Mike Peacock is a piano player and singer-songwriter. He received his diploma in Jazz performance from Grant MacEwan Community College with distinction. He is a founding member of Vancouver based band Melic Thrum and Peppercorn Productions music studio. Mike's musical carrier began on cruise ships and he has since worked to co-compose and record music for Microsoft and Nintendo video games. Mike is the principal of a small development company which specializes in residential and commercial renovations and architectural stretch ceilings. Mike brings his love for the arts and his business experience to Pandora's Collective hoping to help them on their mission to promote good art in an unconstrained environment for all to experience and enjoy! Melic Thrum - Barrisol BC - Peppercorn Studios
David McGuire is a musician and teacher in the Great Lakes region of upstate New York. He has advanced degrees in composition and theory and a chronic interest in literature, poetry and speculative essay. His compositions have been played regionally and abroad (most recently in Romania); he is especially drawn to hybrid genres: music and poetry (sung or recited), music and dance, music for theatre, etc. He believes the arts are an indispensable liberating and deepening force for human beings and stresses the need for ongoing arts advocacy (through venues such as Pandora's Collective). He sometimes plays his compositions for his cats; their responses are cryptic.
Diana Huang was born in Beijing, China and has been in Vancouver since her move to Canada in 1997. She presently works as an audit manager in a public accounting firm. Diana obtained her Certificate Public Accountant designation in 2002 and her Certified General Accountant designation in 2004. In addition Diana has a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, and a Diploma of Financial Management. She specializes in Not-for-Profit audits and Public Company audits. Her interests includes reading, watching movies, hiking and swimming.
Ruth Kozak is a historical-fiction novelist, travel writer and playwright with poetic aspirations. When she's not wandering the world (mostly around Greece) she instructs a memoirs writing group, and prompts the muse in three writing classes for the Vancouver School Board. For many years Ruth was chair for the West End Writers Club. She is now finishing up an epic historical novel with the help of the Scribbler's critique group. Ruth is a member of the Federation of BC Writers and the BC Association of Travel writers. She has recently taken part (third year running) in the Feds "Off the Page" program introducing writing to school children. See her "Living the Writer's Life" blog at www.wynnbexton.blogspot.com or website at: www.dreamwater.org/ruthaki/
Mary Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland, her mother's home but grew up on Red Island, Newfoundland which had been her father's family home for generations. She has two daughters, works as a librarian in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside/Chinatown and volunteers as a Doula. Her poetry has been published in "Luluzine", "Quills", "Benches" and "The Return of the Downtown Eastside Poets". She reads with the "Twisted Poets" and the "The Downtown Eastside Poets" and works as a board member for "Pandora's Collective". In April, 2006 she worked as one of a number of community writers on a shadow puppet play on addiction in the downtown eastside under the direction of Savannah Walling (Vancouver Moving Theatre) and Rosemary Georgeson and Marie Clements (Fathom Labs). She is currently working on "Red Island Rocks"; a book of linked story-poems about Newfoundland's outport resettlement.
Director: Robin Susanto
Robin Susanto was born in Indonesia on the Straight of Malacca. Other than a brief foray in Ottawa, he has never been able to live far from the sea. He moved to Vancouver in 1987 where he now lives, teaches Math and Stats, writes poetry and fiction, translates, and photographs. His first public reading was at Pandora's Twisted Poets open mic in 2005 or thereabouts, and he's been a regular feature and supporter ever since.
Director: Natasha Boskic lives in Vancouver, B.C. She writes poetry and short stories. Fascinated by the opportunities, she likes experimenting with new technologies. As a result, her poetry is often an exciting encounter of audio, video and text. She writes in English and Serbian. Natasha works at UBC developing and designing online courses and programs. She is in the process of defending her Ph.D. thesis on video games and narratives at Language and Literacy Education Department at UBC.
Director: Eva Waldauf is a Poet, Poetry Host, Visual Artist and Art Instructor from Vancouver. Eva’s often been a Poetic feature in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. She’s been published twice in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, twice in Red River Review, in eight Anthologies and her book of Poetry, Howling Heart (2011). www.oceanheartscollide.com
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