible person on Twitter).

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    E Martin Nolan
    imageE Martin Nolan writes poetry and essays. He received his MA in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto in 2009. He’s a poetry editor and staff reviewer at The Puritan Magazine, where he also helps run the blog, The Town Crier. His essays have appeared inThe Detroit Free Press and The Toronto Review of Books, among others, and his poems have appeared in The Toronto Quarterly andContemporary Verse 2 . He teaches and writes in Toronto. You might know him as Ted. Read more at emartinnolan.wordpress.com.

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    Nic Boshart

    Nic Boshart. Nic works at The Walrus and Invisible Publishing and writes nothing except website blurbs and press releases. He enjoys sports and runs sometimes. He also goes on computers a lot.

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    Sean Cranbury

    Sean Cranbury is a writer by day and bartender by night. He grew up playing baseball in the summers and hockey in the winters. He collects vinyl records and has an opinion or two on book and the internet. Sean lives in east Vancouver and online at seancranbury.com

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    Ann Ward
    Ann Ward is a writer, editor, conference organizer, and breakfast sandwich enthusiast. She lives in Montreal, but flies away often when duty calls. You can find her most recent writing in Dragnet and Contemporary Verse 2, and you follow her on Twitter, if you like.
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    Jeff Dupuis
    Jeff Dupuis writes poetry and short fiction, and reviews non-fiction and how-to books. His work has been published in Bare Hands Poetry Journal, The Rolling Thunder Quarterly, Eclectic Eel, the Acta Victoriana, blogTO and Valve. In his off-hours Jeff likes to train in the martial arts, or if nothing else, watch straight-to-DVD martial arts movies. Jeff Dupuis lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
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    Tyler Munro

    Tyler Munro is a Toronto-based writer who can’t decide whether he likes music or basketball more, so he’s decided to make it his mission to write sarcastically about both. His Twitter account is missing an “e” because some jerk with a great name grabbed the full handle first, but you can still follow along at @tylrmunro.

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    Natalie Zina Walschots  

    Natalie Zina Walschots is the author of DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains (Insomniac Press, 2012) and Thumbscrews (Snare Books, 2007). Here varied resume is both humbling and inspiring, but too long for this space, so let’s just say Natalie writes poetry about S&M, gastroporn, comic books, video games, feminism and difficult music. She’s also the Wordsmith and Promotions Wizard behind Golden Spruce Entertainment, and lives “in a beach cave with three psycho jungle cats and a Bearshark”. Follow her on Twitter, and visit her at nataliezed.ca.

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    Julie Hart

    Julie Hart is a proud mother of four and a grandmother. She is of First Nations blood, a proud Metis. Her family’s band is from Saskatchewan – ‘Carry the Kettle Nation.’ The ultimate goal in Julie’s life is to work with First Nations children. She has worked for innumerable charities including being a Stroke Group Facilitator at the Calgary Foothills Hospital, a speaker for brain injury awareness, fundraising for the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, overseas co-ordinator and operations specialist for The Love of Children’s Society of Alberta, and in 2006 worked in Israel to raise funds for homeless charities. For more information go to www.fortheloveofchildrensociety.org) or juliehart.org.

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    Eric Fershtman

    Eric Fershtman is a writer and editor whose fiction and essays have been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency,Construction Lit, and Squawk Back. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won the Summer Literary Seminars Emerging Writers Award in 2012. He lives in Orlando, FL, at the moment.

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    Stacey May Fowles

    Stacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. She has published two novels, has anthologized some essays, is a regular contributor to The National Post, and currently works at The Walrus. Her third novel is forthcoming with ECW Press in 2013.

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    Christian Charette

    Christian Charette teaches English at the endangered species known as an English College, in some remote part of Quebec where there are more cows than people, and nary a Starbucks in view. A lapsed writer, he has nonetheless managed to publish some fiction and reviews in Matrix and Pilot, as well as the Sherbrooke Record. All he really knows about sports is that pro hockey used to be a whole lot more fun to watch. It fact, you used to even be able to watch it. He lives in Sherbrooke, QC, and still thinks #16 was the best Left Winger ever.

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    Pat Suley

    Suley4Patrick Suley is a baseball analyst, writer, libertarian, and dating coach. He is the co-host of the “Call to the Bullpen” MLB Podcast and writes about baseball and fantasy football for Midwest Sports Fans.

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    Jake Goldsbie

    Jake GoldsbieJake Goldsbie was born and raised in Toronto. After spending four years in Montreal learning how to drink better (and being in school or something), Jake returned to Toronto to find work in a province that would hire him. He has written and worked for the now-defunct AV Club Toronto and for theScore.com. He now has returned to the glamorous life of attempting to be a full-time actor because he hates money, success, and self-confidence. Jake lives in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto and can generally be found hanging out with his dog. You can follow him on Twitter @JGoldsbie.

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    Arjun Basu

    Arjun_01Arjun Basu writes stuff on Twitter. His first novel will be published in spring 2014. He knows how to throw a knuckleball. Badly.

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    Lizy Mostowski

    Lizy MostowskiLizy Mostowski studies Creative Writing and English Literature at Concordia University in Montreal, where she is Editor-in-Chief of Soliloquies Anthology. Last year, she was longlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ribbon Pig, Headlight Anthology, Dragnet Magazine, and The Literarian (forthcoming).

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    Lynette Wilson

    IMG036 - CopyLynette Wilson studies English Literature at Carleton University, and writes poetry and prose about the things in her life that make it ‘worth living.’ That said, a large portion of her scribblings are also found in the form of song lyrics. Lynette has always said that when she “grows up” she wants to be either a “writer or a rock star.”

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    Trevor Battye

    trevorTrevor Battye is a partner at Clevers Media, a consulting firm based in Vancouver, that specializes in marketing, branding, website development, and advertising sales across various media (print, online, social media). Trevor is currently a regular speaker at the Simon Fraser Publishing Program and a contributor to the Vancouver Sun Book Club.

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    Jeffrey Mackie 
    mackiejJeffrey Mackie is a poet and literary journalist living in Montreal. Mackie ran in the last Quebec provincial election for the Green Party in Verdun. He has been a lifelong sports enthusiast except for that weird ”I’m an artsy I can’t be into sports” phase. He currently plays left wing on a team in the Montreal Hockey League of the Arts.
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    Jeff Parker

    Jeff ParkerJeff Parker is the Co-Founder and Director of the DisQuiet International Literary Program, and the author of the novel Ovenman and the short story collection The Taste of Penny. He has taught at the University of Toronto and Eastern Michigan University, and currently he is the Director of the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Tampa.

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    Sebastian Knight

    sebastianknightSebastian Knight is a poet and philosopher based out of New Orleans, Louisiana.  He travels the continent with his dog Buck Mulligan collecting various rocks and counting blades of grass.  Though there is overwhelming proof of his existence he assures us he is only a figment of your imagination.

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    Kenneth Nichols

    kennicholshalloffameKenneth Nichols received his MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State.  He teaches writing at two colleges in Central New York.

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    Rebecca A Eckland 

    Rebecca A Eckland headshotRebecca A Eckland is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California. She also holds two master of arts degrees–one in English and the other in French–awarded by the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work has appeared on USMS.org, as well as in 3/Go Magazine, The Rudder Magazine, Reno News and Review, Tahoe Quarterly, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, The MeadoW, and MARY: A Journal of New Writing.

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    Craig Brownstein

    Caps fanboyCraig is VP of Media Relations at Edelman, and launched PuckBuddys.com, a hockey blog that now enjoys NHL media credentials and positive notice from sports media and team front offices. Through his experience in rink circles, Brownstein manages the media relations on a pro bono basis for You Can Play, an LGBT sports advocacy organization.

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    Jonathan Sapers

    Sapers photJonathan Sapers is a freelance writer and editor in New York. He has published more than a dozen short stories in among others, Confrontation, Pank, Northwest Review, and Short Story America. He is working on assembling a collection of stories to be titled Segues, and a second novel, Serafina. When not writing fiction, he writes regularly about education issues for TC Today and Scholastic Administrator, and irregularly, about other stuff for his blog. For more please go to www.sapersink.com or follow him @Sapuhz.

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    Paul Vermeersch

    Paul Vermeersch author photo by Patrik Jandak2Paul Vermeersch is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Reinvention of the Human Hand (M&S, 2010). His books have been finalists for the Trillium Book Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and his poetry has been translated into Polish, German, and French. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal, and he has taught writing at the University of Guelph and at Sheridan College. He currently lives in Toronto where he is senior editor of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd.

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    Greg Santos

    Greg Santos 3Greg Santos is the author of Tweet Tweet Tweet (Corrupt Press, 2011) and The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). He is the poetry co-editor for the online literary magazine, carte blanche. His writing has appeared in MatrixBranchCha: An Asian Literary JournalMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyFeathertale, and Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing (DC Books, 2007), among other publications. He lives in Montreal with his wife and daughter. Visit his website at http://about.me/greg.santos

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    Gary Barwin

    garybarwincubist2smallGary Barwin is a poet, fiction writer, composer, multimedia artist, and performer. His music and writing have been published, performed and broadcast in Canada, the US, and elsewhere. His publications include the poetry collections:Franzlations [the imaginary Kafka parables] (with Craig Conley & Hugh Thomas; New Star), The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts; BookThug), and The Porcupinity of the Stars. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario and online at garybarwin.com. If you were the last word of this bio, you’d be relieved.

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    John Goldbach

    KHutchinson19webJohn Goldbach is the author of Selected Blackouts, a story collection, and his new book, The Devil and the Detective, a novel, is available this April with Coach House Books.

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    Tim Livingston

    timTim Livingston has worked at Fox affiliate KTVU as well as the Dunedin Blue Jays, Toronto’s High-A affiliate on the Gulf Coast of Florida as play-by-play broadcaster and team beat writer. He now works for his community radio and TV stations, the Sonoma Sun networks, doing football and basketball commentary for his high school alma mater of Sonoma Valley High. He is also the host of “Los Livingston Brothers” with his two younger brothers every Sunday night at 11 p.m. PST on www.sunfmtv.com. His work can be found at The Outside Corner, which is a part of The Bloguin Network.

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    Laura Broadbent

    LAURALaura Broadbent lives in Montreal. Follow her as she follows Christ @gnarwalrus.

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    Quinn MacDonald

    SONY DSCQuinn MacDonald has one year left in the student bubble at the University of Victoria, where she majors in English and minors in professional writing. Upon release, she hopes to be a journalist, but for now she works for The Warren Undergraduate Review, and is a senior editor and copywriter for Concrete Garden magazine, a new urban agriculture magazine based in Victoria. She also sometimes writes about politics and other stuff at The Flying V, and has published literary criticism in The Albatross. She grew up playing hockey, but recently made the switch to roller derby. She plays as The Wife of Wrath for the Margarita Villains, and won 2012 Rookie of the Year in her league (Eve’s of Destruction). Follow her on Twitter @quinnmacdonald.

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    Justin Kinnear

    Justin KinnearJustin Kinnear lives in Toronto, works at a literary agency, and was production editor for an issue of the literary journal Descant. He has lived in Korea and Iceland and warmed a good bench back in his high school basketball days.

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    David Tanklefsky 

    263524_10100163329922376_7599266_nDavid Tanklefsky is a radio broadcaster, musician, freelance writer and former minor league play-by-play man. His writing on the media has appeared in Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Guide.  His online work has been featured in Thought Catalog and the Batter Chatter baseball blog.  He lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Follow him on Twitter @davidtanklefsky.

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    Alex Skillin

    photo (5)Alex Skillin is a writer who lives in Boston. He is the proprietor of www.BallGameBanter.com, a blog on the AL East and works as a Staff Editor for SoxProspects.com. His writing has also appeared at The Classical, Get Real Basketball, and The Celebrity Cafe, along with a few other places across the Internet. He is also currently a marketing intern at the MIT Press and has a curious affinity for modern American literature. You can follow Alex on Twitter or Tumblr.

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    Ashley Varela

    headshotAshley is a freelance writer, baseball aficionado, and social media addict from Seattle, Washington. She currently contributes to Prospect Insider and High Heat Stats, though you may find her lurking around four or five other blogs at any given time. Her first book is forthcoming, either in this or the next decade.

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    Michael Lista

    DC_Michael_Lista04.jpgMichael Lista is the author of Bloom. He is the poetry columnist for the National Post, and the poetry editor of The Walrus. A second book, The Scarborough, will appear in 2014.

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    Diane Elayne Dees

    IMG_8757Diane Elayne Dees’s poetry has been published in many journals and anthologies. Diane, who lives in Louisiana, publishes Women Who Serve, a blog about women’s professional tennis.

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    Nick Thran

    NickThranNick Thran’s most recent collection of poems, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Halifax Hal, a children’s poem with illustrations by Gabe Foreman, will appear under Bayeux Arts’ ‘Odd Little Books’ imprint this summer. He lives in Montreal.

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    Alexis Larkin

    Alexis Larkin PictureAlexis Larkin lives, writes, and is learning to love hockey in the great Garden State.  If you can get her to understand the “offside” rule, she may even share her nachos with you. Her poetry has been selected for publication in theFat City Review and the Pea River Journal.

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    Andrew Faulkner

    Faulkner - author photoAndrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. His poems have been published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, and his chapbook Useful Knots and How to Tie Them was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. He lives in Toronto. His first book, Need Machine, was published by Coach House Books this April.

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    rob mclennan

    rob-photo-by-christine-mcnair-at-eiffel-tower-october-3-2012The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, rob mclennan won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012) and grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), and a novel, missing persons (2009). He runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Reviewseventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poeticsand the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. Find him at robmclennan.blogspot.com.

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    Ashliegh Gehl

    AshlieghGehlAshliegh Gehl is a professional writer and multimedia journalist living in Ontario. She has written for the Herald de Paris, Women’s Post, Montreal Gazette, and Quill & Quire.

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    Hannah Sloane

    photo_hsHannah Sloane lives in New York. More of her fiction and essays can be found at: hannahsloanewrites.com.

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    Matt Robinson

    Matt RobinsonMatt Robinson’s most recent collection is Against the Hard Angle (ECW, 2010). Previous collections include no cage contains a stare that well (ECW, 2005) – a full-length collection of hockey poems – and A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking (Insomniac, 2000). His poems have won awards including the Grain Prose Poetry Prize, the Petra Kenney Award, and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. His poem ‘The Grain Elevators’ was recently adapted into a short film produced and directed by Megan Wennberg and will debut at the 2013 Halifax Independent Filmmakers’ Festival. Robinson is currently working on a new collection of poems, titled a fist made and then un-made.

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    Gillian Jerome

    Gillian Jerome’s first book of non-fiction Hope In Shadows, Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Brad Cran) won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. Her first book of poems, Red Nest (Nightwood), won the ReLit Prize for Poetry in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2010. She teaches literature at UBC, edits poetry at EVENT magazine, and busts her hump at Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (www.cwila.com).

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    Jacob McArthur Mooney

    moonepicJacob McArthur Mooney is the host of the Pivot Reading Series, which runs bi-weekly out of The Press Club at 850 Dundas West in Toronto. He is the author of the poetry collections The New Layman’s Almanac (McClelland & Stewart, 2008) and Folk (same, 2011) and is working on a long-suffering novel about a commune. His lifetime favourite sporting event is the Ivanisevic-Rafter Men’s final from the 2001 US Open.

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    Brian Davis

    Brian DavisBrian Davis was born, and he hasn’t died yet. He enjoys the written word, sometimes even enjoys writing the words. The folks at thesmokingjacket.com are good enough to let him write words about sports and video games on a regular basis. And once he won an award for writing words, but it was from a University, so its merits are dubious. He lives with his beautiful wife who feeds him.

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    Cliffton Price

    UrbanCliffster (1)Cliffton Price’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gingerbread HouseRuminate MagazineLunch TicketLittle Patuxent ReviewWaccamawRio Grande ReviewRay’s Road ReviewArtichoke HaircutMARYLove Poems and Other Messages for Bruce SpringsteenInside Higher Ed, and r.kv.r.y.  A golfer for more than twenty years, the only thing preventing him from turning pro is his game.

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    Andrew Battershill

    meAndrew Battershill is the Fiction Editor of Dragnet Magazine. He recently completed his M.A in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

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    Tyler Morency

    Morency_PicTyler Morency is a Montreal-based writer, the Art Director and Designer for Matrix magazine and a grad student. His writing has been shortlisted for a couple of awards and he’s working a book, and he hosts The Pilot Reading Series on the last Sunday of each month. He’s a diehard Calgary Flames fan. He dreams of owning a dog one day and being able to take care of it properly.

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    Maria Williams-Russell

    headshotweb (1)Maria Williams-Russell is the author of A Love Letter To Say There Is No Love (FutureCycle Press) and the founding editor of Shape&Nature Press. Her poems have appeared in Bateau, Boxcar Poetry Review, Sous Rature, Belleview Literary Review, Chronogram, and other journals and sidewalks. She teaches writing and literature at Greenfield Community College and is a Pushcart Prize nominee.

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    Connolly Ryan

    Ryan ConnollyConnolly Ryan was born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1967. He is currently a professor of literature at University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was thrice a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award. His visceral and witty poetry has been published in various journals including Bateau, Ditch, Umbrella, Citron, Satire, Scythe, Slope, Meat For Tea, Pannax Index, Satire and Old Crow. He is also a multiple Pushcart nominee. He has two finished Manuscripts: Fort Polio and The Uncle Becky Chronicles.

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    Alysha Dawn

    alyshaAlysha Dawn attended Sheridan College where she received her BAA from the Illustration program. Since graduating, she has been doing freelance work, 2D art for mobile games, as well as developed the visual direction of the Printchomp brand. Check out more of her work at www.alyshadawn.com.

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    Pat Bourke

    Pat Bourke - smallPat Bourke is a business writer, editor, and children’s author from Toronto. Yesterday’s Dead, a historical novel for ages 9 to 14, was published by Second Story Press in 2012. She’s currently at work on a second novel for middle-grade readers, and thinking about mining her history as a baseball mom for a future work. Her son is still playing baseball.

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    Dina Del Bucchia

    ddb_016.v2Dina Del Bucchia is a writer, literary event coordinator and dress enthusiast who lives in Vancouver. Her writing has appeared in literary publications across Canada, and as art in Old Friends’ exhibition, Funny Business, contributes to Canada Arts Connect magazine and she has taught writing workshops to children and teen. Del Bucchia was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Coping with Emotions and Otters is her first book. You can find out a bit more about her at dinadelbucchia.com.

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    Geoffrey Lansdell
    Geoff in SingaporeGeoffrey Lansdell grew up in Victoria, BC, and moved to Montreal 14 years ago. A freelance teacher and journalist who writes about sports and public health issues, he has published two books of sports journalism: Alexander Ovechkin (2009) and Weird Facts About Curling (2008). He has also written articles for Macleans.ca, The Toronto Star, AskMen.com, The Warehouse, and Montréal en santé. You can follow him on Twitter. He has 0 tweets to his name and 1 follower (his wife, fellow Barnstormer contributor Ann Ward).

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    Kevin Vanstone

    KV HS SquareKevin Vanstone graduated from the University of Victoria in April, and has moved back to Vancouver to blog about the city he loves at The Flying V. He writes about the Canucks for Northwest Sports Beat and music at the Lyfstyl Music Blog. Kevin grew up playing a veriety of sports but prefers to talk politcs these days. Follow him on Twitter @KevinVanstone.

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    Erin Flegg

    erinfleggErin Flegg is a freelance writer and journalist in Vancouver. She recently completed an MFA in creative writing and her favourite sport is figure skating.

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    Justin Robertson

    JRJustin Robertson is an Australian-born, Toronto-based journalist. Currently working at the Hamilton Spectator as a news reporter. As a freelance writer he has been published  in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and National Post. He has written urban affairs for the Toronto Standard, social etiquette columns for the Spectator Tribune and web pieces for Open File.ca and Grid TOFollow him on Twitter, @justinjourno.

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    Thierry Côté

    IMG_0859When Thierry Côté isn’t absorbing popular culture minutiae or trying fruitlessly to understand the difference between Fangraphs and Baseball Reference WARs, he spends most of his time working on his PhD dissertation and researching music, politics, and international relations. He writes about popular culture for Popdose, and you can read his musings about music and politics at http://sonicweapons.net. Follow him on Twitter @tcote, but any mention of Daniel Alfredsson’s signing with the Detroit Red Wings will immediately get you blocked and reported for spam.

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    Rob Thomas

    Rob_ThomasRob Thomas likes to consider himself one of those selfless pricks. He is a writer, a journalist and a marathoner runner. His essays on running appear in Canadian Running from time to time. He’s slowly working towards a flash fiction collection called Running Shorts.

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    Zachary Alapi

    IMG_0510_2Zachary Alapi (@ZacharyAlapi) is a writer currently based in Montreal. His boxing journalism has appeared on East Side Boxing and Bleacher Report, where he served as a featured columnist. He also freelances for The Banff Centre’s Literary Arts department. Website: zacharyalapi.com

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    Shane McNeil

    shaneShane McNeil is a baseball, soccer and hockey editor at TSN.ca and author of the bi-weekly “Soundtracking” column on Cineplex.com. He can be found on Twitter@come_back_shane.

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    Jamie Popowich

    popowichJamie Popowich is the author short story collection Metraville. For Metraville updates join @metraville on Twitter where Metravillians are desperate to tell you of their day.

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    Bryan Acker

    bryanacker2Bryan Acker is the co-founder of the Canadian music blog, herohill.com. Focused on independent Canadian artists, the blog has spent the last seven years highlighting unsung acts and providing a stepping stone for new artists. Bryan is a Polaris juror (Grand Jury in 2009) and wishes more people enjoyed making 80s/early 90s hip-hop references. Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is.

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    Julie Veilleux

    JulieVJulie Veilleux lives in Montreal, where she works as a writer/translator, and is a volunteer crisis counselor at a sexual assault crisis centre. She was a regular contributor to Montreal’s sports radio, and her views on sports, feminism and sexuality have appeared on Yahoo! Sports, CBC, SB Nation and at Playground Conference. She is fluent in three languages, and does not like spiders.

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    Josh Brown

    coffeeOriginally from Truro, NS, Josh Brown has been living in Halifax for the last six years working as a letter carrier. He’s an aspiring copy editor (currently in training) and frequently reads manuscripts for The Antigonish Review. Otherwise, his passions include offering commentary on televised football, shopping for bike parts, eating take-out, and playing with dogs.

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    Sara Stefanini

    IMG_1791Sara Stefanini is a half-Italian, half-Australian third culture kid living in London. On weekdays, she reports on oil and gas news for a daily trade pub. On evenings and weekends, she writes about anything other than energy. She is also a long-time equestrienne.

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    Bob Bent

    DSCF4014Bob Bent lives in Lawrencetown, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. He has been previously published in the Nashwaak Review and All Rights Reserved and a series of travel/running articles in the Run Nova Scotia Raconteur. A book of Christmas stories entitled Have Yourself a Silly Little Christmas with illustrator, Andrea Wood, will be published in mid-October.

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    Alex Manley

    397777_10201169997556420_373966540_nAlex Manley is a Montreal writer. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve magazine and the Scrivener Creative Review, among others. In 2012, he won Concordia University’s Irving Layton Award for Fiction. Despite preferring the Canadiens, he still thinks the Expos should come back. 

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    Display PicDaniel Reynolds is the Editor-in-Chief at The Same Page, a contributor to 22 Pages, a tweeter at @aka_Reynolds, a writer of comics and a person who cares too much about basketball, movies, books and music. He sometimes appears on Global’s The Morning Show to talk about film. And yes, beyond all logic, he remains a Raptors fan.

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    Rob Maguire

    robmaguireRob Maguire is an arts marketing consultant, and works with arts organizations, artists, and businesses working in the cultural sector to build audiences, develop their brands, and communicate effectively with the public. Find him here and on Twitter @RobMaguire.

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    Jacqueline Valencia

    jacqJacqueline Valencia is a poet, writer, and film critic. Her work has appeared in Dead Gender Magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, Little Fiction, and Lemon Hound. She has published two chapbooks and a poetry collection The Octopus Complex (LyricalMyrical Press 2013). Currently working on her second book The Alien due out Spring 2014. Jacqueline is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She is a senior staff film critic at Next Projection and founding editor of These Girls On Film.

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    Michael Lee-Murphy

    mlm2Michael Lee-Murphy is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve, The Tyee, and rabble.ca. Follow him on twitter @mickleemurph.

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    Marita Dachsel 

    MaritaDachselMarita Dachsel is the author of Glossolalia (Anvil Press, 2013), Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle press, 2009), and All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007). Her play Initiation Trilogy was produced by Electric Company Theatre and featured at the 2012 Vancouver International Writers Fest. She lives in Victoria and is the current Artist in Residence at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Culture and Society.

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    Matt MacLellan

    Matt MacLellan is a research manager living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a committed-but-mediocre athlete. When not managing neuorimaging research, Matt is writing or pursuing his passion for sport and fitness.

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    Peter McCambridge

    Peter McCambridge is originally from Ireland and lives in Quebec City. He translates novels and tourism articles from French. His passion are soccer, baseball, hockey, and Quebec literature, more or less in that order. You can find him at www.petermccambridge.com or www.quebecreads.com, which he edits.

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    Tommy McGrath

    tommyTommy McGrath lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and attends Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, where he was awarded the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship for Excellence in Sports Journalism.

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    Lisa Aitken

    LisaAitken_headshot (1)Lisa Aitken is a freelance editor and part-time bowler living in Montreal.

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    Quinn Smith

    1904189_10101197846622667_1939351232_nQuinn Smith lives in Miami and writes about the Magic City and its people, frequently on Twitter (@quinnsmith2). He is also a lawyer, most notably for Bolivarian countries.

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    Jake Braun

    headshot_1Jake Braun is a writer and poet from Thorold, Ontario. His work has appeared in ditch, and ti<, a journal of text-and-image criticism/creation.

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