March 2019 - Michael V. Smith and Judith Penner

March 20, 2019

Michael V. Smith is a writer, filmmaker, and performer. He teaches Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna BC. Smith has three poetry books, the most recent being Bad Ideas, published by Nightwood Editions in 2017. Nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, Smith has won the Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers, a Western Magazine Gold Award for Fiction, and numerous film prizes for his video-poems. Smith identifies as a radical faerie, femme man, and a flashy dresser. 

After two decades as a journalist, poet, and short story writer (The Observer Magazine UK, Fiddlehead, Best Canadian Stories) and co-author of several non-fiction books, Judith Penner spent a long period pre-occupied with family, travel, and teaching yoga and related workshops in India, Europe and North America. She has written for the CBC and the NFB and edited several books on art, including the award-winning The Colour of our Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art (VAG). More recently, her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in catalogues (readymades, Smith Foundation), anthologies (Sustenance, Anvil Press), The Poetry Foundation, and in literary magazines such as Geist, Prism International, The Capilano Review online, and SubTerrain. Her chapbook of prose poems, A Bed of Half Full: a landscape (Nomados Literary Publishers), came out in 2018. Two collections, Tap Water and Why is the World as Crunchy as a Diamond?, are in progress.