Tamar Glouberman has spent much of her life working as an outdoor guide. That career has given her opportunities to work and travel in exotic places such as the Galapagos, Zambia, and Peru, but she is most grateful that it has allowed her to enjoy many adventures in remote areas of North America, among wild rivers and grizzly bears. When she is not off exploring the wilderness, she lives in beautiful Whistler, BC. Tamar is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at UBC. The adventure memoir Chasing Rivers: A Whitewater Life (Douglas & McIntyre) is her first book.
Hilary Peach has released three audio-poetry projects, Poems Only Dogs Can Hear, Suitcase Local, and Dictionary of Snakes, and a collection of poems, BOLT (Anvil Press). For twenty years she worked as a welder for the Boilermakers Union, dabbled in blacksmithing, and produced unusual art projects on Gabriola Island. She is now a boiler inspector for the provincial safety authority and is writing a novel. Her memoir, Thick Skin: Field Notes from a Sister in the Brotherhood (Anvil Press), is a collection of strange stories carefully told, in tenderness and ferocity, for anyone who has spent time in a trade, or is curious about the unseen world of industrial construction.
Moderator Kate Braid worked as a receptionist, construction labourer, apprentice, journey-carpenter and contractor before finally “settling down” as a teacher. She has taught construction and creative writing, the latter at SFU, UBC and VIU. Kate is the author of numerous poetry books, most recently Elemental, as well as the 2012 memoir Journeywoman and the 2020 collection of essays Hammer & Nail (all published by Caitlin Press). In 2015 Kate was awarded the Mayor of Vancouver’s Award for the Literary Arts for showing leadership and support for Vancouver’s cultural community, and in 2016 she received the Pandora’s Collective BC Writers Mentor Award.