Swoon Fall 2016 is forthcoming on November 5, 2016. Check out the swoony details on the authors you’ll be meeting! To RSVP to the evening, check out the event page on Facebook. And for a full history and all bios of past Swoon authors, check out our Readers page.
Adrienne Gruber is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Buoyancy Control (BookThug) and This is the Nightmare (Thistledown Press), and three chapbooks, Mimic (Leaf Press), Everything Water (Cactus Press) and Intertidal Zones (Jack Pine Press). She has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Awards in poetry, Descant’s Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Contest and twice for ARC’s Poem of the Year Contest. Her poem “Gestational Trail” was awarded first prize in The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest in 2015 and she won the bpNichol Chapbook Award for Mimic in 2012. Originally from Saskatoon, Adrienne lives in Vancouver with her partner Dennis and their daughters Quintana and Tamsin.
Kamile Kapel is a writer, improvising diva and filmmaker. She has released a CD of original music called Kiss the Ground, written a one woman show, Give me that Map and she’s currently working on her first book at the SFU Writer’s Studio. Her writing is erotic, funny and conversation-starting. She often finds her audiences challenged to get through her stories without telling a few of their own.
Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is the Managing Editor at Room Magazine. Chelene is a 2013 graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU, and was the 2016 Poetry Section Editor for their emerge Anthology. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects. Chelene’s second book, Dear Current Occupant, is a cross-genre, memoir-ish sonnet-esque story built in the form of letters (forthcoming with BookThug 2018). Chelene is now working on a novel that takes place in the Black community of Vancouver’s Strathcona in the 1950’s, with fiction mentor, Jen Sookfong Lee.
Claire Matthews is working on her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in Loose Lips Magazine, Joyland, Room, Arc Poetry, and Plenitude Magazine. Her poetry was long-listed for the 2013 CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize and has recently appeared in The Maynard. In her spare time, she makes soap and drinks whisky.
Laura Yan is a writer, wanderer, and New Yorker. Her essays and journalism have appeared (or is upcoming) in GQ, Pacific Standard, Victory Journal, GOOD, Penthouse, Longreads, Jezebel, Thrillist, Hopes & Fears, The Hairpin, and elsewhere. Her fiction and poetry have appeared (/is upcoming) in Foundling Review, Elastic Magazine, The Rusty Toque, Newer York, and Lonewolf Magazine. She’s a MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia and at work on a novel.