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IMG_1964 Janice Williamson is founder and editor of the pomegranate. She teaches creative writing and Canadian literature at the University of Alberta and mothers a teenager. She has published nonfiction and fiction, interviews and memoir, essays and an award-winning long poem. Favourite subjects have included peace activism and shopping malls, trauma and photography, sexuality and pleasure, Canadian women writers and visual artists, the feminist flaneur and empathy, international adoption and mothering. Her most recent book is the anthology Omar Khadr, Oh Canada (McGill Queen’s, 2012). See bio.



Pamela Banting started the Association for Literature, the Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC). Writers, artists in all disciplines, professors, and graduate students working in the environmental arts, ecotheory or ecocriticism may wish to subscribe to the ALECC listserv. Please visit our website at for information and to browse our newsletter The Goose.

Pamela has published creative nonfiction essays, a book of literary theory, Body Inc.: A Theory of Translation Poetics (1995), and an anthology of contemporary western-Canadian writing about nature, landscape and sense of place entitled Fresh Tracks: Writing the Western Landscape (1998). She published two poetry chapbooks, Running Into the Open and Bareback. She organized the Dorothy Livesay archives at the University of Manitoba and co-wrote The Dorothy Livesay Papers (1986).
Her current research and writing interests are in Canadian and western North American literature, interdisciplinary and cultural studies, especially nature writing and environmental literature and ecotheory. For example, I conduct research, teach courses and supervise graduate work on such topics as theories of ‘the animal,’ writing about landscapes, the question of setting, local knowledge in a global world, writing the rural, settlers and nomads, the poetics of place and space, wilderness and wilder places, wild animal stories, extinction narratives, literature of the Canadian and American Wests, and environmental activism in literature. She also have an ongoing interest in what I have called ‘translation poetics’, as well as writing the body or corporeal theory.

Katherine J. Barrett is a Canadian living in Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City,” with her husband and three young sons. She holds a PhD in Botany and Ethics and has previously taught at the University of British Columbia.
Her creative writing has appeared in Mom Writers’ Literary Magazine (Mamazina),Cahoots MagazineCup of Comfort for Mothers, and Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering.

Katherine is also assistant editor for the online fiction journal, Page Forty-Seven, and a contributing editor to Alternatives Journal (University of Waterloo). She blogs at:

Kim Echlin won the 2010 CBC literary nonfiction award for “I, Witness,” an innovative essay that explores the Pol Pot years in Cambodia. The subject was transformed into her Giller-nominated and Barnes & Noble winner novel The DisappearedA new of nonfiction Tell Others (forthcoming, Penguin) extends her thought about witness and literature. Her first nonfiction book work was a creative nonfiction biography, Elizabeth Smart: a fugue essay on women & creativity.

She has been a documentary-maker, editor and teacher, working and travelling in Europe, China, the Marshall Islands, Africa and Cambodia. As editor and participant, Kim has worked at The Banff Centre Literary Journalism Program. Her fiction includes Elephant Winter, which won a Torgi Award and was nominated for a Books in Canada first novel award, Dagmar’s Daughter, and a translation from Sumerian, Inanna. She currently writes and teaches in Toronto where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.,She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Fiction for her first novel The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, and Mandela, and hailed in the Globe and Mail as “one of the best modern Canadian novels.”
Her other books include Grace and Poison, One Room in a Castle, This Brighter Prison, The Disorder of Love, and The Small Words in My Body. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.

Fiona Tinwei Lam’s first book of poetry, Intimate Distances, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.  Her work has been published in literary magazines Canada-wide and in over sixteen anthologies (Canada, Hong Kong, and the US), and has been twice featured on local transit as part of B.C.’s Poetry in Transit, as well as aired on CBC Radio.  She is a co-editor of and contributor to the literary non-fiction anthology, Double Lives, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.   Her second book of poetry, Enter the Chrysanthemum, came out in 2009.  Last year her work was selected for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010.   Besides being a regular contributor to The Tyee online news magazine, she is the editor of  The Bright Well, a collection of  contemporary Canadian poetry about facing and surviving cancer coming out with Leaf Press this fall.  Oolichan Books will be publishing The Rainbow Rocket, her first book for children (about a boy who deals with the loss of a grandparent),  in the spring of 2012.

Susan Olding was recently named one of The New Quarterly’s “Most Loved Living Canadian Writers” alongside authors including Patrick Lane and Alice Munro. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies across Canada and the United States. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, two Western Magazine Awards, and a CBC Literary Award; she is also a two-time winner of the Event Creative Non-fiction Contest and a winner of the Prairie Fire Non-fiction Contest.
Susan earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has been a frequent contributor to several discussion groups, workshops, and web resources for adoptive parents. Her work has also appeared in such anthologies as Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery (Anvil Press), The Lucky Ones: Our Stories of Adopting Children from China (ECW Press), Between Interruptions: Mothers Write on Guilt, Anxiety, Ambition, and More (Key Porter), and Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queens University Press). Susan Olding lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario, where she works at the Queen’s University Writing Centre and blogs at

Samantha Power is News Editor and writer at Vue Magazine, an Edmonton weekly.

Sheila Pratt
started as a rookie reporter during Alberta’s first boom in the late 1970s and has been analysing and commenting on the changing political and social landscape ever since, as a writer and editor. A graduate of Queen’s University, Pratt covered the provincial legislature in the Lougheed and Getty years. Her work included national and provincial television and radio commentary. Pratt is also co-author of a book Running On Empty, Alberta After the Boom (that’s the first boom). In 2001, Pratt won the Southam Journalism Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is currently an editorial writer and Sunday columnist and feature writer at the Edmonton Journal.

Malinda S. Smith is a passionate advocate of engaged citizenship, writing, scholarship and public service. She teaches international and comparative politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Her research and teaching explore questions of equity and social justice; poverty, inequality and social exclusion; and terrorism and the intersections of critical development studies and security studies. She is the editor of three volumes on Africa, including Globalizing Africa (2003); Beyond the ‘African Tragedy’: Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (2006); and Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (2010). She is the founding editor of The Ardent: Anti-Racism and Decolonization Review (2008), and the co-editor of States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010).
Malinda served as the University of Alberta’s first representative to the City of Edmonton’s working group for the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination that created the Racism Free Edmonton (RFE) Action Plan. Currently she serves on the University of Alberta’s Equity Issues Advisory Committee, and Chairs the AASUA’s Equity Committee. Nationally, Malinda is on the national steering committee of  Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity/Equality, and serves as vice-president Equity Issues for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, where she initiated and contributes to ‘Equity Matters’ on the Fedcan blog. Malinda is also the recipient of a number of awards: the 1998 Black Achievement Award (Educator category) from the Black Achievement Award Society of Alberta, the 2010 Anti-Racism Award (individual category) from the Alberta Centre for Race and Culture, and the ‘2011 Woman of the Year Award’ from the University of Alberta’s Academic Women’s Association.

Rita Wong is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). Wong received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award in 1997, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008.
An Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she has developed a humanities course focused on water, for which she received a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is currently researching the poetics of water with the support of a SSHRC Research/Creation grant. Rita blogs at

4 thoughts on “contributors”

  1. Fabulous to have a place so current, so sensitive to women and women cnf writers’ interests. Thank you, Janice, for initiating “pomengranate”- my very best wishes for its success! I look forward to getting to know many new Canadian women writers.

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