Artist, Collaborative Creative, Counsellor, Lifelong Learner. Shannon Mackinnon’s first career love was the arts, and that passion has continued to feed the creation of visual, performative, written, spoken, and community arts from long before and after their BFA in Drawing and MSW in Clinical Social Work were completed. Through helping run a gallery, mentor other artists and those with creative sparks, challenging social inequities, provoking discussion and random studio creating, the arts have been a constant and caring source of being seen, of channeling an imperfect existence into tangible being. Healing and the arts as a lifepath has been central to forming an intersectional identity where clinical counselling, social work, queerness, feminism, activism and effecting positive change have grown in importance over time. You can find out more if you are curious at http://www.hiveandheart.ca.
Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta.
Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023.
Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.
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