Ruth Daniell (creator & co-host) is a writer and the editor of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts (Caitlin Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Arc, CV2, Event, Grain, and Room Magazine. Recent honours include the receipt of a Canada Council for the Arts grant and first prize in the 2016 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest with The New Quarterly. After a decade on the West Coast, she now lives with her family in Kelowna, BC.
Sierra Skye Gemma (co-host) is an award-winning writer and journalist recently honoured with a National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer, the top creative non-fiction award in Rhubarb’s Taboo Literary Contest, a long-list nod in House of Anansi’s Broken Social Scene Story Contest, and a BC Arts Council scholarship. For many years she an Executive Editor of PRISM international, western Canada’s oldest literary magazine. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, The Vancouver Sun, Plenitude, and elsewhere. Her essay “The Wrong Way” was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2013 anthology.
♥ GRAPHIC DESIGNER ♥
Jeffrey Ricker (co-host for Swoon: April 4, 2014 & current graphic designer) is the author of Detours, published in 2011 by Bold Strokes Books, and the YA fantasy The Unwanted. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction,Men of the Mean Streets, Speaking Out, and others. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he also holds his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He lives in St. Louis with his partner and their contrary dachshund.
♥ FRIENDS OF SWOON ♥
Many other folks have helped with Swoon, either by making phone calls, writing emails, taking photos at events, or helping to spread the word and spread the love. Special thanks go out to Rachel McKinley, Kayla Czaga, James Daniell, Matthew Pixton, Laura Ritland, and the management and staff at Trees Coffee downtown Granville Street.