Sandy Pool hails from Erin, Ontario and is a holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary. Her first book Exploding Into Night was short-listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for poetry and Undark: An Oratorio was short-listed for an Alberta Book Award for Poetry and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Pool’s impressive background in many areas of theatre performance, creative writing, and libretto crafting lend a Euripidean sensibility and dramatic force to the latter marvel.
Recipient of the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, Jamella Hagen grew up in Hazelton, BC and has lived in Vancouver, Brazil and South Korea. Her award-winning poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies across Canada. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a former editor of PRISM international. Hagen teaches at Yukon College and makes her home in Whitehorse, where she is an active member of the Whitehorse Poetry Society.