Bonnie Nish is Executive Director of Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society. Bonnie has been widely published worldwide in such places as The Ottawa Arts Review, The Danforth Review, Haunted Waters Press, Illness Crisis & Loss Journal Volume 24 and The Blue Print Review. Bonnie’s first book of poetry ‘Love and Bones ’ was released by Karma Press in 2013. Bonnie has a Masters in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at UBC. Her next book “Concussion and Mild TBI: Not Just Another Headline” an anthology of concussion related stories, was published by Lash and Associates in August 2016. Bonnie is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the Vancouver Expressive Arts Therapy School who has worked extensively with youth and adults in high-risk situations. She has conducted writing and expressive arts workshops for over 20 years across North America. Learn more about Bonnie's work here. www.bonnienish.ca http://bonnienishexpressivearts.ca/index.html
Sita Carboni Director
Sita Carboni is co-founder of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society. Her love for life has made her a mainstay in the local poetry community as a writer, reader and promoter of the arts. She has been featured throughout the lower-mainland at various events including Word on the Street and The North Shore Writers Festival. Sita currently co-hosts Book Talks Book Club, Word Whips Writing Series and is the webmaster of the Pandora's Collective website. Her poetry has been published in both print and online journals including Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Luluzine and BluePrint Review.
Daniela Elza Events Promoter
Daniela Elza has lived on three continents and crossed numerous geographic, cultural and semantic borders. After earning her Masters in English Philology from Sofia University, she taught in England for a year. Then lived for six years in Athens, Ohio, where she acquired her second Masters in Linguistics, and more importantly, her husband. In 1999 they immigrated to Canada and have since lived in Vancouver with their two children. Daniela has released more than a 150 poems into the wor(l)d in over 50 publications. This year Daniela completed her doctorate in Philosophy of Education, Simon Fraser University and launched her first e-Book: the book of It. Daniela’s poetry book The Weight of Dew is forthcoming with Mother Tongue Publishing (Spring, 2012). For more information go to http://strangeplaces.livingcode.org/
Lindsay Glauser Kwan Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Kwan attended the Writer’s Studio at SFU in 2013 in the narrative non-fiction genre stream and was an apprentice mentor for JJ Lee in 2015. Lindsay is a former member of the editorial board for Room magazine (2014-2017), where she honed her editorial skills. Lindsay has also facilitated numerous poetry workshops for Pandora’s Collective at addictions treatment centres, libraries, and community centres around Vancouver since 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University, where she won the Asper Foundation Communications Award for her community involvement. She is currently completing her thesis on how writers are adapting their creative labour to social media.
Wendy Goldsmith Fundraiser
Wendy Goldsmith is a writer for hire in the business world and a writer for love in the literary one. Her favourite themes are nature, domesticity and myth. Wendy’s roots are in Alberta farm country, but she was also greatly influenced by all the foolish chances she took travelling in Asia and living in Scotland. For a decade, she’s lived cozily in East Van with her partner and two brown-eyed boys. For balance and sanity, she also teaches yoga.
Maureen Reynolds Fundraiser
Born on the Canadian Prairies, Maureen Reynolds now lives in Vancouver, BC. She attended the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio and has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her speculative fiction stories have been published in anthologies in Canada and United States and she is currently working on a novel.
Sabrina Azaria Fundraiser & Graphic Design
Sabrina moved to Vancouver from Jakarta, Indonesia when she was 18. She studied communications and publishing at Simon Fraser University, but found her real passion in graphic design and arts. She is active in the community and loves to volunteer for literary and arts publications, organizations and events.