Judges to be announced March 2011

Janice Kulyk

Janice Kulyk Keefer

English Creative Writing Janice Kulyk Keefer has lectured on Canadian writing and given readings from her work across Canada and Europe, as well as in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. She is the author of three books of short stories, three collections of poetry, five novels, two works of literary criticism, a family memoir, and a children’s book. Among her awards are First Prize (twice) in the CBC Radio Literary Competition and The National Magazine Award; the Canadian Authors’ Association poetry award, the Marian Engel Award and the $25,000 Kobzar Award. She has been awarded several Canada Council grants for the Arts, and two awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, most recently an Artist/Researcher grant 2005-2007. A frequent reviewer of literary books for The Globe and Mail, Janice Kulyk Keefer has judged numerous Canadian literary competitions. She has taught at creative writing workshops across Canada, including Banff, Sage Hill and the Humber School for Writers. Recently, she participated in the creation, and staging of, and acted in Judith Thompson’s play Body and Soul. She is currently at work on a book of poetry on post-Orange Revolution Ukraine and on a novel based on the interconnected lives of painters Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their servant Grace Germany. Among her research interests are ekphrasis and the relationship between verbal and visual imagery: she is currently working on a collaborative project with Toronto painter Natalka Husar. Her teaching interests have ranged from literature and ethnicity to the short fiction of Katherine Mansfield and Mavis Gallant; most recently she has focused on the impact of today’s political, environmental and economic crises on works of fiction and non-fiction, and on the literary representation of Domestic Service. Dr. Kulyk Keefer’s main supervisory duties are devoted to Masters’ theses produced by students enrolled in the Guelph-Humber Creative Writing program. Her pedagogical philosophy can be summarized as the stimulation of critical consciousness and aesthetic awareness vis-a-vis the reading of literary texts and an insistence on grammatical accuracy and stylistic competence in written assignments. The creation of opportunities for the interplay of literary study and creative writing is one of her special interests.
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Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

Her website is www.KelleyArmstrong.com
Kelley’s phone number is 519 773-2186
and her email address is kelley@kelleyarmstrong.com

Peter Galbraith

Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith, is a best selling author and former U.S. diplomat. He began his career as a professor at Windham College in Putney and at the School International Training in Brattleboro. In 1977, he was elected the youngest ever Chair of the Vermont State Democratic Committee and helped lay the foundation for today’s progressive politics. In 1979, he joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he uncovered and helped stop Saddam Hussein’s genocide against the Kurds. In 1993, President Clinton appointed him the first U.S. Ambassador to Croatia where he negotiated the peace agreement that ended the Croatian War. He served with the United Nations in East Timor and Afghanistan. He has run an international business from Townshend, Vermont since 2003. Peter is a trustee of Marlboro College and on the board of the Grace Cottage Foundation. Peter is the middle son of noted author, economist and statesman, John Kenneth Galbraith. He has won a recent election and is now a senator in the Vermont Senate. Peter is currently writing a book on Afghanistan.