Sean Cranbury is a lifelong independent bookseller, itinerant mixologist, creator and host of Books on the Radio, and host/curator of RVWS.
Sean was awarded the 2010/2011 Literary Promoter of the Year Award by Pandora’s Collective for his work in organizing and promoting the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010.
Sean has worked as a consultant and collaborator with many excellent publishing and media organizations such as: Creative Mornings/Vancouver, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Tyee, Simon Fraser University Masters of Publishing Program, Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec, Sage Hill Writing Experience (Saskatoon), Surrey International Writers Conference, Random House Canada, TD National Reading Summit, Frontier College, among many others.
Sean grew up in Ancaster, Ontario but now lives in east Vancouver where he can be found twirling polyhedrons at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern.
She has taught creative writing to young people, coordinated and hosted literary events, performed a one-woman show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and is editor of the Humour issue of Poetry Is Dead.
Her short story, “Under the ‘I’” was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is the author of Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013) and Blind Items (Insomniac Press, 2014.)
You can follow Dina on the Twitter at @delbauchery.
liisa hannus is an event organizer & facilitator, stage manager, photographer and teacher. Much of her work is focussed in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, working with Vancouver Moving Theatre, the Heart of the City Festival, and the Carnegie Centre Outreach Program, as well as being the Managing Producer of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. She is also the past books editor at Vancouver Is Awesome and a long-time volunteer with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the PuSh Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
liisa likes dogs and herds cats.
You can follow liisa on Twitter at @adegreeofwonder.
Heidi Schiller is a Readers’ Services and Customer Engagement Librarian at the North Vancouver City Library. She graduated from UBC’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLAIS) in May, 2011 with a Masters Degree in Library Studies. Previously, she worked as a print news reporter for a community newspaper in Bellingham, Wash.
Heidi is the Board Chair of RVWS and in charge of fundraising. She is also a board member of the British Columbia Library Association and a founding member of the BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group. She is one of the main organizers of the North Shore Writers Festival, is on the North Shore Culture Days Planning Committee, and is founder and organizer of the NVCL Local Author Series.
Originally from Seattle, Heidi is passionate about books in all formats, people, and social media, as well as being a booster for her beloved Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood.
You can find her on Twitter @heidikschiller.
We also acknowledge the work done by our friends and extended team members over the years.
Nikki Reimer, Alex Leslie, Will Stacey, Lianne Payne, Irwin Oostindie, Cris Costa, Tracy Stefanucci, and the many volunteers and writers who have given their time and talent to support the RVWS as we’ve grown.
We hope to work with you again.