Blood and Water
edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
Hayden Trenholm’s stories have appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, Gaslight Grotesque and on CBC radio. In 2008, he won the Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award, “Like Water in the Desert.” He won a second Aurora in 2011 for his short story, “The Burden of Fire.” His first SF novel, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008) and sequel, Steel Whispers, (2009) were nominated for Aurora Awards in the novel category. Stealing Home, was published in August 2010 and received an Aurora and a Sunburst Award nomination. He recently edited a collection of short stories called Blood and Water. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, published by Anvil Press in 1992, won the Three-Day Novel Writing contest. In December 2012 he bought Bundoran Press Publishing House.
He lives with his wife and fellow writer, Elizabeth, in Ottawa where he works as a policy analyst for the Senator for the Northwest Territories. He has a B.Sc in Chemistry and a B.A and M.A in Social and Political Thought. In the past he has served on numerous arts and other Boards and worked for many years as the coordinator of a “learning through the arts” school program. He spent 6 years in the 1990s as a full-time writer, actor and director (and part-time bartender).>
Hair Side, Flesh Side
by Helen Marshall, ChiZine Publications
Helen Marshall is an author, editor, and self-proclaimed bibliophile. Her poetry has been published in The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex and the long-running Tesseracts anthology series. In 2011, she released a poetry chapbook entitled Skeleton Leaves from Kelp Queen Press that was jury-selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award and nominated for a Rhysling Award. Her collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side will be released in November, 2012.
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing
edited by Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas, ChiZine Publications / Tightrope Books
Sandra Kasturi: The Co-Publisher at ChiZine Publications, Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, as well as co-creator of a kids animated TV series. In 2005, she won ARC magazines annual Poem of the Year award. She is the poetry editor of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words and the Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, TransVersions, On Spec, Taddle Creek, several of the Tesseracts series, 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, and Northern Frights 4. Her cultural essay, Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood appeared in the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Slayers, Mutants and Freaks. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and sporadically runs her other imprint, Kelp Queen Press. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books). She is represented by the Anne McDermid Agency, and is currently working on her first novel, a mythological noir. She enjoys single-malt scotch, red lipstick, and Viggo Mortensen.
Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry (Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes, and The Human Cannonball), a book of short ghost stories ( The Hairwreath and Other Stories), and was the co-editor of the anthologies Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing and In The Dark: Tales of the Supernatural. Her work has appeared in many anthologies including Chilling Tales 2, The White Collar Anthology, Bad Seed and Girls Who Bite Back. She has also appeared in numerous magazines such as CNQ, The LRC and Variety Crossings. Halli has received funding for her writing through grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
She is also the publisher of Tightrope Books, which has published 61 books to date, including the acclaimed yearly anthologies The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and The Best Canadian Essays.
Published by the Copper Pig Writers Society
In 1989, a small group of Edmonton writers formed The Copper Pig Writers Society in order to fill a niche in Canada. At the time, there was no paying market for literary works that the major American SF & Fantasy magazines deemed to be too “alien” for their audiences.
English-speaking Canadian SF writers were frustrated with having to “Americanize” their stories for the paying markets. We knew there was an audience hungry for thoughtful, intelligent (often unconventional) SF and Fantasy with a uniquely Canadian perspective. After selling out our initial print run of a test issue filled with stories sent to us by invitation, we began receiving inquiries as to when the “next one” would appear. That was nearly twenty years ago!
edited by Ace Jordyn, Calvin D. Jim, and Renée Bennett, Absolute XPress