Artist Statement: I was inspired to create this piece as COVID progressed and there was an onslaught of media attention, both good and bad. The push-pull between truth and misinformation made me anxious for what might happen to our communities and world.
Michele Rule is a disabled poet and artist from in Kelowna, BC. She is published in WordCity Literary Journal, the Lothlorien, the Pine Cone Review, Five Minute Lit and Chicken Soup for the Soul, among others. Her artwork can be found in homes around the city. Michele lives happily with two dogs, two cats and a wonderful partner.
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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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